Study profile

Non Linear Narrative is a two-year master’s programme that merges investigative methods of journalism and forensics with processing technologies of computer science and visual arts into a contemporary progressive design approach: non-linear storytelling.

It takes the entanglement of relations in the global information society as a starting point, in order to identify and interrogate complex socio-political issues and communicate them to a broad audience. The programme repositions the graphic design discipline in the changing professional landscape and extends it with new responsibilities towards society.

In the video below, students, teachers and the head of the department tell you more about the Master Non Linear Narrative programme:



Master of Arts


2 years full-time

Study load

Start date


Department Head

Niels Schrader

Application deadlines

1 March (non-EU/EEA)
1 May


English-taught programme
(See English level required)

Programme / CROHO

M Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design / 49114

Why choose Non Linear Narrative

  • The department is led by an international team of designers, programmers, filmmakers, artists and thinkers.
  • Each year, in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations, a small group of master’s students undertake research and present new visual forms of narrative.
  • The programme offers the chance to discover a wide, diverse range of research fields and practices, from design, photography, coding to filmmaking, as well as the possible interconnections in these fields.
  • Non Linear Narrative offers a theoretical programme as a cornerstone to encourage context in research and practice.

Is this study for you?

Do you want to study Non Linear Narrative at KABK? Then the following most likely applies to you:

  • You have an investigative mindset and are keen to learn new ways of seeing and exploring the world as a researcher and practitioner.
  • You preferably have a design background with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design to prove that. Students from other disciplines with a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of design (for example architecture, film or journalism) are also welcome to apply.
  • You are not afraid of embracing new technologies and learning programming.
  • You are interested in the way our socio-political environments are designed, and ways that they can change.

Insights in this study programme

Listen to a conversation with Talita Virgínia, second year student Non Linear Narrative (NLN), who emphasises the important aspect of storytelling and being politically inclined when it comes to following the NLN master's programme at KABK!

screenshot Graduation Catalogue Master Non Linear Narrative
screenshot Graduation Catalogue

Interested in applying? Find out about the admission requirements of the Master Non Linear Narrative