The Fine Arts Monitor in a nutshell

Next to the HBO Monitor there is an own, sector-specific Monitor developed for the Fine Arts: The Fine Arts Monitor (or: KUO Monitor). The Fine Arts Monitor is an annual survey of recent graduates of the Fine Arts studies. It provides insight in the development of graduates in the professional practice of the Fine Arts. There is a strong coherence with the HBO Monitor, but in cooperation with the Field of Arts is chosen for a specific, concentrated approach. The intstrument offers an important stimulant for the further development of the connection between the studies of Fine Arts and the professional practice.

Collecting important data

The Fine Arts Monitor provides useful information for a wide range of users. For example, universities gain a rich view of the situation of their graduates: how smooth was the transition to the world of work, and are the graduates well-equiped for the profession of Artist? Moreover, the Fine Arts Monitor provides for relevant policy-related information, such as the extend to which the Dutch education of Fine Arts connects to the labour market. Alumni gain insight in what they can expect after their studies by answering questions such as: What are my job opportunities with these studies? What types of jobs can I end up with? How do graduates look back on their studies?

Conducting the survey

To collect the data for the Fine Arts Monitor, graduates are asked to fill out a questionnaire around one and a half years after their graduation. Approximately 90% of all Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences participate in the survey. The HBO and Fine Arts Monitor are conducted by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) and DESAN Research Solutions, under the support and guidance of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.

Content of the Fine Arts Monitor

The Fine Arts Monitor adresses the following main themes:

  • The alignment to labour market needs, and the preparation for labour market entry.
  • Success in the labour market in terms of employability, earnings, job security and job quality.
  • Satisfaction with the study programme in general, as well as more specifically in terms of aspects such as the curriculum, assessment methods and teaching staff.