Study profile

The MA Artistic Research offers advanced support for research-based creative enquiry. It is designed for artists who wish to explore how artistic-intellectual production can enrich their response to our complex present. It unfolds as the repeated experimentation and reflection that defines a researching mind-set. It is taught by a team of active artists and academics. Together, we form a research community.

A matrix of practical and theoretical elements equips you for an artistic-intellectual future and possible further study at PhD level.

Reading groups, workshops and guest seminar days support regular one-to-one tutorials tied to both artistic and written work.

Our annual exhibition in The Hague, our excursions, publication projects and professional practice modules all further expand your professional and artistic knowledge. Our integrated approach to these elements tests the boundaries between your thinking, making, writing and sharing, creating new and surprising outcomes.

In the video below, students, teachers and the head of the department tell you more about the Master Artistic Research programme:



Master of Arts


Full-time 2 years

Study load


English-taught programme
(English level required)

Department Head

Janice McNab

Application deadlines

Start date


Programme / CROHO

M Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design / 49114

Why choose the Master Artistic Research

  • Our focus on a searching and re-searching approach means we are open to all artistic disciplines and are respectful of your choices.
  • We are a small department built on trust and care.
  • We value peer-learning and intensive group work.
  • You are excited by the ideas embedded in contemporary art and willing to spend time and energy exploring these in relation to your own making.

Are you a good fit for the MA Artistic Research?

Then the following most likely applies to you:

  • You are an artist.
  • Your practice is rooted in curiosity and enquiry.
  • You have a research topic you would like support to dive into.
  • You are open to critical reflection from others and able to learn from this.
  • You can communicate easily in written and spoken English.

Examples of work - Graduation showcase

Browse graduation projects from recent years on

Screenshot Graduation Catalogue Master Artistic Research
screenshot Graduation Catalogue

Interested in applying? Find more information about the deadlines & admission requirements and possible funding options.