Avans University of Applied Sciences

Introduction

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The School of Fine Arts and Design | St. Joost is a part of Avans University of Applied Sciences and has more than 200 years of experience in art education.

History

The academy was first established in 1812 as the Académie Impériale et Royale de Peinture, Sculpture et Architecture in ’s-Hertogenbosch. In 2004 it merged with De Vrije School van Beeldende Kunst, founded in 1945 in Breda, establishing AKV|St.Joost in its present form. From its two campuses in Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the academy offers ambitious cultural producers the opportunity to lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the arts.

Philosophy

The master’s programmes at AKV|St.Joost is designed to mirror the professional realities into which you will emerge. Our curriculum is fluid, interdisciplinary and self-driven. The student’s independent research and studio practice guide and actively shape the programme, resulting in a rich mix of strategies and outcomes each year. Close mentorship by a faculty of renowned professionals supports students in the development of a process-based approach.

Unique and inspiring location

Situated in the south of the Netherlands, outside of the country’s dense urban core, the academy’s two campuses offer generous studio space and an opportunity for intense focus. The academy’s proximity to Germany and Belgium creates a lively local exchange and a broader perspective on theory and practice.

International outlook and network

Students come from around the world, and all the major European art centres are within a few hours reach. Study trips within Europe and abroad form an integral component of the curriculum. There is a lively agenda of guest teachers and speakers, and the academy maintains partnerships with key institutions in the Netherlands and other countries.

The Dutch context

Pursuing your master’s degree in the Netherlands means you will be part of a vibrant arts and design scene with a long and established history. At AKV|St.Joost, engagement with this community is encouraged and facilitated. Students regularly apply their practice in a professional context by executing projects in institutions and artist-run spaces outside of the academy.

Avans University of Applied Sciences

Avans University is one of the highest ranked schools in the Netherlands and maintains a leading position within Dutch education. Renowned for its project-based approach to learning, the university’s philosophy is rooted in its social environment. All programmes are fully accredited by NVAO.

Admissions

The master’s programmes are open to graduates of a bachelor programme in the arts, and in some cases, applicants from other disciplines. Spoken and written proficiency in English is required.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

Master of Arts - Master of Animation

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Animation is made for emerging professionals committed to broadening their palette and responding to the demands of an expanding field. The program relies upon and thereby cultivates, an innovative attitude. [+]

The Master of Animation is a one-year, full-time program. It offers ambitious animators the opportunity to broaden their expertise and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the creative sector.

A field brimming with possibility

Animation professionals work within an increasingly wide range of contexts. The program helps students navigate animation’s expanding field, which includes the essential role it has long played in the cinema, but also exciting new applications in design, games and interactive media. Students are challenged to find novel ways to enter these areas and to establish their own position within them.

Curriculum

The student’s self-directed research and studio practice are at the center of the program. We work with you to create substantial professional growth, based on your background, research path and ambitions. The program is geared towards animators and designers who have experience with the moving image.... [-]


Master of Arts - Master of Fine Art

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Fine Art is committed to empowering artists. Through a deepening of their artistic practice and the exploration of self-organization and alternative models, students gain agency in the context of contemporary art and today’s society. [+]

The Master of Fine Art is a two-year, full-time program. It offers ambitious artists the opportunity to deepen their practice and position themselves firmly within the historical and contemporary discourse.

Artistic agency

The artist’s role in society is changing. At AKV|St.Joost, you will learn not only how to respond to the current challenges and opportunities, but also how to shape this new reality. The program is deeply involved with new models of self-organization, alternative networks, and artist-initiated activities. All tutors have practices engaged in these modes of working, and together with them, you will explore your own position within the contemporary landscape.

The curriculum ... [-]

Master of Arts - Master of Graphic Design

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Graphic Design guides emerging professionals towards the development of a process-based approach. The program is designed by and for a world in flux. [+]

The Master of Graphic Design is a two-year, full-time program. It offers ambitious designers the opportunity to deepen their practice and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the field of design.

A focus on the future

The program centers upon a thorough understanding of the process of design and is research-oriented. You will be trained in media and graphic design theory, as well as the communicative and ethical skills essential to the visual interpretation of information in today’s technology-based society. Tutors and guest lecturers are professionals with rich and active practices, allowing us to keep our finger on the pulse of the ever-shifting design world.... [-]


Master of Arts - Master of Photography

Campus Full time September 2019 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Photography challenges students to think and act outside of traditional definitions of the medium. In a critical and supportive environment, participants ground their practice within the historical and contemporary discourse. [+]

The Master of Photography is a two-year, full-time program. It offers ambitious artists a critical context in which they can deepen their practice and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the arts.

An engaged and fluid position

As the only master’s program in the Netherlands dedicated to photography, we operate from the broadest possible definition of the medium. The documentary discourse and lens-based media theory are starting points for an unorthodox variety of cultural production. Students and faculty work in a wide range of contexts, including film, performance, writing, activism and curation.

Curriculum

At the core of the program is the student’s self-directed research and studio practice. A strong theoretical component, combined with mentoring from a faculty of renowned artists, guides students towards the development of process-based approach to artistic production. The qualities and problems specific to lens-based media are explored from within the conceptual realm.... [-]


Contact
Location address
Avans University of Applied Sciences - 's-Hertogenbosch
Onderwijsboulevard 215

's Hertogenbosch, North Brabant, 5223 DE NL
Location address
Avans University of Applied Sciences - Breda
Hogeschoollaan 1

Breda, North Brabant, 4818 CB NL
Location address
Avans University of Applied Sciences - Tilburg
Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 13

Tilburg, North Brabant, 5037 DA NL