I went from ‘sleepless nights, worrying about bills that needed to be paid’ to a ‘luxurious one-month long residency at toneelgroep Maastricht’. I now even have my own ‘in-disciplinary’ art studio ‘Studio Enklaar’, in which we explore ways in which new media technologies can be used to tell stories, craft the language of new media theatre and analyse the role of technology within society.
Interdisciplinary Arts (iArts)
Our changing and complex society needs solutions beyond the mainstream. At iArts 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?
- Location Maastricht
- Duration 3 years
- Degree Bachelor of Arts
- Language English
About 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.
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.
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.
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the internationally recognized Bachelor of Arts degree.
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.
Education and Examination Regulations
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
Curriculum & Projects
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.
You are introduced to three learning pathways:
- Home-Based Learning (HBL) courses
- Project-Based Learning
- Research & Development Lab
Home-Based Learning (HBL) consists of a selection of courses that enable you to develop your artistic and academic skills. By acquiring these skills, you will build a toolbox that you can draw on during Project-Based Education.
This is based on the Project-Based Learning Method. Within the context of iArts, it calls on the following competencies: problem analysis, research, planning, concept development, creation, production, peer group collaboration, documentation and evaluation. At the end of each Project-Based Learning period, a Documentation & Evaluation Week takes place in which you and students from several years and (guest) teachers reflect on the (artistic) development within the project.
Research & Development Lab
Within the third learning track, Research & Development Lab, you learn to use your ‘HBL toolbox’ to explore your own fascinations. You also learn to reflect on the value and ethics of the artistic interventions you develop within Project-Based Learning – how can artistic thinking and making/artistic practice be of added value within a societal context?
Throughout the year, you are taught by a team of permanent teachers from different disciplines.
You continue the three learning pathways introduced in Year 1. However, within Project-Based Learning, the emphasis shifts increasingly to working in a context of professional practice. This is done in the following ways:
- by inviting guest lecturers (interdisciplinary professionals from the field)
- by situating Project-Based Learning in a professional context – you work on a case offered by a professional party, such as a commercial company, scientific research centre or an art institution.
- by shifting the focus from group-oriented learning to individual development with the backup of peer groups
- by shifting from mandatory projects to Projects of Choice.
This allows you to develop according to your own abilities, passions and interests, and to get a taste of the various possibilities in the field of work. At the end of Year 2, you will design an individual Graduation Strategy in which you develop your own graduation process.
In the final year, you have the freedom to map out a graduation process that is in line with your artistic position and development: you choose your own themes, topics, (artistic) fields, disciplines, working methods and strategies, partners; take part in minors, internships and other extra courses.
The third year consists of four phases:
- Position Paper
- Artistic Concept
- Collaborative Public Event
- Documentation & Evaluation Event
During these four phases you will learn:
- how to position yourself in the (future) field
- how to engage others (peers and external coaches) strategically in the development of your work
- how to make the process involved in that work transparent to a relevant 'audience'.
In short, the third year is a bridge between iArts and the field that you would like to work in after graduation. During this process, iArts provides both education and guidance while preparing you for your future career. You will be allocated an individual graduation coach and work with one or two external coaches of your choice. In addition, return days and online sessions are organized to offer support related to each of the four specific phases of the graduation year.
After having successfully completed the final year of the BA in iArts, you will be ready to embark on your next adventure, having developed the knowledge, skills and tools to deal with the challenges of the ever-changing 21st century. Transitioning from student to alumnus, you remain part of the iArts community, enriching and expanding our enduring network. Having pursued careers in a variety of different fields, iArts alumni are invited throughout the year to share their experiences, insights, practices and expertise with current students and staff. These first-hand accounts are extremely valuable and result in an ongoing dialogue and exchange among the whole community.
Throughout the year, multi-day workshops and/or HBL courses (e.g. Philosophy sessions) take place in which students from Year 1 and Year 2 receive joint project-based education and work in mixed groups.
Artistic and expert exchange
In Year 1 and Year 2, studio visits, lectures, visits to festivals and alumni days are organized to facilitate an exchange between the study environment and professional practice.
Are you creative, critical and multi-talented?
Do you think beyond the mainstream?
Would you like to learn how to build a truly sustainable world?
Do you have the courage to try, fail and succeed?
iArts is an extraordinary programme for extraordinary people.
iArts calls for analytically sharp and creative professionals.
Change agents who are fully aware that the world needs a new approach.
Thought leaders who are able to combine new methods and strategies with an artistic view, to face today’s problems and seize opportunities.
Critically engaged artists
At iArts you will become:
- a creative thinker and maker.
- a critically engaged change agent who combines the skills of an artist, entrepreneur and researcher.
- a multi-talented professional 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.
Would you like to be one of us?
Please follow these steps:
1. Do you meet the general admission requirements?
- pre-university secondary education (VWO)*
- successful selection based on our assessment procedure
* The iArts programme is an accelerated 3-year Bachelor’s programme of 180 credits, offered to students with a VWO (pre-university) diploma. If you have a secondary education diploma other than a pre-university diploma, you might qualify for the 4-year Bachelor’s programme of 240 credits.
- evidence of artistic aptitude
- good command of the English language
- collaborative skills
If you are enthusiastic about iArts and believe that you are a suitable candidate who meets our standards, why not apply for iArts?
Please register at www.studielink.nl, so we can invite you to start the iArts assessment procedure.
3. Follow the assessment procedure
In addition to the standard requirements, iArts applicants are required to take our admission assessment. This procedure has been developed to assess your artistic talent and other additional skills relevant to the iArts programme. The outcome of this assessment is not a pass/fail; your participation in this assessment, together with the other elements of your application, will result in a recommendation to either enrol on the iArts programme or to pursue other career options.
Important: start by registering with Studielink
The first step is to register via www.studielink.nl before 1 June 2022, after which we will invite you to start the iArts assessment procedure.
Our assessment procedure consists of 3 rounds:
- Round 1: send in the application form, together with your photo and motivation letter and a short video.
- Round 2: write an essay and send it in.
- Round 3: join the final online assessment day with other candidates and our selection team.
Download the assessment procedure
Dates and deadlines
You may start with the first steps of the procedure at any time. The final online assessment rounds are scheduled for
- 5-6 April 2023
- 10-11 May 2023
- 7-8 June 2023
- 28-29 June 2023
Dates might change; only the dates provided in the email are final. We will invite you to a final assessment round based on the order in which you submit your assessment and, if possible, based on the time zone you are in. This means you cannot choose a date yourself. Please bear in mind that the assessment may be scheduled in Central European Time.
If you are a non-European student, you may be eligible for a Zuyd Scholarship.
We look forward to receiving your application and wish you good luck with all the preparations!
The iArts assessment team
More information / questions: firstname.lastname@example.org