Section 1: General

Article 1: Applicability of the Regulations

The Board of the Amsterdam University of the Arts, hereby represented by the Conservatory Board [directie] of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, has, with the consent of the Faculty Participation Council [faculteitsraad], resolved to establish the following regulations regarding the content and structure of the tuition and examinations of the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music in Education, Master of Music and Master of Opera programmes. This will be done in accordance with section 7(13) of the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act (Wet op het Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek (WHW)). These programmes are offered by the Faculty of Music of the Amsterdam University of the Arts, hereinafter referred to as the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In accordance with section 7(14) of the Act, the Executive Board [College van Bestuur] will also regularly assess and where appropriate amend these regulations, taking into account the time thus involved for the students.

The student’s rights and obligations which are connected with these Education and Examination Regulations, are formulated in the Student Statute of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. This statute is available on the School of the Arts’ website. These regulations apply to the education and examinations of the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music in Education, Master of Music and Master of Opera programmes unless it is explicitly indicated or it is clear from the context that the relevant passage is only applicable to one or a limited number of these four programmes. Any reference in these regulations to the programme or programmes without any additions being given is a reference to all four programmes.

Article 2: Definitions

In these regulations, the following will be taken to mean:

a. the Law: the Higher Education and Research Act [Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek, WHW]

b. student: he or she who is enrolled in the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten to receive training and/or to take the examinations and undergo the reviews connected with the programme

c. the 'hogeschool': the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten

d. the Conservatory: The Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the faculty of Music of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten

e. examination board: the committee as referred to in Article 7(12) of the Act, which is charged with, inter alia, guaranteeing the quality of the examinations. The examination board is the body which establishes in an objective and expert manner if a student meets the conditions as described in the Education and Examination Regulations with regard to the knowledge, insight and skills necessary to earn a degree.

f. exam: final test of the propedeuse, the Bachelor’s programme and the Master’s programme.

g. board of examiners: with regard to the preparation and/or implementation of parts of examinations, boards of examiners can be established as referred to in section 7(12) of the Act. The board of examiners will be appointed by the examination board

h. examiner: a member of the board of examiners, as referred to in section 7(12)(3) of the Act. Examiners are charged with administering and assessing examinations and other forms of testing.

i. admissions board: the board of examiners charged with administering the admissions examination

j. programme: a coherent whole made up of units of study, aimed at realizing well-defined objectives in the areas of knowledge, insight and skills that those completing the programme should possess

k. bachelor's degree programme: degree programmes in higher education pursuant to Article 7(3)(a)(2) of the Law with a study load of 240 credits

l. master's degree programme: an advanced programme in higher education pursuant to Article 7(3)(a)(2) of the Law with a study load of 120 credits 

m. term: uninterrupted period of lessons acctoring tot the annual academic calendar

n. propaedeutic year: the propaedeutic phase of the programme as referred to in Article 7(8) of the Law

o. post-propaedeutic phase: that part of the bachelor's degree programme which follows the propaedeutic year

p. component: a unit of study of the programme within the meaning of the Law

q. examination: each unit of study is concluded with an examination, which constitutes an investigation of the candidate's knowledge, insight and skills, as well as an assessment of the results of that investigation

r. practicum: a practical exercise in one of the following forms:
- writing a bachelor's or master's thesis
- writing a paper or creating a project or recording
- carrying out a research assignment
- participating in fieldwork or an excursion
- doing an internship
- or participating in another educational activity aimed at achieving certain skills

s. departments: the Conservatory has the main departments Classical Music, Jazz and Pop music and Music in Education

t. study guide: the electronic guide to the programmes containing specific information about them, published on the Conservatory's intranet

u. recognition of competences: activities carried out or programmes participated in or completed as a result of which exemptions from programme components may be granted

v. fraud: conduct whereby a student endeavours to reduce or eliminate the possibility of an accurate assessment being formed of his or her or other students’ knowledge, understanding and skills

w. plagiarism: the reproduction or paraphrasing or passing off as one's own work, either wholly or in part, of projects, papers and other written assessments of texts or other works such as compositions and arrangements of other authors without providing proper source references and without clearly indicating where citations begin and end

Article 3: Objective, substance and exit qualifications of the Programmes

3.1 The primary objective of the programmes is to provide students with the knowledge, insight and skills necessary for successful careers as teachers, performing musicians and/or composers.
The programmes focus on the artistic and professional world in the broadest sense and the teaching profession to which it is connected. In addition to performing with orchestras, ensembles and on stage, graduates will also work at cultural institutions, in education and as independent entrepreneurs.

3.2 The substance of each study programme has been incorporated in the study guide.
The exit qualifications of each programme has been incorporated in the study guide.
The relationship between objectives and exit qualifications in the individual programmes or principal subject has been incorporated in the study guide.

3.3. The programmes are 'socially relevant' in that the exit requirements have been tailored to the greatest extent possible to meet the demands of the professional world. To this end, direct contact with the professional world is a necessity.

Article 4: Language and language requirements

The programmes are conducted in two languages: Dutch (Classical Music, Jazz, Pop Music and Music in Education divisions) and English (Classical Music and Jazz departments).
Non-Dutch or Non-English speaking foreign students are required to show a positive test result on the English language. The requirements are further explained on the website.

Article 5: Programmes

5.1 Bachelor's Degree Programme in Music
subject clusters for musicians
* instrumental and vocal principal subjects (classical music, jazz and pop music)
* conducting (choral, orchestral, concert and brass band)
* theory of music (classical music and jazz)

subject clusters for composition students
* composition (classical music)
* composition/arranging (jazz)

5.2. Bachelor of Music in Education Degree Programme
subject clusters for music in education
* music teacher in primary education
* music teacher in secondary education
* music teacher in special education
* community music teacher

5.3. Master's Degree Programme in Music
subject clusters for musicians
* instrumental and vocal principal subjects (classical music, jazz and pop music) and associated graduation programmes
* conducting (choral, orchestral, concert and brass band)
* theory of music (classical music and jazz)

subject clusters for composition students
* composition (classical music)
* composition/arranging (jazz)
* composing for film (in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Academy)

5.4. Master's Degree Programme in Opera
subject clusters for opera

Article 6: Full-time

The programmes are offered on a full-time basis.

Article 7: The Examinations

7.1 In the bachelor's degree programmes the propaedeutic phase will be concluded with the propaedeutic examination and the main phase with the final examination.

7.2 The examinations mentioned in 5.1 will be considered passed if all course components belonging to the corresponding study phase have been completed successfully, or if the student has been exempted for those components.

Article 8: Participation in excursions

8.1. Excursions to which a student's financial contribution is linked can, if the student therefore is unable to participate in this excursion, be replaced by an alternative assignment. To do this, the student submits a written request to the Examination Board.

8.2. Exceptions to article 8.1 are for excursions that are irreplaceable. This concerns the CKV excursion in the third-year ODM curriculum. This excursion is described in the ODM study guide.

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