Instruments & Interfaces Admission


The master’s programme “Instruments & Interfaces” is offered by the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague together with STEIM in Amsterdam. Applications are made via Studielink (the national application and enrollment website) and via the website of the Royal Conservatoire. You will find the conservatoire’s admission page for the Instruments & Interfaces programme here:

Candidates must be in possession of a relevant bachelor’s degree. Examples of relevant studies would be: various design- or sound-related subjects (for instance composition, sonology, industrial design or interaction design), or related technical subjects such as artificial intelligence, computer studies or electronic engineering. The studies will be conducted in English and applicants are expected to be adequately fluent with the language. 

The candidate must submit a detailed project proposal, together with a portfolio and two reference letters. On the basis of this material an initial selection will be made, followed by interviews with the selected candidates.

The project proposal should include the following elements:

  1. A short description of the proposed project to be realised during the master’s studies. 
  2. A time planning, divided in 4 semesters, which also includes possible participation in subjects of the one-year Sonology Course.
  3. A detailed description of the proposed project. This description should present the central research question, the context in which the research takes place and the form in which the research results will be presented.
  4. An overview of the subjects to be discussed in the thesis for the final examination. 

Admission proposals should be oriented towards one the following categories:

Performance: use of interfaces approached from the perspective of playing and/or improvising. Here the emphasis is on making instruments or interfaces for specific uses, such as live performance, installations or mobile applications.

Instrumental: the use of sensors to design a playable instrument. Here the emphasis is on the conception, design and realisation of such an instrument on the basis of visualisations and/or sensors together with the appropriate playing techniques.

Protocol: the design of hardware for communication. Here the emphasis is more on the technical aspect of producing instruments and interfaces: hardware, sensors, software and the communication between different components on a technical level.

Information about study fees can be found here:

If you are admitted and you are from a country outside the EU (with exception of Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United States of America or South Africa), you must demonstrate that your level of English is sufficient before 1 September 2021. You can demonstrate your command of English with your score on any of the following English language proficiency tests: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge English (FCE/CAE/CPE). The test scores are valid for two years and your score must be valid as of 1 September 2021. The minimum standard is a score of 6.0 in the IELTS test or level 80 in the TOEFL.

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