Choosing your future

The bachelor of Fine Art will guide you on the road to become a professional visual artist. An artist is driven by curiosity and the desire to create things that haven't been seen before. An artist is inquisitive, eager and curious and has the ambition to take an autonomous position in the world. Do you recognise that ambition and are you passionate about art? Do you want to work in multiple disciplines, with a wide range of artist-teachers in a highly international studio environment? The Fine Art bachelor programme at Minerva Art Academy could be right up your alley.

 

Your future as an independent artist

To become an independent visual artist, you need an open mind. You ask questions and you don't take the world at face value. You want to learn to express your ideas in new and exciting ways. As an artist you want to show your ideas to the world. You will work individually or with others in shared studios and in our technical workshops. You create your journey, making your way in the world of art.

Getting to know your craft

During this bachelor programme you will learn to materialize your ideas, feelings and fascination in images, settings or installations, using different materials, techniques and media. You will be confronted with as many possible aspects of contemporary art: ideas and concepts, media and domains, materials and techniques, artist positions and roles, studio practices and professional practices. You will be guided in finding the answer to the question what it means for you to be a professional artist.

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Structure

Structure

The Bachelor of Fine Art is a four-year programme. Each year consists of two semesters of 16 weeks each, concluded with a group work review and a project week or excursion week. Central to our curriculum is your studio work. You will learn to reflect on our own work and that of others.

After the first year

After the first year

During the first two years you will carry out assignments to gain knowledge and skills. You will also work independently to fully develop and explore your own artistic process. In the third year you will focus on your personal development as an artist in the studio. The final year is all about defining who you are as an artist and the uniqueness and quality of your work. You will write a final thesis and artistic statement and take part in a joint exhibition with your fellow students.

Electives and counseling

Making and thinking

For an artist, making and thinking are closely linked. This is reflected in our curriculum. You will be taught by a variety of tutors, who all have their own specialised active professional background. Working in the studio and workshops is a central part of the programme. An additional part will connect theory and practice and prepare you for a professional practice.  An overview of the programme:

  • Studio: working in the studio, workshop or any virtual environment
  • Studio Support: knowledge and skills in all visual domains
  • Studio Classroom: the relation between theoretical and practice based artistic research
  • Studio Electives: interdisciplinary and theoretical electives
  • Theory: knowledge of context of the visual arts. Art history, visual analysis, philosophy and art theory
  • Professional Practices: preparation for the professional practice

Personal Development as an artist

Your personal development as an artist is central. This means you can personalize your own programme, free to pursue subjects and activities that encourage your personal development. Part of this development is your Study Portfolio. You will further personalise your study programme by working with more than one medium and by getting to know different professional domains and artist positions. In your third year you can study abroad for a semester or apply for a minor. You can take part in (Honours) projects and assignments provided by The Project Agency or carry out research assignments for the Art & Society Research Centre. We offer a great many additional activities, like an international excursion at the start of your studies, guest lectures, project weeks, excursions, exhibitions, festivities and external projects, and many interesting, multidisciplinary OffCourses. You can show your work to the public online on the showcase at academieminerva.nl.

​Vocational training

Vocational Training

After graduating you will build your practice as an independent artist. To help you prepare for this the programme addresses multiple aspects of the professional practice. You will learn about the world of art policy, museums, galleries, art critics and art collectors and new podia and initiatives. You will explore the roles you can take as an independent artist in the international social and cultural field. You will work towards your own role as a professional artist and start creating a wide, international network of art contacts during your studies. This is how Minerva Art Academy can help you to conquer the world.

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 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.             .

Graduation

Graduation

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 Arts in Fine Art and Design consisting of the programmes Media, Art, Design and Technology (Madtech) and Painting 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

  • Studio
  • Studio Classroom
  • Practical Practises
  • Studio Support
  • Theory

Jaar 2

  • Studio
  • Studio Classroom
  • Practical Practises
  • Studio Support
  • Theory
  • Studio Electives

 

Jaar 3

  • Studio
  • Studio Classroom
  • Practical Practises
  • Studio Support
  • Theory
  • Studio Electives

 

Jaar 4

  • Studio
  • Studio Classroom
  • Practical Practises
  • Studio Support
  • Theory
  • Graduation Thesis
  • Graduation Presentation

           

 

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