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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 Design study programme consists of three specializations:

  • Body Design (related to former Fashion and Jewellery Design)
  • Object Design (related to former Product Design) 
  • Material Design (related to former Textile Design) 

All specializations within the Design study programme have a national as well as international dimension. The study programme is overseen by ambitious teams of teaching staff. Each one of the staff members works in the field and besides this they also teach. The fact that all specializations are given on the same campus simultaneously is unique and provides a significant added value. Whilst the six disciplines each maintain their own character, because of their contiguity, they reinforce and influence each other. This produces a productive level of interaction between students and teachers. Cross-fertilisation adds an element of profundity to the products and means that our specializations pay greater attention to materiality and craftsmanship. This includes the use of well-equipped workspaces where you will be instructed in the skills of the discipline and where you can work either independently or under supervision.

Your own artistic vision
You are encouraged to learn, experiment, investigate and innovate by yourself. It is important for you to develop your own artistic vision and so to this end, we regularly organise excursions and visits, or we participate at exhibitions ourselves, because we believe you should be given your own shop window, as well as look beyond the confines of your own artistic discipline.

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 artitistic community. 

The main language is Dutch. A basic level of control in the Dutch language is mandatory to follow the 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. You are expected to make your final choice at the end of this semester. Guidance will be offered in this choice by the academy teaching staff.

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.

The last two years of the study programme centre on working on projects. At this point, there are no more lectures, instead you respond to the constantly changing conditions, locations and situations around you. 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. Of course 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.

During your education you will do an internship in the Netherlands or abroad. Your internship is designed to do in a business or organization, so you can practice your knowledge and skills in a real life. You will learn how to present yourself as a designer in professional circumstances. You can pick your own internship in consultation with your councilor.  



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.

For registration and enrolment you should go to the Studielink website. Studielink is the Dutch information and registration system for all universities in the Netherlands. Read more about registration and enrolment. After your registration you will be invited for a selection procedure. Your registration needs to be final before the first of March.

Selection procedure
After you register, 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 three 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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