About AKV|St.Joost

About AKV|St.Joost

The School of Fine Arts and Design|St. Joost is a part of Avans University of Applied Sciences and has more than 200 years of experience in art education. The academy helps ambitious, emerging professionals establish a strong position within a rapidly evolving field.



The academy was first established in 1812 as the Académie Impériale et Royale de Peinture, Sculpture et Architecture in ’s-Hertogenbosch. In 2004 it merged with De Vrije School van Beeldende Kunst, founded in 1945 in Breda, and the Master’s department was established, creating the academy in its present form.

With the vision of putting interdisciplinary cross-pollination even more at the forefront our education, in 2016 the process of uniting all the Master’s programmes into one location was begun. The new Master Institute is located in ’s-Hertogenbosch and the facilities will be completed in 2020.



The Master’s programmes at AKV|St.Joost are designed to mirror the professional realities into which you will emerge: our curriculum is fluid, multidisciplinary and self-driven. The students’ independent research and studio practices guide and actively shape the programme, resulting in a rich mix of strategies and outcomes each year. Close mentorship by a faculty of renowned professionals supports students in the development of a process-based approach to their medium(s).

International Outlook and Network

Students come from around the world, and all the major European art centres are within a few hours reach of the campus in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Field trips and professional collaborations within Europe and abroad also form an integral component of the curriculum. There is a lively agenda of guest teachers and speakers, and the academy maintains partnerships with key institutions in the Netherlands and other countries.


Studying in the Netherlands

You can read more about Studying in the Netherlands in the section.

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