The Academy

The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture prepares students to practice spatial design as a discipline at the interface of art, science and technology. The Academy offers three master's courses: Master of Architecture, Master of Urbanism and Master of Landscape Architecture. Graduates are immediately admitted to the Dutch professional register of architects, urbanists and landscape architects.

Study and professional practice

At the Academy students in architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture are trained in constant mutual exchange between the disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach is a hallmark of our courses. The courses combine both study and work. Half of the master's course consists of design education, the other half consists of acquiring professional work experience through relevant part-time employment.

Applicants from non-English countries who want to apply as a guest- or an exchange student must have sufficient control of the English language according to the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum grade of 6.

In the heart of Amsterdam

The Academy premises are a monumental complex facing the Waterlooplein in the heart of Amsterdam. The Academy has its own place in the cultural life of the city. National and international activities are organised on a regular basis, such as series and public lecturesinternational workshops, special events and exhibitions.

Mission statement

The Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) attaches great importance to the quality of the teaching and imposes particularly stringent demands on the programmes, tutors, students and organisation. An important indicator of quality is the success of graduates in professional practice.

Research reveals that the majority of AHK graduates find work in the profession for which they have trained. The number of prominent artists who have studied at the Amsterdam University of the Arts is undeniably impressive. The premise of the AHK is accreditation of all of its courses by the Netherlands and Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). 

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