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.

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
Artez Academy of Architecture, Artez University of the arts, Arnhem
Academy of 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