Master Performing Public Space

  • 1 year
  • English
  • Master
  • Full-time

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.

Performing Public Space is committed to understanding how cultural developments can produce meaningful change within our shared spaces, based on the idea that public space exists only when it is socially performed. In a time in which political and social structures are re-considered heavily, PPS offers a flexible and innovative environment to artistically question, redefine and reclaim public space in its broadest sense. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches and subjects, with an equally diverse range of research methods, PPS creates the opportunity for artists to explore their practice and its potential in public space. Creatives with a background in theatre, dance, circus, music, fine arts, architecture, digital arts and graphic design are welcome to join this program.


Why this study?

  • International art and research community
  • Individual coaching and collective experimentation
  • 24/7 access to the online learning platform
  • Work in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Strengthen critical and artistic positioning
  • Research new creative possibilities in public space

What will you learn?

A primary goal of the program is to enable students to adopt an independent and critical reflective attitude while inventively switching between different roles in the organizational process of their research. PPS offers its students the necessary tools to perform critically and effectively as artists and researchers, able to navigate complex modes and methods surroundings the contemporary artistic process and result.

  • you acquire the skills needed to conduct artistic research
  • you develop well-grounded artistic strategies
  • you gain a stronger awareness of and position in the sociopolitical context

"Rebecca Schneider argued that the polis ‘appears’ wherever people -who act and speak- appear, recognizing in this way the close relation of politics to performance. In PPS we experiment in practice with these public appearances through artistic research that reveals the complex potentiality of such endeavor."

Danae Theodoridou / PPS Coach



Master Performing Public Space is a blended learning program. This means that the program combines continuous online and intensive on-site education.

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Bootcamps are intensive education weeks hosted on-site in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
The attendance of every student is mandatory. Each Bootcamp is 40h+ for two weeks.
Every bootcamp is tailor made but consists of the following modules: Artistic Research Co-Creation, Public Space Discourse, Network/Entrepreneurship, Artistic Workshops, Theory Lectures, Field Trips.

Upcoming Bootcamps academic year 2021-22

October 11-24, 2021
January 10-22, 2022
May 9-21, 2022

Accomodation in Tilburg

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The on-site bootcamp education weeks provide the necessary setting and hands-on approach to investigate, develop and test work in the field - the public space.

The online learning environment (distance learning) offers students a 24/7 platform for intensive research and creative dialogue with their peers and mentors throughout the program.


The Master Performing Public Space is conducted in English. Foreign students are required to prove English proficiency at IELTS level 6.0


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The master course will take 12 months (1 year), full-time (60 ects).
Approximately 20 hours theory and assignments, 20 hours individual project development. 

Starting dates

The study year 2021/22 has begun. The new study year 2022/23 Master Performing Public Space starts in Augustus 29 2022. Application for study year 2022/23 will open in November 2021.

Graduation / Show case

At the end of every academic year, PPS presents the work conducted by its students in the frame of the program in different formats. Finishing your project, you will have the opportunity to present it in a wider audience in exhibition spaces and/or during our graduation event. A catalogue / project gallery is published every year containing the individual work of students and all collective projects developed.



  • Bachelor Degree (preferably in the arts or in a related artistic practice) 
  • English proficiency at IELTS level 6.0
  • Bachelor Degree (preferably in the arts or in a related artistic practice) 
  • English proficiency at IELTS level 6.0 
  • Visa requirements: master Performing Public Space is a blended program: partly distance learning (online) and partly on-site in the Netherlands. 2 weeks in October, 2 weeks in January, 2 weeks in May. 

  • Bachelor Degree (preferably in the arts or in a related artistic practice) 
  • Sufficient command of the English language 



“Having an international network is crucial to maintain a constant discussion on how public space is defined and how it evolves across the globe.”

Alessandro Carboni / Artist, Researcher / Italy / PPS Network



International network

Performing Public Space is active in forming collaborations with other cultural institutions, organizing online discussions on contemporary topics and growing its presence in the educational and cultural landscape. This growing PPS community can be a pillar of support for its artists before and after graduation.

Collaborative projects

The Master Performing Public Space collaborates with its network on projects and initiatives on a regular basis, in order to stay an active and engaged partner in the relevant work field. Follow this link to our projects.

Master Performing Public Space is a member of the IETM - International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) and the International Master Network for Art in Public Space.

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For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
• Low institutional tuition fees 
• High institutional tuition fees

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

    The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
    • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
    • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
    • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

    Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on


    Are you a talented student with a non-EU / non-EEA nationality and do you wish to study at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts?

    We have 2 Holland Scholarships (HSP) available for the most talented and motivated candidates for our Master program Performing Public Space.

    The HSP is only eligible for non-EU students, and amounts to a € 5.000 grant to be received during the 2nd semester of your first year.

    Holland Scholarship

    The Holland Scholarship provides a partial scholarship for your one year of study within our Master program Performing Public Space. The scholarship of € 5.000 is financed by Fontys University of Applied Sciences and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

    General application criteria Holland Scholarship

    • Your nationality is non-EU / non-EEA
    • You are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions
    • You have never before studied at an education institution in the Netherlands
    • You have read the general conditions of the Holland Scholarship Programme*
    • You are aware that your application details may be shared with EP Nuffic and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

    Additional program criteria Holland Scholarship

    • You have registered for the Fontys Master Performing Public Space at 
    • You meet the general admission requirements of the programme of your choice (to be determined by the admission board) 

    • Students that want to make use of the HSP will receive a follow up assignment + interview.
    The evaluation will be made on the following criteria
    - Artistic portfolio (highlighting maximum 3 examples that are relevant for their PPS proposal)
    - Written assignment on artistic research (sent after successful positive first application interview interview)
    - 15 minute presentation of the assignment (part of the 30 minute follow-up interview: 15 minutes presentation, followed by questions).

     An application form will be published here soon

    Paying in instalments

    Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

    If paying the full sum in a single payment

    If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

    Non EU students

    Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.


    If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a paymentletter from Fontys via your course department.

    The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

    The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

    Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 


    "Performing Public Space helped me develop the vocabulary and mindset for investigative artistic practice which I can apply to solve pressing spatial issues, both digital and physical.”

    Helen Scarlett O’Neill / Artist / PPS graduate 2020 / UK


    How to apply


    Application open for academic year 2022-2023


    Step 1: Register for Application on
    Step 2: Complete the online application form (sent to you after step 1 is completed)
    Step 3: Send us your materials via e-mail (find full list here)
    Step 4: Meet us at the interview (you will receive an invitation via e-mail)
    Early Review Deadline: February 28, 2022
    Non-EU: March 31, 2022
    EU: May 31, 2022