Pursuing your master’s degree in the Netherlands means you will be part of a vibrant arts and design scene with a rich history. At AKV|St.Joost, engagement with this community is encouraged and facilitated. Throughout the course of their study, students regularly apply their practice in a professional context by executing projects in institutions and artist-run spaces outside of the academy. Access to the arts in the Netherlands is unparalleled and through the relevant partnerships and networks of the Master Institute and its tutors, can be considered an integral part of your education.
The Netherlands is also an excellent base from which to explore Europe. Bordering Belgium and Germany and linked to England by the North Sea, the Netherlands is easily accessible and well-connected by train and air. London, Paris and all the other major European art capitals are within a few hours reach of the campus in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
The Netherlands is renowned for its higher education system and has some of the highest-ranking schools in Europe and the world. The official use of English and the multicultural nature of Dutch society also make Dutch education one of the most accessible.
Dutch pedagogical philosophy is non-hierarchical and student-oriented. The focus is on autonomous thinking and collaboration, which empowers students and creates the space for radically new ideas. As with Dutch culture as a whole, open-mindedness and plurality are the keystones of the educational experience. Students are stimulated to be critical of the views of their peers and even their tutors, but also respectful of others’ positions.
Residents of the Netherlands enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the world. The government invests heavily in education, culture and the environment, and public policy is geared towards equality and inclusiveness. The comprehensive public transportation system and cycling infrastructure means that getting to any part of the country is easy and affordable.
The Netherlands is culturally diverse and socially progressive. This is in part due to the country’s prime geographic location, which allows the Netherlands to engage with all corners of the globe. Equality, open communication and personal agency are the pillars of Dutch society. You will see these values reflected in your personal and professional relationships.
The AKV|St.Joost community is a dynamic, international network spread throughout the country. While many students enjoy the convenience and quiet focus offered by living near campus in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, others choose to live in larger neighbouring cities such as Rotterdam, Antwerp or Eindhoven.
It is important to note that the academy does not offer accommodation. Students should allow sufficient time (at least one month) to arrange housing, as availability can be limited. In Rotterdam and other larger cities demand for housing and rent will be significantly higher. We recommend beginning your search for housing as soon as possible.
Students outside of the European Union must obtain an entry visa and resident permit prior to their departure for the Netherlands. For detailed information, visit the finance page.