Addendum

to the Education and Examination Regulations (OER) 2017-2018 of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Education and Examination Regulations (OER) 2017-2018 of the Royal Conservatoire for the joint master's degree programme in Opera.

1. General

The boards of the Amsterdam University of the Arts and the University of the Arts The Hague, herewith represented by the directorates of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire, attach this addendum to the Education and Examination Regulations (OER) of both conservatories. The addendum is endorsed by the faculty counsels of both conservatories and concurs with article 7.13 of the Dutch law for higher education and scientific research. It concerns the content and form of the educational programme and examinations for the Master of Opera degree at the Dutch National Opera Academy (DNOA). This DNOA master programme is jointly offered by the Music Faculty of the Amsterdam University of the Arts (hereinafter Conservatorium van Amsterdam) and the Royal Conservatoire of the University of the Arts The Hague.

The general provisions, including the enactment and the date of coming into operation of the Education and Examination Regulations of both conservatories, apply fully to the DNOA. The purpose of this addendum is to synchronize the DNOA programme and its student assessments with the regulations of both conservatories.

2. Programme

The two-year DNOA programme consists of four semesters. Each semester is comprised of an instruction period and a project period. The programme is presented each semester in the digital study guide, including course form, assessment, and number of credits.

3. Auditions

Audition requirements for enrollment at the DNOA are specified on the DNOA website. A successful audition for the DNOA means that a student has demonstrated sufficient qualities to be able to attain the final qualifications.

4. Sequence of Exams

A prerequisite for admission to an exam is that all previous exams in said subject or academic year have been successfully passed, unless the curriculum of a subject specifically allows exception to this prerequisite.

5. Exams and Re-exams

5.1 If a student fails an exam, he/she will be offered the opportunity to take the exam again within the same academic year.

5.2 By way of derogation from article 5.1, students are offered only one opportunity to take an exam for a course not on offer in said academic year. 

5.3 Students can enroll a maximum of two times for each part of the programme. If still not completed successfully, students must consult the head of the department on how to prepare for the exam on their own.

6. Type of Exams

The DNOA has two types of exams: written and practical. Exams for cognitive courses will be given as described in the DNOA study guide. If requested by a student and after consent is obtained from his/her instructor, the committee of examiners may permit a student to take another form of examination.

7. Practical Exams

7.1 Each semester students taking practical courses are assessed in a practical exam, consisting of the realization of a project at the end of the semester. The practical exam is by its nature almost always a group exam, in which the individual achievements of each student are judged as an integral part of the entire project.

7.2 Practical exams are open to the general public, unless determined otherwise in special cases by the principle examiner or the committee of examiners.

8. Exam Results

8.1 At the end of each semester the integral development of a student is discussed at a plenary evaluation meeting. During this meeting both the student’s achievements in the opera production and the student’s overall development during the past semester are evaluated.

8.2 At the conclusion of the evaluation meeting, the chairperson of the committee of examiners meets with each student to relay the evaluation. This is followed by a written and motivated statement concerning the student's study progress, presented to the student by the chairperson of the committee of examiners.

8.3 Twice a year the chairperson of the committee of examiners is responsible for timely relaying student evaluations to the administration of the appropriate conservatory.

9. Final Exam

9.1 The final exam consists of the successful completion of a project in the fourth semester, unless in exceptional cases the central exam committee or the appointed committee of examiners determines otherwise.

9.2 The final exam is an integral evaluation of the student’s development and level of achievement. Each student final exam file includes:
*  Overview of six complete roles (suited to the student’s type of voice), studied during enrollment in the programme
* Extensive list of audition repertoire, suited to the student’s type of voice
* Participation in two to four fully staged opera productions
*  Written part of the exam, based on research into one of the roles performed

9.3 The committee of examiners for the final exam at the DNOA is comprised of staff members of the DNOA, the principle vocal instructor of the candidate, and an external expert. Assessment of the student by the committee of examiners takes place directly after the final exam performance. Directly after the committee’s assessment, the results of the examination are verbally communicated.

9.4 The assessment criteria are described in the DNOA study guide. The result of the exam is expressed in a grading system ranging from 1 to 10.

10. Cum laude

If the student is unanimously judged to have demonstrated exceptionally high standards, the committee of examiners can add the designation 'cum laude' on the degree certificate.

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