Admission requirements

Diploma requirements

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted, students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. This means:

For Dutch students: VWO-, HAVO- or MBO-diploma level 4
For German students: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
For students of other nationalities: senior high school diploma/ GCE or equivalent e.g. the British GCE A-levels or GCSE grades A, B or C, the French Baccalaureat or the American High School (top stream or plus 1 year college).

Language requirements

For the English-taught programmes of Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, the minimum English language proficiency required is as follows:

IELTS    5.5 
TOEFL Paper   525
TOEFL Computer   196
TOEFL Internet   70
TOEIC    620 (provided the student has passed ‘Speaking and writing’ and ‘Listening and Reading’ components)
Cambridge ESOL   FCE-C

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Applicants who have a Dutch diploma of secondary education (at least HAVO/VWO/MBO-4)
  • Applicants who have a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associates of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the code of conduct
  • Applicants who have followed two years of their previous education in English.
  • Applicants who have adequate knowledge of the English language tested and approved during the intake.

    Additional requirements

    When you apply on Studielink, you will get a message that says that the Academy has additional requirements (besides educational requirements).
    This means that for every program at Fontys School of Fine and Performance Arts, you are required to participate in an entrance exam (audition) before you can be admitted.
    Two working days after your application via Studielink, we will inform you about how to register for the entrance exam.