St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures

St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures

St. Joost School of Art & Design works closely with two Avans partner academies: Communication & Multimedia Design, Academy of Industry and Innovation (Den Bosch) and Communication & Multimedia Design, Academy of Information and User Experience (Breda).

Top reasons to study here

  • Through the imaginary potential of artistic practices, art is a form of knowledge that contributes to the many fields of enquiry
  • Master Institute for Visual Cultures has begun to research this domain across its master pathways
  • Offer a curriculum that grants students to explore diverse creative forms and develop individual and collaborative practice

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



St. Joost School of Art & Design was originally founded in 1812 as the Royal Academy of Art & Design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Endorsed by Napoleon Bonaparte, the objective was to progress learning, knowledge and professional competence in the field of drawing and ‘all subjects from handicraft and factory industry to the training of skilled workers.’


St. Joost School of Art & Design provides learning and research opportunities for 1,100 full-time equivalent students, all at Master and Bachelor level. The majority of students undertake taught, four-year bachelor programmes leading to the degree of Bachelor, while 94 full-time Master students are studying for Master degrees.

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ICT services

Our workshop and technical facilities provide students courses in 3D visualisation, VR/AR, non-linear immersive and iterative storytelling, spatial design, and interactive media, as well as having access to workshops across film & photography, print, wood, ceramics and metal, which allow students to immerse themselves in innovative artistic development projects.

Student Life

Campus life

We are a locally grounded international community of learning and research. Since the establishment of the institute in 2017, we provide students twenty-four-hour studio access, seven days per week. Currently 100 students from all over the world are enrolled on our master programmes. The educational facilities include a tech laboratory, a library, a well provisioned technical equipment loan facility, and the Social Space - a multifunctional area for our growing international community of students. Students learn to develop their practices with emerging technologies and creative software to create new perspectives and innovative forms of design and user experiences.

Student Reviews

A good starting point.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mostly self conducted, good guidance and interesting workshops but don’t expect classic animation or storytelling lessons. A lot of self-study is required.

's-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant, Netherlands


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