• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The educational concept of this Architecture program at Fontys University of Applied Sciences is unique; education in concurrency with employment in a professional practice. This concurrent education offers students experience and education beyond the school curriculum, essential to their professional formation as architectural designers. Additionally, the academy itself is a laboratory for spatial assignments from real stakeholders. Our tutors are professionals from a variety of disciplines, but all with a strong relation to practice. The Design Studio is the heart of the master program. In the studio you are trained to apply all kinds of skills and methods towards ever more convincing synthetic design proposals for complex spatial problems. The studio assignments are invariably related to the complexity of contemporary societies and will engage social, cultural, political, economic and technological parameters.

Students are required to find a job in a design firm and work minimum 20 hours a week. Progress will be evaluated through a series of portfolio assessments. If you are unable to find a suitable position in an architectural firm or urban design practice, the Academy will offer alternative practice research studios, where you can engage in practical work for a diverse range of clients.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme have an integrated, design-led approach to tackle complex issues of the contemporary built environment allowing them to take up a diversity of career prospects in architecture and related fields. The Netherlands has a good global reputation in the fields of architecture and urban planning.

Programme Structure

First year: Design Essentials

Students enter the Academy with a bachelor degree obtained from a range of different schools, disciplines and cultural and professional backgrounds.

Second and third year: Design Practice

During these two years students will follow a total of 8 studios, workshops and a large number of advanced skill-based trainings, research and an intensive theory programme. The studio assessments will confront students with a variety of different assignments, different methodologies and different levels of complexity. Five parameters are used to differentiate the studio projects: Program, Product, Meaning, Context and Geometry. 

4th year graduation studio: Design Thinking

The graduation studio covers one full year through two possible formats: individual or team driven. Each student follows the same process-based planning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

The following qualify as proof of admission for enrolment in a Master’s programme: 
  • an academic or higher professional education Bachelor’s degree in architecture; or 
  • possession of knowledge, insight and skills at the level of an academic or higher professional education Bachelor’s degree in this field (Section 7.30(b) of the WHW).

Admission to the study programme is subject to the following qualitative admission requirements. 

  • CV 
  • Portfolio 
  • Motivation letter
  • Admission interview 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6760 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6760 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1917 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1917 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Tilburg

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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