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International networks and projects

If you study at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, you will also benefit from our fascinating and elaborate international network. We work together with other professional and higher arts education institutions around the world to make your education even better and increase your chances in the international job market. 

The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, together with around 300 other institutions for higher performing arts education from 57 countries, is a member of AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen). With this network, together we form a strong voice for higher performing arts education and defend our and therefore your interests. RCA is also active in the international alliances European Association of Music in Schools (EAS) and the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ).

As a student you will also actively participate in our network. You can participate in projects or modules together with students from other partner institutions.

Within METRIC (Modernizing European Higher Music Education through Improvisation) you will work on improvisation with coaching from teachers from leading European conservatories. We are members of this collective because we are convinced of the importance of improvisation to perfect your skills as a versatile artist. Specifically, you can participate in a yearly joint module as an elective in which you will be coached by our own teachers, teachers from Guildhall School of Music (London) and from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. The teachers rotate between the different conservatoires.

Voice students and collaborative piano students from all over Europe meet within EOA (European Opera Academy). Fourteen different institutes share their best-practices and nurture your personal talent. Students go on exchange abroad and take part in a module on a specific aspect of vocal coaching or accompaniment coaching or they are cast for a staged opera production! 

In addition to your new musical network, you will also have unique opportunities thanks to the various international cooperation projects subsidized by Europe. 


RCA is also part of an innovative project on contemporary dance called IMPACT. Through this Erasmus+ cooperation partnership we will create an international Master in Performance and Choreographic Technologies together with partners from France, Sweden, Portugal and Senegal. Interested? More info on our website soon!



Recently, RCA secured an Erasmus+ Design measure project in which RCA is collaborating as coordinator with ESMAE (Porto, Portugal) and the Vilnius Academy for Music (Lithuania) in order to develop a Joint Master for interdisciplinary creative performers-composers in a changing society: RESONO. By combining classes and subjects in the different partner institutions and traveling to different European cultural capitals, students can acquire all the necessary skills to build their individual artistic profile. The student centered curriculum is open to composers, performers, teachers and researchers who work with sound as creative artists, exploring different disciplines and using (new) media, instruments and sound skills as possible tools for connection. 


Past projects:

Within the European Opera Academy (EOA) a specific project; EOALAB (European Opera Academy Lab) grew. Together we want to turn our opera courses into real training laboratories where you can experiment artistically. The project stimulated innovation in opera training. Thanks to new and student-oriented training methods, more cooperation between the members and the exchange of their knowledge, the link between education, training and the labour market is strengthened. Check out the video on the manual on shared education: 

Thanks to MUSAE (Multidisciplinary Skills for Artists' Entrepreneurship), participants learned multidisciplinary skills that make true artist-entrepreneurs. As a creative entrepreneur one also needs financial and economic skills, leadership, career and communication skills. In this Erasmus+ Capacity-building project, RCA collaborated with institutions from Finland, Italy, Tunisia, Palestine and Uzbekistan. Effective methods and tools have been developed for the development of creative entrepreneurship; skills that are fundamental for future international and multidisciplinary careers. In 2022-2023, RCA lead the work package, in which 48 students and a dozen teachers from the non-European partner institutions were coached during 3 project weeks in Antwerp and in Italy, resulting in a festival of interdisciplinary performances in the Italian city of L'Aquila.

As a partner in the LOTUS project (Leadership and Organization for Teaching and Learning at European Universities), we contributed to capacity building and strategic change management for learning and teaching in higher education. A total of 40-60 institutions benefited from this development program, while supporting each other through peer-learning and a problem-solving approach. LOTUS also addressed key challenges such as student-centered learning, digitization, faculty professional development, institutional organization and quality management.

Our educational developers, heads of departments, teachers and staff members are always looking for opportunities to cooperate on an international level. Please contact