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.

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