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.

Breitner Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts
ArtEZ, University of the Arts, Arnhem
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
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, Enschede, Zwolle
Fontys, Tilburg
Codarts, Rotterdam
Zuyd, Maastricht
University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht
Academie Minerva, Hanzehogeschool, Groningen
DAS Theatre, Amsterdam University of the Arts