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Study load

The number of contact hours per week in the first year is 16. Contact hours are considered equivalent to 50-minute teaching hours.

Contact time

The contact time within the degree programme comprises workshops, toolshops, lectures, coaching and assessments. 


In addition to your contact hours, you are expected to spend around 24 working (either alone or with fellow students) on projects and research, assignments, or preparing for classes/exams via self-study.

The first year focuses on individual development. Classes have an average of 25 students.

Binding study advice (BSA)

In the first academic year, you must attain 60 credits from the AUAS. If you attain fewer than 50 credits, the AUAS will issue a negative binding study advice (BSA). This means you will not be able to continue with the programme. Students given a BSA will have a meeting with their study coach to determine whether or not a different study programme might be more suitable for them. For more information, see the Binding Study Advice page. 

One credit (1 ECTS) represents 28 hours study time. In each academic year 60 credits can be gained. This means a student is expected to spend at least 1680 hours each year studying. This is an average of 40 hours a week, but naturally there will be busier periods of time when additional hours per week must be allotted.