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Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Arts

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Arts

Our changing and complex society needs solutions beyond the mainstream.

At iArts (Interdisciplinary Arts) we are able to match problems to these solutions. This is possible because we view our society differently and the scope of our work is innovative and transdisciplinary. That is why our students are decisive change agents of the future. Are you one of them?

At iArts, unique in Europe, we are innovation. We combine artistic practice, academic reflection, research and entrepreneurship in projects with a strong focus on today’s societal issues. This cross-pollination leads to surprising ways of addressing and shaping issues.

This is achieved by inspiring and enabling students, lecturers and businesses to think differently, so they can explore and intervene in unpredictable, precarious and near-impossible contexts. In thoughts and actions and across arts disciplines, as well as in business and education.

That is why we choose to collaborate closely with professionals who are specialists in the cross-fertilization of artistic disciplines, but also with scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs and professionals in the public and private sector. As a result, our students are the decisive change agents of the future.

Admission requirements

  • Pre-university secondary education (or equivalent)
  • Evidence of an artistic aptitude
  • Advanced in English
  • Collaborative skills

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Programme structure

We start by introducing you to three learning pathways:

Home-Based Learning (HBL) courses, Project-Based Learning and Research & Development Lab.

Home-Based Learning (HBL) consists of courses that enable you to develop your artistic and academic skills. Project-Based Learning calls on the following competencies: problem analysis, research, planning, concept development, creation, production, peer group collaboration, documentation and evaluation. Within Research & Development Lab, you explore your own fascinations, but we keep you on your toes through reflection and artistic interventions.

Throughout the study, the emphasis shifts increasingly to working in a context of professional practice. In the final year, you map out your own graduation process, guided by your coach and your own experts in the field.

Scholarships & funding

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


  • EU students: EUR 2,143 per year
  • Non-EU students: EUR 9,500 per year


The iArts programme takes three years, although a four-year version of 240 ECs is offered as well. The three-year track is open to all students who either have a pre-university diploma or can show proof of adequate previous education. Please note: the entire iArts programme is taught in English.

Career paths

iArts professionals work as decision-makers at the intersection of art, research and entrepreneurship. They often have their own professional practice, but they also work at government agencies and businesses.

After graduation you will be:

  • a critically engaged change agent who is able to combine the skills of an artist, entrepreneur and researcher. You will develop and produce relevant interventions for current issues, whether local or global.
  • a multi-talented change-maker who is capable of translating social and scientific issues into artistic and interdisciplinary practice.
  • a thought leader who is able to explore and intervene in unpredictable, precarious and near-impossible contexts.

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Shape your future at Zuyd University

You find Zuyd University of Applied Science in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, wedged between Germany and Belgium. Discover this crossroads of countries, cultures and languages, where an international and vibrant learning environment awaits. The European capitals of Amsterdam,...

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Why study at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Zuyd offers in Maastricht five bachelor and seven master programs that are taught in English. It is an open invitation for you to immerse yourself in a truly international environment, with fellow students from all corners of the world. Experience and celebrate cultural diversity like you’ve never done before, both inside and outside the classroom. You will have the time of your life.

Zuyd’s strengths:

  • Personal and welcoming community
  • Interactive learning in small groups
  • Informal approach of lecturers with first-hand business experience
  • Intensive academic support as part of the education system
  • Modern and fully equipped facilities

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Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Brusselseweg 150
6217 HB Maastricht

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