Are you inquisitive, eager and curious? Are you passionate about art? Then studying Fine Arts at Minerva Academy of Art could the right choice for you. This programme offers you the opportunity to experiment and play, to learn and to create. You don’t wait for someone to give you an assignment. You get to work yourself. This is how you create your own future as an independent fine artist.
What do you need to successfully graduate as an independent, fine artist? We like you to show us that you have an open, curious and especially inquisitive attitude. You don’t take the world on face value; you want to get to the bottom of things. You want to be the one who is in control of the imaginative process of converting ideas, thoughts and desires into images.
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 artist all over the word.
You do so by experimenting, investigating, reflecting and especially by creating a lot. You convert your ideas, desires and fascinations into images by using the most suitable materials, techniques and media. Every time you ask yourself what it is you want to express. What do you want the public to feel? It is up to you to decide which medium you want to use: painting, a video or a photograph, or perhaps a computer simulation or a spatial performance. We will teach you these skills at our academy. The imagination you need is yours to find. We will help you find your way. ​

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​​The bachelor of Fine Arts takes four years. Each year consists of two semesters, divided into study periods. Every year, semester and study period has its own theme. During the core programme you will develop you own visual work. You will learn to reflect on your own work and that of others. In your first year you will be given assignments, but you will also work independently on your own projects. 

After the first year

After the first year

In your second year you will carry out assignments as well as independent work. From your third year your own development as an artist is central. Your fourth and final year is all about defining your own art and the authenticity and quality of your visual work.

Electives and counseling

Electives and counseling

Every year a new team of lecturers will teach you. They all have their own specialty and background. A reflective lecturer will help you to view your own work and that of your fellow students. The visual arts lecturers will do the same from the point of view of their experience as artists.

​A team of lectures consists of​
Tutor: general lecturer of fine arts and study coach
Thematic lecturer: lecturer of fine arts focused on developing ideas
Technical lecturer: a lecturer who focuses on medium and materials
Reflective lecturer: a lecturer who teaches theoretical and reflective classes related to your own fine art.

In addition to the core programme, you go to technical classes and courses and theoretical modules (capita selecta) that are best suited to your own development. You take part in project weeks and carry out your own projects. This is how you master new skills and extend your knowledge about the domains of art and media. You can go to technical classes in the areas of photography, painting and performance, for instance.  During the technical courses you get to know all kinds of useful skills that match your own choices. You will learn techniques like welding, screen-printing or using computer programmes. A lot of these classes and courses are taught in our workshops. 

Practical experience

Off-Courses and 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.​​​

During your studies you can show your own work to the public by using the showcase at​. or can also carry out your own projects. At the Project Bureau/AMP and the Art & Society Research Centre you are welcome to carry out practical assignments and research projects. We also offer many additional activities: an international excursion at the start of you studies, guest lectures, project weeks, excursions, exhibitions, festivities and external projects. 

​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 an independent fine artist 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 in the art world during your studies. This is how Minerva Academy helps you to prepare for the future.



During your bachelor you can choose a minor. For instance: the minor Art & Technology. You will work with other students in an interdisciplinary project team, focusing 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.             .



In your fourth year you prepare for you graduation. You write a final paper (research paper) and a thesis. You are also part of a joint exhibition showing your work as well as that of your fellow students. 

International opportunities

International opportunities

Many of our students are from abroad. That is why this bachelor’s programme is taught in Dutch and English. Our lecturers often work with academies abroad. These contacts help us to arrange exchange projects and foreign internships, allowing you to gain valuable international experience. You can also choose to study a semester at a foreign academy in your third year.



After graduation

After graduation

With your Bachelor’s degree you can go on studying a master of Fine Arts or Media, Design & Technology (MADTech) at the Frank Mohr Institute at Minerva Art Academy.

​Professional future

Professional future

After graduating you will build a practice as an independent fine artist in your own workshop or together with other artists in a joint workshop.



​Year 1

  • Confrontation, territory, manipulation, standpoint
  • Tutorage
  • Subject classes and technical courses
  • History of art and culture, orientation on society, visual analysis
  • Visits to exhibitions

Jaar 2

  • Perception and medium, medium and reality
  • Tutorage
  • Reflection lessons
  • Philosophy, psychology, history of art and culture, profile history
  • Project weeks

Jaar 3

  • Concept and form
  • Tutorage
  • Reflections lessons
  • Vocational training
  • Research skills

Jaar 4

  • Vision and presentation
  • Vocational training
  • Subject classes and technical courses and Capita Selecta
  • Projectweeks
  • Final presentation

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