International Summer School

Are you excited to learn more about music, art history, or film production over the summer? Join one of NHL Stenden’s International Summer School courses in the beautiful city of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands!

The International Summer School brings you vibrant and stimulating courses set against the backdrop of the historic city of Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden is the capital of the province of Friesland in the northern part of the Netherlands. The city bursts with creativity, which is why it was the European Capital of Culture in 2018.

You are invited to join one of our modern, informative and fun courses that are both creative and practical. Offering full immersion in your chosen field, but with unique crossovers between various disciplines. A socially and culturally rewarding experience. Lecturers from the field will encourage you to get the most out of yourself.

We offer:

  • highly-skilled and experienced professionals who teach the courses;
  • excellent facilities provided by NHL Stenden and the multi-functional cultural hub Neushoorn;
  • the chance to meet and collaborate with creative people from around the world;
  • the academic credits of an established university of applied sciences (ECTs available at bachelor level).

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The summer courses


Creative music production

This is a 10-day music production course with a twist. It does more than simply recount the tips and tricks you need to make good dance or hip-hop. We work on the techniques and skills that will make you a better and more creative producer. 

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Film production

If you are serious about your filmmaking, this course provides the knowledge to improve your storytelling skills. In this course, you will learn the essence of making (fiction) films including production, funding, writing, directing and cinematography. 

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Secrets of Dutch art in the Golden Age

There is a vast catalogue of paintings from the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age. Approximately 10 million. Many are beautiful, but just as many are puzzling. Why are the subjects often foolish-looking, ugly, or drunk? Why so many flowers and cheeses? 

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If you are serious about your songwriting, this course will provide the tools and skills to improve yourself in what you do. We will work on basic songwriting tools such as phrasing, lyric writing, harmonies.

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Treasure hunt in famous Dutch art museums

Visiting an art museum in The Netherlands can be a wonderful, but quite overwhelming experience. There are the famous paintings of great masters of the so-called Golden Age, by, for example Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals, but also the more modern paintings of Vincent van Gogh. 

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