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About ArtEZ University of the Arts

ArtEZ provides a coherent range of preparatory programmes, Bachelor’s and Master’s courses in visual art, architecture, fashion, design, music, theatre, creative writing, dance and art education for more than 3000 students in Arnhem, Enschede and Zwolle. ArtEZ is a school and knowledge institute. The research conducted by the professorships contributes to the renewal of art education and to theory formation in the field. ArtEZ works together with a large number of partners both nationally and abroad, such as other educational institutes, companies, governments and non-profit organisations.


ArtEZ established the Centre of Expertise Future Makers (FM) in 2015. The Centre of Expertise (CoE) brings together the ArtEZ’s Professorships Fashion and Product Design & Interior Architecture, along with other knowledge partners. At FM (practice-based) researchers work on research projects in cooperation with public partners such as universities and governments on the one hand and private partners like companies and trade associations on the other.


The ArtEZ Centre of Expertise Future Makers initiates and realizes design-driven innovation and research projects that contribute to a diverse, inclusive and sustainable society. Many projects aim to make value chains in fashion and textiles more sustainable, while also developing future scenarios through experimentation and speculative design interventions. Our projects are, for example, focused on:

-       extending the useful life by, among other things, quality of materials;

-       emotional bonding with products and possibilities for repair;

-       recycling in design and design for recycling;

-       and the development of completely new, closed value chains based on renewable raw materials and sustainable production technologies.

Instead of focusing primarily on optimizing existing value chains, we highlight the importance of experimentation and new material development for radically new value chains.  

In all projects, designers have a prominent role to bring about innovative interventions in existing value chains or develop entirely new ones based on their vision, knowledge and experience.


Future makers
Netfas presentation

The Future of Living Materials

Investigates and develops new ‘living’ materials (e.g. bio-based materials, textiles from micro-organisms, etc.) for the transition to a sustainable fashion system.

Going Circular Going Cellulose

Research on an interactive co-creation process between interdisciplinary, multiple stakeholders to develop an integrated approach of technical design, aesthetic design and product design.

Emotionally Durable Design

Focus on the emotional value, cultural significance of fashion, consumer behavior and social aspects of sustainability.

Street Address

ArtEZ University of the Arts

Kortestraat 27
6811 EP
The Netherlands

Postal Mail Address

ArtEZ University of the Arts

Centre of Expertise Future Makers
PO Box 49
6800 AA Arnhem
The Netherlands

Contact Person

dr. Daniëlle Bruggeman

Professor of Fashion


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