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

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In the graduation track Visual Arts you develop practice- and process-based research with students from other disciplines. In a setting that connects cultural studies, visual and digital cultures.

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

In an interdisciplinary learning environment, you develop independent and collaborative research projects. Through a theoretically informed critical approach, you develop your practice in a peer-to-peer context.

During Visual Arts you are invited to create strategies and develop practices that expand the social and aesthetic sense of society. You are stimulated to re-envision artistic engagement through an open and creative process.

The aim of the graduation track is to enable you to develop intellectual and practical skills as a starting artist. And to be more confident in your practice and role in relation to society.

Visual Arts offers you studio spaces, workshop and technical facilities, including a Techlab with VR/AR and interactive media. And you have access to workshops film & photography, print, wood, ceramics, metal, supported by a team of experienced staff.

The graduation track maintains strong connections to key institutions in the Netherlands and abroad, including V2_Lab for Unstable Media Rotterdam, Impakt Festival Utrecht, Stedelijk Museum Breda.

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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

Visual Arts offers you a unique interdisciplinary programme of art and design activities, fostering key areas of research and scholarship in a much broader spectrum of art and design practices. While at the same time building a bridge with science and technology.

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. Visual Arts delivers artists, designers and researchers that are able to expand their career based on value-driven motivations to create a better world. You are able to step into complex societal questions. And take part in co-creation and collaboration with cross-sectoral professionals. This way, you will become part of new ways of thinking and making that shape the future.

Alumni can enter the work field of visual arts and perform different roles in the cultural sector.

Potential careers after the programme




What is expected of you

You are a visual artist, photographer, filmmaker, performer, visual storyteller, curator, philosopher or anthropologist. And/or you're part of an artist collective with an interest in social-, relational-, (post-)conceptual practice and digital culture.

Stories about the programme

Yanxian Zhao

During the master you can take your time to learn, but also to think. 

Student Yanxian Zhao

Alicia Kremser

I enrolled to explore further and deepen my art and curatorial practice. 

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Iliana Michali

I chose the master in order to get more engaged with the societal context as an artist and work in an inspiring environment. 

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Tănasă Radu-Mihai

I chose the Master Institute because of the flexibility, diversity, and freedom that they provide to artistic research

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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 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 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 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

Important courses:

  • Elective modules (cross-pathway)
  • Research Seminar
  • Reading group
  • Rethinking the artist economy
  • Tutorials

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 show. At the end of each semester there is a assessment on your individual studio practice. Education takes place in a hybrid programme. It's possible to study remotely on a temporary basis, or to combine it with residencies and research activities abroad.

MIVC Graduation 2023 - 'Adrift, A Shift '
MIVC Graduation 2023 - 'Adrift, A Shift '
MIVC Graduation 2023 - 'Adrift, A Shift '

The semesters:

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

Important courses:

  • Professional Practice 
  • Thesis Supervision 
  • Tutorials 
  • Research Seminar 
  • Materialisation Graduation Work 

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 (ie. IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge).

Admissions assignments

These assignments are part of the preparation. You must submit the following documents via our assignment site:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 1 A4 page)
  • Personal Statement (min. 1 A4)
  • Practice Portfolio
  • Research Proposal (max. 2 A4)

You will receive the login codes for the intake dashboard after you have enrolled in Studielink.

Assessment interview

An admissions interview via TEAMS is conducted after approval of the assignments by the admission committee. During the admission procedure we test your study motivation, research goals, artistic skills, and theoretical knowledge in regard to the specific Master program you applied for.

Practical information Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice - Master graduation track


If you apply, first select the Master's program in Fine Art & Design. In the next step you choose the graduation track you want to follow. You will also receive an e-mail with instructions to upload your admission assignments: curriculum vitae, portfolio, artistic statement and research proposal.

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 master's degree programme via the Studielink website.

In addition to the application procedure via Studielink you must also send us several documents.

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 31 August 2024
September Non EEA 1 May 2024

Apply for this programme

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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