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The world is increasingly changing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is searching for a substainable economic, social and cultural plan to take us into the future. Classical boundaries between disciplines are no longer of any significance. Innovation is taking place in between science, economics and arts. Do you want to be part of this future and be a ‘critically engaged artist’ of innovative and artistic concepts which combine entrepreneurial and social issues? Does your imagination go beyond the limits of science and arts? Do you think in terms of projects rather than classes? If so, iArts is the answer.


Friday 21 April - Saturday 13 May, 12:00~18:00
Finissage: Thursday 11 May, 17:00~18.30
Location: Theater aan het Vrijthof, Souterrain, Maastricht 

We hope to see you there!


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. Meet the iArts staff


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 daily input from our students

The study programme is built up around four 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 a 4 year bachelor’s programme within 3 years, this means it is a very intense, high-density programme. 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.

In addition to the projects, the curriculum consists of a baseline: an in-depth programme with attention for theory, skills training and reflection. In theory education, 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. Examples of skills training are singing, design skills and Multi Media training.






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 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.






Bachelor programme 

The bachelor’s program covers three years. In the course of the program 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.

Master programme 

iArts is developing the iArts Master and aiming to start the pilot in September 2017. If you are interested in the Master, or want to apply for the selection, please let us know via the iArts mailbox, and we will contact you asap.

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 equivalent)
  • 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 15 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


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

You can now sign up for the assessment procedure for next academic year 2017-2018



Registration and enrollment

The assessmennt 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 fees, 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.


This question is the central issue iArts works out together with you at PAS.

In an interactive creative session we invite you to collaborate with the iArts students on this topic. You'll get challenged to share your insights, doubts, questions and wonders about this exciting issue. Can Arts and Science become a happy marriage? Or is this engagement doomed? We are going to trigger your imagination and figure out what the two worlds of Science and Art can mean for each other. Curious? Visit iArts during PAS, 19.00-22.00 o'clock, in the cellar of the Jan van Eyck Academie!



Four students of iArts are taking part in an exciting new collaboration between the Arts Faculty Maastricht, Hotel Management School, Conservatorium Maastricht and the Gemeente Maastricht. This student initiative was formed in order to build stronger connections between the different faculties of Zuyd Hogeschool and in doing so, give back to the community by organizing a series of unique events featuring food, art and music.

Read more about this event


Five iArts students were participating in a creative project called ‘It’s a Djazzie Thing’, commissioned by Jazz Maastricht Festival (an initiative of Jazz Maastricht). Each student created a project for the exhibition in the theme of visualizing music. 

It’s a Djazzie Thing’ and Jazz Maastricht Festival took place at the Theater aan het Vrijthof from March 13-23 2016

Please check our website to stay informed. You can also check our Facebookpage.

Do you want to receive an invitation for our Intro Nights, please send us an email.
Check out all the former iArts Events



At the end of every project the iArts students present themselves, most of the times these exhibitions can be visited. Please let us know if you want to receive an invitation.

Check out all the former iArts events

Here you can see which events you unfortunately missed last academic year.

If you don't want to miss any event anymore, please let us know and you will receive an invitation the next time!


iArts students participate in CHILL Communities

Something special is happening at CHILL. From 9 May, five iArts students are participating in as many CHILL Communities, under the supervision of iArts teacher Ellen ter Gast. This is special as it is the first ever collaboration of this kind between art and CHILL students. Read more about this unique collaboration.


iArts Open Day Saturday 25 March 2017 10.00-15.00

Interested in the iArts programme and want to know more about it?

Meet our staff and students on the next upcoming Open Day Saturday 25 March 10.00-15.00

You are welcome to visit us and get answers to all your questions you have regarding our programme.

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. 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 Jules & You. 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? Sign up for our newsletter by sending an email to and you will informed regularly about the student’s projects, the partners we work with, and iArts events you can visit. Download the latest newsletter in pdf version



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