24 months
8452 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Ecology Futures programme from St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures focuses on the role of new media art and design research in interpreting, analyzing, critiquing, experiencing and visualizing ecological degradation and its broad network of cause and effect. 


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At its core, it considers societal, political, economic, and environmental issues as ecological, and unpacks its complexities through a multitude of transdisciplinary methodologies and theories. Students are invited to explore alternative realities from a position rooted in the knowledge of layers of complexity, avoiding oversimplification of facts and one-sided approaches. The pathway supports interdisciplinary art and design practice-led research, interconnected with science, technology and philosophy. If ecology is the science of all the relationships that make up the environment of organisms and living creatures in general, then Ecology Futures is proposing art and design as a way of examining the relationships that construct an environment.

The Ecology Futures programme from St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures focuses on introducing students to artistic methodologies and technologies that are informed by science; conducting fieldwork, deep mapping, use of AI in text writing, use of opensource datasets and software, using earth observation data, sensory technologies, storytelling through science fiction writing, artistic journalism, material research and microbiology. Students are educated in a professional interdisciplinary context. The pathway promotes a tactic based on DIY/DIT principles, supporting students to become independent professionals who are inventive and able to develop novel approaches between disciplines.

What are we providing?

This two-year high-performance Master pathway is directed towards helping everyone realize their individual creative potential. This is achieved through a fully integrated approach to the rapidly expanding field of ecology, combined with contextual research in Visual Culture. Through the imaginary potential of artistic practices, art is a form of knowledge that contributes to the many fields of inquiry and reflects on the countless ways in which knowledges are created.

Drawing on the expertise of the teaching team, students learn to critically and creatively integrate their studio work with the acquisition of theoretical principles relevant to innovatory studio practice, in relation to the extensive context of design, audiovisual art, interactive media and digital culture. Students gain access to the formidable expertise and resources of our educational and industry partners.

Programme Structure

The learning track of each semester of the MA FAD programme is as follows:
  • Semester 1 Context & Skills Learning
  • Semester 2 Co-research and External Enquiry in the Field
  • Semester 3 Consolidation of Practice-led Research
  • Semester 4 Graduation Phase

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadlines for the open call for admissions will take place at: 

  • 1st round: 1 December
  • 2nd round: 15 March 
  • 3rd round: 1 June




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

A Bachelors degree in a relevant field.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • While applications from all disciplines are welcomed, the primary focus is on those with a background in new media, installation, sound art, performance, data visualisation, bioart/design and design research.
  • Admission requirements include a portfolio, artistic statement and research proposal.
  • The MIVC has effective arrangements in place for managing the quality of information provided for potential applicants. The MIVC proactively supports transition to master education and is responsive to individual needs. Support is given by the Head of Education, Course Leaders, the assistant coordinator and programme producer. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8452 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8452 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for 's-Hertogenbosch

780 - 1160 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Our partners

Ecology Futures
St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures


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