Design | Visual Communication
Design | Visual Communication

Design | Visual Communication

Images and media are important in our culture. To achieve communication goals – to tell the story – media are used in many forms. But it is always about: why do I tell, how do I tell, what do I use to tell, when, and to whom? With your designs, you convey the message in visual form as a designer. Often this is much more impactful than text. After all, a picture says more than a thousand words.

  • Location Maastricht
  • Duration 4 years, start in September
  • Language Dutch
About the Education

About the education

Our motto is ‘learning by doing’. Each subject consists of practical assignments, which are supported by theory lessons. The assignments are current cases of companies that you can work on alone or as part of a group. You will gain practical experience that you will never forget.


As the study programme will be taught in Dutch, you will need to have a good command of Dutch. If Dutch is not your native language and you have a non-Dutch diploma, you must pass the ‘State Exams Dutch as a Second Language (NT2)’ at level 2 before starting the programme. If you are not up to this level, you can follow a course in Dutch as a second language (NT2).

  • Tuition fees

    As a degree-seeking student you will have to pay annual tuition fees. Students from the EU pay the statutory tuition fees, and non-EU students pay the institutional tuition fees. Normally speaking, these fees are waived for exchange students from partner universities.

  • The education and examination regulations provide all the information you will need about the content of the study programme, the academic support provided, and the way in which examinations are organized. 

    • Check the EER (in Dutch)

Study structure

  • Year 1

    In the first academic year, you will be introduced to all kinds of courses which you will need to express yourself visually. These courses will help you to visualize your thoughts and stories. You will be challenged to explore your talent. In short, during this year you will discover visual communication

  • Years 2 to 4

    The entire second year and the first half of the third year will be devoted to your chosen field of study: film, photography, graphic design, or illustration. After that, you do an internship and complete your study programme with a visual final piece.



Most graduates work in the creative and media industries. The profession they work in depends on their chosen field of study, for example:

  • Film: Video maker, director
  • Photography: photographer, product designer
  • Graphic: graphic designer
  • Illustration: illustrator, animator

Many graduates start their own business or work as freelancer. To deepen your knowledge and expand your network, you can also take a master's degree.