Higher arts education
Higher arts education currently has a bachelor-master structure. Like all higher education in Flanders, arts education has been in a process of a thorough reform. From the academic year 2013-2014 onwards, bachelor and master’s degrees will only be awarded in the fields of study defined as “Music and Performing Arts” and “Audiovisual and visual art” within the university colleges restructured into “Schools of Arts”. A School of Arts is a separate structure within a university college with a large autonomy, but without a separate legal personality. Both the professional and academic training in the aforementioned studies will be situated within these structures. The contribution of universities in the School of Arts remains important because of the link with the required scientific research and the formation of doctoral students in the arts.
Besides this basic infrastructure, there are five higher art institutions in Flanders: the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK), the Orpheus Institute, P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), International Opera Academy and A.PASS (advanced performance and scenography studies). Within their discipline (art, music, dance, opera and performance & scenography), they offer postgraduate courses. P.A.R.T.S., as an exception, also offers basic dance training.