In-depth series of lessons Fair Practice Module

Starting in the 2020-2021 academic year the Academy of Theatre and Dance organises the Fair Practice Module, an in-depth series of lessons that prioritize the theme ‘fair job market’ for the arts and culture sector.

How do you build a fair work practice? How do you stand up for yourself and others in business affairs? How do you relate to work situations in which the other party has more power than you and uses it in a transgressive way? What does inclusion and diversity mean in your work practice and how should you act? How do you cope mentally in a complex field in which saying ‘no’ often doesn’t feel like an option? How do we show what we’re worth without becoming defensive?

What does the Fair Practice Module entail?

With the in-depth ‘Fair Practice Module’ series of lessons, you learn to think and reflect with your fellow students from other study programmes about these complex questions. The goal of the module is not to find answers but to help you form your own perspective which you in turn, can communicate in your own work environment. We give insight in the cultural work field and its most important players and provide practical tools which you can apply if you need to stand up for yourself, your colleagues or the cultural sector as a whole.

The module consists of five thematic lessons, homework, a concluding assignment and intervisions. Teachers Sophie van Hoorn and Gabriela Acosta Gamacho are teaching the lessons of Fair Practice Module. You will attent the lessons in mixed groups. It gives you the opporunity to get to know students from varius study programmes of the ATD. The module is meant for third and fourth year students and is still work-in-progress.

What does the module look like?

The Fair Practice Module is a 'plea for the difficult conversation' that you will undoubtedly have on the job market as soon as you graduate. Thanks to the Fair Practice Module you will be better prepared!

Go to the study guide for detailed information.

— How does the system within the cultural sector work and how can you exert influence to bring about a fairer work practice?
Concepts: Fair Practice Code, Kunsten '92, Kunstenbond, Union, the cultural landscape with its chain of stakeholders, CAO, interest groups, collaborative chain, Ministry of OCW, fund.
Skills: learn how to signal and adress issues that matter for you and your working field.



— What is art worth and what arguments can you give for its value inside and outside the dance and theatre sector?

Description: This lesson examines the aesthetic, social and economic values of art and culture. It focuses on you forming a personal viewpoint of art. A trained actor will interview you to probe your vision.
Concepts and skills: ethical, social and economic values. Art advocacy. Skill: Formulating your own vision and convincing someone else of the significance of your vision. ethical, social and economic values. Art advocacy. Formulating your own vision and convincing someone else of the significance of your vision.


— What is fair pay and how do you go about organizing it?
Description: in this lesson we discuss remuneration and honoraria in the cultural sector. We also calculate the expenditure of the chain as a whole to see who in practice is liable for the highest costs and then compare it to another sector. You learn to charge an honest fee for yourself. The importance of general conditions and contracts is also dealt with. With the aid of a casus we put what you have learned into practice.
Concepts: remuneration, honorarium, chain, CAO, SER reconnaissance job market report,  contract law.
Skills: negotiation, determining your fee, determine general condtions.



— The value of mental health.
Description: in this lesson we question what a sustainable notion of time is and how to make this a reality for yourself and others. You gain insight in the CAO and the Working Hours Act and we deal with and look at the differences between the concept of ‘time’ in Western and African philosophy. We help you comprehend the topicality of pressure to perform and burn-out. On the basis of a casus, you discover how to deal with work stress – your own and that of others – and receive tools to help you cope.
Concepts: ‘concrete and abstract time’, Working Hours Act, freelancers and Working Hours Act, time management, coping with performance and work stress, dividing your time sustainably.
Skill: recognition of mental health issuses and how to find proffesional support.





— Why is fair share important and how do you implement diversity and inclusiveness in your own work practice?
Description: central to this lesson is the importance and urgency of an inclusive work practice. You gain insight in the current division and learn what the implications are of the ‘diversity and inclusion code’. We consult with each other on the basis of an existing casus. Working together as a team, we arrive at solutions and draw up points of action.
Concepts: intersectional thinking, diversity and inclusion code, inclusive work practice.
Skills: reaching solutions and points of action as a group pertaining diversity & inclusion.


You draw up your own fair practice guide book. You are free to choose your own form; both pictures and text are permitted. During the intervision you will enter into discussion with your peers about the guide book. Is it still valid? What should be amended? On the basis of feedback given you make a revised version.

‘The Fair Practice Module’ has been developed and facilitated through the Quality agreement funds project, ‘Fair Practice Module’. Here you can see where the Quality agreements budget is allocated.