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Master in Dance
Master Dans

The master programme Dance is only accessible if you meet the diploma and language requirements and when you pass the artistic entrance exam. Follow the steps as described underneath

STEP 1. Check the diploma and language requirements

  • Diploma requirements


    Strong emphasis is placed on candidates having experience or proficiency in dance with one of the following:


    • A recognized bachelor’s degree in dance or in the performing arts.
    • A diploma in dance which is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.
    • Artists without a formal degree but who can prove equivalent professional dance experience or active embodied movement practice may also be considered through an RPL* procedure (*Recognition of Prior Learning).

    The Master in Dance aligns with the utilization of English as the international language for research. Hence, an effective proficiency in English language is advised.

    For specific questions about the admission requirements or your diploma, please contact the student center through the e-mail

    RPL Procedure

    If you do not hold a bachelor's degree in Dance or Performing Arts, but have experience as a professional dancer, you may consider obtaining your bachelor's degree in Dance through an RPL  procedure.

    The RPL procedure is a method of validating certain professional competencies to obtain a certificate of competence for one or more well-defined course units of the Bachelor Dance programme.

    The Bachelor Dance degree can be acquired if you have obtained:

    • a credit certificate,
    • an RPL (exemption through credit certificates obtained elsewhere),
    • or an exemption via an EVC certificate of competence.

    Please note: you must first pass the artistic entrance exam to apply for the RPL procedure. The RPL process is lengthy and must be completed before the start of the master's programme.  


  • Language requirements

    For the Master Dance there are no official language requirements. Although it is strongly advised to have a B2 Dutch or English proficiency level for effective day-to-day communication and high quality written assignments. 
    For the Educational master in Music and performing arts, major Dance, a Dutch language proficiency level B2 is mandatory. 

    The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp does not organise language courses. Students are free to take courses at a language institute of their own choice.  

    More info:

    For the master of arts & education in Music and performing arts a Dutch language proficiency level B2 is mandatory.


STEP 2. Register for the artistic entrance examination


STEP 3 till 7. After the artistic entrance examination

Additional information

  • Tuition fees and course related fees

    You can find the Regulations of tuition fees, study costs and various expenses on the general regulations page of the AP website. In the Excel file underneath, you can easily calculate the total amount you need to pay.

    In September or October, you’ll receive an invoice for the tuition fee and course related fees based on your signed study contract. The invoice will be sent to your AP-mail.

    Tuition fees 2024-2025

    Students who are nationals of a member state of the European Economic Area (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden) for a diploma or credit contract: tuition fee fixed part: 288.00 euro + 13.80 euro / ECTS + 66 euro course related fee.

    Students who are nationals of other countries: tuition fee fixed part: 904.90 euro + 123.50 euro / ECTS + 66 euro course related fee.

    The tuition fee for foreign students does not apply for nationals of those other countries in certain specific circumstances as described in the regulations. Swiss nationals are part of the European Free Trade Association and can obtain an E card and pay the same tuition fees as EEA citizens. Students with British nationality enrolled in 2020-21 will continue to be subject to the normal tuition fee for the completion of the study started in 2020-21.

    A student from inside the EER enrolling for 60 ECTS within a diploma contract pays 1,182.00 euro tuition fee. A student from outside the EER enrolling for 60 ECTS within a diploma contract pays 8,380.90 euro tuition fee.

    Course related fees 2024-2025

    All Bachelor and Master students who register for 27 ECTS or more pay 66 euro, students with less than 27 ECTS pay 36 euro.
    Extra costs are also charged for attending performances and concerts.  These extra costs will be invoiced separately in May 2025 on the basis of actual expenses:

    • students who register for the course History of music 1 and 2, History of music (jazz) 1 and 2, Art criticism and Art criticism (Media, writing and performance art) pay a maximum of 50 euro extra;
    • students who register for the Bachelor in Dance pay a maximum of 80 euro extra.
  • Learning account

    The learning account is applicable to each student who enrols in a University College or University in Flanders. With this tool the Government aims to encourage you to make the right study choice and monitor your study progress.

    Every student starting higher education in Flanders receives a learning account of 140 study credits. Study credits are deducted from your learning account for each course you enrol for. If you pass your exam you earn back your credits. If you fail for your exam, the study credits are irrevocably deducted from your learning account. If you don't have any credits left in your learning account you can no longer continue your studies.

    You can check the balance of your learning account on (website in Dutch only).

    If you enrol for a course of 6 study credits, then those 6 study credits will be deducted form your learning account. If you pass your exam with at least 10/20 then those 6 credits will be added again to your learning acount. If you fail, the 6 credits will be irrevocably deducted.

    The first 60 credits you obtain under diploma contract in higher education in Flanders are doubled. Those 60 credits don't need to be earned in one academic year, one study programme or one institution.

    For whom?
    The learning account applies to any student who enrols with a diploma contract or credit contract for a bachelor or master programme. It does not apply to students who enrol for a teaching qualification programme, for a bridging or preparatory programme or for a postgraduate programme. Also enrolments with an exam contract are not taken into account.

    The learning account aims to encourage you as a student to make the right study choice and to encourage you to change your study programme in time.

    Made the wrong choice?
    Is your study not running so smoothly as you expected or do your realise that you made the wrong choice? Then you should make an appointment with your student counselor. You can withdraw or choose a new programme. This way you do not unnecessarily lose credits from your learning account. The quicker you decide, the more chance you have to gain back your credits.

    Already obtained a master's degree?
    ­The balance of your learning account is reduced by 140 credits when you obtain a diploma for a master programme. If this results in a positive balance, you can use the remaining credits to enrol in an initial bachelor or master programme. If the balance of your learning account is less than 60 credits, you can build it up again to a maximum of 60. Ten credits are added to your learning account every academic year after you obtained your master diploma.

    More information about the learning account can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations under article 8.1 and on (Dutch website only).


  • Financial support

    For general information about international scholarships, please check and

    In order to receive a scholarship from the Flemish Community, you must fulfill multiple conditions. If you are temporarily staying in Belgium because of your studies, national conditions will be an obstacle and you might not be eligible to request this scholarship. If you do not meet the requirements, you will have to fund your studies yourself and (if possible) apply for financial assistance and/or study aid in your home country. For more information about the scholarship of the Flemish Community, please check

    Students from outside the European Economic Area are not eligible for financial aid from the AP University College. It is not possible to pay the tuition fee in instalments.

    Looking for an accommodation? What about the rental agreement? And the prices? Do you need insurance? Visa? Learn all about it on the practical information page of AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts Antwerp:

    For incoming master's students from abroad, there is also the Mastermind scholarship (read the requirements carefully). 

    The Conservatoire also offers some internal scholarships (between 1,500 and 3,000 euros per selected student) to regular students of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp: the Soroptimist scholarship, the Orange scholarship and the Bolster scholarship. Every year an internal call is made for these. 

    There are also external support initiatives such as:

    This is just a sample of what support is offered by externals. KCA staff regularly posts opportunities for support for projects, workshops, competitions and residencies on the student platforms Intranet and DigitAP.

  • Students with specific needs

    If you have specific needs you can request facilitating measures.

    You can request these if you:

    • have a (learning) disability (dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, adhd, a motor, visual or aural disability,…);
    • suffer from a medical or psychological problem;
    • combine top sport / work / family with studying.

    The studentcounselor Petra Vangeel ( will assist you in applying for facilitating measures to meet your individual needs.


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