St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures

St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures

The Master Institute of Visual Cultures (MIVC) is part of the St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design (AKV|St. Joost), which is part of the Avans University of Applied Science. Our highly ambitious and versatile institution is currently in a stage of development and growth. 

Top reasons to study here

  • The MIVC provides a transformative education, empowering students to become the new generation of artists and designers.
  • The MIVC achieves international standards of excellence in the master education of artists and designers and related practitioners.
  • The expanded pedagogical scope of the MIVC programmes has created new opportunities for interdisciplinarity and co-research across our master pathways.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



When the idea of establishing a master institute in one campus was first mentioned in 2016, some voices questioned the undertaking. With steadfastness the institute was established and opened its doors in September 2017. The four master study pathways of St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design, which had been spread out in Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, were brought together in one location.


The MIVC provides a transformative education, empowering students to become the new generation of artists and designers who will contribute in unconventional ways to changing the complex and interconnected world we live in. By creating a unique educational environment, where the tradition of studio practices sit at ease with practices driven by ideas and context, and where artists and designers together, through an interchange of ways of thinking, create new knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing and challenging societal issues of our time. Emphasis is placed on role of the artist and designer in society and on modes of criticality, to navigate, rethink and transform the complexity of contemporary life.

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Housing services

The community is a dynamic, international network spread throughout the country. While many students enjoy the convenience and quiet focus offered by living near campus in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, others choose to live in larger neighbouring cities such as Rotterdam, Antwerp or Eindhoven.

It is important to note that the academy does not offer accommodation. Students should allow sufficient time (at least one month) to arrange housing, as availability can be limited. In Rotterdam and other larger cities demand for housing and rent will be significantly higher. We recommend beginning your search for housing as soon as possible.

Medical services

There is only one type of health insurance in the Netherlands, namely the basic health insurance. Everyone living in the Netherlands is obliged to have this insurance , which costs around € 80.00 per month. This has a number of consequences for people from abroad whose residence in the Netherlands is temporary.

's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands


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