ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design Zwolle

The Academy of Art & Design in Zwolle offers a wide range of design programmes as well as the Fine Art and Design in Education programme, the associate degree Interior Designer and the bachelor Interior Design.

The Sophia building is a former hospital and has been repurposed as an art academy.
The Sophia building is a former hospital and has been repurposed as an art academy.

Since 2003, the Academy of Art & Design has been housed in the renovated Sophia building, a former hospital in Zwolle. The academy shares the facility with the bachelor Theatre in Education Zwolle. 

Human Matters

The identity of ArtEZ Zwolle is grounded in the concept of Human Matters. We focus on self-development, craftsmanship and narratives. We believe that art is at the core of humanity, and by learning, researching, communicating and creating, artists can make an important contribution to humanity. We achieve this by entering critical dialogue between students and teachers, but also by creating room for silence and personal reflection. Do you want to know more? Get in contact with the education program of your choice. 

The Zwolse vibe

The academy in Zwolle is small and bustling and strives for humanisation of society and clarification of existence by placing emphasis on narrative and identity. Through this, the academy distinguishes itself from other art programmes both within and without ArtEZ. This also fits well with its location in Zwolle, where the spirit of Modern Devotion still provides inspiration.

Constantijn Huygens

In 1978, the Academy for Art & Design was founded in Kampen as the Christelijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunst (CABK: Christian Academy of Fine Arts). In the ‘80s, the academy merged with other institutes, including the conservatory in Zwolle, to become the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Constantijn Huygens (Constantijn Huygens Institute of the Arts). In 2002, Constantijn Huygens changed into ArtEZ. One year later, the academy in Kampen moved to Zwolle. Along with the other establishments in Arnhem and Zwolle, the academy makes up part of the Art & Design faculty.

Sophia building

The Sophia building was completely renovated by the architectural firm Henket en Partners. Henket not only adapted the existing premises to facilitate the arrival of the art academy, but also added a new wing. In 2014, the former laboratory of the hospital was added to the academy and it now contains the media lab with all of the digital media workstations.

Overview of all of the programmes at the Academy for Art & Design in Zwolle


Overview, contact information and directions for all the ArtEZ institutes in Zwolle.

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