St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design was originally founded in 1812 as the Royal Academy of Art & Design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Endorsed by Napoleon Bonaparte, the objective was to progress learning, knowledge and professional competence in the field of drawing and ‘all subjects from handicraft and factory industry to the training of skilled workers.’ Since then, it has built upon and enhanced its position. In 2004, the Royal Academy in Den Bosch merged with the Academy of Art & Design in Breda to become St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design and part of the Avans University of Applied Science.
Sixth time in a row, Avans University of Applied Science is ranked no 1 HBO in the Netherlands
“Large universities are often put away as edu factories, but Avans has proven the opposite for years. With more than 30,000 students, the Brabant institution offers excellent education across the board. This has everything to do with the 21 academies in which the university is subdivided. The high degree of independence of these academies promotes good quality." Keuzegids HBO 2020
St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design works closely with two Avans partner academies: Communication & Multimedia Design, Academy of Industry and Innovation (Den Bosch) and Communication & Multimedia Design, Academy of Information and User Experience (Breda). All three academies are supported by professors of the Expertise Center Caradt - the Avans Centre of Applied Research in Art, Design & Technology (https://caradt.com). Through Avans International Office network, its Erasmus+ programme and association with ELIA (https://www.elia-artschools.org), the school has an extensive network of international partnerships with institutions in Taiwan, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Estonia.
St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design provides learning and research opportunities for 1,100 full-time equivalent students, all at Master and Bachelor level. The majority of students undertake taught, four-year bachelor programmes leading to the degree of Bachelor, while 94 full-time Master students are studying for Master degrees.
In September 2017, St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design moved its Den Bosch campus on the Onderwijsboulevard to the expansive former Post NL Distribution Centre close to the train station. In this transition the four master study pathways were brought together. Until then they operated independently of one another and were separated across the school’s two campuses in Breda and Den Bosch. Rebranded as the Master Institute of Visual Cultures (MIVC) in 2018, it now operates as one organisational structure. The MIVC currently occupies all three floors of the circular section of the expansive Post NL Distribution Centre in Den Bosch, aligning to its strategy for growth in student numbers and 3rd cycle graduate provision in the coming years.
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