Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts The DasArts Foundation (Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts) was created in 1994 under the aegis of Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and operates in association with the Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten). Approximately 20 artists from different artistic backgrounds study at DasArts.
The DasArts Foundation is currently undergoing a period of transition. As of 1 January 2009 the present postgraduate Theater programme will be offered by the Amsterdam School of the Arts. The AHK wants to have the current Theater programme be accredited as a hbo-master's degree in Theatre as of 1 January 2010.
DasArts does not have a fixed curriculum. Each semester one or two mentors curate a so-called Block: a programme centred around one theme to be explored in depth by the participants. The mentor, a prominent artist or group of artists, works at DasArts for a period of four months, shaping the theme of the Block and selecting guest lecturers in consultation with the artistic staff of DasArts. Each Block is unique and relates art practice to current developments in society.
A course of study at DasArts consists of participation in four study semesters, to be completed within a period of two years. In the first two semesters a participant will generally take part in two collective, theme-based Blocks. During the third semester the artist embarks upon an individual investigation in a personal domain of interest, known as the Individual Trajectory (IT). At the end of the fourth semester the public presentation of the Final Project (FP) takes place in a theatre or other art venue, which concludes the studies. The IT and FP artists are individually supervised by the artistic staff as well as by a variable group of advisors at DasArts.