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Media, Art, Design & Technology MA

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

Study a Master's in Media, Art, Design and Technology in the Netherlands

Media performers, artists and designers doing strange and unexpected things with technology: that is what the MADtech study programme is about. You are expected to employ and artistically explore hybrid technologies in order to imagine, interpret and change human interaction with a transforming world. To do so, you apply a tinkering playfulness and an experimental mentality, which are the key aspects in your development and research. This mentality, combined with a critical reflective attitude and conceptual skills, leads to unexpected perspectives and results in artistic multimedia, experimental design or performative work in any combination.

While MADtech students come from various professional backgrounds and fields of media, art or design, they all share a fascination for technology. The role that technology is going to play in your research exceeds that of a mere tool with predefined and process-shaping functionality. Instead, technology and its influence are examined critically, researched conceptually, used creatively in non-standard ways or developed individually to enable the creation of specific MADtech strangeness. The combination of disciplines gives you an opportunity to develop your artistic vision while deploying a hybrid artistic practice as an autonomous media performer, artist and designer. As your work engages with the world, you grow both as an individual and in your artistic practice, reinforcing the power of your imagination as well as exploring your own connection to a transforming and technologically charged society.

The MADtech community of practice represents a hybrid approach and a mixture of contemporary art forms, including autonomous, applied and performing arts. On which projects you centre your artistic practice and research, and in which way you display or embed the outcomes, defines what sets you apart from other professionals working in this domain. At the same time, you share experiences and technological developments with your peers in a collaborative, experiment-encouraging work environment. In this situation, the artistic process provides direction to multiple patterns of research. These patterns strengthen the artistic process and enlarge your future field of work. Within the MADtech programme, you can combine or specialise in one or more research areas within the fields of media, arts and design, which are held together by artistic technology research.

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Admission requirements

To be admitted you need a bachelor’s degree in art (visual arts or design) or an equivalent previous education. In addition you are expected to have good English language skills. You must be able to read specialist publications in English, follow instructions in English and express yourself well in English. To prove your competence, you have to submit an official international IELTS or TOEFL test certificate. The minimal
requirements can be found in our brochure or on the website. Our admissions procedure consists of two rounds. First, we will assess your documentation and completed application form(includig written motivation) which you have submitted. After that, the admissions committee will decide whether to invite you for an interview. The interview can also be done by Skype. Before you are admitted to the study programme MADtech, you will draw up a broad outline of the artistic research you want to carry out. What is it that fascinates you about art and technology? What experiments would you like to carry out? During the admissions procedure you will discuss your ideas with us. Once admitted, your ideas form the start of the next two years.

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Scholarships & funding

Hanze UAS has various scholarship possibilities to aid students financially if they meet the requirements.

For more information, please visit the university's website.

Tuition fees


  • EU/EEA students: around € 2,168
  • Non-EU/EEA students: € 7,900



Degree awarded: Master of Arts

Career opportunities

The programme enables graduates to secure a constant and prominent position on the various platforms within the fields of media, art, design and technology. The degree also gives them better prospects at acquiring teaching positions in bachelor's programmes.

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Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands

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Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Zernikeplein 7
9747 AS Groningen

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