Performing Public Space

Master in brief

The international Master Performing Public Space (PPS) is designed for artists from a variety of art disciplines, who currently focus on public space as their artistic environment. This blended-learning program (online/on-campus) is breaking new ground in investigating public space as a backdrop for artistic expression, intervention and research. Creatives with a background in theatre, dance, circus, music, fine arts, architecture, digital arts and graphic design are welcome to join this program.

Curriculum outline

PPS is a one year online program (60 ECTS), including three times two weeks on-site bootcamps in-the-field training. The main objective of this program is to support the development and production of your current work in progress, dealing with public space at large.

We offer three bootcamps of two weeks a year.

Bootcamp Dates 2020/2021

October 11-24, 2021

January 10-22, 2022

May 9-21, 2022

Innovative online / on-site program
PPS offers you an enriching & flexible learning environment, which directly relates to your current artistic work in public space. The teaching methods are designed to be highly adaptable. Individual coaching, paired with 24/7 access to the online learning platform, together with on-site bootcamps held in Tilburg, the Netherlands, will make you part of a creative international community.

The online learning platform will provide you with learning and research materials, an e-mail service, the ability to up- and download documents and share videos. You will be able to access a forum space in order to post questions, start discussions and interact with your peers and mentors.

We are looking for goal-oriented artists that are currently developing artistic work or research in public space. We encourage artists who work independently, but are willing to communicate in dialogue and in co-creating. Students will be asked to reflect on their individual works in progress, and to co-investigate intervention practices in public space throughout the program.

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FHK Context

Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts (FHK) is an interdisciplinary institute representing different artistic domains by several Bachelor and Master programs: Theatre, Dance, Music and Digital Art. For FHK it is important to approach art not only in terms of products, but also in a process-based perspective focussing on social engagement (rather than aesthetics). This is facilitated by curriculum designs founded on a collective theme or project assignment rather than an established artistic practice, in this master it contains performing in the public space in the broadest sense of the word.

This new Master initiative grew from the desire to transform the education in 2020 adapting to 21st Century skillsets in future careers. FHK gives shape to social involvement by education in co-creation and with a hybrid work field.

Why study at Fontys?

Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts (FHK) provides higher professional education on Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level in the field of the performing arts and arts education. The school hosts four main departments: Fine Arts, Dance, Music, and Theatre. Studying Performing Public Space at Fontys is your chance to develop your career in an international and interdisciplinary environment and to tailor your studies to your professional needs.

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Finance your study

Please check the website of PPS (costs) for the actual information.


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Admission requirements

Minimum admission requirements for the Master degree programme:

  • Bachelor in theatre, dance, music, Fine art, architecture, digital art forms and graphic design.
  • Bachelor degree and relevant professional experience as artistic practitioner

Participants in the master will be selected on the basis of the quality of their project proposals. More information:, 'How to apply'.
Artists can hand in a well considered project plan, a motivation letter, a Curriculum Vitae and an extensive vision on the value of art in public space.

Open days and such

Open days*

During the open day or evening, you are introduced to teachers and students and will get a good impression of this master.

* Additional Virtual Open Days will be announced.

Tilburg area

The six week Bootcamps will take place in Tilburg at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, an inspiring community of about 1.500 students pursuing a creative career. We are located in a wonderful assemblage of historic and new buildings (designed by Dutch architect Jo Coenen) surrounding a former monastery garden.

Tilburg is part of a thriving region in the South of the Netherlands. In adittion the Modern Art Museum, the leading Textile Museum and Textile Lab make Tilburg a number one creative desitnation. The city accommodates a total of 20,000 students.