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Dance Industry

Start moment
September, February
Nederlands, English
20 weeks
Contact hours
15-20 hours per week

  • Programme
  • Buddy and support
  • Admission requirements
  • Recognition
  • Finance your study
  • Accommodation and practical matters
  • How to apply
  • The Netherlands / Tilburg
  • Contact

The minor Dance Industry educates students who have an ambition in the dynamic, specialized branch of electronic dance music, focusing on communication and commercial economy. Examples of professions of target are: event managers, (online) marketeers, A&R and label managers, bookers and artist managers.

Participants of the minor learn how to represent a dance music company and how to work within a corporate identity and the culture of the industry in general. Besides, based on comprehensive research, students learn to develop innovative, valuable dance music products or artists, and to bring them into the market. Last but not least, within the Career programme, participants individually work on professional and personal challenges and goals which will help them to work in the industry.

Key players electronic dance music's industry

All this is embedded in a close and challenging collaboration with key players from diverse departments of electronic dance music’s industry. Examples are:Amsterdam Dance Event (education partner of Fontys ACI), IMS Ibiza, music venue 013, various (well known) DJs and their managers.

General topics:

  • History and current practice of electronic dance music, its culture and industry
  • General knowledge of music production, performance and artist management
  • Marketing and communications in the branch of electronic dance music
  • Dance events: from concepting to production
  • Legal aspects of dance music industry
  • Partnerships and sponsoring

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The programme primary runs in Dutch. When there are enough applications from exchange students, or Dutch students with international ambitions, a parallel international group is formed as well.

Intensive coaching exchange students

Your teachers provide intensive coaching during the programme. All exchange students will be placed in buddy groups, led by a full-time Fontys ACI student. He or she will introduce you to Dutch culture, the city of Tilburg and the campus. With questions about practical matters and social engagements you can go to your buddy.

Complicated and personal matters

For all matters more complicated or personal you can go to the international coordinator or the study coach dedicated to our international exchange group. This study coach can help you with several personal or study related matters and can forward you to study psychologists or a dean if needed.

English Proficiency

The international edition of the minor Dance Industry runs in English and works with international clients. The minimum level of English required will equate to the level of IELTS 6.0 (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL iBT 80 (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or CEFR B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Additional requirements

Students with an education in commercial economy, communications, leisure, media and entertainment are accepted directly. Candidates from non-related studies have to prove their capability through a résumé and a motivation letter. Of course, affinity with electronic music and its culture and industry is needed, because the programme is fully focused on it. Core subjects are: marketing and communication, music, entertainment and research.

When there are not enough applications for the international version, it may be canceled or students are offered to participate in the Dutch group.

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

Please note that the expenses noted below are estimates only for a semester abroad at Fontys and that the actual expenses will depend on your personal lifestyle. If excursions are included in the curriculum, the costs are for the student him/herself. The study programme is obligated to offer a free option as well. You will receive more information about extra costs if applicable in the course descriptions you’ll receive once accepted to the programme.

Tuition Fees

Students on exchange from Fontys ACI partner universities will not be obliged to pay tuition fees. For all other students, a fee of € 70 to € 90 per ECTs credit will apply (i.e. a 30 ECTs programme = € 2,100 to € 2,700).

Living Expenses

Students can expect general living expenses to amount to approximately € 700 to € 1,000 per month. This amount includes accommodation (i.e. approximately € 500 to € 600 per month all inclusive), food, transport and personal expenses.

Visa Expenses

These costs vary depending on your country of origin. EEA students do not require visas and as such, no expenses will be applicable. Students requiring Entry Visas and/or Residence Permits can expect to pay charges of approximately € 600.


In theory, students hailing from the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Turkey may be eligible for Erasmus Study Grants. Please refer to the International Office at your home university for further information.

Accommodation for exchange students

It is not always easy for exchange students to find accommodation in the Netherlands. Therefore, Fontys offers a service to provide students with assistance in securing suitable accommodation (i.e. a student room) for their exchange at Fontys. For information go to the Fontys accommodation page.

Application procedure

  • After nomination by your university for an exchange programme at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries you will be asked to apply through Mobility Online (our online application system).
  • Once you’ve been accepted in Mobility Online you can continue the application steps, including filling in the accommodation form before June 15 (for Fall semester) or December 8 (for Spring semester).
  • You can give your preference for a basic student room or a more luxurious student room with services included.
  • The accommodation officer will send you detailed information about the housing agency after the housing deadline.
  • The housing agency will get in touch with you and you'll have to transfer two months of rent + deposit before arrival to housing agency (no payment = no entrance accommodation, but still the obligation to close rental contract).
  • Accommodation is available on the agreed date.
  • You are obliged to accept and pay for the offered room for the whole period.

How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at this website to see how it works.

How to apply as a Dutch UAS student

Fontys and other Dutch UAS students, apply for this minor via https://www.kiesopmaat.nl

How to apply as a Fontys student

You have to register yourself for the minor in Progress. Please note: the available places shown in Progress might not represent the actual availability. Students take diverse routes to register for this minor: exchange students through our international office and Dutch higher education students (from schools other than Fontys) through ‘kiesopmaat.nl’. Waiting to register for the minor of your choice because of the shown availability is not advisable and might result in you being too late and the minor being full.

Deadline for nomination (by partner university)

Fall semester1 May
Spring semester1 November

Deadline for application:

Fall semester15 May
Spring semester15 November

Academy application requirements

A Skype call will be an obligatory requirement for your application procedure at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries and can influence the acceptance at our Academy. The Skype call will serve as an extra opportunity for you to show us your motivation and level of English, besides this there’s time for questions of the applicant as well.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country in western Europe with a multicultural population of approximately 17 million people. It has a very rich history in international trade, education, art, literature, design and sciences. This tiny country is famous for the great Dutch Masters, painters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh. They transformed the world around them just like today’s Masters: designers, concept developers, futurists. The Dutch creative industry of the 21t century is growing rapidly and plays a leading role in strengthening the innovative capacity of the country. The Netherlands strives to be the most creative economy in Europe by 2020.


More than 27,000 students study in the city of Tilburg in the south of The Netherlands. 13.5 percent of this city’s 200,000 inhabitants are students. Tilburg has a lot of cafés where you can enjoy student life. Students quickly find their favorite bars/pubs, restaurants and other meeting places. Catching a movie, enjoying the night life, a pop concert, visiting museums or going to the theatre: Tilburg offers a great number of possibilities.

Contact person about the Minor

The minor runs in responsibility of Fontys Academy for Creative Industries in Tilburg.  More information about the programme? Contact Mark van Bergen, programme coordinator: mark.vanbergen@fontys.nl.

Contact person for general information and application for exchange students: 

Tel: +31 6 42100886  Skype: aciinternational1 E-mail: ace-international@fontys.nl 

Address: Visiting address: Prof. Goossenslaan 1-4, Building P8, Tilburg Post address: P.O. Box 9090D, 5000 GD, Tilburg, the Netherlands