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Academy of Music and Performing Arts

Discover your artistic potential at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts: a vibrant, international community where creativity meets ambition, offering hands-on experience in music and performing arts in a state-of-the-art environment.

About the exchange programme

Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts provides a unique, immersive conservatory experience, blending high-performance standards with creativity. The program emphasizes extensive individual and ensemble training, artistic and technical development, and interdisciplinary learning, aimed at fostering leadership and innovation in the music profession​.

Why this programme?

  • Learn to play at a professional level under the guidance of highly qualified musicians.
  • Choose from a wide array of specializations like Classical, Jazz & Pop, Music Theatre, and more, tailoring your education to your passion.
  • Gain a wealth of experience through intensive training in ensembles and orchestras, enriched by projects and masterclasses that reflect the diversity of the music profession.

More about Academy of Music and Performing Arts

At the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA), highly qualified musicians train students to become musicians. Studying at AMPA means learning to play an instrument at a professional level and becoming familiar with the broad domain of music. Students will be trained to become instrumentalists, music teachers, singers or conductors and they may select from the specialisations, Instrumentals / Vocals (Classical or Jazz & Pop Music), Music Theatre, Conducting, Composing, or Teaching Music.

The programme will focus heavily on future professional practice. The musical sense of hearing will be trained intensively and students will acquire a wealth of experience in a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Projects and masterclasses add extra impulses to the curriculum, fittingly reflecting the diversity of professional practice.




Content of the programme

Typically, the combination of subjects to be established will include subjects relating to artistic and technical development, such as instrumentals/vocals as a main subject, ensembles, chamber music, interpretation lessons, orchestra and choir projects, masterclasses/workshops and possibly individual assignments relating to solfège, analysis, harmony/counterpoint, the history of music and cultural history.

Students of jazz and light music may select from the following subjects:

  • Instrumentals/vocals as a main subject
  • Ensembles
  • Big bands
  • Improvisation lessons
  • Masterclasses/workshops and possibly individual assignments relating to solfège, analysis, harmony/counterpoint, arrangement, the history of music and cultural history.

These will relate to artistic and professional skills. If necessary, individual assignments will be added to the programme in the fields of the theory of music and cultural history.


Admission requirements

All students who are currently studying at a professional institute of music are welcome, whereby individual programmes will be aligned with the technical and artistic level of each exchange student.



How to apply as an exchange student

Before you apply for an Exchange programme in one of the Arts, please contact us first, as depending on the Art programme you wish to study. Either a portfolio, DVD, a CD or a link to a blog or Youtube or other is is required. Furthermore we need some personal details like your name and address, a CV and a motivation letter, your current year of study and study results.
Applications should be sent to the contact person of the department and always be approved by your International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university.

Specific deadline for Arts programmes to send in portfolio

  • Spring semester: 15 August - 15 October

  • Fall semester: 15 January - 15 March

Once the school has reviewed your portfolio, and considered it positive, you will receive the outcomes within 2 weeks.
Fontys will send you a link to an online application form. The online application system is called Mobility Online.


How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.


Practical information

Start moment(s)
September, February
12 - 24 weeks
Contact hours
24 per week

Fontys does not provide scholarships for its exchange students.

For more detailed information about practical matters, such as financial matters, residence permit, health insurance and accommodation, please click on the button below.


Location and contact


Zwijsenplein 1
Contact person: Mr Hans Raaijmakers