Admissions 2022-2023

Admissions Procedure   

1st step: Registering via Studielink 

Studielink is the Dutch database which keeps track of all the students who are studying in the Netherlands. You must first submit an enrollment application via Studielink, which they will send to us. We will use this application to determine your eligibility for the programme and if positive, you shall then receive an email from with instructions on how to proceed with your application.  

How to register on Studielink 

  1. Visit 

  1. Log in or create a new Studielink account. You can use your DigiD to create a new Studielink-account, or create one without DigiD if you do not yet have one.  

  1. Click on Submit Enrolment Application 

  1. In the "Choose a study programme" tab and select Educational Institution: Avans University of Applied Sciences 

  2. Study Programme Level: HBO Master 

  3. Master of Art and Design (if you are applying to Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice, Situated Design and Ecology Futures.  In the next section, you will be asked to select which programme you are applying for) OR Master of Animation if you are applying to the Animation program. 




2nd Step: Sumbitting Personal Programme Application Documents and Personal Information 

This can only take place after you have registered via Studielink, and have received an email from with instructions on how to proceed with your application. 

Programme Application Documents  

After the 1st of November, you can submit your application to the programme by submitting the following documents: 

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Portfolio

  • Personal Statement 

  • Research Proposal

For your application to be considered, you must completely upload these four required documents before the enrollment deadline. Check below for the enrollment round deadlines.  

Personal Information 

The Student Administration from Avans Hogeschool will contact you to provide the following information:

  • ID (passport or front and back of national ID card) 

  • Proof of English proficiency (ie. IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge).  

  • A certified copy of your bachelor's degree certificate. If you receive your diploma later this year, an official statement from your school stating your graduating date and academic title will suffice.  

  • Transcript of records.  


Please note that you can submit your Personal Documents after applying to the programme. Your application will only be considered if the following steps are completed:

- Step 1

- The Academic Information section in Step 2.

Application Deadlines 

There are two application rounds by which you can choose to apply. We recomend that you submit your application as possible: 

1st round  29th November 2021 

2nd round 14th March 2022

3rd round 23rd May 2022 

The Programme Application Documents must be uploaded before the application enrollment date in which you choose to enroll. 


The selected candidates will be invited for a Skype interview that will take place on the following dates: 

1st round 14th January 

2nd round 7th and 9th April 

3rd round 9th and 10th June


Check your spam folder regularly to make sure you don't miss any notifications  


Are you a non-EU International student? Please apply before the 1st of June to make sure there is enough time to complete your student visa application.<


The Master Institute of Visual Cultures is part of St. Joost School of Art and Design, which itself is part of Avans Hogeschool. During your application process, you will be requested to submit information from the Student Administration Office of Avans Hogeschool as well as from the master's Administration Office.