'Try out, make a choreography of your curiosity' 

If you are creative, curious, interested in experimenting with images and converting ideas into visual concepts, then the Bachelor of Design may well be the right programme for you. We educate talented and ambitious students to become experimental designers with a critical attitude. Our graduates are fully prepared for a career as a designer. 

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As a designer, you will be joining the creative industry, one of the most booming sectors in the Netherlands and abroad. Not only will you master the skills you need to become a professional designer, you will also develop a critical attitude, reflecting on your own work and that of your fellow students, and your own style and authenticity. Making mistakes is part of your development into being a professional designer. By experimenting, failing and starting again you will create your own style, your signature. You will also learn to develop and protect your authenticity as a designer. We provide you with the best facilities and counseling. You will work together with other students, to learn how to function in a (interdisciplinary) team. You learn to play with images and discover how your visual abilities can create solutions for questions in society.

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Fine Arts


First year

Over the course of four years you will learn everything you need to start your practice as a professional designer. In the first year you learn all about general design. You will enroll in five study periods in each final profile and you will familiarise yourself with analogue and digital skills. You will also be taught Art, Design Theory and Vocational Training. 

Main phase

During the main phase you will choose your own path. This can be a path focused on one of the set study routes. You can also choose your own path, independent of a certain medium, which will allow you to combine the various profiles mentioned in the next section.

Five study routes

Graphic & Interaction Design

You will focus on how to convey messages in a creative and originale manner through images an typography. The two main subjects are Graphic Design and interaction Design. Other subjects concern learning more about the power of photography and video and the multiple possiblilties of typography.

Illustration & Animation Design

You will focus on creating still and animated images. your main subjects will be Illustration and Animation. Your auxiliary subjects will be drawing & Painting, Photography, Visual Typography and Image Grammer. As a graduate you will not only be proficient in creating images by hand, but you will also have mastered professional digital design skills. 

Spatial Design

You will focus on space as a continuous element in all assignments. The main subjects are Interior Architecture and Interior Objects. Your auxiliary subjects will be Architecture, Building Engineering and Visualization. During this route you will learn about various technical methods and develop your personal vision and signature. 

Time Based Design

You wil focus on moving images in stories, in time and space. You will prepare for a future as a designer working for theatres and in the gaming industry. You will contribute to productions, often in cooperation with a range of professional organizations.

Product Design

You will focus on becoming a design entrepreneur. You choose your own frame of reference, creating a collection of objects and products that will be part of the brand you will use to present yourself in the market.

Additional activities and opportunities

Additional activities

During your studies you will get every chance to enrich your knowledge and experience by taking part in project weeks, excursions and OffCourses. We provide a great many additional activities, such as masterclasses, exhibitions and festivals. Vocational training is also part of the curriculum, as well as the possibility to study abroad for a semester. To master your skills and carry out your assignments, we provide a wide range of facilities, technical workshops and courses.


In the third year you can choose for an internship, an international exchange, an in-house practical project, a minor or a research project. You can also participate on your own initiative on projects and practical assignments at the Project Bureau and research assignments for the Research Center Art and Society.

Experienced teachers

You will be taught by experienced teachers who also work as professional designers. Most of them still run their own practice and offer students the opportunity to build their own professional network. We also invite guest lecturers, who will give you a totally fresh view of the world of design. 

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 Research Centre Art & Society and the Project Bureau.


In your fourth year you will carry out a joint, final exam assignment and your own independent exam project. This is how you will present yourself as a professional designer, ready to start your career setting up your own design studio or finding a job, for instance at a design agency, marketing agency, gaming company or theatre. You also have the possibility to join a master at Frank Mohr Institute.



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 minor International Popular Culture (taught in English). Both minors are taught in Leeuwarden at Minerva Academy of Pop Culture

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.

After graduation

After this study programme, you can work as an independent designer (alone or in a group) or look for a job with, for example, a design agency or theatre company. During the programme, you get to know the professional possibilities. For instance, we organize a number of Professional Wednesdays during the academic year where you can meet designers (often alumni) to get further acquainted. In practice, designers usually do not work alone: they often have to deal with clients, colleagues and implementers. Therefore, we offer a number of interesting excursions throughout the years that will give you a better insight into the possibilities.

Master Up

With your Bachelor's degree you can apply for the Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design at the Frank Mohr Institute of Minerva Art Academy. 

Year 1

  • Introduction to the five study routes

Year 2

  • Specializations:
  • - Graphic & Interaction Design
  • - Illustration & Animation Design
  • - Interior Architecture & Design
  • - Time Based Design
  • - Product Design

Year 3

  • Professional development
  • Internship at home or abroad, exchange, project or research assignment
  • Continued specialization

Year 4

  • Professional preparation
  • Final exam assignment
  • Independent final exam assignment
  • Graduation Exhibition

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