Creative Writing


During the four-year Creative Writing course at the Design Department in Arnhem, you will develop yourself with programmes such as Speaking and Writing and Text and Image to become a versatile writer and director.

First year: broad foundation and orientation

During your studies, you will present texts in a number of forms, using different techniques: printed, designed, spoken, acted or published in various media. You will also learn to analyse texts and deal with commissions and clients. In the first year, you will write a great deal and become acquainted with a large number of genres, including fiction (short stories), literary non-fiction (reporting and documentary), essay, drama, poetry, reviews and writing on commission. From the first to the third year, the course Programme Planning is also a component of your curriculum.

The following programmes will form a theoretical foundation:

  • Speaking and Writing
  • History of Literature
  • Poetry Analysis

In addition, your abilities will be honed in the Writing Workshop and you will participate in the writing week in Berlin.

In the first year, you will also have the opportunity to apply for admission to the Honours Programme, which is supplementary to the regular programmes of your own Bachelor’s course.

Second year: in depth knowledge and developing your personal style

In the second year, the programmes will take a more in-depth focus. In both the contemporary and historical context, content, function and meaning of literature are the central themes. Through research, you will learn how to develop a personal storytelling style and will work on projects together with other ArtEZ courses. You will become acquainted with new components of authorship, such as programme planning and writing reviews. 

Programmes include:

  • Image and Text
  • Philosophy
  • Story analysis

Third year: intership ans developing your own vision

The third year is practice-based. You will learn by completing practical assignments and translating these into literary concepts. Many assigments are concluded with a public presenation. A good portion of the year is reserved for the internship. During this time, you will also develop a personal vision for your future work. 

Fourth year: research and graduation

The fourth year is reserved for work on your graduation project, which consists of a research project, writing a thesis and developing and presenting a graduation product. To help with this, you will be closely supervised by lecturers from professional practice.

ArtEZ finals

All Creative Writing students will complete final examinations and present their work at the end of the year during the ArtEZ finals in Arnhem. A visit to this graduation exhibition is a must if you are thinking about taking the Creative Writing course.