Master in Theatre and Performing Arts

Introduction into the Master's program

The Master is the high point of the education program. You get the possibility to specialise in the domain of theatre and performance studies.

A quick peek in what to expect:

  • Dramaturgy: a theoretical and practical course, in which we focus on the newest dramaturgical developments in the field of theatre. At the forefront will not only be the (new) dramaturgical treatment of the theatre text, but also contemporary dramaturgies of the body, of media, of sound and of visuality. Furthermore, a lot of attention is given to dramaturgy as a practice, with performative experiments during the seminars, with dramaturgical workshops under guidance of artists and/or dramaturges from the work field, and with practical seminars about among others writing grant applications and talks with audiences and artists.
  • Visual Strategies of Film, Photography and Video Art: an interactive program with lectures, in which historical themes are coupled with visual strategies of film, photography and video art, like absorption and theatricality, intermediality and immersion. Furthermore, you will take part in projections at Art Cinema OFFoff and Film-Plateau. In the past, artists like Renzo Martens, Johan Opstaele, An Van Dienderen and Didier Volckaert presented their work during these sessions.
  • Political, Social and Ethical Aspects of the Performing Arts: in this seminar, the relation of theatre to other realities will be investigated. Is it possible to see a dichotomy between theatre and "reality", between art and daily life? Or is art completely embedded with other aspects of life? With examples of contemporary Flemish and international performances, the course treats different topics in theatre and performance studies, like for example region/nation, interculturality, trauma, economics and the labour situation of artists. With international guest lectures of visiting professors and excursions to theatre performances.
  • Research Seminar Contemporary Performance Theory: with reading- and discussion seminars, we will study a current issue in theatre and performance studies with theoretical texts and case-studies. The focus of the seminar varies yearly. During the academic year 2016-2017, we investigate the relationship between performance (theory) and temporality. As an introduction, some important notions from performance theory are brushed up (for example 'performance', 'performativity', 'theatricality', 'presence', etc.) and are subsequently brought in connection with the theme of the seminar. The seminar on temporality looks at: different experiences of time in theatre and dance (e.g. durational performance, historical montage, standstill in dance, anachronisms on scene); 'performativity of/in the museum' (thinking about the actual tendency to show dance and theatre in a museum context): documentation and archivation of the 'ephemeral' performance; the relation between city performances and time.
  • The Master's dissertation is the ultimate challenge to prove yourself as an independent researcher able to develop and present a pioneering research.


The goal of our Master's program is to get you ready for the professional context, with a critical eye; an ability to evaluate and to think scientifically and independently on topics of theatre and performance.



More information

You want to know even more about the Master's program? Then take a look in the study guide, read the detailed seminar descriptions and dive into the course schedule!