Are you a creative, curious person? Do you like to experiment with images, video and animation? Do you enjoy playing with the spatial effects of light, image and objects? In that case a future as a designer is a viable option.

Designers contribute significantly to the creative industry, one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the Netherlands. We educate talented, ambitious students who wish to become experimental designers with a critical attitude, who are not afraid to take on wayward and socially relevant topics. You will get learn about all facets of this profession. Graduating successfully means you are well prepared for a future as a professional designer. 

We encourage an international focus: many of our students are from abroad. That is why this bachelor's programme is taught fully in English. This means that English is the language we use during classes. Instruction and coaching in Dutch is possible in individual cases. It is important to get used to an international setting right from the start. This way you will also feel at home abroad and you will learn to get by as an designer all over the word. 

During this Bachelor you will learn to reflect on your own work and that of others. You will develop your authenticity as a designer and discover your view of the world. It is fine to make mistakes. Better still: you have to make mistakes. Only by trial and error you will be able to master the designer's craft. By carrying out experiments and starting afresh you will create you own style, your signature. You will learn how to develop and protect your authenticity as a designer. You will often work with your fellow students in order to learn to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 


 

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Fine Arts

Structure

​​In four years time we will teach you the designer's craft and you will be ready to go out and find a job. Your first year is al about general design. You will enrol in five study periods in each major and you will familiarize yourself with analogue and digital skills. You will also be taught Art, Design Theory and Vocational Training. 

After the 1st year

After the 1st year

During the main phase you will choose your own path. This can be a direction focused on one of the following majors: Graphic & Interaction Design, Illustration & Animation Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Time Based Design or Product Design. You can also choose your own direction, independent of a any specific medium. In that case you combine various majors. In your fourth year you will carry out a joint final exam assignment as well as an independent exam project. ​

​Five majors

​​​Five majors

Graphic & Interaction Design

Illustration & Animation Design 

Interior Architecture & Design 

Time Based Design 

Product Design

Combined major

Internships

Internships

You will spend part of your third year as an intern. This is how you will get to know the professional possibilities. You will learn that designers hardly ever work alone: they usually work with clients, colleagues and other professionals. 

Electives and counselling

Electives and counselling

Most of our lectures are designers with their own practice. We regularly invite guest lecturers who will provide you with a completely new view of the world of design. In addition to technical skills and methods, we will also teach you the theory of design. You will carry out research, individually or as a member of a team of your fellow students in one of our workshops.  

Practical experience

Off-courses , practical experience, projects

The OffCourses form an important part of your second and third year curriculum. Together with other students you will work on interdisciplinary projects in groups. Making, thinking and sharing are central during these projects. Our own lecturers and guest lecturers are responsible for the supervision and content of the OffCourses. They challenge you to find experimental and artistic solutions to questions from their own professional practice. Exciting examples of ideas that were generated are performances of students playfully interacting with the public, animation showing university students getting acquainted with philosophers' ideas or totally new (photographic) views of life in a nursing home. During the OffCourses Show Off at the end of the semester students present their work. During the OffCourses students and lecturers usually cooperate closely with Art & Society Research Centre and the Project Bureau/AMP.​

Vocational training

Vocational training

In your third and fourth year you will learn everything about the professional practice. You will discover how you can find your own spot as designer in the social and cultural field and you will learn to view your own role and professional practice in a new, critical way. It is essential for you to create an extensive network of contacts during your studies. This is how Minerva Academy helps you to prepare for the future.

​Minors

Minors

During your bachelor you can choose a minor. For instance, the minor Art & Technology. You will work with other students in an interdisciplinary project focused on art, technology and sustainability. 

You can also choose to do a minor Popular Culture (taught in Dutch) or a miner International Popular Culture (taught in English). Both minors are taught in Leeuwarden at Minerva Academy of Pop Culture

Graduation

Graduation

In your fourth year you will take part in a joint final exam assignment and carry out an individual exam project. You are also part of a joint exhibition showing your work as well as that of your fellow students.  

International opportunities

International opportunities

This bachelor is open to students from abroad. It is taught in English, but we also give instructions in Dutch. From day one you will find yourself in a dynamic, international environment. The input of students from different countries and cultures is very valuable for your development as a designer. You can also spend a semester studying abroad in your third year. Furthermore, our teachers have excellent contacts all over the world. You can also use these contacts to build your own network.​

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​​​After graduation

After graduation

In your fourth year you will take part in a joint final exam assignment and carry out an individual exam project. You are also part of a joint exhibition showing your work as well as that of your fellow students.  

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