Study profile Master Non Linear Narrative

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

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.

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, a small group of master’s students undertake research and present new visual forms of narrative.



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

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

Project collaborations & research 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.

Interviews with NLN graduates 2021-2022

From 1 to 5 July 2022 twelve 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.

After the master Non Linear Narrative

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.