Art, Communication and Design

Start moment(s)
1 semester, 16 weeks
Contact hours
10-15 per week

  • Intro
  • Programme
  • Recognition
  • How to apply
  • Contact

Enjoy Art, communication and Design

In the Department of Visual Arts, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts has two different possibilities to study, “Fine Arts, Teachers Training and “ Art Communication and Design”. In some cases it is possible to combine courses of the two departments.
Students at the ArtCoDe Department, (Art, Communication and Design) are trained in designing experiences in a spatial context. For example moving visuals for theatre, interactive clothing or visuals for performing artists or (interactive) installations in public space.
As the theoretical courses are in Dutch, most exchange students will spend their time on practical art studies. Students are welcome from the first semester of the third year. The Academy promotes the development of artistic vision and the transfer to assessments, the development of concept thinking independent form media, rather than the development of skills.

Target Audience & Entry Level

The programme is accessible for third year (Level 2) students and/or fourth year (graduating) students, hailing from academies and/or faculties abroad that focus on design. Predominantly, teaching will be conducted in Dutch, but you will be able to communicate in English. Therefore, you will be expected to have a good command of English, whereby you will be able to make yourself understood and to follow instructions in English. Although no further language skills will be required for this programme, to attend theoretical classes, such as art history, or educational theory, one will need to have a good command of Dutch.

Programme Format

At ArtCoDe, courses that will be given are
Interactive design (web design, interactive performances, interactive film motion graphics, interactive textiles)
Spatial design (architecture, textile design, 3d design)
Imaging (graphic design, typography, illustration, photography)
Moving image (video, film, sound design, animation and motion graphics)

The semesters is divided into a period with regular courses and a period with a project. The courses will develop skills that can be used in the projects.

Learning outcomes

The most important learning outcome will be the (further) development of your artistic vision, concept thinking and designing skills. Furthermore, you should achieve further, independent development of your skills in the above-mentioned subjects. For those who will be attending Dutch theoretical classes, you should achieve further expansion of your knowledge of art and design history , philosophy and media theory.

How will your course programme be recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.

How to apply short term programmes Arts

Before you apply for an Exchange programme in one of the Arts, please contact us first, as depending on the Art programme you wish to study, either a portfolio, DVD, a CD, a link to a blog or Youtube or other is required. Furthermore we need some personal details like your name and address, a CV and a motivation letter, your current year of study and study results. Applications should be sent to the contact person of the department and always be approved by your International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university.

Specific deadline for Arts programmes to send in portfolio:

Fall semester:

15 February to 15 April

Once the school has reviewed your portfolio, and considered it positive, you will receive the outcomes within 2 weeks.
Fontys will send you a link to an online application form. The online application system is called Mobility Online.

Academic dates study semesters

Fall semester 2021-2022

30 August 2021 to 4 February 2022*

*For more information concerning the start date, please get in touch with the contact person of the study department of the concerned exchange programme.

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NOTE: Applications for Art, Communication and Design are only possible for the Fall semester.

Contact person for information about the programme Art,Communication and Design:

Ingrid Westendorp

Visiting address: Zwijsenplein 1, Tilburg
Post address: P.O. Box 90907, 5000 GJ Tilburg, The Netherlands