To be a top musician, that is your dream! But you also want to learn how to write and produce music and manage your own business. And all that, preferably, in an inspiring, international setting. Codarts’ Pop programme has it all. What do you think of performances as exams during the Festival Pop op de Kaap, for example? At Codarts you can learn how to make your hands or your voice do what your mind dreams of. You follow intense classes with your instrument. You play in bands with fellow students from your own and other music departments. You gain stage experience, both within Codarts and far beyond the academy’s setting. Take a look at the Codarts Pop Orchestra! All this helps you develop into an experienced musician who knows the profession from A to Z, from writing to performing, from producing to doing business. Our main subjects are: voice, songwriting, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, Hammond organ, drums and creative producer. Watch the trailer of our Pop-department on the YouTube-channel of Codarts.

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Year 1 - 2

The first year (the propaedeutic phase) consists of a broad introduction to the profession. You grow as a musician and as a person.

  • You learn how to better understand and control your instrument.
  • Together with fellow students you form a band. You learn how to play and write music together and you work in a recording studio.
  • Studying general music theory and music history gives you a better understanding of the music that you make.
  • You take part in project weeks. There are many different programmes to choose from, from microphone technique to stage presentation.
  • You take an introductory course in business and health & well-being (hearing protection, responsible use of your voice, et cetera).
  • In the lessons about home recording you learn about editing and recording techniques.

You are becoming increasingly independent during the second year. You are much more a ‘maker’ than in the first year.

  • Classes in your major subject are arranged around your needs and technical development: you follow a ‘custom-made’ programme.
  • You take an introductory programme in teaching, also in practice. For instance, you coach bands or give music lessons.
  • Home recording lessons continue.
  • You take a new class, aimed at broadening your knowledge: music worldwide.You take part in interdisciplinary projects with other departments at Codarts and/or with students from the Willem de Kooning Academy. For instance, making video clips or creating a performance with students of circus art.

Year 3 - 4

In the third year, your own unique artistic personality becomes more explicit.

  • There is more ‘free space’ than in the previous years, to take minors or do other projects.
  • You gain more experience in teaching as well. You do an internship and learn about teaching methodology and education.
  • When you complete the minor Education, you get an education certificate, which authorises you to teach at music schools.
  • You can take classes at other music departments of Codarts, to broaden your knowledge.
  • You take part in interdisciplinary projects with other departments at Codarts and/or with students from the Willem de Kooning Academy. For instance, making video clips or creating a performance with students of circus art.

By the time you graduate you will be an experienced artist, maker and entrepreneur who knows the profession from A to Z.

  • You organise a final presentation and write your graduation paper.
  • At the final presentation you demonstrate how you present yourself to the world as an artist. You choose the format that suits your graduation major (this is often a live performance). You organise all this yourself, from repertoire to venue, decoration and PR/marketing.
  • You have a flourishing practice by now, which is reflected in a fine CV.
  • You fill your free space with subjects of your own choice.

Dual Degree

Do you have an artistic talent, as well as a hunger for academic knowledge? You can now mix arts and academia in metropolitan Rotterdam. Codarts and her partners from the Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab offer you the possibility to combine theory and practice in a five-year Dual Degree programme. For more information, click here.

After graduation

After your graduation you will be a great musicians with a high artistic and entrepreneurial level. You are able to create your own place in the music industry and are active across the entire musical practice. Often you combine different qualities: playing in a band or as a soloist, working on music productions or working as a music teacher. During you study you will get to know our extensive network in the music industry from which you can benefit after you graduation. Some of our students continued their studies with a Master of Music. Guido Joseph (graduated in 2010), guitarist of Chef’Special ‘We’ve been able to come so far with Chef’Special because we took the time to learn and to grow as a band. Our manager, Paul Heijink, has played and still plays a great role in this. We formulated our objectives together with him. All the steps we take are well thought through.’

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To be admitted at the Bachelor of Music (Pop) at Codarts a specific entrance audition must be passed. Each area of study has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements.

To enroll at Codarts you should be in possession of a havo diploma, mbo bve-level 4 or a (foreign) certificate of equivalent value, in which the subject packet or the profile is of secondary importance. In special cases the above diploma demands can be set aside. The student-to-be then has the possibility to take a capacity test, to check if there is sufficient general development to be able to follow the study. The fees for this test are charged to the student-to-be.

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Practical info

Under more information we give you all the important information you might need to know for your study at Codarts. Information on the tuition fee, useful websites that can help with finding suitable accommodation, how to study at Codarts with a disability, and we give tips for applying for a scholarship. We will help you to find your way at Codarts.

Halving statutory tuition fees

In 2018 the Dutch government decided to halve the statutory tuition fees for first-year students. The discount is intended for Bachelor’s students who start their studies in higher education for the first time. The exact details of the new legislation can be found on the website of the national government (information is in Dutch). This page also states which conditions you must meet in order to qualify for a halving of the tuition fee.

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Student life

Student Life is a high quality student support programme, that enables you to realise your full potential and have a successful and joyful study career. Student Life provides information, training, guidance and care. We help to enhance your performance and contribute to your personal development, injury prevention and general well-being. You can contact us for housing assistance, insurance guidance, medical screenings as well as nutritional and psychological counselling. The Student Life Team consists of:

  • The Performing Arts Health Center team (PAHC),
  • Various study coaches
  • A student counsellor

The International Office is also part of Student Life We work in close collaboration with colleagues who are familiar with the high demands of the professional group. Think of scientists, teachers and the artistic staff. As we are committed to support the individual learning needs of all students, we recognise the diversity of disciplines within performing arts and within different cultural backgrounds. Our Student Life program is built on four interconnected pillars: 1. Physical screening 2. Education 3. Services & facilities 4. Research & development Do you have questions or do you want more information? Feel free to contact us by mailing to


+31 10 217 11 31

Pieter de Hoochweg 125

3024 BG Rotterdam