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.

There are various courses in audiovisual art at bachelor’s and master’s level. There are also preparatory orientation courses that may help you to gain admission to a film academy. Cilect, is the organisation for European Film schools.

Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts
Communication and Multimedia design
, Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Beeldende Kunst
, AKV|St. Joost, Breda/Den Bosch
HKU Media
, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht/Hilversum
Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten
, Den Haag

Dutch hbo (university of applied sciences):
Master filmmuziek, Conservatorium van Amsterdam & Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam
Master of Film, Nederlandse Filmacademie, Amsterdam

Dutch universities:
Media en cultuur, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Media en cultuur, Universiteit van Utrecht
Film- en literatuurwetenschap
, Universiteit Leiden
Master Filmstudies
, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Other courses and workshops:
Binger Filmlab, Amsterdam 
Frank Mohr Instituut, Hanzehogeschool Groningen 
HKU Media, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht/Hilversum
EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepeneurs, Luxemburg
, brings together documentary filmmakers, NGO film practitioners and new media operators who want to work in the areas of human rights and environmental protection. It offers three one-week courses over a period of sic months. It is based in Italy.
IDFA Workshop, workshop for documentary makers.