Are you an adventurous and creative ‘inventor’? Our Design & Technology study programme will equip you to become a key member of the creative team at festivals, in theatres, and on multimedia projects and exhibitions. Your role: lighting designer, sound designer, multimedia specialist, video designer or technical producer.

Design & Technology in Events and Performing Arts

On the Design & Technology study programme you’ll learn everything you need to make the technical side of a creative dream come true. You might do this for big productions – such as spectacular events and festivals, major theatre productions and large concerts – or, on a smaller scale for anything from innovative exhibitions and conventions to alternative multimedia projects. You will learn how to develop creative concepts using the tools of your craft: lighting, sound and digital design.

Work in creative teams

You’re going to be your team’s innovator and designer, so you’ll need to learn to think in terms of sound and lighting – and have the technical know-how to create what you envisage. You’ll also learn to operate well as part of creative teams, which will typically include a director, set designer, video, lighting and sound designers, a producer and a technical producer. And you will learn to offer input as a team member – right from the concept stage.

This course is the only one of its kind in the Netherlands. It’s also very focussed on you as an individual, you will be taught in small groups. And it’s very practice-oriented.  This is the only programme of its kind to be part of a faculty that trains students in every theatre and dance genre. That means you get to work closely and intensively with students from other disciplines on highly individual projects and productions. You will also do internships at well-established professional practices, so you’ll have you years of practical experience before you even graduate! The department is excellently equipped. You will get work in a state-of-the-art studio/lab for digital design and thoroughly explore the latest digital and technological innovations, such as 360-degree video and virtual and augmented reality.

The language of the Theatre Department is Dutch. In order to function up to the mark in the lessons, foreign students are required to speak, write and read Dutch. For more information about application we refer to the Dutch website.

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 directionEddy Westerbeek
Study load240 EC
Study length4 years, full-time
Language of instructionDutch
CROHO-code34860 (B Theatre)
TitleBachelor of Arts (BA)