Graphic Design


"So far, my study program is everything I envisioned"

Kristina Miltcheva
Student from Bulgaria-Canada


The four-year Graphic Design course in Arnhem is positioned at the interface between art and design. The course consists of theoretical and practical programmes, projects, workshops, excursions and an internship.

First year: orientation and basic techniques

The first year is devoted to orientation and expanding your toolset. In this year you will learn the basics of graphic design.


  • Spatial Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • Visual Grammar
  • Design Methodology
  • Scripting
  • Digital design (In Design, Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Art History

You will also take various programmes, for example screen printing, bookbinding, metal and woodworking and ceramics.

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: research and experimentation

In the second year, the programmes are more in-depth and research-oriented. The emphasis is on experimentation, with classes and workshops on the following subjects:

  • Interaction Design
  • Design Research
  • Typography
  • Audiovisual Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Design Philosophy
  • Media and Design Theory

You will also acquaint yourself as much as possible with the cultural life and professional practice outside the academy.

Third year: development of your own vision

The third year is dedicated to developing your personal design methodology. You will work on projects from professional practice in which you will develop your personal vision for design. During the first semester of the third year, you will take one of the following programmes:

  • the Conceptual Type Design minor which prepares you for the Typography specialisation, or
  • the Design Critique minor which prepares you for the Editorial Design specialisation.

Fourth year: internship and graduation

The fourth year culminates in your graduation. You will do an internship, write a thesis and complete three design assignments, including your thesis.

ArtEZ finals

All students of Graphic Design will present their work during the ArtEZ finals in Arnhem. A visit to this graduation exhibition is a must if you are thinking about taking the Graphic Design course.