RASL 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.


The Dual Degree programme allows you to simultaneously develop your artistic talent and your academic ambitions. You will have the option to combine the Bachelor of Music with one of two programmes at Erasmus University:

International Bachelor of Arts and Culture Studies (IBACS) or

Liberal Arts and Sciences aan het Erasmus University College (EUC).

Choosing a combination with IBACS allows you to dive deeper into the world of Art, exploring fields such as the History, Policy and Economics of Art, Aesthetics and of course Research Skills. You will become not only a skilled artist, but also be thoroughly acquainted with the workings of the Art world, opening up a wide range of professional possibilities in the cultural sector.

Choosing EUC allows you to choose your own major from four fields of study: Life Sciences, Social and Behavioural Studies, Economics and Business, and Humanities. If besides music you have a specific interest in, for example, psychology, politics or biology or if you are looking for a programme that allows you a lot of freedom in designing your own study path, then this is the programme for you.

At Codarts the following majors participate in the Dual Degree:

Jazz, Pop, World music, Classical Music

After completing the Dual Degree programme, you will receive two bachelor degrees: one from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, depending on your programme and major) and one from Codarts.


We believe that today’s world needs multidisciplinary experts who can address complex and multidimensional challenges. Your artistic practice will benefit from your contextual knowledge, critical view, and research skills – and vice versa: your theoretical work is fuelled by your creative mind-set and artistic experience. You will be able to build a future practice with two separate jobs, but you can also integrate both studies.

The RASL Dual Degree is a challenging programme. You need to be able to shift your attention between study programmes, get a thrill out of navigating two different institutional and social cultures, be a star in time management and, most of all, you need to have a true appetite for both the artistic and the academic. If that sounds like you, then this is the programme for you!


In order to make it possible for you to simultaneously study in two different programmes, we align both programmes in terms of schedules, making sure you will not have classes at Codarts and EUR in the same time slots. We also align the programmes in terms of competencies. By eliminating any overlapping content, we have reduced the study load of both programmes, creating a combined programme of five years. Each study year in the Dual Degree programme consists of around 60 EC, which is the same number as a regular Bachelor programme.

Over the course of these five years you will be studying at both institutions simultaneously, keeping you rooted in both practices during your entire studies.


The programme is offered by the Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (RASL). RASL is a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam, Willem de Kooning Academy and Codarts. The mission of RASL is to exchange knowledge on education and research and also to offer students the possibility to develop their skills in relation to the changing artistic professional practices and societal issues.

How to apply?

In order to be accepted in the Dual Degree programme, you will first need to be accepted at both programmes (IBACS-Codarts or EUC-Codarts). You will apply at both programmes independently and will follow the regular admissions procedure. Once accepted, our Dual Degree coordinators will contact you about making a tailor-made schedule and study programme, suited to the programme combination of your choice.

Here you can find more information about the admissions procedure and requirements at Codarts:
World music
Classical Music

Deadlines for application can be found on the sites of the departments.

Here you can find more information about the admission procedure and requirements at IBACS.

Here you can find more information about the admissions procedure and requirements at EUC.


The programme is offered by the Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (RASL). The following institutes and departments participate in the Double Degree:

Partner programmes:

Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Participating programme: Arts & Culture Studies (BA)
Erasmus University College (BSc Liberal Arts & Sciences)

Codarts Rotterdam
Music Participating departments: Classical Music, Jazz, Pop, World Music

Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences)
Contemporary and cutting edge art courses that complement changing, international practice. The world needs artists and designers who possess a multitude of talents and skills and look beyond the order of their original discipline. Participating departments:

  • Fine Art (Fine Art, Photography) – Bachelor of Arts
  • Design (Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Audiovisual Design, Lifestyle, Fashion Design, Spatial Design, Product Design) – Bachelor of Arts

More information about admission & application: www.rasl.nu