Higher professional education and follow-up courses

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, a master’s course or a workplace.


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.

Below more information on courses in architecture:

Academie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten 
Artez Academie van Bouwkunst, Artez hogeschool voor de kunsten, Arnhem
Academie van Bouwkunst, Hanzehogeschool Groningen
Master Architecture, Maastricht Academy of Architecture, Zuyd Hogeschool
Academie van Bouwkunst, Hogeschool Rotterdam 
Academie voor Architectuur en Stedenbouw, Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg