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About the academy

A word of welcome by dean Pieter Bon

Pieter Bon

We like to be entertained and the length of our lives increases. We seek new ways in which to improve our health and we constantly look for new ways to fill our free time. Fashion and looks are important to us; we prefer sustainable products and we like to play games using smart gadgets. This is why Fontys Academy for Creative Industries exists. We train people to create beautiful concepts, exciting concepts, touching concepts, concepts to improve our quality of life. We train them for an industry in which creativity is of the highest value to a product or service. We educate young people who feel at home in the (digital) world of entertainment and lifestyle, and understand that creativity can also mean business. Creativity can be marketed, it's as simple as that.

We supply the world with commercial and creative professionals, who create concepts for a global industry involved in events, lifestyle and entertainment. An industry that is worth billions, that continues to grow alongside technological and social innovation... We accept students who know exactly why they want to study here with us. Our students are inquisitive, know what today's world is all about, are always online, dare to explore their own creativity, they are realistic, they are thinkers and makers. The creative industry can count on us to supply skilled students who possess plenty of know-how, who make excellent interns and who can get to work immediately after graduation.

Fontys Academy for Creative Industries is a community in which students, teachers, the profession and graduates quickly feel at home. Will you join us?

drs Pieter Bon, dean at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries

Fontys Academy for Creative Industries

Fontys Academy for Creative Industries (Fontys ACI) in Tilburg has 2700 students working towards a bachelor of Business Administration (International Event, Music & Entertainment Studies and Digital Business Concepts), a bachelor of Communication (International Event, Music & Entertainment Studies) or a bachelor of Lifestyle (International Lifestyle Studies). Fontys ACI hosts a staff of approximately one hundred (teachers plus support staff) as well as about fifty regular visiting lecturers.

Fontys ACI is part of Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Fontys accommodates over 40,000 students and about 4,000 staff members; the largest university of applied sciences in the south of the Netherlands (main branches are located in Venlo, Eindhoven and Tilburg).

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Fontys Academy for Creative Industries is member of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.
Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices.


The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country in western Europe with a multicultural population of approximately 17 million people. It has a very rich history in international trade, education, art, literature, design and sciences. This tiny country is famous for the great Dutch Masters, painters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh. They transformed the world around them just like today’s Masters: designers, concept developers, futurists. The Dutch creative industry of the 21st century is growing rapidly and plays a leading role in strengthening the innovative capacity of the country. The Netherlands strives to be the most creative economy in Europe by 2020.


More than 27.000 students study in the city of Tilburg in the south of The Netherlands. 13.5 percent of this city’s 200,000 inhabitants are students. Tilburg has a lot of cafés where you can enjoy student life. Students quickly find their favorite bars/pubs, restaurants and other meeting places. Catching a movie, enjoying the night life, a pop concert, visiting museums or going to the theatre: Tilburg offers a great number of possibilities.