Academy of Pop Music


For the most part, you will determine your own learning path based on your preferred profile with the aim of reinforcing your projects/productions.

The course at the Academy of Pop Music is comprised of a coherent course and contains the following clusters:

  • The major cluster
  • Band culture
  • Theory lab
  • Projects/productions
  • Profile courses: supply-driven (Music Management, Music Economy, Songwriting, Music Production), third-year elective courses and the minors
  • Educational courses
  • Research

Theory and practice always go hand in hand. 

The ArtEZ Academy of Music pays a great deal of attention to health as part of its music courses.

First year and second year

The first year is exploratory, while the second year is basic (third year about going in-depth, fourth year about broadening your knowledge or specializing).

In the first year, students have the opportunity to apply for admission to the Honours Programme, which is supplementary to the regular courses of their own Bachelor’s course.

You will also see students from other art disciplines at the ArtEZ studium generale. During this day programme full of debate, workshops, performances and lectures you will meet relevant speakers from the art, science and society. You are going with them in discussion and sharpens that way your opinion and thoughts.

Third year: going in-depth in building your profile

From the third year onwards, you can take elective minors, such as: Music Management, Music Production, Songwriting, Education, Music Economy, Studio Playing, Studio Singing, Backup Vocals, and Performance. You will also receive the opportunity to build your profile as a performing artist, producer, songwriter, singer-songwriter, music manager, music entrepreneur, studio/session musician or lecturer, or you can teach your own music lessons or launch your own label. In preparation for professional practice, you can also complete various internships in the third academic year, and in both the third or fourth year, you can study abroad for several months.

Fourth year: research and graduation

In the fourth year, you will complete the course with a graduation project that is linked to a research project. Examples include:

  • A concert
  • Release of an EP
  • Organisation of a festival
  • Presentation of your own company
  • A live set at a festival
  • Digital educational concepts

ArtEZ finals

All students of the MediaMusic course will present their graduation work during the ArtEZ finals. A visit to this graduation exhibition is a must if you are thinking about taking the Academy of Pop Music course.