Programme description

We begin each year by coming together as a research community. Year 1, year 2, and all teachers share their current projects and we map shared concerns. We also launch the previous semester’s publications, go on excursion and take time to eat together.

Year 1 and 2

The core work of the programme, across all four semesters, is your own study – practice-based research entwined with theory and writing classes. You have monthly meetings with tutors, attend the reading group and our Monday Research Days. These are filled with lectures and workshops given by guest artists, writers and other creative specialists.


Your thesis is a 2-year project. In year 1, you develop a detailed plan related to your artistic interests. In year 2, you expand this into a 10,000 word thesis.

Annual exhibition and Excursion

In 2024 our gallery partner in The Hague is Nest. Each year, we plan an excursion to a cultural centre within the EU.

Courses & ECTS credits 2023-2024

The Master Artistic Research programme amounts to 120 ECTS and lasts two academic years.

See below the curriculum overview for Years 1 and 2.

Courses Semester 1ECTS
Studio Based Research 115
Theory and Writing 19
Research Days & Guests 14
We are a Research Community 11
External Professional Orientation 11
Assessment Semester 10
Total study points per semester30
Courses Semester 2ECTS
Studio Based Research 214
Theory and Writing 29
Research Days & Guests 23
Public Presentation of Work 13
Professional Practice1
Assessment Semester 20
Total study points per semester30
Courses Semester 1ECTS
Studio Based Research 314
Theory and Writing 310
Research Days & Guests 34
We Are a Research Community 21
External Professional Orientation 21
Assessment Semester 30
Total study points per semester30
Courses Semester 2ECTS
Graduation Project


Theory and Writing 45
Public Presentation of Work 23
Research Days & Guests 43
Total study points per semester30

Our approach to learning and assessment

The artistic work you make and present, the discussions you contribute to, and the writing you complete are the ways you will learn. The teaching that supports this progress towards an MA takes the following forms:

  1. Regular one-to-one tutorial support with both practice, theory and writing tutors.
  2. Group critiques, which are scheduled throughout your study.
  3. Group and individual training in text analysis and academic writing within the reading group.
  4. Discursive exposure to the work of visiting artists and other specialists. Critical feedback on your own work from these visitors.
  5. Exhibiting, as a finalising stage of research, is explored through public exhibitions.
  6. Cultural exposure. Well designed and targeted excursions.
  7. Assessments. At the end of each semester, your tutors will complete a written assessment of your progress. This will focus on the stated learning goals of the department and look back across the semester.

OER 2022-2023

Education and Examination Regulations

You can find information about the regulations and provisions dealing with the organisation of the programme and the assessments and examinations related to it in the Education and Examination Regulations (in Dutch: Onderwijs- en examenregeling; OER)