Visual Arts and Post Contemporary Practice

Avans University of Applied Sciences
's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch)

About this program

Visual Arts and Post Contemporary Practice

During this two-year Master programme, students from various disciplines develop practice-led and process orientated artistic research that is supported by research-led teaching. Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice is a research pathway within the Master of Fine Arts & Design.

In an interdisciplinary learning environment, students have the opportunity to develop independent and collaborative research projects. Through a theoretically informed, critical and reflexive approach, students develop and evaluate their practice in a peer-to-peer context.

We offer a research environment that connects cultural studies, visual and digital cultures and we invite students to generate strategies and speculative as well as materialist praxes that might expand the social and aesthetic sensorium of society. Students are stimulated to re-envision artistic engagement through an open ended and creative process.

The aim of the programme is to enable starting artists to develop intellectual and practical skills and the confidence to do what every new generation of artists has to do: to redefine their practice and their role in relation to society. The programme is led by core tutor, Charl Landvreugd.

Master Institute of Visual Cultures

The Master Institute of Visual Cultures (MIVC) is part of St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design, which is part of Avans University of Applied Sciences. All Master programs of the MIVC are housed within a single campus location, close to the heart of the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. The MIVC aims to achieve international standards of excellence in the master education of artists and designers and related practitioners. It aims to achieve these through the quality of its teaching, research and practice and through its relationship with the institutions, industries and technologies associated with the disciplines of art and design.

It is our ambition to contribute to the world we live in, working collaboratively and creatively with the cultural and creative sector, NGO’s, business and government, to generate new knowledge and exchange of that knowledge, to imagine another future capable of transforming the world we live in. The MIVC provides a transformative education, empowering students to become the new generation of artists and designers who will contribute in unconventional ways to changing the complex and interconnected world we live in. By creating a unique educational environment, where the tradition of 24/7 studio practices sit at ease with practices driven by ideas and context, and where artists and designers together, through an interchange of ways of thinking, create new knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing and challenging societal issues of our time. 

Emphasis is placed on the role of the artist and designer in society and on modes of criticality, to navigate, rethink and transform the complexity of contemporary life. Highlighting the societal ramification of creative work, we see it as our civic responsibility to be a thought leader, demonstrating the value of creativity to society, and through dissemination to contribute to increased awareness and an understanding of the importance of art and design as a field of knowledge.

Admission requirements

The programme is meant for visual artists with an interest in social-, relational-, (post)conceptual practice and digital culture, photographers, filmmakers, visual storytellers, curators, philosophers, anthropologists, artist collectives.

The programme is open to Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates and practicing professionals in the field, and in some cases to applicants from other related 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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EU/EEA Citizens pay €2,209.00 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 €8,452.00 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.


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Hogeschoollaan 1
4818 CB Breda
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