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Do you fit in with our study course?

Thank you for your interest in the field of Scenography and our training! Perhaps you are fond of theatre, do you often draw, do you like to build things, do you like to visit museums with visual arts or do you like to read about the role of art in society? These can all be good starting points for a career as a scenographer. It is important to find out whether this specific training is right for you. You can do this by studying this website carefully and attending an open day. And finally by registering and entering into a conversation with the admissions committee during the admission process. That is always a mutual acquaintance.

What you need for this Scenography training is (imaginative) power, a love for spatial (3D) work, a sense of theater and an interest in art and social developments. It is also important that you enjoy working together and that you have sufficient communication skills to do so. In order to be admitted, you must have at least a HAVO or VWO diploma, an MBO diploma (level 4) or an equivalent non-Dutch diploma. If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to contact us, we would be happy to look into it with you.


To participate in the admission procedure, please register by filling in the application form. To get to know you a little better, we ask you to submit for this round:

  • Motivation letter: in which you explain why you think this course suits you (see details)
  • Portfolio: an interesting selection of your own work (see details)
  • Image assignment: a (photo) image that once impressed you (see details)
  • Personal data, including:
    A copy of a valid ID (as jpeg., gif. or png. file)
    A color passport photo (as jpeg., gif. or png. file)
  • Information about your experience, including:
    A copy of your diploma of your highest education
    A copy of your most recent grade list(s) or final list

The admission interviews will take place in April and May 2024. There are still a few places available for the admission interviews. You can still register until May 5.

Based on the information submitted by the candidates, it will be decided which candidates will be invited to the second round. If you have been selected, you will receive an invitation by e-mail with a number of home assignments in preparation for the interview.


The second round consists of an interview with the application committee. In this way the study can get to know you better, and you can have a more clear view on the study. The conversation will be about your motivation, your experience, your work already done and your home assignments. Once all admission interviews have taken place, a final decision will be made on who will be admitted to the programme. You will be notified of this by the beginning of June at the latest.


If you have been admitted to the programme, you will receive a certificate of admission from us. Both we and you sign these. You then formally register via Studielink with this proof of admission. Please note: if you do not register via Studielink before you have received the proof of admission, your registration will not be valid. More information about registering via Studielink can be found here.

Costs for the Scenography programme

There are no costs associated with the registration procedure. The regular, legally determined tuition fee rate applies to the Scenography programme. For the most up-to-date amounts, see the overview of tuition fee rates at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. In addition to the tuition fees, a learning materials contribution of € 145 per year is requested. For example, software licenses and printing costs of scripts and readers are paid for.

In addition, keep in mind the following costs:

  • Materials
    For the study you need some of your own tools and specific clothing. You will receive a list of this. You will spend around €200 for this. In addition, you are responsible for materials for the models that you make for your design courses and model building classes. The costs for this vary and you determine yourself. For each design subject, you will receive an amount from the study program for the realization of your design. There is no compulsory literature, apart from the prints you receive from the study programme.
  • Laptop
    We advise you to have your own laptop during your studies that you can use for various study components, which is powerful enough to run software such as Cinema4D, Vectorworks, Isadora and Adobe Creative Cloud. Costs for this vary, at your discretion. When this is not financially feasible, there are also computers at school to use.
  • Performance visit
    It is the intention that you regularly visit performances and museums. On average once every two weeks. It is often possible to use your ATD student card, which gives you a discount. For performances above €20, which you must see for a course, the program will pay the costs above €20.
  • Study trips abroad
    The scenography classes make a study trip every year. The program pays half and you as a student pay half. Costs vary annually, depending on destination and activities. A guideline for the costs:
    - Year 1: €75 - €100
    - Year 2: €200 - €300
    - Year 3: €200 - €300
    - Year 4: €300 - €600
    If money is an objection to something, please contact the board of studies to look at the options together. For other information about practical matters regarding studying at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, see the Student Affairs page.

For further information about the application and the selection procedure, please contact

Mijke van der Linden
020 5277875



Application selection

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