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We are looking for people who are self-directed and intrinsically motivated toward self-learning: people who want to align their practice with what is alive in their hearts. We welcome participants who share the urgency to explore and contribute the dynamic potential of their creative practice to our common well-being.

The ArtEZ master Fashion Design (Practice Held in Common) is not a traditional fashion programme: participants from all disciplines and creative practices are welcome. The curriculum transcends disciplines and invites individuals and collectives who wish to evolve their practice in a multi-disciplinary context.

Admission procedure

If you feel that the programme suits you and you meet the criteria, you can apply for the course. Applicants will be evaluated based on their letter of motivation and – when invited – an admission interview. Please ensure that you are well-informed about the course objectives and the content of the programme before you apply. A maximum of twelve applicants will be admitted to the programme per course year.

  • To be able to apply for the Fashion Design (Practice Held in Common) Master's course, a Bachelor’s degree in any creative field, including liberal arts, is required.

  • Language requirements apply to all ArtEZ master courses. Candidates will need to prove their language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating their level of English before 1 September. If you need a residence permit to study at ArtEZ, the delivery deadline is 1 June.

    For more information, please check the general language requirements for Master's programmes at ArtEZ.

  • First of all, candidates need to enrol via Studielink. You will be asked to submit the following documents via email to studentaffairs@artez.nl:

    • a copy of your passport;
    • a copy of your bachelor diploma (preferably in English, including a list of credits);
    • a copy of your IELTS/TOEFL diploma, in fulfilment of the English language requirements.

    After you have enrolled and submitted the documents listed above, you will receive an email regarding the further admission procedure.

  • If your provided diploma(s) and papers are approved, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

    • A substantial well-considered research proposal and or set of research questions, relating to one or more of the research areas mentioned in the course overview. Your research proposal and or research questions provide a detailed outline and structure for the practice that you intend to engage in during the two years of study.
    • A description of your current practice and how you see this evolving within the context of the Fashion Design (Practice Held in Common) programme.
    • A letter of motivation explaining your considerations in applying for this programme specifically, and what it is that you will contribute. Please ensure that you are well-informed about the course objectives and the content of the programme.
    • A CV (in English) that details your educational background and ongoing artistic practice.
    • A portfolio that best represents your current practice.

    Please email your documents to Maïté Tjon A Hie, course coordinator, at info@practiceheldincommon.nl. If your file size is greater than 5 MB, please send it through www.wetransfer.com.

  • Based on the provided information selected candidates will be offered an admission interview, to be conducted by the head of the master programme and one or more of the programme lecturers. For candidates not living in the Netherlands, interviews will be conducted via Skype.

Enrolment deadlines

If you are a non-EU/EEA student and depending on an ArtEZ and/or Holland scholarship, you need to apply in Round 1 or 2. EU/EEA students and other non-EU/EEA students (not depending on Scholarships) apply in Round 3. As Non-EU/EEA student, you must transfer a financial guarantee.

  • Non-EU/EEA students that apply for a ArtEZ and/ or Holland Scholarship

    We highly recommend that non-EU/EEA students who want to apply for an ArtEZ and/ or Holland Scholarship choose this route. Your application and visa-arrangements will take a lot of time and our experience is that applicants of round 2 experience serious time constraints.

    • January 3rd 2021 - Enrolment through Studielink
    • January 13th 2021 - Submitting documents deadline
    • January 20th 2021 – Notification to applicants
    • February 10th 2021 - Admission interviews
  • Non-EU/EEA students that apply for a ArtEZ and/ or Holland Scholarship

    • February 28th 2021 - Enrolment through Studielink
    • March 10th 2021 - Submitting documents deadline
    • March 27th 2021 - Notification to applicants
    • March 31 st 2021 - Admission interviews
  • EU/EEA and other non-EU/EEA students

    • April 1st 2021 for EU/EEA - Enrolment through Studielink
    • April 14th 2021 - Submitting documents deadline
    • April 21th 2021 - Notification to participants
    • May 11th and 12th 2021 - Admission interviews

More information

Do you have questions? Or would you like to discover more about the Fashion Design (Practice Held in Common) master programme? Please contact us: we would love to meet you and show you around (online, given the circumstances).