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The ArtEZ Master Critical Fashion Practices welcomes participants from a variety of backgrounds. Critical optimists who are independent, creative thinkers who feel an urgency to research how fashion can play a fuller role in the production of real social, cultural and economic alternatives, helping fashion move towards a more honest and equitable reality for everyone involved.

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First, read the admission requirements below.

Critical fashion practitioners

As we highly value interdisciplinarity, we invite students from varied backgrounds into our programme. We welcome critical fashion practitioners: curious people who are interested in fashion’s transformative capacities. Collectively, we work towards disrupting conventions, challenging beliefs, and stirring change within the fashion system.

    • Candidate participants have a bachelor’s degree in any creative field or have any other bachelor’s degree and can show us their deep affinity for fashion through their portfolio and admission assignment.
    • Applicants must have successfully completed the entrance examination.

    During the entrance examination, the applicants will be evaluated in terms of:

    • Their reflective ability on the current state of fashion.
    • How they consider their work to be relevant within the context of our Master course. (this is evidenced in their admission assignment).
    • Their capability to consider how they can both benefit from and contribute to the Master Critical Fashion Practices course and its Learning Community (this is evidenced in their letter of motivation).
    • The connections between the course and the future ambitions of the applicant.

    With this process we aim to assess the chances of completing the course successfully. We will admit a maximum of twelve applicants for the Master Critical Fashion Practices.


  • Language requirements apply to all ArtEZ Master courses. You will need to prove your language proficiency before the admission interview. If you need a residence permit to study at ArtEZ, the delivery deadline is 31 May.

    For more information, please check the general language requirements for ArtEZ Master courses.

  • First, you enrol via Studielink. You will be asked to submit the following documents:

    • a copy of your passport;
    • a copy of your bachelor diploma (preferably in English and with a list of credits);
    • a language certificate.

    After we receive your Studielink registration, we will contact you and ask you to submit the following:

    • a completed application form (which we will send you)
    • your CV (in English)
    • a letter of motivation (in English)
    • your digital portfolio

    Submit a digital portfolio by email or file sharing service (e.g. WeTransfer etc.). The portfolio contains a coherent overview of former work, potentially consisting of free work, assignments, written articles, etc.

    Please note: we prefer to receive your portfolio as one PDF-file. 

  • The admission procedure consists of three phases:

    1. The admission committee will check submitted letters of motivation, resumes and portfolios and make a selection.
    2. The selected candidates will be sent an assignment. This assignment consists of an essay in which applicants reflect on their work, how it relates to the topics discussed in this Master course and on their future ambitions. (See next paragraph titled ‘Criteria’). After receiving the completed assignment, the admission committee will review the work. Applicants who are not selected for the second phase or for the interview will be notified within four weeks after sending the required documents at the initial phase.
    3. When the work is reviewed positively the selected applicant is invited for an interview with the admission committee. The committee consists of the Head of Master Critical Fashion Practices, a Master Critical Fashion Practices lecturer, and a Master Critical Fashion Practices participant. For candidates living outside the Netherlands, interviews can be done via Zoom. However, we prefer face-to-face interviews.
  • After the interview, applicants will be notified within two weeks on whether they are admitted or not. If the committee needs more time to make an admission decision, we reserve the right to put the applicant on a waiting list. In that case, the outcome will be known within two weeks after the next admission date.

    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.

  • If you are a non-EU/EEA resident, there are two scholarships you can apply for the ArtEZ Scholarship or the Holland scholarship. Deadline for both scholarships is May 1st 2023, so you need to be admitted before this deadline. Please contact the Student Affairs department for information about scholarships, residence permits, accommodation and any other related questions.

Enrolment deadlines

Round 1

  • 27 February 2023 - Enrolment through Studielink

  • 6 March 2023 - Submitting documents

  • 13 April 2023 - Admission interviews

Non EU/EEA participants that apply for an ArtEZ and/or Holland scholarship must apply in Round 1.

Round 2

  • 6 March 2023 for EU/EEA - Enrolment through Studielink

  • 3 April 2023 - Submitting documents

  • 11 May 2023 - Admission interviews

For more information on the admission process or you missed a deadline, please contact our Coordinator, Ms. Karin Rooijakkers at CriticalFashionPractices@artez.nl.

As Non EU/EEA participant, you must transfer a financial guarantee.

Online information session and Open Studios Day

Do you have questions? Or do you want to learn more about the Master Critical Fashion Practices? Join our information session in Zoom on Friday December 16th 2022 at 14.00 hrs. Our Open Studios Day is scheduled for February 2023. So save the dates and follow our website for signing in!

More information?

Feel free to contact our Coordinator, Ms. Karin Rooijakkers at CriticalFashionPractices@ArtEZ.nl