The T&D program takes three years. The student workload of this three-year program is part-time (60 EC per year). Lessons are on Fridays and Saturdays with a total of 16 to 18 hours per weekend. You will be expected to spend an additional 8 hours per week on independent study, which does not include work placements.
The first year is dedicated to laying a solid foundation of theatre techniques and teaching skills. You will have acting, voice and movement lessons, and learn how to structure lessons.
In year two, the main phase, you will build on this foundation and put it into practice in various short lesson blocks and practicals. You will also do a teaching practice placement.
You will complete your studies in year three, the final phase. In addition to the set lesson programme, ample time and attention will be paid to your final directing project. You will write an essay and make theatre based on artistic research.
The work placements in year two and three take place in your own living or working environment and take up 1 or 2 half-days per week. Toneelacademie teaching staff will be there to supervise you.
The program curriculum consists of a fixed program, masterclasses, practical assignments and work placements.
• acting technique: text-based theatre and improvisation
• voice lessons: speech and choral singing
• drama teaching skills
• direction teaching skills
• scenography and lighting technology
• multimedia techniques
• writing and literature adaptation
• business aspects of the profession
• cultural entrepreneurship
Practical assignments and work placements
In year one you will do an observation placement, in year two you will teach in your own living/working environment, and in year three you will do a final directing project.
In total, the practical assignments/placements are as follows:
• theatre-making with children (year one)
• theatre-making with fellow students (year one, two and three)
• directing theatre texts with students in the preparatory programme (year two)
Toneelacademie Maastricht is a close-knit community of thinkers, daredevils and go-getters. In this program, we work in small groups of up to 12 students per year. That means you will get plenty of individual attention. Our select team of permanent teaching staff supplemented with guest lecturers has close ties with the industry, both in the Netherlands and abroad.