Frequently Asked Questions


Which degree will I get by studying a master at AKV|St.Joost?

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The master degrees that we are offering are: 

Master programme Fine Art (full-time) 
Degree: Master of Arts: Fine Art
Master programme Photography (full-time) 
Degree: Master of Arts: Photography
Master programme Graphic Design (full-time) 
Degree: Master of Arts: Graphic Design
Master programme Animation (1 year, full-time) 
Degree: Master of Arts: Animation


All master programmes in Art and Design in the Netherlands offer this same diploma.

What are the requirements for the Master’s programmes?

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In order to apply, you must have a certificate or diploma proving that you have successfully completed a Higher Education (Bachelor) programme.  Specific admissions information and conditions for each Master’s programme can be found on the respective programme page of our website. Specific practical information and conditions can be found at the International Office.

What is the official status of the programmes at AKV|St.Joost?

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Our programmes are fully accredited by the Dutch Government. The AKV|St.Joost Master is registered as the Avans University of Applied Sciences. Since 2013 we have been officially accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO). 

What steps do I have to take in order to enrol in the Master's programme?

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There are a few formal steps you have to take in order to enrol in our programmes. Information about the assessment can be found here, and information about the formal procedure can be found here.

What takes place during the selection assessment?

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Click here for information about the selection process.

How much does the Master's programme cost?

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Information about tuition fees, payments and terms of enrolment can be found here

Can I pay the tuition fee in instalments?

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Yes, it is possible to pay the tuition fee in instalments. More information about tuition fees, payments and terms of enrolment can be found here

Does AKV|St.Joost offer grants or financial aid?

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AKV|St.Joost does not offer grants or financial aid, but there are various organizations in the Netherlands that offer individual scholarships. On the Avans University of Applied Sciences website you can find a list of specific scholarships.

Where can I find information about visas, insurance and etc.?

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The International Office (of Avans University of Applied Sciences) provides information about these matters. 

Do I need a visa to study in the Netherlands?

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Students from outside of the European Union must obtain an entry visa (MVV) and/or resident permit (VVR) prior to their departure for the Netherlands. Citizens of the following countries are exempt from MVV visa requirements:
All EU/EEA countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom)
Also: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United States.
When in doubt, please contact the International Office.

Where can I ask specific questions about the Master's programmes?

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If there are any specific questions about the Master's programmes that you can't find answered on the website, please send us an email.

How can I find accommodation?

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The International Office (of Avans University of Applied Sciences) provides information on how to find accommodation in 's-Hertogenbosch. Finding accommodation in the Netherlands can take a significant amount of time (on average, at least a month), so we strongly recommend that you start your search as soon as you have been accepted into the programme. The International Office functions merely as a mediator in your search for housing. There's no guarantee for finding you an accomodation. It is your own responsibility to arrange you accomodation during your stay. 

What are the language criteria for the Master's programmes?

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Language criteria: IELTS / TOEFL
In our Master program the instruction languages are Dutch and English because of the many international students. We expect you to understand, speak and write in English fluently. We do not offer any English courses. (IETS 6.0 is the Avans University standard. The conditions for Toefl are as mentioned on our website):
http://www.avans.nl/international/programs/study-at-avans/admission-requirements
After you have completed the application process and when you are admitted, we will ask you for your IELTS/TOEFL result