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Your musical home
Flanders' student city has an active music culture and is internationally recognised with the Unesco City of Music label. Tranquillity and intimacy go hand in hand with a vibrant and sizzling cultural life, to which KASK & Conservatorium actively contribute.
With a caring ear for maintaining the indispensable musical-technical mastery and an open and critical view of what lives and moves in the world, our teachers train you to become a self-reliant and autonomous artist.
As experienced and leading musicians, the teachers draw on their rich artistic practice as soloists and chamber musicians, in renowned orchestras and ensembles at home and abroad, and as composers for film, theatre and the concert podium. They share that knowledge and their international network with you, the up-and-coming talent.
Creating and implementing
At the heart of the programme is musical practice. First and foremost, you will learn to make music, both as a soloist and in chamber music and in opera and orchestral productions (e.g. together with professional musicians from the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen and B'Rock Orchestra).
The presence of both a master in (historical) instrument building and a lively composition class contribute to an open climate where creative collaboration knows no bounds. A varied range of theoretical frameworks across artistic disciplines forms you into an excellently informed musician for whom creating and performing are inseparable.
Together with a large group of international students in our English master's programme, you will exchange experiences on a daily basis. This happens both in the basic programme and in the European 'International master in composition for screen' (InMICS, with the conservatories of Lyon, Bologna and Montreal) and the unique master after master in contemporary music in cooperation with Ictus and SPECTRA.
Within the fertile hotbed that KASK & Conservatorium forms as one school of arts, classical musicians continue to collaborate with jazz and pop musicians, film and theatre makers, visual artists, designers... In the many cross-pollinations that characterise the contemporary field.
The educational master's in music and performing arts prepares students to pass the torch, both within education and in socio-artistic projects.
With all this, KASK & Conservatorium shows, opens and develops with students a range of possible paths and encourages them to find their own voice in personal projects, ready for the world.
KASK & Conservatorium offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts, drama and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike.
The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master contemporary music or one of our postgraduate programmes.
Don’t hesitate to contact the study and learning track counsellors with your questions.
Study programme, voice
Study programme, instrument
If you want to apply for an academic bachelor's, you must first pass an artistic admission test. To enter the master's programme, you will take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.
- Stef Hesters, Graduation 2022, photo: Benina Hu
- Marlies Cornelis, Graduation 2022, photo: Benina Hu
- video: Manon De Sutter & Charles Dhondt