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Netherlands/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training

Professional training

The Academies or Schools for the Arts are institutions for vocational education and training (HBO institutions, also called "universities of professional education"). They offer courses in fine art, design, music, dance and theatre intended to lead to a career as a professional artist.

In order to improve the connection between arts education and the labour market, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences [Vereniging van Hogescholen] created a Sector Plan in 2011. With this plan, the requirements for admission have been tightened and numerous courses have been restructured to improve the efficiency and the quality of higher education in the arts (click here for the English website). Moreover, an additional aim is to improve facilities for young talent and top talent. 

Chapter published: 19-03-2017

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