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.
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.
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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 Master Institute offers limited accommodation options. Students should allow sufficient time (at least one month) to arrange housing, as availability can be limited. In larger cities demand for housing and rent will be significantly higher. We recommend beginning your search for housing as soon as possible.
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.