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

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

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