Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice - Master graduation track  fulltime programme

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With the graduation track Visual Arts you develop intellectual and practical skills to redefine your practice. In a research environment that connects cultural studies, visual and digital cultures.

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

Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice is distinguished by the quality of its teaching, research and practice. And through its relationship with institutions, industries and technologies associated with art and design. We want to contribute to the world we live in, working with the cultural and creative sector to generate new knowledge. To imagine another future capable of transforming the world.

We are developing sustainable methods of art production, such as the use of non-toxic oil paints and awareness of waste. Our workshop and technical facilities, including a techlab with VR/AR and interactive media, allow you to immerse yourself in innovative artistic projects. And be supported by a team of experienced staff. You also have access to workshops across film and photography, print, wood, ceramics, metal.

The graduation track maintains strong connections to key institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Including V2_Lab for Unstable Media Rotterdam, Impakt Festival Utrecht, Playgrounds Festival, Breda Photo, NoordBrabants Museum Den Bosch, Stedelijk Museum Breda and Willem-Twee Kunstruimte in Den Bosch.

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Programme features

Transforming art practice
Interdisciplinary learning
Process and positioning
Practice-led research

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What will you be trained to do

Your job

You will learn not only how to respond to the current challenges and opportunities in the world, but also how to shape this new reality. 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. 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.

Alumni can enter the workfield of visual arts, curating or exhibiting work in shows and perform different roles in cultural festivals or the cultural sector. They are also able to design and contextualize initiatives that contribute in transforming a field and system thinking actively.

Artists are able to expand their artistic practice towards global problem-solving or immerse in local communities to re-define the public domain or structures for communities. Artists can be changemakers that align within the development of cross-sectoral collaboration and co-creation. Where they bring creative and out of the box methods of working or concrete production.

Potential careers after the programme



What is expected of you

This graduation track is right for you if you are a photographer, filmmaker, visual storyteller, curator, philosopher, anthropologist or part of an artist collective. And if you have an interest in social-, relational-, (post)conceptual practice and digital culture.

Programme structure Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice - Master graduation track

Study programme

The graduation track Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice 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. Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice 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 Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice - Master graduation track

Prior education

With a bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences (hbo) or a research university (wo), you have access to the program.

Spoken and written proficiency in English is required.

Assessment interview

An admissions interview is conducted with every student.

Practical information Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice - 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

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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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