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Fine Arts & Education

Start moment(s)
1 trimester, 10 weeks
Contact hours
18-20 hours per week
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Enjoy Fine Arts & Education at Fontys

In the Department of Visual Arts, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts has two different possibilities to study, “Fine Arts & Education” and “Art Communication and Design”. It is possible to combine courses of the two departments.
Students at the Fine Arts & Education are trained in fine arts, art history and teaching. As the theoretical courses are in Dutch, exchange students will spend most of their time on practical art studies. Students are welcome from the beginning of the third year. The Academy promotes the development of personal artistic vision and the transfer thereof to others. This is of particular relevance for graduating students, but is also demanded from third year (Level 2) students.

NB: Fine Arts & Education does only offer courses on artistic skills until the third year. On the other hand, we offer the opportunity to work freely on your own research, guided by a team of professors from sculpture, painting and photo/film, sustained by a wide and specialized range of workshops and knowhow available to all students.

You are expected to work independently and disciplined.

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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 fine arts. 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

For Fine Arts, subjects in all 'traditional' techniques will be included, such as drawing, painting, printing, sculpting, ceramics, photography, video and/or mixed media, et cetera.

During the first (Autumn) semester of the third year, the subjects will be divided into different modules, whereas the curriculum during the second (Spring) semester will be project-based. NB: due to the internments of regular students, this semester starts half March and generates therefor less credits. Students may select their own object of study, formulated in a research proposal – to be approved by the staff - , and will be expected to act independently and self-sufficiently.

In line with the prescribed guidelines, exchange students will be permitted to determine their own timetables, in consultation with the exchange officer.

Learning Outcomes

The most important learning outcome will be the (further) development of your artistic vision and of certain skills that you will be able to transfer and/or present to others, i.e. your public. Furthermore, you should achieve further, independent development of your skills in the above-mentioned techniques. For those who will be attending Dutch theoretical classes, you should achieve further expansion of your knowledge of art history (we provide comprehensive training in this area) and/or art education (teacher training).

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.

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 or a link to a site 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 for ArtCoDe should be sent to Mariska van Zutven, international officer at Art, Communication & Design 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 2022

Spring semester 2023:

30 August to 15 September 2022

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 2022-2023:

29 August 2022 to 6 February 2023*

Spring semester 2023-2024:

10 February to 29 June 2023

*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 Fine Arts & Education are only possible for the Fall semester.

Contact person for information about the programme Fine Arts:

Elsje van Leeuwen
E-mail: elsje.vanleeuwen@fontys.nl

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