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Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Conservatoire prepares Master in Dance


With the ambition to organize the first academic master's program Dance in Belgium in September 2018, the Conservatoire is preparing for a quality test that will probably take place this autumn.

The test was preceded by the prior approval of the application by the Commission for Higher Education of the Flemish Government. The next important step is therefore an accreditation by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). Once accreditation is granted, the program can be recognized and established.

The current Bachelor's degree in Dance consists of three varied, professional, and competency-focused years of study. Students are confronted with different styles (of contemporary dance), choreographers and artists. These encounters encourages them to be a dance artist with authenticity. Currently approximately 40 students are trained at the bachelor's program, many of them from abroad. The Bachelor's program will maintain its professional profile in the future, but there will be a switching program for those who want to proceed to the academic master.

The master's program responds to current demands of the work field. The application for recognition of the master's program came after consultation with the artistic field, international education partners and Flemish pre-education partners. With the developments of the performance art scene in Flanders and beyond, the profile of the dancer has become increasingly layered throughout his career. The field has expanded in the discipline, domain and target-wide projects, and the number of fixed positions within the large established companies has decreased. Dancers take more responsibility in different aspects of the creation process; in the research, in the creation of movement material, developing a concept and contributing to the entirety of a performance. In these situations, dance artists take very different roles: from movers, creators, performers, thinkers, researchers, executives, coaches to teachers and networkers and all possible combinations.

This training will therefore attract all sorts of performance artists, and certainly dance artists who already have ample artistic experience. It will take place on the art campus deSingel, just like the programmes of Music, Drama and Teacher Training at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (AP University College).

Read more about the Bachelor's degree program Dance

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