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Designers contribute significantly to the creative industry, one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the Netherlands. We educate talented, ambitious students who wish to become experimental designers with a critical attitude, who are not afraid to take on wayward and socially relevant topics. You will get learn about all facets of this profession. Graduating successfully means you are well prepared for a future as a professional designer. 

We encourage an international focus: many of our students are from abroad. That is why this bachelor's programme is taught fully in English. This means that English is the language we use during classes. Instruction and coaching in Dutch is possible in individual cases. It is important to get used to an international setting right from the start. This way you will also feel at home abroad and you will learn to get by as an designer all over the word. 

During this Design programme from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen you will learn to reflect on your own work and that of others. You will develop your authenticity as a designer and discover your view of the world. It is fine to make mistakes. Better still: you have to make mistakes. Only by trial and error you will be able to master the designer's craft. By carrying out experiments and starting afresh you will create your own style, your signature. You will learn how to develop and protect your authenticity as a designer. You will often work with your fellow students in order to learn to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 

International opportunities

This bachelor is open to students from abroad. It is taught in English, but we also give instructions in Dutch. From day one you will find yourself in a dynamic, international environment. The input of students from different countries and cultures is very valuable for your development as a designer. You can also spend a semester studying abroad in your third year. Furthermore, our teachers have excellent contacts all over the world. You can also use these contacts to build your own network.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Five majors
  • Graphic & Interaction Design: you will focus on how to convey messages in a creative and originale manner through images an typography. 
  • Illustration & Animation Design: you will focus on creating still and animated images. your main subjects will be Illustration and Animation. 
  • Interior Architecture & Design: you will focus on space as a continuous element in all assignments.
  • Time Based Design: you wil focus on moving images in stories, in time and space. 
  • Product Design: you will focus on becoming a design entrepreneur. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • After application you will receive an invitation to upload your portfolio in Osiris Apply. 
  • On the basis of your portfolio you will receive an invitation for an Entrance Examination or a rejection letter by email. 
  • If you have been admitted to the Entrance Exam, then an Admissions Committee will assess - on the basis of a number of admission assignments, your portfolio and an interview - whether you are a suitable candidate for the study programme. Important are your visually expressive capacities and your sense of color, form and material. 
  • The Committee also appraises your originality and individuality. 
non EU students Design: for all design entrance exams, the portfolio must be uploaded before March 15!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7700 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 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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