A study abroad within an exchange program is a fantastic opportunity to experience life as a student in another country when gaining credits for your degree at your home university. The Academy of Fine Art and Design St.Joost offers four English-taught one-term courses (minors) as part of the Undergraduate program (BA) in fine art and design. The Exchange programs are intended for third-year (exchange) students in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Spatial Design, Photography, Film, Illustration, Animation, Journalism, Mediastudies, Cultural Sciences, Political Studies or any other relevant study from a Dutch Institution or one of our partner institutions abroad.
AKV|St.Joost offers the following exchange programs:
All exchange programs relate to current social themes, and involve interdisciplinary collaboration, entrepreneurship, theory, research and workshops. During the process you work on your own artistic and professional identity. You participate in projects with external parties and collaborate with Dutch and international students from multidisciplinary study backgrounds.
Exchange students can only participate in an exchange programme at AKV|St.Joost for a period of five months (one semester). The programmes are taught in English and start end of August and end in January. Exchange students do not have to pay tuition fees for AKV|St.Joost.
If you have decided to pursue a study programme at AKV|St.Joost - Avans University of Applied Sciences, you will need to apply. There are various application procedures:
After you have been nominated by your home institution, you will be requested to send us your portfolio with recent work, a motivation letter describing your fields of interest, pitfalls and talents and what you would like to explore in the programme. Also we need a proposal of Learning Agreement in which you specify how many ECTS credits you need to gain. Your portfolio and motivation will be reviewed to determine whether you will be offered admission. If you are accepted you will receive a letter of acceptation, after which you are invited to officially enrol yourself through Avans University of Applied Sciences.
Deadline for application
To apply for a place as an exchange student we ask you to enrol before May 15 (nomination before May 1). If you are a student currently enrolled at a another Dutch HBO/WO Institute, you can apply before July 1 via Kies-op-Maat.
AKV|St.Joost - School of Fine Art and Design, is part of Avans University of Applied Sciences and offers undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) courses in fine art and design. There are approximately 1100 students enrolled on our full-time bachelor and master courses.
AKV|St.Joost is located in two cities: Breda and 's-Hertogenbosch. Both towns are situated in the south of the Netherlands, approximately 35 minutes away from each other. The schools have large open studios, workspaces, and numerous facilities for technical support, two libraries and media centres with a focus on contemporary art and design.
Our international BA minors and Master's programmes are in English; most of our staff and students can speak English as well. The students and teachers will do their best to help you to understand the assignments even though we expect that all exchange students can speak and understand English very well.
We do not offer accommodation or housing for exchange students. On the Avans website you will find information on temporary housing-possibilities. There are many options for arranging the accommodation but make sure that you start looking for a room as soon as possible.
When you are studying in the Netherlands make sure you are properly insured. There are certain rules concerning your healthcare insurance which you have to comply with. Also it is highly advisable to take out a liability insurance. Check the Avans website.
Other key information about studying in The Netherlands, financial aid, accommodation, safety and insurance and more you find on the Avans website.