Fine Arts


Program Description

Study a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in the Netherlands

You are at a crossroads in your life. Ahead a great many roads lead to multiple destinations. Which direction will you take? The bachelor of Fine Art will teach you to be a professional fine artist. An artist is driven by curiosity and the desire to create things that haven’t been seen before. He or she is inquisitive, eager and curious and has the ambition to take an autonomous position in the world of fine art. Do you recognise yourself in this profile and are you passionate about art? Do you want to work with your hands as well as your head and are you happiest making things? A Bachelor of Fine Art at Minerva Art Academy could be right up your alley.

Your future as independent fine artist

To become an independent fine artist, you need an open mind. You ask questions and you don’t take the world at face value. You want to learn to express your ideas in new and exciting ways. As an artist you want to show the world your ideas. During the programme you work individually or with others in shared workshops. You create your own journey, making your way in the world of art.

Getting to know your craft

During this bachelor’s programme you will learn to express your ideas, feelings and fascination in images, using different materials, techniques and media. Each time you ask yourself: what is it I want to say? What do I want the public to feel? You can use any medium you want: paintings, films or photographs, a spatial performance or computer simulation. We will teach you the skills you need to express yourself in whatever way you

Programme structure

The Bachelor of Fine Art takes four years. Each year consists of two semesters of 16 weeks, concluded with a group work review and a project week or excursion week. Central to our curriculum is your own work, made in the studio. You will be confronted with a wide variety of approaches to art, concepts, mediums, materials and techniques. You will learn to reflect on our own work and that of others. During the first two years you will carry out assignments to gain knowledge and skills. You will also work independently to fully develop and explore your own artistic process. In the third year you will focus on your personal development as an artist in the studio. The final year is all about defining who you are as an artist and the uniqueness and quality of your work. You will write a final thesis and artistic statement and take part in a joint exhibition with your fellow students.

Making and thinking

For an artist, making and thinking are closely linked. This is reflected in our curriculum. You will be taught by a variety of tutors, who all have their own specialised professional background. Working in the studio and workshops is a central part of the programme. An additional part will connect theory and practice and prepare you for professional practice.

Programme Overview

Studio: working in the studio, workshop or any virtual environment

Studio Support: knowledge and skills in all visual domains

Studio Classroom: the relation between theoretical and practice based artistic research

Studio Electives: interdisciplinary and theoretical electives

Theory: knowledge of context of the visual arts. Art history, visual analysis, philosophy and art theory

Professional Practices: preparation for the professional practice

Personal development as an artist

Your personal development as an artist is central. This means you will follow your own programme, free to pursue subjects and activities that encourage your personal development. Part of this development is your Study Portfolio. You will further personalise your study programme by working with more than one medium and by getting to know different professional domains and artist positions. In your third year you can study abroad for a semester or apply for a minor. You can take part in (Honours) projects and assignments provided by Projectbureau/AMP or carry out research assignments for the Art & Society Research Centre. We offer a great many additional activities, like an international excursion at the start of your studies, guest lectures, project weeks, excursions, exhibitions, festivities and external projects, and many interesting, multidisciplinary OffCourses. You can show your work to the public online by using the showcase at

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

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