Ecology Futures - Master graduation track  fulltime programme

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The two-year graduation track Ecology Futures focuses on the role of new media art. And design research in interpreting, analyzing, critiquing, experiencing and visualizing ecological degradation.

This is a graduation track of the master of Arts in Fine Art & Design.

Ecology Futures focuses on introducing you to artistic methodologies and technologies that are informed by science. Such as; conducting fieldwork, deep mapping, use of AI in text writing, artistic journalism, material research and microbiology. You are educated in a professional interdisciplinary context. The graduation track promotes a tactic based on DIY/DIT principles, supporting you to become an independent professional who is inventive. And who is able to develop novel approaches between disciplines.

Taking account of sector needs in creative employment, you benefit from direct access to the industry network and execute assignments in collaboration with our partners. Our alumni form an invaluable international network of creatives.

Art-science collaborations are developed primarily through the Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design, and Technology (CARADT). Specifically within the Biobased Art & Design research group currently led by Professor Dr. Elvin Karana. You are offered a unique opportunity to work in a professional lab environment that facilitates practice-led artistic research.

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Programme features

Exploring alternative realities
Interdisciplinary art and design
Novel approaches

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What will you be trained to do

Your job

This high-performance graduation track is directed towards helping you realize your individual creative potential. This is achieved through a fully integrated approach to the rapidly expanding field of ecology.

We deliver artists and designers that are able to expand their career, based on value-driven motivations to become part of creating a better world. Defined by themselves and aligned by their practice. You are able to step into complex societal questions and take part in co-creation and collaboration with cross-sectoral professionals of different disciplines. To become part of future solutions.

Students can enter the workfield of visual arts, curating or exhibiting work in shows, perform different roles in cultural festivals or work as labinstructors in bio-labs. But alumni can also surprise us by specific interest in the intersection of art and food into the culinary world, the work field of situational design and the public space and entertainment.

Potential careers after the programme


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What is expected of you

Ecology Futures is open to artists, curators, writers, philosophers, and scientists with a demonstrable faculty for the arts. While applications from all disciplines are welcomed, the primary focus is on those with a background in new media, installation, sound art, performance, data visualisation, bioart/design and design research.

Programme structure Ecology Futures - Master graduation track

Study programme

The graduation track Ecology Futures is delivered across 24 months, comprised of 4 semesters and 6 units of study. Each unit ends with an assessment (either summative or formative) correlated to adhering learning outcomes.

Year 1

In the first year you focus on training new skills, methods of research and setting up your research practice for your artistic practice. Ecology Futures offers you modules, courses and tutorials to explore how to contextualize, expand and integrate your work in the right professional work field. At the end of each semester there is a summative assessment on your individual Studio Practice. All education takes place at the Avans location.

The semesters:

  • 1. Context & Skills Learning
  • 2. Co-research and External Enquiry in the Field

Year 2

In the second year you focus more on writing your thesis and materializing outcomes of your research. You present your final research at the Graduation Research HUB and you get the opportunity to exhibit your work at the graduation ceremony. At the end of each semester there is a summative assessment on your individual Studio Practice. Education takes place in a hybrid programme. It's possible to study remotely or to combine it with residencies or research activities abroad.

The semesters: 

  • 3. Consolidation of Practice-led Research
  • 4. Graduation Phase

Admissions requirements Ecology Futures - Master graduation track

Prior education

While applications from all disciplines are welcomed, the primary focus is on those with a background in new media, installation, sound art, performance, data visualisation, bioart/design and design research.

Assessment interview

An admissions interview is conducted with every student.

Language requirements

Proof of English proficiency (ie. IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge)

Practical information Ecology Futures - Master graduation track


If you have decided to pursue this study programme you will need to register for it. Before you do, make sure you have informed yourself about our rules and regulations.

Please apply via our Dutch website if you are a Dutch student.

Application procedure

You must apply for this bachelor's degree programme via the Studielink website.

In addition to the application procedure via Studielink you must also send us several documents. You will receive an e-mail with instructions to send us your curriculum vitae, portfolio, artistic statement and research proposal.

Be sure to keep an eye on the enrolment deadline. You will find the deadline at 'Admissions requirements' of this programme.

Start month Location Application deadline
September EEA 1 August 2024
September Non EEA 1 May 2024

Apply for this programme

Please note: applicants with a Dutch diploma must have applied by the 1st of May. Non-EEA students with a non-Dutch diploma also apply by the 1st of May. The deadline for EU students with a non-Dutch diploma is 31 August. When you meet the deadline you give Avans enough time to process your application and, if applicable, apply for a visa.

After application we will contact you to inform you on the further procedure.  


Scholarships are much sought after nowadays: nearly every student who decides to study abroad considers applying for one. Information about scholarships specific to Avans University of Applied Sciences can be found on our scholarship page

More information

For more information please contact Student Support on +31 (0) 88 525 75 50 or via this contact form.

Tuition fees

In the overview below you will find the tuition fee amounts that have been set for new students at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Which of these 3 fees applies to you depends on the category you are in. In general, students from the European Economic Area (EEA) pay the statutory fee, while other students pay the institutional or non-EEA fee. Exchange students generally pay their tuition fees to their home institution and not to Avans.

Please check the tuition fees page for detailed information.

Fee Amount Year
Statutory fee € 2,314,- 2023 - 2024
Non-EER fee € 8,852,- 2023 - 2024
Institution fee € 8,852,- 2023 - 2024
Statutory fee € 2,530,- 2024 - 2025
Non-EER fee € 9,680,- 2024 - 2025
Institution fee € 9,680,- 2024 - 2025


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