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Program description

Ecology Futures

We live in a time of ecological catastrophes, in which the realities of environmental
collapse are starting to reveal their impact on society. Artists and designers have a
major task to identify, critique and design the narrative around ecological
degradation. This is where Ecology Futures comes into play: a new research master
pathway launching in September 2020.

The master pathway in Ecology Futures focuses on the role of new media art and
design research in interpreting, analyzing, critiquing, experiencing and visualizing
ecological degradation and its broad network of cause and effect. It introduce to
artistic methodologies and technologies that are informed by science; conducting
fieldwork, deep mapping, use of AI in text writing, use of opensource datasets and
software, using earth observation data, sensory technologies, storytelling through
science fiction writing, artistic journalism, material research and microbiology

Students are invited to explore alternative realities from a position rooted in the knowledge of layers of complexity, avoiding oversimplification of facts and one-sided approaches. The pathway supports interdisciplinary art and design practice-led research, interconnected with science, technology and philosophy. If ecology is the science of all relationships that make up the environment of organisms and living creatures in general, then Ecology Futures is proposing art and design in as a way of examining the relationships that construct an environment. Our students are educated in a professional interdisciplinary context. The pathway promotes a tactic based on DIY/DIT principles, supporting students to become independent professionals who are inventive and able to develop novel approaches between disciplines. 

Admission requirements

The programme is meant for a broad range of visual artists and designers with future and bio-based ambitions to explore and develop their research and practice that engages with a radical shift in society.

The programme is open to Bachelor graduates and practicing professionals in art and design, and in some cases applicants from other disciplines and backgrounds. Admission requirements include a portfolio, artistic statement and research proposal.

For all our English-taught degree programme, the minimum English language prerequisite is an academic IELTS test or equivalent with an overall band score of at least 6.0. This means you must have successfully passed the 'speaking and writing' and 'listening and reading' components. As a degree-seeking student you must provide evidence of your language competences in the form of an official certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge ESOL.

Application Deadlines

  • June 1st for non-EU applicants
  • August 1st for EU applicants

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Tuition fees

EU/EEA Citizens pay €2,168.00 per academic year. This fee applies to Dutch nationals and citizens of the EU (European Union) and the EEA (European Economic Area). Please note that if you have already completed a Master’s programme in the Netherlands after 1991, you are required to pay the non-EU/EEA tuition fee.

Non EU/EEA Citizens pay €8,296.00 per academic year. This fee applies to all students outside of the EU (European Union) and EEA (European Economic Area), as well as EU/EEA students who have already completed a Master’s degree in the Netherlands after 1991.


Master of Fine Art and Design.

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Avans University of Applied Sciences 

Welcome to Avans University of Applied Sciences! Avans is the best large university of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands for the sixth consecutive year in 2020. We offer more than 80 programs from which 5 are English taught bachelors, 2...

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Avans University of Applied Sciences

Hogeschoollaan 1
4818 CB Breda
The Netherlands

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