The Master of Fine Art is a two-year, full-time program. It offers ambitious artists the opportunity to deepen their practice and position themselves firmly within the historical and contemporary discourse.
The artist’s role in society is changing. At AKV|St.Joost, you will learn not only how to respond to the current challenges and opportunities, but also how to shape this new reality. The program is deeply involved with new models of self-organization, alternative networks, and artist-initiated activities. All tutors have practices engaged in these modes of working, and together with them, you will explore your own position within the contemporary landscape.
At the heart of the program is the student’s independent research and studio practice, which are strongly integrated. You will continually connect your developing critical vocabulary to others inside and outside the academy. This occurs in the form of self-organized symposia, wherein students invite artists, curators, and critics to reflect with them on the themes relevant to their work.
What to expect
- One day per week is dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback.
- Approximately two days per week are dedicated to theoretical and academic studies.
- An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study.
Where you will study
The Master of Fine Art is housed in the former Remington factory in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Critiques and weekly studio visits take place in an open and spacious shared studio, as well as outside of the academy. AKV|St.Joost has well-equipped workshops for wood, ceramics, plastics, metal, 3D printing and much more.
An international network
The program maintains strong connections to key institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Recent collaborations include Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), Sabanci University of Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design (Istanbul) and School of the Art Institute, or SAIC (Chicago). At least once a year a study trip is made, and all the major European art capitals are within a few hours reach.
Pursuing your master’s degree in the Netherlands means you will be part of a vibrant arts scene with a long and established history. At AKV|St.Joost, engagement with this community is encouraged and facilitated. Students regularly execute projects in institutions and artist-run spaces outside of the academy. This includes the graduation exhibition, which is accompanied by the presentation of a thesis.
The program is open to Bachelor of Fine Art graduates and practicing professionals in the field, and in some cases to applicants from other related disciplines and backgrounds. Verbal and written proficiency in English is required.
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Last updated December 7, 2018