Interaction Design



For the Interaction Design course at the Design Department, ArtEZ is looking for analytical thinkers who can translate their ideas on information flows and interaction into well thought out and clearly designed interactive designs and projects. In addition, you have to meet certain qualification and language requirements.

Interaction Design admission criteria

As of the 2016-2017 academic year, students starting the formative phase of the Interaction course will be taught in English.

  • Applicants must have completed VWO, HAVO, MBO (level 4) or the equivalent.
  • Certain language requirements apply for this English-taught course.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the entrance examination. During the entrance examination, we assess your chances of completing the course successfully.

 For you to be admitted to Interaction Design we feel it is important that you:

  • show affinity with digital media and the information society
  • can look beyond just building websites
  • wish to work on designing new communicative relationships between people, in which digital media plays an important role

Language requirements

All our courses have language requirements. You will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level.

Level before 1 September (if you need a residence permit to study at ArtEZ, the delivery deadline is 1 June!):

  • IELTS 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper 525
  • TOEFL Internet 70
  • TOEIC 620/260
  • Cambridge First (FCE) - Grade C (scale 162-168)

 Check exemptions and language courses.

We assess:

  • Your creative capacity: the capacity with which you express yourself visually, working conceptually and perceptively. You have an understanding and sense of colours, shapes and materials. Your work shows innovation and originality.
  • Your communicative capacity: you have good communication skills, can share your interests and inspiration and you demonstrate decisiveness and discipline.
  • Your capacity for critical reflection: you have an inquisitive and experimental attitude, a passion for art and culture and a keen interest in the field.

Admission exam

The entrance examination starts with a 15-minute interview with the admission committee, consisting of the head lecturer, an additional lecturer and a student. The entrance examination consists of:

  • A discussion about your motivation and general interest in the field of Interaction Design.
  • An evaluation of your previous work that you have brought with you. Select as varied a selection as possible, such as home-made videos, music, sketches or maybe even a game you made once. You should demonstrate that you can work with digital production materials in both a visual and creative way.
  • An assessment of the results of your homework assignment. This is a design assignment that you will receive soon after enrolling through Studielink, complete it at home and bring it along to the entrance examination.
  • Two short creative assignments that will be completed at the academy. You will receive information about their content after you have enrolled.

The admission committee that will interview you will advise the examination committee on whether or not to admit you. The recommendation is based on your previous work that you have brought along, the homework assignment, the creative assignments and your motivation.

Admission dates

17 Febuary 2020
30 March 2020
25 May 2020

Result and validity

You will be notified of whether you have been admitted within three working weeks. In case of rejection we will try to give you insight into the reasons behind it.

Admission is only valid for the course for which you have enrolled. If you wish to apply for admission to a course or specialisation at another location you must register for this separately. The admission is only valid for the academic year directly following the entrance examination.


Enrolment is done through Studielink. You will then receive information on the date that you will be expected at the academy. You will also receive your homework assignments and a questionnaire (CV).