HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

Utrecht, Netherlands

No. Students: 3,900
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The Utrecht School of the Arts offers preparatory courses, bachelor and masters programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction and arts management.
With more than 3,700 students, the Utrecht School of the Arts is one of the largest art and culture-oriented universities of applied sciences in Europe.


The Utrecht School of the Arts is internationally oriented and involved in numerous international programmes and projects. The HKU maintains contact with almost 200 educational institutions abroad for the purpose of exchanging lecturers, students and projects. Almost 20% of the students come from outside the Netherlands. Foreign students can attend the HKU as a regular student, an exchange student in programmes such as Socrates/Erasmus, a bilateral exchange programme or as an MA, MPhil or PhD student.

The HKU facilitates and stimulates talented and passionate students to develop as visual artists, teachers, musicians, designers, technologists, arts managers, writers and actors. It offers students intensive coaching and supervision. The courses have a tutor system. A tutor has an intermediary function between the student and the teacher and supervises the study process. In nearly all practical subjects, the Utrecht School of the Arts has adopted the studio-based system, in which (teams of) students have their own workspace and where they meet their supervisors.
Project offices maintain contact with the business community, the government, the non-profit sector and the media and cultural sector. Another task of the project offices is to find commissions for students, giving them the opportunity to work in professional practice. These commissions range from graphics and architectural assignments to websites, dvd's, installations, games, animations, clips, videos, films and concerts.
Students are given many opportunities to prove themselves in practice. You may use the schools concert hall, theatre and gallery, professional studios and workplaces.


Student Service Centre

Our Student Service Centre (SSC) has put together information on what you will need to arrange for your study here. Procedures can be slightly different depending on your length of stay and which study you are planning to follow.

Functional disability? The fact that you have a functional disability need not imply that you cannot study. The Utrecht school of the Arts (HKU) operates in accordance with the Equal Treatment of Disabled and Chronically Ill People Act.
Students with a disability or chronic illness are offered the opportunity to make use of modifications or special facilities.

Student life

The city of Utrecht is located within 30 minutes from Amsterdam and a few hours from major cities in Europe, like Paris, Berlin and London.
Utrecht has a rich history and is home to a great many monuments ranging from Roman times through the Middle Ages to 20th-century architecture. The canals that are lined with wharf cellars and inviting terraces, old churches and naturally the impressive tower of the Dom cathedral add to the citys ambience. Students make up a large part of the population of Utrecht, which offers all the facilities that could be expected of a true student city.
Culture is important to Utrecht. Each year, more than 650,000 people visit the renowned museums, nearly a million visitors attend events such as the Blues Festival, the Netherlands Film Festival, the Festival of Early Music, the Festival a/d Werf and the Utrecht Design Biennial, while about two million people make use of facilities such as cinemas, theatres and music centres. Furthermore, of all Dutch cities, Utrecht is the city with most people working in a creative profession.

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