Reading Type
& Typography

We are delighted that you are interested in studying at Hasselt PXL-MAD. The Master of Arts in Visual Arts of the Graphic Design Department at PXL-MAD (Media, Arts & Design) welcomes applications for the English typographic Master programme ‘Reading Type & Typography’ (one year - 60 ECTS).

Reading Type & Typography is defined as an open, experimental and functional MA-project about typography and/or type design in the most extensive way possible. The latter two are (in the broadest sense of the word: as a composition, a layout, an abstract script or a series of signs, a typeface, book design, identity design, posters, …) looked at from a practice-based attitude, under a multidisciplinary and scientific perspective, and with an interest in legibility or even illegibility. Within this context, the term scientific can inform a methodology but can also refer to a source of inspiration for a design concept and/or outcome. The design practice arises from formal experiments, is theoretically founded and situates itself in reading research. This implies that the student can motivate the necessity of (un)readability/(il)legiblity and/or (un)recognisability by the (envisioned) reading behaviour.

This MA is embedded in an inspiring environment where thinking and creating are perfectly synchronized. The student will be supervised to develop a project which will be anchored in research and methodology and will develop through design experimentation. The student will get the opportunity to deal with a variety of methods in favour to enrich typography.

Read here the reviews of the International Master Alumni. >


Programme Director:

prof. dr. Ann Bessemans

Main Teaching Staff:

prof. dr. Ann Bessemans

dr. María Pérez Mena

Carl Hasse

Research Staff:

prof. dr. Ann Bessemans

dr. María Pérez Mena

PhD Student Janneke Jansen

PhD Student Walda Verbaenen

For information about the previous Masters, please click here >.

Timing, application and registration

Each Belgian academic year starts in the middle of September and finishes at the end of June. You will be informed about the concrete dates after the enrolment.

Candidates for a master or transition programme need to register, which can be done on this page >. Possible candidates are selected based on their former education and their portfolio.

For financial information about the tuition fees, we refer to this page >.

At the end of a succesful international Master, you will receive a Master Diploma.

Contact & Info



Elfde-Liniestraat 25

3500 Hasselt


Download the full information brochure here (pdf, '18-19) >

International Master of Arts in Visual Arts

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