Study profile Master Non Linear Narrative

The Non Linear Narrative at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) is a two-year master’s programme that merges investigative methods of journalism and forensics with processing technologies of computer science and visual arts.

Led by an international team of designers, filmmakers, thinkers and guest critics, the programme Non Linear Narrative aims at a maximum of 15 master’s students per year, who will undertake research and development in order to analyse, gather and present new forms of narrative.

Full description of the programme structure




Full-time 2 years

Department Head

Niels Schrader


Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design




Interviews with NLN graduates 2020-2021

From 8 to 11 July 2021 thirteen graduates of the master Non Linear Narrative presented their final projects at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague. For everyone who couldn’t join them, please check out our interviews with the young designers.

Project collaborations & assignments

The educational programme links with real assignments from the professional field: through the unique positioning of the KABK in The Hague, near the various ministries and internationally oriented partners and organisations, students will do assignments in the political field and the surrounding area of the Academy will be involved in workshops, clinics and guest lectures.

Professional perspective

Upon completion of Non Linear Narrative, the student will be able to understand complex social themes and to determine her/his own position as a graphic designer. At the same time, the student can find adequate visual and interactive shapes to make those themes insightful to a large audience.

The ideal graduate is an investigative designer who is aware of current affairs, chooses his medium wisely, and is familiar with both traditional and new media. He aspires a career in civil society organisations such as public broadcasters or NGOs and is able to set up an individual design practice.

There is a growing need for socially involved, broadly oriented designers. The Non Linear Narrative master's programme will teach students new ways of telling stories and, therefore, asking the news to take position vis-à-vis the graphic design discipline.

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