Move, touch, affect your audience – get them thinking – using your imagination, your fantasy and by tackling real-world issues. Do it by acting or by singing, on stage or in front of the camera, in the theatre or outside. As a student at Amsterdam’s Drama and Contemporary Music Theatre (ATKA), you will be part of a community of talented peers – you’re sure to learn as much from them as you do from the teachers.

You will hone your skills – your craft – as learning to act, sing, play music and make your own dramatic work as you develop into a creative, musical and enterprising stage performer capable of collaborating and operating in an interdisciplinary context.

Versatile professional

Please note: The language of the study programme is Dutch. In order to function up to the mark in the classes, foreign students are required to learn, speak, write and read Dutch.

Studying at the Drama and Contemporary Music Theatre, you will become acquainted with theatre, music theatre, cabaret, film and television, and make your own drama or cabaret work for the stage. You will get training in a variety of movement types (including African dance, modern dance and Aikido) as well as speech and singing. You’ll learn not only how to perform in front of the camera but also how to use the camera. Classes will be led by inspiring, passionate teachers and guest artists firmly embedded in their own professional practice.

You will sing, compose and write your own songs and lyrics, gain experience in our professional recording studio, and experiment with the latest developments in digital and other technologies. You’ll also go and see a large number of stage performances, ranging from major works by renowned Dutch and international companies to experimental pieces by near-contemporaries. There will be visits to museums and concerts, and you’ll learn ways of looking at visual art and listening to a wide variety of music. You will be challenged to draw inspiration from the worlds of politics and society, from the Internet, from film and television, from games, virtual reality, literature, blogs and other innovative forms of expression being developed around the globe. You will learn to think autonomously, to draw from familiar and unfamiliar sources, and to invest your own creativity in your work. An open and curious attitude is the key to maximising your development into the most compelling stage personality you can be.

Programme details
Artistic directionYvette Fijen
Study load240 EC
Study length4 years, full-time
Language of instructionDutch
CROHO-code34860 (B Theatre)
TitleBachelor of Arts (BA)

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  • Tom Afman

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  • Mendel van der Ploeg

    Mendel van der Ploeg

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  • Leendert de Ridder

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  • Maurits Wijmenga

    Maurits Wijmenga

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  • Sarah Janneh

    Sarah Janneh

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