What to expect from us

The educational concept of this Master program is unique; education in concurrency with employment in a professional practice. This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to their professional formation as urban designers. Additionally, the Academy itself is a laboratory for spatial assignments from real stakeholders. Our tutors are professionals from a variety of disciplines, but all with a strong relation to practice. The Design Studio is the heart of the master program. In the studio students are trained to apply all kinds of skills and methods towards ever more convincing synthetic design proposals for complex spatial problems. The studio assignments are invariably related to the complexity of contemporary societies and will engage social, cultural, political, economic and technological parameters.

What do we expect from you

The core of the programme is formed by studio work: project learning. Students tackle individually or in small groups a certain ‘problem’ that is embedded in the assignment. The studio work is accompanied by various theoretical courses.
The philosophy of the Academy is based on the principle of study next to working in the day to day practice of an urbanist firm.

This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to his professional formation as architects or urban designers.

First year: Design Essentials

Students enter the Academy with a bachelor degree obtained from a range of different schools, disciplines and cultural and professional backgrounds. That is the reason for the first year program to be fully dedicated to developing a designer attitude towards the world around us. The studio program ‘Design essentials’ is supported by a range of skill-based training and a theory program on architecture and urban design, economy, sustainable design and art history. Students learning outcomes will be assessed on the basis of portfolios.

Second and third year

Second and third year: Design Practice.

Fourth-year graduation studio

Fourth-year graduation studio: Design Thinking.

Concurrent Education

Educating designers with a relevant set of powerful skills, applicable knowledge, and a fundamental collaborative attitude is at the core of our curriculum. A unique aspect of the program is that it is taught in a ‘concurrent’ way, combining studio work and courses with a relevant professional practice during the Master study. This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to his professional formation as architects or urban designers. Students are required to find a job in a design firm and work minimum 20 hours a week. Progress will be evaluated through a series of portfolio assessments. If students are unable to find a suitable position in an architectural firm or urban design practice, the Academy will offer alternative practice research studios, where students can engage in practical work for a diverse range of clients. Students graduating in the Master Architecture or Master Urbanism programme are eligible for registration at the Dutch Licensing Board for Architects and urban designers.
(Source: Bureau Architectenregister)

How to Apply

1. Add new enrolment via Studielink

Your enrolment for an FHK bachelor or master begins at www.studielink.nl. If you officially live in the Netherlands, you need a DigiD to log in. If you don’t have a DigiD because you have a foreign address, you create your own account in Studielink (if you don't already have one).

  • Once logged in to Studielink, complete or make sure your personal details are entered correctly (i.e. capital letters where required, according to your passport/ID card) and check or add your previous education.
  • Go to your "to do list" or to "my study programmes" and select the option "Add New Enrolment".
  • Select the options Academic Year 2018/2019, University of Applied Sciences, Master’s Programme, Fontys Hogescholen: ‘M Urbanism', answer the supplementary questions and confirm.

2. Apply for an admission online

Two working days after the request for enrolment via Studielink you will receive an e-mail (sender fhksa@fontys.nl) with a link to the admission form. NB: This is a different e-mail than the one you receive from no-reply@fontys.nl, stating your PCN number and password. You will need both e-mails.

When we received your application, you will get a confirmation. At the latest one week before the audition date, you will receive an invitation. If you don't receive the e-mails, please check your spam box and add our address to your address book.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated January 24, 2019
This course is Campus based
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48 months
6,600 EUR
EEA students: €1.896 Non-EEA students: €6.600
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