Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts

Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts

Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts (in Dutch: ‘Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten’, FHK) in Tilburg, The Netherlands, provides higher professional education on Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level in the field of art education and performing arts and science. All courses have been brought together under one roof at a beautiful building in the city centre of Tilburg. 

Top reasons to study here

  • A tempting venue where students, teachers and co-workers meet.
  • A learning environment with ambitious students who are perpetually occupied with their craft that they look upon as a labour of love.
  • You will turn into an independent professional who sets out to create an artistic future for himself, as well as for others.

Distance Learning Courses

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



Fontys Hogescholen (Fontys University of Applied Sciences, or ‘Fontys’) is one of the largest Dutch universities, with campuses located primarily in the south of Holland. Despite the large student numbers, education at Fontys is organised on a small scale. At Fontys, internationalisation is a key issue. 


The bachelor and master programmes of Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts have been accommodated in various academies and occupy a place of their own within Fontys. 


Fontys provides education and research. As a broad-based university, we are the largest public knowledge institute in the southern Netherlands. Fontys wants to be an innovation engine by linking its education and research to innovation processes within and outside the regions. Fontys has a large impact due to its education and research in almost all sectors of society.

The research conducted at Fontys is practice-based and innovative. It targets the renewal and improvement of the professional practice for which education is provided and is elaborated upon in close consultation with professional practice, preferably within regional knowledge networks. Research contributes directly to curriculum innovation.


In view of the alterations and changes in the professional field, you are educated both horizontally and vertically. You will turn into an independent professional who sets out to create an artistic future for himself, as well as for others.


Student services

Student Services can offer you guidance and counselling as well as advice if you have any questions and/or require assistance in special circumstances:

  • Student counsellors: study-related problems (e.g. financial support, studying with a limitation, personal worries, family circumstances, complaints, objections and appeals).
  • Student psychologists: psychological problems (e.g. concentration difficulties, fear of failure).
  • Study career choice advisors: study and career choice (investigation into your interests, personality and capacities).

Housing services

Tilburg is a small university city that deserves to be discovered. Students who go and explore the city will be surprised to find much more than they expected. Tilburg invites students to play a role for the city and society, also after their studies. Tilburg wants to be a city where students like to settle, and where they manifest themselves in an active and visible way. A city where entrepreneurship among students flourishes, and where graduates can find a suitable job.

Library services

The Media Library is a learning facility where you can consult and/or borrow a wide range of information sources and materials (such as books, reports, videos and CD-ROM’s). The system that is in place allows you to process the information that you obtain immediately. It is also possible to peruse the catalogues pertaining to other institutes, such as the Tilburg University.

Medical services

In the Netherlands, the ‘huisarts’ (doctor, general practitioner, GP) provides full medical assistance in accordance with the standards designated for the practice of medicine by medical professionals in the Netherlands. We strongly recommend that you register yourself with a GP in your area as soon as possible after your arrival in the Netherlands.

Student Life

Campus life

Tilburg is a dynamic and cultural city in the midpoint region of the Netherlands, with many art events and festivals. It is home of various cultural institutions. The Tilburg Campus is located on the outskirts of Tilburg and is serviced by good bus connections and safe cycling routes. The Arts cluster is situated in the centre of the city. Tilburg has much to offer to students, including a vibrant student life. More than 30,000 students study at one of the 3 universities in Tilburg.

Student clubs

As a newcomer to a student city, it will be important that you feel at home in your new environment as quickly as possible and one way of doing so will be to make some new friends. By joining a student association, you will have the opportunity to meet many new people. Almost all Course Departments have their own student associations.

There are numerous studying and student organisations that may appeal to you during your time at Fontys. Please make enquiries at your Course Department, or ask other students for more information. Some of the student organisations are actually more like social clubs, whereas others place more emphasis on culture and/or studying. Please note that not all of these associations are necessarily linked to Fontys.


Fontys partner universities are selected on the basis of a set of criteria, such as accreditation, course programmes offered, student satisfaction levels and locations. Fontys actively encourages students to participate in international activities, either abroad or by engaging them in internationalisation activities at home. Every year, Fontys attends the APAIE, NAFSA and EAIE conferences in order to maintain these partnerships. 

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