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Bachelor Graphic Design

ArtEZ University of the Arts
4 years
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Bachelor's degree
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Bachelor Graphic Design

On the internationally-oriented bachelor Graphic Design Arnhem, you will learn to design at the interface between visual art and graphic design.

  • Education at the interface between visual art and design
  • Learn to explore and push back the boundaries of the subject
  • Plenty of scope to develop a personal profile
  • Solid foundation in media theory and philosophy
  • Extremely well-equipped workshops
  • Internationally-oriented but small-scale and personal education
  • Taught by lecturers at the forefront of the discipline

Admission requirements

Do you want to apply for the higher vocational (HBO) graphic design course at ArtEZ in Arnhem? If so, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You can be submitted with an international diploma, provided that the diploma is equivalent to a Dutch diploma. The Student Administration evaluates this before you are admissible;
  • This course, which is taught in English, is subject to language requirements
  • You must successfully complete an admission procedure

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The bachelor Graphic Design is a four-year course in graphic design at higher vocational (HBO) level. The course curriculum consists of four basic subjects: typography, design based research, digital media and media theory & philosophy. These four subjects represent a connecting thread through the first three years of the course. In addition, you will take courses that change every year and there are project weeks, workshops and excursions. In the fourth year, you will do an internship and graduate with your own research project.

On this course, we provide a solid connection between making and thinking. Subjects such as media & design theory give you an insight into the concepts that underlie particular design visions and ideologies. In this way, you will learn to better support your choices with arguments and give shape to your own vision.

Year 1: Foundation phase - A solid foundation

In the first year, you will learn the basics of graphic design. Along with about twenty fellow students, you will follow the four basic subjects typography, design research, digital media and media & design theory. You will also follow subjects such as visual language, prototyping, computer skills and spatial design. In addition, you will take part in courses in, for example, screen printing, bookbinding, metal and woodworking and ceramics.

Year 2: Research and Experimentation

The course curriculum in the second year of the bachelor Graphic Design Arnhem is in-depth and research-oriented. The emphasis is on experimentation. Besides the four basic subjects, you will take subjects such as Open Lab, time-based media (audiovisual) and lens-based media (photography).

Year 3: Developing your own vision

The education in the third year is all about developing personal design methods. Besides the four basic subjects mentioned above, you will work on complex projects such as large book projects (over 300 pages) with many layers of information, footnotes, captions, and so on, using IT in smart ways and learning to think systemically. Such projects help you to develop your personal perspective on the design profession.

Year 4: Internship and Graduation

The fourth academic year is all about graduation. You no longer take classes but do an internship in the Netherlands or abroad or go on an exchange. You will write a thesis (which you will also design) and carry out a practical assignment.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.

Continuing studies

The strong theoretical program of the bachelor Graphic Design Arnhem allows you to progress to various master courses in the Netherlands or abroad. For example, former students of our course have gone on to study at:

  • Typography Workshop (ArtEZ, Arnhem)
  • Sandberg Instituut (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam)
  • Type and Media (KABK, The Hague)
  • Nonlinear Storytelling (KABK, The Hague)

If you want to obtain a first-degree teaching qualification, choose the Tailor-Made BA Fine Art & Design in Education course at ArtEZ. This course is offered in both Zwolle and Arnhem.

Many artists and designers combine their artistic practice with a job as a teacher. If you choose Tailor-Made Fine Art & Design in Education as your second bachelor course, you will pay the lower statutory tuition fee.

Career paths

On the Graphic Design course in Arnhem, we focus on the long term. You will develop an attitude and a corresponding set of knowledge and skills that will equip you for the rest of your professional life.

After graduating, you will be an independent critical thinker and designer who not only executes but also brings about change and innovation. Alumni of the higher vocational course Graphic Design Arnhem have been praised by the professional field for their independence, professional knowledge and conceptual thinking.

With these qualities and skills, you can work at a design agency after the course, or start your own practice as an independent designer.

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ArtEZ University of the Arts

ArtEZ University of the Arts provides a coherent range of preparatory programmes, Bachelor and Master courses for more than 3000 students in Arnhem, Enschede and Zwolle. ArtEZ Arnhem, Zwolle and Enschede together facilitate more than 60 art courses within the...

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ArtEZ University of the Arts

Onderlangs 9
6812 Arnhem
the Netherlands

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