Section 2: Conditions for registration and selection
Article 9: Conditions for registration
9.1. To be registrated in the programme, students must pass an entrance examination in accordance with Article 7(26)a of the Higher Education and Research Act. This entrance examination is described on the website.
9.2. To be accepted to the course, the candidate (in accordance with article 7(24) of the Higher Education and Research Act) must have earned a senior general secondary education diploma [diploma havo], a pre-university education diploma [diploma vwo], or a (foreign) diploma of an equal or higher rank. Students who have earned a senior secondary vocational education diploma (middenkaderopleiding of van een specialistenopleiding, in accordance with article 7 (2)(2)(1) of the Education and Professional Education Act) may also be admitted.
If candidates are not eligible because they lack a required diploma, they may still be admitted in the event of positive results of the investigation stated in the first paragraph of article 7.29 of the WHW to eligibility for education at the conservatory, if they have earned at least a junior general secondary education diploma [diploma VMBO, theoretische leerweg], or are over the age of 21.
In special cases and according to Article 7(29), fourth paragraph of the Higher Education and Research Act the board may decide to deviate from this age or diploma requirement.
Article 10: The Entrance Examination for the Bachelor's programme
10.1. The entrance examination will be administered by a selection committee consisting of at least three members and will be chaired by the department representative.
10.2. The entrance examination for the bachelor's programme consists of two parts: a general component in which the candidate's inner ear and knowledge of theory are evaluated, and a practical component in which his/her specific skills in relation to the principal subject are assessed. Additionally, an assessment as to whether the candidate will be able to pass the final bachelor's examination will be made.
Depending on the principle subject, the entrance examination can contain more components. Preselection can also be part of the entrance examination. This is described on the website
10.3. The candidate must pass both components to be accepted to the programme. Rematch of one of the parts of the entrance examination is only possible in exceptional cases, to be determined by the artistic direction.
10.4. The entry requirements are determined individually by principal subject by the department and have been published on the website.
10.5. The Board of Directors will determine in advance the number of places available per department. Naturally, up to the number of places available can be filled. Final admission of students on the waiting list will be effected by order of the Artistic Directorship. The department will indicate the level of priority of candidates on the waiting list.
10.6. The results of the bachelor's entrance examination can be as follows:
* admissible to the preparatory course
* admissible to the degree programme
10.7. The chairman will inform the candidate orally of the results immediately after the entrance examination. The Examination Board will inform of the final admissions decision.
10.8. Immediately after all entrance examinations for one department have been taken, the Examnination Board will make a decision regarding the final admission of candidates who have been approved for admission.
Article 11: The Entrance Examination for the Master's Degree Programme
11.1. For candidates already enrolled in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the final bachelor's examination can, in case the candidate wants to enrol on the master’s programme, also serve as an entrance examination for the master's degree programme.
11.2. Candidates wishing to enrol on the master's programme must, together with their application, submit an individual plan of study for the master's programme at least three weeks before the entrance examination. The study plan is part of the assessment of the entrance examination.
11.3. Candidates not enrolled in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam must prepare a recital consisting of fifty minutes of music in accordance with the final examination requirements of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During the entrance examination, the committee may decide not to hear all the repertoire.
11.4. If the final bachelor's examination also constitutes the entrance examination for the master's programme, the deliberation in respect of the result will first be concluded, after which the committee will make a decision regarding the candidate's admissibility to the master's programme.
11.5. The number of candidates to be admitted is determined by the management. Below this number, placement is possible. Final admission from the waiting list takes place by decision of the artistic leadership. Each section sets the order of priority of candidates on the waiting list.
11.6. The results of the master's programme entrance examination can be as follows:
* admissible to the master's degree programme
11.7. The chairman will inform the candidate orally of the results immediately after the entrance examination.
11.8 The Management Board decides after all admission examinations of the relevant section on the placement of candidates who are admissible and ensures that candidates are informed.