Creative Engineering in the Performing Arts

Students on the Technical Theatre Arts (Creative Engineering) course develop into a well-rounded member of the creative team responsible for making productions. Productions in the broadest sense of the word, from theatre productions to events and possibly exhibitions, trade fairs or exhibitions. You are the hub of the team, uniting creativity with technical realisation.

You provide input into the creative process and translate the creative and dramaturgical concept into a technical stage design. Light, sound and décor are the technical instruments you learn to master. The disciplines involved include lighting designer, multi-media specialist, sound designer, technical producer and technical head. Graduates of the Technical Theatre Arts (Creative Engineering) programme collaborate on an artistic process. This requires you to be energetic and imaginative. You thrive in a dynamic environment and are critical and creative. As the technical producer, light, video or sound designer you have an active interest in art and culture teamed with curiosity and ambition.

You are an artist and technician

The course trains you to actualise the artistic idea by becoming a master craftsman, and developing knowledge and vision. The Creative Engineering programme provides students with the skills to unite artistry with craft. Students with a flair for combining their creative vision with analysis can become part of an artistic team. The course equips students with skills across numerous disciplines and each student uses his or her specialism to help realise the artistic concept. But the first step of the process is always dreams and mutual inspiration. Creative Engineering offers a small-scale, ambitious learning environment; tuition is provided in small groups and, in higher years, you may receive individual training depending on the number of students in each specialism.

The programme aims to be a pioneer in education development, and to be a trendsetter. The technical and artistic aspects of the profession are developing at lightning speed; but with teachers who are also active in the profession, and students’ own research, the programme doesn’t only keep up with innovations, it anticipates them. Most subjects and projects are taught by guest teachers who are also industry professionals. This has the advantage of rapidly integrating the latest advances into the college curriculum.

Creative Engineering is the only programme in the country with a firm footing in an Academy of Theatre and Dance, in which all disciplines of dance and theatre work in synergy; it is also the only HBO further education course of its kind in the Netherlands.

The language of the Theatre Department is Dutch. In order to function up to the mark in the lessons, foreign students are required to learn, speak, write and read Dutch during their first year of study.

Accreditation and degree

The bachelor's programme in Technical Theatre Arts is a track within the Bachelor Theatre. The quality of this programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive an accredited bachelor's degree in Theatre and the title Bachelor Theatre. Only accreditated degree programmes are listed in the Dutch central register of higher education programmes (CROHO).

More information on accreditation and degrees

Programme details

Artistic director
Eddy Westerbeek

Study load
240 EC

Study length
4 years, full-time

Language of instruction

CROHO code
34860 (B Theatre)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)