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The course in Creative Business - Media Management 3-year Track programme from NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences  teaches you how to think and work from a cross-media perspective. You will be trained as a specialist in these areas over the course of the three-year programme. The course is more intensive than its four-year counterpart, including more in-depth study, and you will also acquire a large part of the theoretical knowledge through self-study.

  • Earn your bachelor’s degree in just 3 years.
  • Obtain a master’s degree in 4 years with our 1 year Master Content & Media Strategy after your study.
  • Enrol in a broad-ranging management course – a gateway to a career in media.
  • Option to complete part of your degree programme outside the Netherlands.
  • Final-year internship in the Netherlands or another country of your choice, greatly increasing your chances of finding a job.


Graduates in Creative Business have a wealth of career opportunities in the world of media and entertainment. You could end up working as a manager for a magazine or other publication, a media planner at an advertising agency or TV station, or start your own company developing cross-media formats.

Diversity is key

As a media professional, you will possess highly developed conceptual thinking skills. You will also be able to manage a creative team and know how to use the various communication media and technologies to which you have access. Get ready for an exciting career in a rapidly changing field!

Careers open to you after graduation include:

  • Media Planner
  • Media Manager
  • Producer
  • Online Marketer
  • Marketing Manager

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

First Year

Introduction to the industry

As you start your course, you will discover exactly what the profession of media and entertainment manager entails, exploring various multimedia methods and tools. You will delve into subjects such as new media, mass communications, creating programmes, media law, trends in the media and the role of the media in our culture. 

Second Year

More in-depth study

In your second year, you will develop more focused and detailed knowledge, building on what you have learned so far. Explore the financial side of the industry, organise a media production and discover the fundamentals – and more – of experience marketing, concept development, storytelling and brand management.  

Third Year

Internship and final-year thesis

You will participate in an internship at a media company in the Netherlands or elsewhere and specialise by taking a minor.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

To be admitted to one of the bachelor programmes you have to meet certain admission requirements. NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognises the following general international qualifications: 

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Three GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and three ‘A’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Bachelor's or master's degree.
Motivation letter

Once you have successfully registered via Studielink and it has been confirmed that you meet the admission requirements, you will be asked to compose a Motivation letter in English talking about why you would like to enroll in the 3-Year Fast Track programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8350 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Leeuwarden

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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