Studying at the RC

How young can one of The Netherlands’ oldest cultural institutions be? The Royal Conservatoire dates from 1826. The secret lies in its history. Innovation is only possible on the basis of tradition; it rests on the shoulders of history. Innovation takes planning, you have to think about the relationship between the reasons for the innovation, the cultural heritage you are caring for and the good arguments that this precious asset have created.

Our education (and increasingly research) includes creating, recreating and presenting. It is happening inside the conservatoire and in the world outside, together with organisations, institutions and fellow professionals, our colleagues, with whom our artists share a community. Our partners operate in our space, our students work with them and we even work together with some of them. This also explains why the vast majority of our students do not study too long and why they then find paid work in their discipline.


Talent is not something that comes with the years. Although every phase of life brings its own unique, characteristic and valuable flush of growth, an early start is the best beginning. We welcome emerging talent from the age of five and afterwards we give those children the opportunity to integrate the breadth of the arts with primary and secondary education, in the School for Young Talent. There, and in the succeeding Bachelor, Master and third-cycle courses, up to and including a doctorate – they discover the secret of Lifelong Learning. In preparation of the Bachelor or Master course there is a possibility of following a one- or two-year foundation course/preparatory programme.