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Academie Beeldende Kunsten Zuyd

Fine Arts

The Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design is an inspiring environment where things are made, not copied. Where people want to investigate and stand out by the original way they see things.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts offers you a challenging learning environment with outstanding ateliers, exceptional studio facilities and a vast array of different perspectives within a wide spectrum of arts. It is within this learning environment that you are able to develop a way of working which is related to your own artistic vision, but which takes on added value on account of the special learning community. This means that you don’t study in isolation: instead the study should be seen primarily as an environment in which students and teachers all learn on an equal footing and the singularity of what they are able to achieve relates to the singularity of others. 

Rich history
The Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design has a rich history. Its location in the historic center and the different architectural styles reflect that. Here you will feel the craft and its atmosphere every day. This is the place where you think about art and what you would like to do with it.

Artistic freedom
You get freedom  for artistic brutality, experimenting and the use of new media. The Academy is not only an education, but also a place where you can work independently and in a team.    

For whom?
If you are talented, if you have ambition, if you are disciplined and if you like to experiment, join our artistic community. 

The main language is Dutch. A basic level of control in the Dutch language is mandatory to follow the programme.

Career prospects
After your study at Fine Arts you will officially be an artist. You can fill in this profession a few different ways. In addition to your work as an independent artist, you can for example also act as a creative thinker in organizations or exhibitions or you can be active as an art critic.

For an artist, the jobs are not up for grabs. Working artists are usually self-employed. You can make money by selling your work or by creating work in assignment. Graduates also often choose a combined career: one half of their time they practice their artistic profession, the other half they spend on a job, usually in a different sector, to make some steady money.

Best study programme!

In the 'Hbo Keuzegids' 2014 and 2015 Fine Arts is first in the ranking of all Dutch Fine Arts programmes.      
               "...lots of students who are content about the received support in  developing common skills like a critical attitude and problemsolving abilities..."

The study programme

First-year programme
The Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design provides you with a unique opportunity to develop a foundation as broad as possible in art and design before you decide to specialize in a specific discipline. As part of this first-year programme, you are encouraged to discover your talent across a diverse range of art and design disciplines. During the second semester you focus your efforts on one of the specializations you will follow during the main study phase.

Second year and further
The first two years of the study programme revolve around the workplaces. This means you attend lectures according to the timetable, as well as work towards mastering technical skills, such as time-related media (video and photography), performance, spatial and plastic design, and painting. The last two years of the study programme centre on your own studio. At this point, there are no more lectures, instead you respond to the constantly changing conditions, locations and situations around you. Every week there are individual studio-based sessions with the teaching staff. It is mandatory for students to attend lectures on art theory and artistic research because the way you combine practice (production), theoretical reflection (observation) and research to form a whole, is becoming increasingly important.

In addition to studio work, you will also be confronted by other settings which help forge a wider artistic approach. This might involve, for example, public spaces, social contexts or project-based situations. Collaboration with university students (theory or research-based) or with students from other departments of academies in the Netherlands, Belgium or Germany, or following workshops given by guest artists, will all help bring about new, innovative ideas which relate to the student’s artistic development. All these examples mean that you are being constantly challenged to stay alert to external developments, rather than remain within the confines of the studio.


Admission and registration

To gain admission to the study programmes for the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design, you need pre-university secondary education (Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or International Baccalaureate diploma) and evidence of artistic talent.

A working knowledge of the Dutch language at level two of NT2 is advised. Students who don’t have the language skills as described at the end of the first school year, will receive the strict advice to quit the programme. More info about Dutch NT2 courses.

How to apply
For registration and enrolment you should go to Studielink. Studielink is the Dutch application website for all universities in the Netherlands. For more information about how to apply please visit our international website. After your registration you will be invited for a selection procedure. Your registration needs to be final before the first of May.

Selection procedure
After you register in Studielink, you will receive an invitation from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design to take part in the selection procedure. This takes place in two rounds: 

  • First round: send us your digital portfolio with a motivation letter. 
  • Second round: after a positive evaluation of your portfolio you’ll get an invitation for an intake assessment. During two interviews we will discuss your preparation, motivation, career ambitions, etc.

Open Days

Open Days take place a couple of times a year. At these days you can get all the information you need about the structure and content of the study programme and your career prospects. During these Open Days, current students give presentations and relate their own experiences. Teaching staff is also on hand to provide information on the study programme and to answer questions. You can take the opportunity to discuss your portfolio with teachers and students. The Open Days will give you a good idea of how the study programme is organized.


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