Astonishment provides for an entirely pure perception. If you understand the art of astonishment, you’re in a position to see the world with other eyes and make new discoveries. That is the basis of the creativity of art. During the Fine Arts programme, you’re stimulated to astonish yourself and challenged to discover all your talents. Naturally, you also learn to work with a large number of materials and techniques, among them the new media. So you get broad insight into the illustrative possibilities of 2D-, 3D- and 4D-design.
- Location Maastricht
- Duration 4 years, start in September
- Degree Bachelor of Arts
- Freshmen 11
- Language Dutch
- Student rating 8,6
About the education
For years now, the Fine Arts course in Maastricht has been known as the best in the Netherlands. Why? A cast iron teaching team accompanies you. No collection of wellknown artists who drop in from time to time, but firm team members with various qualities supplemented by workshops by interesting guest lecturers. Your talents and the further development of them are at the forefront. You are the pivotal point of our learning community, so you can become an artist who is in a position to create opportunities and possibilities.
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).
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.
In the first year you get acquainted with various art disciplines and general theory and a study trip to Berlin is on the programme. You follow classes in the theory of art and artistic research and you work on your technical skills in video and photography, performance, spatial and plastic design and painting. You do that in our well-equipped workplaces and studios. Apart from that, you learn to develop your own ideas. In the second semester you do research yourself, you get research assignments.
Year 2 to 4
In the second year you share a workspace of your own with a couple of fellow students. The final years you work in your own studio. You have no more classes, but conduct projects on your own and in small groups. That can be with students of the other disciplines or from academies and universities in the Netherlands, Belgium or Germany.
After the programme you are officially a fine artist. You can add substance to your art in various ways. Besides your work as a fine artist, you can also act as a creative thinker in organisations, put exhibitions and art manifestations together or be active as an art critic. In the region there are ever more opportunities for recent graduates to work. Early in the programme, we also put you in contact with your future field of work. The Academy works closely with, among others, the Bonnefantenmuseum and Marres House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, Z33 in Hasselt, Espace Nord in Liege, the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Ludwig Forum in Aachen and the universities of Louvain and Maastricht.