St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures

St. Joost Master Institute for Visual Cultures

The Master Institute is a dynamic international community of artists, designers, curators, activists and researchers. Through collaboration and exchange with tutors, fellow students and the Institute’s professional partners, you will develop a relevant and sustainable practice and grow the network of a lifetime.

Top reasons to study here

  • Pursuing your master’s degree in the Netherlands means you will be part of a vibrant arts and design scene with a rich history.
  • At the Master Institute, engagement with this community is encouraged and facilitated.
  • Residents of the Netherlands enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the world. The government invests heavily in education, culture and the environment.

Master's Programmes

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



St. Joost School of Fine 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.


The Master Institute of Visual Cultures (MIVC) aims to achieve international standards of excellence in the master education of artists and designers and related practitioners. It aims to achieve these through the quality of its teaching, research and practice and through its relationship with the institutions, industries and technologies associated with the disciplines of art and design. 

By creating a unique environment, where the tradition of 24/7 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.


The Master Institute of Visual Cultures sets out to widen the debate on where we can take arts education and establishes further the impetus for developing an arts research culture.

The institution plays a vital role in generating new ways of thinking and innovative creative practice, empowering our learning community, both students and tutors alike, towards excellence through artistic practice, research, scholarship and knowledge exchange.

Our distinct master pathways of study in art and design, facilitate political and socio-economic key issues. 

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Housing services

Finding accommodation in the Netherlands can take a significant amount of time (on average, at least a month), so we strongly recommend that you start your search as soon as you have been accepted into the programme. The International Office functions merely as a mediator in your search for housing. There's no guarantee for finding you an accomodation. It is your own responsibility to arrange you accomodation during your stay. 

Library services

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. 

ICT services

The 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.

's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands