Master of Arts in Arts and Culture (International Dramaturgy)

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Arts in Arts and Culture (International Dramaturgy)

University of Amsterdam

This selective 18-month Master's programme trains future generations of dramaturges to work in theatrical settings across cultural, linguistic, social and national boundaries. You will combine rigorous academic coursework with an internship in the Netherlands or abroad to help you develop your practical dramaturgical skills.

Working in an international cultural and artistic sphere

The theatre and performance practice of today is increasingly characterised by international and intercultural collaborations. Taking the stage at festivals and performance venues, where artists and groups come together from across the world, today's dramaturges are required to historicise, interpret and translate theatrical processes across a broad range of cultural and artistic spheres. During this Master's programme in International Dramaturgy, you will develop practical as well as theoretical skills to engage with these new cross-cultural performance contexts. The programme offers in-depth training in cultural translation, adaptation and mediation for a wealth of 21st-century international performance practices.

Why study International Dramaturgy in Amsterdam?

The Master's in International Dramaturgy offers you:

  • A programme that is unique in Europe and one of the leading programmes of its kind worldwide;
  • The chance to study in Amsterdam's city centre, a European cultural hub with a vibrant international performance scene;
  • Collaborations with the National Opera, leading theatres, performers and production houses;
  • Individual support to help you find suitable internships, both locally and internationally;
  • An international teaching staff of leading experts in the field of dramaturgy;
  • The chance to go on an international exchange at universities in Cape Town, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Berlin and Ghent.

Student profile

The Master's International Dramaturgy is the right programme for you if:

  • You have the readiness and curiosity to delve into and combine both academic research and practical dramaturgical skills.
  • You have a keen interest in all kinds of theatre performances and have demonstrable knowledge about (local) productions.
  • You are interested in current political and social discourses and their translation into artistic theatrical processes.
  • You meet the entry requirements


The Dual Master's International Dramaturgy is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

The programme aims to provide students with different dramaturgical skills and competencies. As a graduate you will be ideally suited for a career in which you serve as a bridge between theory and practice, complementing artistic and cultural processes and initiatives, as well as facilitating meaningful collaborations and exchanges across the world.

The programme focuses on practices of cultural translation, cross-cultural mediation and curation. As a graduate of the programme, you will be able to research the transformations of the profession and functions of the dramaturge in an international context and through transnational collaborations.

Graduates will be in a position to work in diverse cultural, artistic and/or academic sectors. These range from a dramaturgical position in theatre and performance companies and organisations to being art critics or cultural commentators, programming and coordinating functions or academic research.

Given the growing demand for cultural professionals with the skills of working in transnational and multilingual settings, the programme offers a qualification that is grounded in theatre and performance but with a wide applicability in other domains of the arts and culture.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
18 months
Full time
2,060 EUR
The tuition fees for the academic year 2018-2019 are: EU/EEA students €2,060 per year; non-EU/EEA students €13,310 per year. Additional fees may apply.
Mar. 1, 2019
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2019
End date Request Info
Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2019
End date Request Info