Study arts in Europe

Consider arts education in Europe

Fine Arts - Estonia

Through the ages, Europe has been a beacon for artists and the arts. A place where creative people can grow and flourish. We all know the big names. Michelangelo, Rubens and Picasso, whose artistic masterpieces are displayed all over the world. Or Strauss, Dvořák and Arvo Pärt, who have been inspiring people with their music for centuries. So it’s not surprising that arts education occupies a special place in European countries.

Every European country has institutions dedicated to teaching the arts to talents from across the globe. Disciplines like fine arts, dance and music are well known, but we should not forget programmes in design, photography and circus arts. Arts institutions are inherently international: because their focus is on talent, classes are made up of numerous nationalities. Their teachers also come from all over the world, thus guaranteeing a multinational environment and high standards of education.

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Discover more of Europe

Within Europe, institutions cooperate at many different levels, and arts students can also take part in the Erasmus+ programme. For instance, you can study Classical Violin at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland) and also take a specific minor at the Conservatoire de Paris (France). Or you can be enrolled in the Dance programme at Codarts Rotterdam (Netherlands) and combine it with a minor in interpretive dance at the Institute of the Escola Superior de Dança Lisbon (Portugal). See what options fit your curriculum, so you’ll graduate not only as an outstanding artist, but also with experience of different ways of teaching, different cultures and a large network.

Auditions and interviews

Admission procedures at arts institutions differ from those at mainstream institutions. In most cases, you have to audition or present your portfolio to a selection committee. There may be several rounds of interviews as well. Arts institutions always aim for the best: only the most talented candidates are granted a coveted place in their programmes.

How to apply?

John Lennon once said: “My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel." If you believe this is also your role, check whether a European arts institution can help you explore and evolve your talents. Since application procedures are different at every institution and in every country, we recommend following these steps:

  1. Go to the country profiles and select the country in which you wish to study.
  2. Visit the connected website to explore the institutions that offer arts education.
  3. Apply as instructed by the institution.

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