Study programmes higher education

The Dutch educational system has a bachelor-master structure. After the bachelor’s course, you can take a follow-up course: a more advanced course or a master’s course.


A high level is required for admission to a course in one of the arts. The criteria for admission are laid down by law for each discipline. Not only talent but also experience and training are necessary. Some institutions often offer orientation courses that can be followed in addition to regular education, for example on Saturdays.

Most courses in an arts disciplines have selection rounds that determine whether a person can be admitted as a student. You can find information about that on the websites of the relevant institutes. If you are admitted for a particular course, that does not mean that you can switch to a different institute with a similar course.

At various art academies you can follow bachelor’s and master’s courses in art. The aim of the course is to become an autonomous artist.

To become a teacher in fine art, you can follow the course fine art in education or get the teachers degree after getting a course in art. With this degree you are qualified to teach art at primary- or high schools. In addition there are various teacher training courses.

There are also courses for artists who want to do school and extra-mural educational projects. You can also choose to get a certificate via Beroepskunstenaars in de Klas (BIK) where you learn for example how you can execute educative projects in primary school. BIK does not qualify you as a teacher.

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, Enschede and Zwolle
Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost, Avans Hogeschool, Breda and Den Bosch
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Academie Minerva, Hanze Groningen
Academies Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, University Zuyd
Willem de Kooning Academy, University Rotterdam
University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht
Fontys, Tilburg

You can study architecture (including urban design and landscape architecture) at a Technical University or an Academy of Architecture. To be admitted to the Master's degree program of an Academy of Architecture, you must at least have a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. In addition, there are preparatory courses for hbo bachelors. Successful completion of such a course does not guarantee that you will be admitted to an academy. The academy of your choice can provide you with more information regarding an application.

You may only call yourself an architect if you are registered in the Architects Register. You can register there as an architect, urban planner, landscape architect or interior architect if you have completed the relevant study at an Academy of Architecture or Technical University.

You can only register after you have gained two years of professional experience. Because the master's degree programs at the Academies of Architecture are dual - learning is combined with work - you will probably already meet the professional experience condition after successful completion of your studies.

Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam University of the Arts
Architecture, Artez University of the arts, Arnhem
Architecture, Hanze Groningen
Master Architecture, Zuyd University
Rotterdam Academy of Architecture, Rotterdam 
Academy of Architecture, Fontys University of the Arts, Tilburg

University masters:
Faculty Architecture, Technical University Delft, Master Architecture
Faculty Architecture, Technical University Eindhoven, Master Architecture

After your master:
The Berlage, Rotterdam, Center for advanced studies in architecture and urban design

Each institution offers various courses in the field of music, such as different directions within classical, jazz, pop, world music and teacher training. The following conservatories offer at least bachelor's programs, sometimes also masters.

Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Amsterdams University of the Arts
Conservatorium Haarlem, Inholland, Haarlem
ArtEZ Academy of Music, Arnhem, Enschede, Zwolle
Royal Conservatory, The Hague
Prince Claus Conservatoire, Hanze Groningen
Conservatorium Maastricht, Hogeschool Zuyd
Codarts, Rotterdam
Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Fontys, Tilburg
Rockacademie, Fontys, Tilburg
Utrechts Conservatorium, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
Minerva Academie, Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts
Creative Business, Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Fotografie & Film, AKV|St. Joost, Breda/Den Bosch
HKU Media, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht/Hilversum
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

Master Composing for Film, Conservatorium van Amsterdam & Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts
Master of Film, Nederlands Film Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts

University masters:
Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam
Media, Art and Performance, Universitty of Utrecht
Film and Literary Studies, Universiteit Leiden
Master Filmstudies, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Other courses and workshops:
Master in Fine Art and Design, Frank Mohr Institute, Hanze Groningen 
EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepeneurs, Luxemburg
Esodoc, brings together documentary filmmakers, NGO film practitioners and new media operators who want to work in the areas of human rights and environmental protection
IDFA Workshop, workshop for documentary makers

Bachelor theatre:
Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam University of the Arts
ArtEZ, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem and Zwolle
Toneelacademie Maastricht, Hogeschool Zuyd 
HKU Theatre, University of the Arts Utrecht
Sector Theatre, Fontys University of the Arts, Tilburg

Bachelor dance:
Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam University of the Arts
ArtEZ, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem and Zwolle
Dansvakopleiding, Royal Conservatory The Hague
Lucia Marthas, Institute for Performing Arts, Amsterdam and Groningen
Fontys Dansacademie, Tilburg
Codarts Dans, Rotterdam
University of Applied Sciences Leiden

DAS Theatre, Amsterdam University of the Arts

You can train to become an all-round heritage professional at the Reinwardt Academy, which is part of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. The bachelor’s course lasts four years and is the only course of its kind at bachelor’s level in Europe. The course is based on the current developments and discussions in the field of heritage. The professional orientation of the course is subject of regular consultations of professional organisations on a national and a international level.

Master Applied Museum and Heritage Studies, Amsterdam University of the Arts

Universities master:
Heritage Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Heritage Studies, VU Amsterdam
Arts and Society, Utrecht University
Arts, Culture and Society, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education, Maastricht University

Universities abroad:
The University of Manchester

  • MA Art Gallery & Museum Studies
  • MA Arts Management, Policy and Practice

The University of Leicester

  • MA Museum Studies
  • MA Learning and Visitor Studies
  • MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies
  • MA Digital Heritage
  • MA Interpretation, Representation and Heritage

Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbuss-Senftenberg

  • MA World Heritage Studies 

Most master courses at universities offer pre-master programmes for hbo-students to fulfill all requirements. You register for a master's course, just like students who meet all the entry requirements. The commission of admission decides whether you may follow the pre-master program and what the program will look like.

Pre-Master's programmes, University of Amsterdam

Breitner Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts
ArtEZ, University of the Arts, Arnhem, Zwolle, Enschede
NHL Stenden, Leeuwarden
Academies Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, Hogeschool Zuyd
Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam
Beeldende Kunst Utrecht, University of the Arts Utrecht
Beeldende kunst en vormgeving, Fontys, Tilburg
Academie Minerva, Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of the Arts
ArtEZ Academy of Music, Arnhem, Enschede, Zwolle
Codarts, Rotterdam
Conservatorium Maastricht, Zuyd  
Utrechts Conservatorium, University of the Arts Utrecht
Prince Claus Conservatoire, Hanze, Groningen
Inholland, Haarlem

Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam University of the Arts
ArtEZ, Arnhem, Zwolle
Codarts, Rotterdam
Fontys, Tilburg
University of the Arts Utrecht
NHL Stenden, Leeuwarden
Toneelacademie Maastricht, Zuyd

Master of Education in Arts, Amsterdam University of the Arts
ArtEZ, Arnhem, Zwolle
Fontys, Tilburg
Zuyd, Maastricht
University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht
Academie Minerva, Hanzehogeschool, Groningen
DAS Theatre, Amsterdam University of the Arts