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Advanced Courses of Fontys Academy for the Creative Economy

Start moment(s)
September, February
20 weeks
Contact hours
20 per week

  • Intro
  • Programme
  • Buddy and support
  • Admission requirements
  • Finance your study
  • Recognition
  • Accommodation and practical matters
  • The Netherlands / Tilburg
  • How to apply
  • Contact

Advanced Courses

Fontys Academy for the Creative Economy trains students for an industry in which creativity is of the highest value to a product or service. You can go from learning how to work behind the scenes in international business to marketing and communication, management and production, and creative concept development to development of digital business concept or trend watching and lifestyle. Students who choose advanced courses of Fontys Academy for the Creative Economy can choose their courses freely from a course catalogue.

The courses a student can participate in are a part of the following Bachelor's programmes:  

• Marketing Management - Digital Business Concepts (BSc)

• Marketing Management - International Event, Music and Entertainment Studies (BSc)

• Communication - International Event, Music and Entertainment Studies (BA)

• Marketing Management - Creative Marketing Concepts (BSc)

• Communication - Creative Concepts for Communication (BA)

• Trend Research and Concept Creation in Lifestyle (BA)

Advanced courses

You can choose freely from the course catalogue of Fontys Academy for Creative Industries. An updated version of the catalogue will be sent to you once you have been nominated by your university.

Click here to download the course catalogue for Fall 2020

Digital Business Concepts

Examples of the advanced courses in Digital Business Concepts are:

  • Financial modelling
  • Applied research
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Digital project management
  • Online psychology & neuromarketing
  • Advanced Strategic economics
  • Business models for sustainable futures
  • Web programming

International Event, Music and Entertainment Studies

Examples of the courses of International Event, Music and Entertainment Studies are:

  • Event
  • TV Entertainment
  • Futures
  • Research & Trend Watching
  • Radio Management
  • Film Studies
  • Theme Park Concepting
  • Theme Park Economics
  • Strategic Communication
  • Applied Research
  • Interview
  • Concepting
  • Creativity & Personality
  • Concepts in a digital age
  • Services Marketing
  • Business Model Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Ethics
  • Radio Management

What to expect from us

You participate in a minimum of six and a maximum of ten courses (2, 3 or 4 ECTs per course) in diverse groups consisting of both international and Dutch students. Your lecturers are experienced in their field of expertise. We will connect you to the Dutch industries, many of your courses will have practical assignments or input from the creative industries.

What do we expect from you

You may be curious, open minded, business minded and opinionated. The word creativity describes you and of course you want to work hard. You probably want to do more than just study. You love innovation, whether it’s in digital media, festivals, theatre, food, appearance or living. You want to chase your dreams, you see opportunities and run with them.

Intensive coaching exchange students

Your teachers provide intensive coaching during the programme. All exchange students will be placed in buddy groups, led by a full-time Fontys ACI student. He or she will introduce you to Dutch culture, the city of Tilburg and the campus. With questions about practical matters and social engagements you can go to your buddy.

Need more help?

For all matters more complicated or personal you can go to the international coordinator or the study coach dedicated to our international exchange group. This study coach can help you with several personal or study related matters and can forward you to study psychologists or a dean if needed.

English Proficiency

For each program, the minimum level of English required will equate to the level of IELTS 6.0 (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL iBT 80 (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or CEFR B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Please note that the expenses noted below are estimates only for a semester abroad at Fontys and that the actual expenses will depend on your personal lifestyle. If excursions are included in the curriculum, the costs are for the student him/herself. The study programme is obligated to offer a free option as well. You will receive more information about extra costs if applicable in the course descriptions you’ll receive once accepted to the programme.

Tuition Fees

Students on exchange from Fontys ACI partner universities will not be obliged to pay tuition fees.

Living Expenses

Students can expect general living expenses to amount to approximately € 700 to € 1,000 per month. This amount includes accommodation (i.e. approximately € 500 to € 600 per month all inclusive), food, transport and personal expenses.

Visa Expenses

These costs vary depending on your country of origin. EEA students do not require visas and as such, no expenses will be applicable. Students requiring Entry Visas and/or Residence Permits can expect to pay charges of approximately € 600.


In theory, students hailing from the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Turkey may be eligible for Erasmus Study Grants. Please refer to the International Office at your home university for further information.

How will your course program be recognized by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognized throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognized and transferred into the records kept by your home university.

Accommodation for exchange students

It is not always easy for exchange students to find accommodation in the Netherlands. Therefore, Fontys offers a service to provide students with assistance in securing suitable accommodation (i.e. a student room) for their exchange at Fontys. For information go to the Fontys accommodation page.

Application procedure

  • After nomination by your university for an exchange programme at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries you will be asked to apply through Mobility Online (our online application system).
  • Once you’ve been accepted in Mobility Online you can continue the application steps, including filling in the accommodation form before June 15 (for Fall semester) or December 8 (for Spring semester).
  • You can give your preference for a basic student room or a more luxurious student room with services included.
  • The accommodation officer will send you detailed information about the housing agency after the housing deadline.
  • The housing agency will get in touch with you and you'll have to transfer two months of rent + deposit before arrival to housing agency (no payment = no entrance accommodation, but still the obligation to close rental contract).
  • Accommodation is available on the agreed date.
  • You are obliged to accept and pay for the offered room for the whole period.

    The Netherlands

    The Netherlands is a country in western Europe with a multicultural population of approximately 17 million people. It has a very rich history in international trade, education, art, literature, design and sciences. This tiny country is famous for the great Dutch Masters, painters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh. They transformed the world around them just like today’s Masters: designers, concept developers, futurists. The Dutch creative industry of the 21t century is growing rapidly and plays a leading role in strengthening the innovative capacity of the country. The Netherlands strives to be the most creative economy in Europe by 2020.


    More than 27,000 students study in the city of Tilburg in the south of The Netherlands. 13.5 percent of this city’s 200,000 inhabitants are students. Tilburg has a lot of cafés where you can enjoy student life. Students quickly find their favorite bars/pubs, restaurants and other meeting places. Catching a movie, enjoying the night life, a pop concert, visiting museums or going to the theatre: Tilburg offers a great number of possibilities.

    How to apply as an exchange student

    Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at this website to see how it works.

    Deadline for nomination (by partner university)

    Fall semester1 May
    Spring semester1 November

    Deadline for application:

    Fall semester15 May
    Spring semester15 November

    Academy application requirements

    A Skype call will be an obligatory requirement for your application procedure at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries and can influence the acceptance at our Academy. The Skype call will serve as an extra opportunity for you to show us your motivation and level of English, besides this there’s time for questions of the applicant as well.

    Contact person for general information and application for exchange students: 

    ACE International office Tel: +31 6 42100886  Skype: aciinternational1 E-mail: ace-international@fontys.nl 

    Address: Visiting address: Prof. Goossenslaan 1-4, Building P8, Tilburg Post address: P.O. Box 9090D, 5000 GD, Tilburg, the Netherlands