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As the world changes, societal standards and ideals transform along the way. Distinctions between disciplines no longer apply in a world where everything overlaps, where everything is connected. Creativity and innovative thinking become important factors that range from entrepreneurial initiatives to scientific research. This is where iArts comes in; in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary world, you learn to be critically-engaged thinkers, artistic analysts and creative entrepreneurs through the different disciplines and forms you are exposed to. Developing concepts that are triggered directly from real-life issues, you create artistic interventions within project-based structures.



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Creating something new: crossing boundaries by combining multiple disciplines into one activity
Art should be groundbreaking and ceaselessly explore where it can make a difference
Inventing creative and original solutions for current social and cultural issues in the form of artistic products
Knowing your trade but thinking outside the box
Tomorrow’s artists are entrepreneurs, policy makers, executive producers and researchers
Combining artistic skills with academic reflection, entrepreneurship and research
Discovering new grounds where knowledge and art can be meaningful
Finding the perspective and know-how required to reach out and connect to other doers and thinkers

iArts stands for interdisciplinary Arts, an intensive, international higher education art programme. We train and educate students to become critically engaged artists; to become inquiring, entrepreneurial and socially engaged thinkers and creators, who are capable of translating social and scientific issues into their artistic and interdisciplinary practice.


iArts is an exciting crossover of artistic skills, academic reflection, research and entrepreneurship. These components are intertwined in projects and seminars with a strong focus on today's societal issues. This makes iArts the first bachelor’s programme in Europe to link interdisciplinarity in the arts to academic scholarship and partners outside of the academy.

The professional profile of a graduated iArts student is broad; at iArts we train professional intermediaries in between the worlds of the arts, our society, institutes and companies.


Tomorrow’s artists will take on the roles of entrepreneurs, policy makers, executive producers and researchers.

They disclose new grounds where knowledge and art can be meaningful: in an airport, within a social network, under a microscope. This is the philosophy of iArts: art should ceaselessly explore where it can make a difference. 


The iArts team consists of independent artists, teachers from the Arts Faculty Maastricht and Maastricht University.



iArts is located in the heart of Maastricht, at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design.

The city Maastricht is a European centre of culture and home to 11,000 students. The city’s numerous festivals and events reflect its diverse cultural and historical influences. 


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iArts has an Instagram account. Follow @iartsmaastricht to stay updated on the latest news, upcoming events and input from our students

The core of the study programme is a project-based educational model. All skills and projects relate to one of the following domains: Arts & Society, Arts & Sciences, Arts & Entrepreneurship and Arts & Culture

The blocks are projects connected to domains, which are organized together with different partners in the world from the Arts, Sciences and Society. Next to fulfil these projects there will be courses with theory and the methods and techniques to become a ‘critical engaged artist’. The theory will be based upon art history, contemporary art theory, philosophy, marketing, management, creative writing, art and communication.



What will I study in the iArts programme

The iArts programme is an accelerated Bachelor programme of 3 years and 180 credits offered to students with a VWO (pre-university) diploma.   If you do not have an pre-university diploma but hold a diploma of a secondary education you might follow the 4 year bachelor’s programme of 240 credits. If you do not know the level of your diploma you may request a diploma check at

In the course of the programme you’ll work on a series of projects. You’ll invent creative and original solutions for current social and cultural issues, in the form of artistic products or artful interventions. Think installations, films, performances, and games. Think meetings, publications, plans, and enterprises. Each and every intervention will be the result of interdisciplinary teamwork. Your teachers are experts in their fields and have experience with interdisciplinary encounters.


The core of the study programme is a project-based educational model. All skills and projects relate to one of the following domains: Arts & Society, Arts & Sciences, Arts & Entrepreneurship and Arts & Culture.



The study programme is built up around the following skills: Home Based Learning (involving skills such as Writing, Singing, Reflection, Journalistic Research, Visual Language, Presenting), Personal Research & Development Lab (involving skills such as Photography, Materials and Techniques), Expert & Artist Exchange (Projects with different partners in the world from Arts, Sciences and Society), Shared Knowledge and Collective Lab.

Futhermore theory education and disciplines such as art history, art analysis, dramaturgy, philosophy, text analysis and sociology are drawn on in order to explore specific themes addressed in project education in more depth.

All these tools, methods and strategies will prepare you to become a ‘critical engaged artist’.

The iArts program focusses on current societal issues and current global challenges, and is thus subject to change, Therefore no rights can be derived from the information published on this website.





During the programme, you’ll further develop your own direction of artistic and intellectual growth. You’ll also learn how to manage your projects professionally and make them financially viable.

In the second year, there is time to further train your capacities in projects with external partners.

In the third (and when applicable, fourth) year, you’ll develop and complete a graduation project of your own. You’ll write a graduation thesis in which you describe the research done in preparation of your graduation, the concept you developed based on this research, and your artistic working process, as well as the entrepreneurial aspects of your entire graduation project. Next to the thesis, your graduation project consists of an artistic part for which you can choose your own artistic medium.

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Do you want to stay tuned on what’s happening at iArts? See our Facebook and Instagram posts. We do not send newsletters anymore, but to read about previous projects, you may still browse our newsletter archive: newsletters 


The iArtist is

an artistic researcher
an imagination engineer
an intelligent multitalent
an out-of-the-boxer
an artistic inventor
an academic delinquent
a pirate of disciplines

Formal requirements

  • pre-university secondary education or other secondary education diploma
  • evidence of artistic aptitude
  • advanced in English
  • collaborative skills 


Who is it for

iArts is an extraordinary programme for extraordinary people. Our students are open-minded and take a broad interest in the world around them. They are creative and have critical minds. They are multi-talented, motivated and prefer to develop these talents by working with others. They love studying and creating things. And they’re willing to work beyond boundaries.

Contact intensity

You’ll start in the first year of the bachelor with appox. 20-25 students, a small number of students guarantees optimal attention and exclusive education.

On average, you’ll have 20 contact-hours a week, and a minimum of 20 hours of independent study (alone or with your study group).


What can I do after graduation

The iArts programme trains you to be a critically engaged artist. A critically engaged artist is a creative thinker and creator who addresses social and scientific issues in his artistic and transdisciplinary or interdisciplinary practice. The critically engaged artist combines the skills of an artist, entrepreneur and researcher and develops and produces relevant interventions for current (world) issues.


How can I apply

If you are enthousiastic about iArts and believe that you are a suitable candidate, who meets our standards, you can sign up for iArts. iArts works with an assessment, this assessment leads to an advice about joining the iArts programme. You can apply via the red sign up button at the top of the page or send an email to

PLEASE NOTE: iArts registrations for the academic year 2020--2021 are now closed. It is possible to register for the academic year 2021 after 01 October 2020 in Studielink, or email for more details to


Assessment procedure

The assessment procedure for iArts consists of 3 rounds.
To be invited for the first round you fill in the application form and send it, together with your film, to

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*) Please note: due to the measures taken to prevent spreading of the Coronavirus,  we will only have online assessment interviews. More detailed information will be given after you start the selection procedure.


Registration and enrollment

The assessment procedure will lead to an advice from the assessment committee, whether they think you are an appropriate candidate. To register for our programme it is necessary that you are actually enrolled for the next academic year. 

The iArts programme is part of Zuyd University of Applied sciences,

To register at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, you have to subscribe at

Tuition fee 

Degree-seeking students will have to pay annual tuition fees. The amount charged depends on your status. EU citizens pay the same fee as the Dutch students, if they live in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg or in one of the German federal states that share borders with the Netherlands (i.e. North Rhine Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen). Non-EU students are charged a higher fee. To determine how much you have to pay, you can check the tuition fees on Excellent non-EU students who have to pay the higher tuition fee, can apply for a scholarship. 

Visa and residence permit

International students are subject to the Dutch immigration procedures. These procedures can vary depending on your nationality.

Non-EU citizens
Generally speaking, most non-EU citizens will have to obtain a visa in their home country before they can travel to the Netherlands. If you are from the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the Vatican City and Monaco, you do not need a visa. However, you will need a residence permit if you are going to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months. Read more

There are a lot of possiblities to visit iArts during the year. For example during our open days or exhibitions.

During our Open Days you are welcome to visit and meet our students and staff and get answers to all the questions you have regarding our programme. Open Days in 2019-2020: Saturday 9 November 2019 and Saturday 8 February 2020.

Visiting Address:

Herdenkingsplein 12
6211 PW Maastricht


Are there extra costs?

You should take into consideration that expenses and activities (directly) linked to your study will cost you an average amount of one hundred euros on a monthly basis. These expenses among other things consist of: deposits for the library, copy costs, readers, syllabi and books. You can also think of field trips, theatre visits and other cultural activities.

When can I visit iArts? 

There are plenty possibilities to visit us. For example during our open days or exhibitions. Our Open Days in 2019-2020 are on Saturday 9 November 2019 and on 8 February 2020.

Check our 'Event page' for more information about all the different iArts-Events.

What is 'Studielink'?

Studielink is the online enrollment application for higher education in the Netherlands. It enables you to enroll (or re-enroll) for a program at a Dutch higher education institution. You can find more information about Studielink on

Where can I find a place to stay?

If you are looking for a room or an apartment in Maastricht you can check Maastricht Housing or MyMaastricht. If you want to find out more about the region check out the Bright Site of Life



Who can I contact if I have other questions?

If you still have unanswered questions, please send an email to

iArts Newsletter

Do you want to stay tuned on what’s happening at iArts? See our Facebook and Instagram posts. We do not send newsletters anymore, but to read about previous projects, you may still browse our newsletter archive: newsletters




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6211 PW Maastricht
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