Zuyd University of Applied Sciences offers Bachelor’s programme in Interdisciplinary Arts for creative students from all over the world. The programme is taught in English and takes 3 years to complete.
Cedric Wiegel from Germany is a second-year student enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Arts (iArts) programme. Here is what he says about studying at Zuyd.
Studying arts and entrepreneurship
Maastricht offers students a selection of innovative and unconventional arts programmes. According to Cedric, Zuyd’s iArts programme is among these unique options. He says that the programme’s curriculum consists of Arts and Entrepreneurship modules, teaching students not only how to make a product, but also how to sell it.
Students engage in all aspects of a product’s lifecycle — from drawing schematics of the design, to recording music, to meeting customers and organising marketing campaigns. They also collaborate with copywriters or developers that they must manage in order to complete their product. By working with all these various aspects, students are able to develop the skills required to create successful art pieces.
“Music and sound design are my main skills, but the idea of the course is not to specialize too much and instead to develop a range of skill sets.” — Cedric adds.
Developing a range of skills
Cedric believes that professional growth is a key component of the iArts course. Students learn to seek and find inspiration or new ideas for products in the world around them. They are constantly trying to push their own boundaries or preconceptions, always moving forward and innovating. It is up to the student to decide which tools to use, but iArts introduces them to all of the tools available.
“We need to engage with the world and connect as human beings.” — Cedric says.
What’s more, Cedric believes that art is everywhere and doesn’t feel the need to separate studying from his daily life.
“For me, iArts is almost a way of life. The things I do as part of my studies are also things I really like to do in my spare time.”
Finding a second family
Cedric lives in a big house together with 8 other students. They study different subjects including Law, Psychology, European Studies, and Business. According to Cedric, this diversity makes student life much more dynamic and these connections feel like a second family.
Cedric also discusses his future as an independent artist. Although he admits he may face financial challenges without a regular income or fixed contracts, he also finds that not knowing what’s coming is very valuable in its own way.
“You need to have faith and confidence in yourself and in people around you. Challenges are there to be overcome!” — he concludes.
To read more about the iArts programme at Zuyd and to find out how to apply, please visit the programme’s website.