Visual artists with an interest in social-, relational-, (post)conceptual practice and digital culture, photographers, filmmakers, visual storytellers, curators, philosophers, anthropologists, artist collectives.
During this two-year Master programme, students from various disciplines develop practice-led and process orientated artistic research that is supported by research-led teaching.
In an interdisciplinary learning environment, students have the opportunity to develop independent and collaborative research projects. Through a theoretically informed, critical and reflexive approach, students develop and evaluate their practice in a peer-to-peer context.
We offer a research environment that connects cultural studies, visual and digital cultures and we invite students to generate strategies and speculative as well as materialist praxes that might expand the social and aesthetic sensorium of society. Students are stimulated to re-envision artistic engagement through an open ended and creative process.
The aim of the programme is to enable starting artists to develop intellectual and practical skills and the confidence to do what every new generation of artists has to do: to redefine their practice and their role in relation to society.
The Master Institute of Visual Cultures is a locally grounded international community of learning and research. The programme offers dedicated Master studio space’s, which are open 24/7. Our outstanding workshop and technical facilities, including techlab - VR/AR and interactive media - and access to workshops across film & photography, print, wood, ceramics, metal - allow students to immerse themselves in innovative artistic development projects, and are supported by a team of experienced staff on hand.
The new curriculum will be available in May 2019.
Duration of study: 24 months (4 semesters)
Mode of study: Full-time
Award: Master of Fine Art and Design
Awarding institution: Avans University of Applied Sciences
Board of studies: St. Joost School of Art and Design
The Master Institute invites applications from artists who challenge themselves to question their mediums and their roles in society as artists. The programme is designed for those determined to build a strong professional foundation through dialogue, collaboration, and most importantly, personal agency.
The programme is open to Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates and practising professionals in the field, and in some cases to applicants from other related disciplines and backgrounds. Verbal and written proficiency in English is required
The artist’s role in society is changing. At AKV|St.Joost, you will learn not only how to respond to the current challenges and opportunities, but also how to shape this new reality. The programme is deeply involved with new models of self-organisation, alternative networks and artist-initiated activities. All tutors have practices involved with these modes of working, and together with them you will find your own position within the contemporary landscape.
Your studies will take place within a diverse community of Master’s students from many different backgrounds. Engaging with people from all over the world in a 24/7, multidisciplinary environment will enrich your practice and allow you to build a unique network of peers. Furthermore, through active collaboration with the outside art world, you will establish a relevant professional network and position yourself to take take solid steps in your career after graduation.
The programme maintains strong connections to key institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Recent collaborations include: V2_Lab for Unstable Media Rotterdam, Impakt Festival Utrecht, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) Den Bosch, Playgrounds Festival, Breda Photo, NoordBrabants Museum Den Bosch, Eye Research Lab Amsterdam. To see what the students are up to, visit the blog and events.