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Fine Art and Design in Education part-time



Have you always wanted to study at the art academy and become a teacher of Fine Art and Design? The part-time Fine Art and Design in Education course in Arnhem is a compressed version of the full-time bachelor course. You follow the same programme as the full-time course, but only two days a week. The total study load is on average 25-30 hours per week.

As a teacher of Fine Art and Design, you bring others into contact with art and design, even people for whom that is not necessarily a matter of course. You tap into personal and social issues, and encourage people to look and create for themselves. You guide them in the creative process and in developing their own talent. In this way, they experience at first hand the difference that art can make and what it is like to express what occupies you.


In the Fine Art and Design in Education course, there is plenty of room to develop your artistic talents, in both autonomous art and design, so as to develop as a visual artist or designer. But as an artist educator, you are also called upon to consciously home in on that relationship, and to find answers to the following questions: what does visual work mean for my teaching? And what teaching mean for my visual work?


The professional field you will enter after graduation is broad. After the first foundation year, during which you become acquainted with all that is on offer, you will increasingly follow your own path. Elective programmes, workshops and specialisations broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills. Ultimately you will graduate with a profile that matches the artist educator you want to become.

As a part-time student, you can apply to DUO for a teacher training cost allowance. Internships are possible on the class days referred to and are arranged through the internship agency.

Read, look, digest, frustrate, whatever, but make! Make! Make! And keep going!
MARY, student

What do you learn in the part-time Fine Art and Design in Education course in Arnhem?

The part-time Fine Art and Design in Education course in Arnhem is practice-oriented and varied. The course curriculum focuses on three domains: Visual, Theory and Education.

  • You will spend approximately half the time on creating and viewing art and design and reflecting on art and design. You will take seven basic visual subjects: graphic design, product design, drawing, painting, photography, moving image and spatial. From year two onwards, you will follow elective programmes that give your course its own profile, for example in the area of art & technology.




  • In internships and projects, you will learn how to work as a teacher with different target groups within and outside mainstream education. You will gain knowledge about learning, special target groups and social psychology, but also about developing lessons, teaching materials and methods.


    Art teachers in my secondary schools were my examples. That's what I want to be for my pupils in my turn.
    RENEE, student
  • Finally, you will immerse yourself in the role and position of art and design in society. You will interrogate your own position, study other makers and immerse yourself in trends. You will also be taught subjects such as philosophy, cultural history, art theory and current events.

    Interdisciplinary cooperation is becoming more and more important these days: boundaries between different art forms are blurring and disciplines are working together to learn from each other and move forwards together. In order to prepare you for interdisciplinary professional practice, you will work a lot with students from Theatre and Dance in Education during your course.



If you have not previously taken a teacher training course or a course in health care, in most cases you will pay the €2143 statutory tuition. Use the ArtEZ tuition guide to easily calculate whether this rate applies to you.

In addition to the tuition, please allow for book fees, material costs and money for excursions. As a part-time student, you can apply to DUO for an allowance to cover your teacher training costs. If you are already working in education, you may be eligible for a teacher scholarship. For any allowances, please also consult the websites of DUO (Education Executive Agency), the tax authorities and ArtEZ.


You take classes in the group of part-time Fine Art and Design in Education. From the second year onwards, you work regularly with full-time Fine Art and Design in Education students. The class days and times are:

  • Thursday 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 1:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (this can change quarterly)
  • Friday 9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Course Structure

You don’t become a good art teacher in one day. It takes time, courage and perseverance, but it is very rewarding.
  • During the foundation programme, you will acquire basic knowledge and skills in all three core areas of the course: visual, theory and education. You will also gain an idea of the possibilities in the professional field. You will have classes in a group of about fifteen to twenty students. In addition to visual arts subjects, you will follow subjects such as philosophy, cultural history and developmental psychology and do your first internship.

    If you want to go into theory in more depth, in the first year you can also apply for the Honours Programme as a supplement to the theoretical programme of your own bachelor course.

  • In the middle phase of your course (years two and three), you largely set your own course. Through specialisations, electives and workshops, you will gradually develop your own answer to the question of how you will make a difference to society as an artist educator. At the end of the middle phase, you will give a presentation demonstrating your provisional choices of emphasis within the domains of visual, theory and education. What matters to you, what do you want to learn in the final phase and where do your main challenges lie?

    It is very tempting to work within your own bubble, comfort zone and discipline. Collaborating with people from other disciplines brings new knowledge, perspectives, impulses and inspiration.
    CHEYENNE, student

    Specialisation programmes

    In the second and third years of the course, you can choose between various specialisation programmes. You will work with two lecturers on the specialisation programme of your choice for one day a week. The lecturers will challenge your visual skills and provide input on the content of your work. You will go on an excursion together and work with guest lecturers.

    Visual elective programme

    The visual elective programme ranges from thematic works (e.g. 'representation based on verbal information') to in-depth painting, documentary making, portrait photography, typography or animation. You choose which subjects you want to take.


    You can also choose from a range of workshops to acquire specific technical skills, such as screen printing, graphics, InDesign, paint and pigment, liquid plastic or raku ceramics. You can also take theory workshops, for example on cultural appropriation. The workshops are delivered in our physical workshops, by lecturers and guest lecturers.

  • In the final year of the course, you will focus mainly on your individual graduation pathway: the final internship, the theoretical research and the visual graduation research, working towards your final presentation at the ArtEZ finals. Which lecturers will supervise you depends largely on your own preferences and your chosen specialisation – whether it be photography, construction, furniture design, illustration, animation, gaming or something else. You can also specialise in interdisciplinary working and cultural history, for example if you want to teach the subject General Art later on.


Every year you will do an internship. Internship experiences are an important part of your professional training. During an internship, all the skills from the professional profile come together and the knowledge you acquire during the course falls into place: you get the opportunity to actually apply what you have learned. You will discover which work setting suits you and which target groups you want to work with. You will also work out what kind of artist educator you want to be and what your own views are on education and art education.


In years two and three, you will do an internship at a secondary school. You will investigate whether education is for you and practise teaching under supervision.

I suddenly realised during the internship that my views on mainstream education have become more nuanced. I could also see how much effort the teachers put in to provide good education.
ARVID, first-year student

In year three, you can choose for yourself whether you want to do an internship in a school or elsewhere. School internships range from primary and general secondary education to secondary vocational education (MBO); settings for non-school internships include museums, festivals, publishers and arts centres. As a course, we have extensive contacts with the professional field and are therefore able to offer good internships.

In year three you will also do an interdisciplinary internship, working with students from the Theatre and Dance in Education courses.

I'm becoming more and more confident in front of a class. Whereas in the beginning it still felt a bit like a presentation, now it really is a proper lesson. I feel myself taking on the role of the teacher more and more. I help the pupils to become independent. If they have a question, I will answer them with another question to encourage them to come up with an answer themselves rather than me telling them straight away.
ESTHER, first-year student 

Activities outside the curriculum

Lezing Isis Germano, how heavy is my research

The Fine Art and Design in Education course offers room to undertake all kinds of other activities in addition to the ‘regular’ parts of the course, organised by the course and the students themselves. Think of excursions, lectures, debates, professional symposia and exhibitions. The focus is on responding to current events, taking the initiative, broadening your perspective and presenting yourself to the outside world.

Art teaches you to look at reality from multiple perspectives; art opens up a whole range of possibilities.

HANNAH, student

Academic career counselling

Thanks to an extensive range of options in the intermediate phase and the freedom you are given in the final phase, as a Fine Art and Design in Education student you can define your own path during your course. This means you get to shape your own course and develop your own specialisation.Our academic career counsellors and teachers will help you meet the challenges you face along the way. Your academic career advisor will support you in maintaining the required progress in your studies and prepare you for your future career. They are your first point of contact when you come up against issues. If you encounter personal problems, your academic career advisor will discuss with you the possibility of referring you to a student counsellor.


De academie beschikt over goed geoutilleerde werkplaatsen. Bij alle werkplaatsen zijn werkplaatsassistenten aanwezig. 

  • Here you will find all the required machines and tools for working with wood, metal and plastics, as well as a sewing workshop, blasting and spraying room and a materials shop. In addition, there is a storage area for the work in the basement.

    10 a CEntrale werkplaats
    Central workshop
  • All the equipment and facilities for practising the graphic techniques (etching, lithography, woodcarving, etc.) are available here.

  • In the photography workshop, you will find all the facilities (computers/printers) for digital photo editing. You can also borrow a digital camera here.

    10 c Werkplaats fotografie
    Photography workshop
  • In this workshop, you will find various types of cameras, monitors, projectors and computers for digital image and sound editing.

    10 d Werkplaats AV Technieken
    Audiovisual technology workshop
  • Here you can make moulds, cast, model, work with plaster and much more. You will also find kilns for firing and glazing your work here.

    10 e keramiek
    Ceramics workshop
  • This is the place for screen printing and large format printing, using a transfer press, cutting plotter and cutting machine, and for bookbinding and typesetting.

    10f Drukkerijk
    Print workshop
  • Here you can program and automate tasks in computer programs like Illustrator and InDesign. You can also work with all kinds of electronics, for example using Arduino components/building motors and robots.

    10 g Hard en software lab
    Hardware software lab

Independent entrepreneur?

As an artist educator, you need an entrepreneurial attitude: the ability to take initiative, see opportunities and seize them. You will work on that throughout your course. If you choose to become an independent entrepreneur after graduation, you will need basic knowledge about entrepreneurship. This basic knowledge is acquired during the Art Economy workshops in the fourth year of the part-time Fine Art and Design in Education course.

Studying in Arnhem

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