ABOUT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
350 YEARS STILL ALIVE AND KICKING
During 2013, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts celebrated its 350th anniversary. An impressive string of projects and exhibitions were proof of the high standards of quality and diversity set by both alumni and faculty.
Renowned artists and designers such as Panamarenko, Henry van de Velde, A.F. Vandevorst, Jan Fabre, Daan, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Wouters & Hendrix, Joke Van Leeuwen, Guy Cassiers, Fred Bervoets, Dries Van Noten, Nadine Wynants, Ann Demeulemeester and countless of others, studied here.
As one the oldest schools of arts in the world, the Antwerp Royal Academy established a rich tradition in higher arts and design education. And what better place for the soon to be designer and fine artist to experience the beauty is the historical campus situated in the heart of the historical city.
ACADEMIC AND VERSATILE
We offer both undergraduate and (post) graduate programmes in visual arts and design. A broad scope of courses cover almost anything within the field of applied and fine arts. The curriculum offers a healthy balance between studio practice and supporting (art) theory, drawing classes. This will help you to develop your own distinctive artistic practice.
PRACTICE IN THEORY, THEORY IN PRACTICE
Art practice and theory became more and more interwoven during the previous century. At the Antwerp Academy reﬂecting on art and practicing art, always go hand in hand. Theory classes will help you to give you a critical and contemporary perspective on art practice. Art history, art philosophy and research methodology offer you the framework of tools to help you articulate your autonomous practice as an artist. Your work during the graduate year will culminate in a master’s degree project. A team of artists, theorists and visiting lecturers will provide a series of master classes. These master classes will help you to explore the boundaries of your preferred medium, but also to interact with students from other disciplines.
The Antwerp Academy established a firm international reputation since the 18th century. It became a multi-cultural work and meeting space for students and teaching staff from over 40 different nationalities.
The Academy works in close collaboration with more than 45 institutions in and outside Europe. Internationalisation at home is one thing. We will also help you to discover international experiences through Erasmus mobility, study trips and workshops abroad.
STUDYING, GRADUATION …AND WHAT’S NEXT?
During your studies you have the opportunity to assist and participate on exhibitions, shows and performances. This learning experience will refine your presentation skills. At the end of your journey at the Academy, you will present your master’s degree project. The degree projects will be shown in one of the several exhibition spaces in or outside the campus. This is a unique opportunity for the general public to become acquainted with your work. From then on, it’s up to you to position yourself as an artist or designer. As soon as you have your bachelor of honours degree and when you have the language skills, you are able to enroll the dedicated teacher’s training program. This special program helps you to develop didactic skills through seminars and internships in all levels of primary, secondary and alternative educational levels, as well as the expanding cultural and educational sector. Once you are in the possession of your master’s degree and the teaching license you are well equipped to work as an art teacher or as an educational employee. But there’s also the possibility of entering the doctoral program.
RESEARCH IN ARTS
Artistic research at the Antwerp Academy has become one of the more recent challenges. The growing interest and importance in research, has resulted in several artistic doctorates (or Phd’s) and research projects. Most of these projects challenge and transcend the more medium speciﬁc approach as they invite to even more in-depth reflection on your own artistic practice. Research funding helped us to invest in research based seminars, workshops, lectures and symposia. Attending these classes will strengthen your research skills and help you to articulate research questions and proposals.
BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS, PHOTOGRAPHY
The photographer’s personality is all-important in ‘Photography’ when studied as a main subject. The course approaches the medium of photography as a means of communication, as a (visual) language, the idea being that the student masters that language so as to achieve personal expression. This is done partly by learning to ‘speak’ the language, i.e. taking one-off shots and series of photographs at different speeds: from short, fast experiments to lengthy studies. The course covers the various major themes (portraiture, still life, landscape, etc.) with technique integral to the desired endresult. ‘Man’, ‘object’ and ‘space’ are the three cornerstones of the course.
‘Listening’ is another important aspect: in practice, what the on-going study of the visual language (in a socio-cultural context) boils down to is learning to ‘read’ the image. Regular visits are made to national and international exhibitions and noted photographers are invited to give lectures about their work. It is essential that the course conducts a permanent dialogue with what is happening outside the academy. We strive for as broad a frame of reference as possible within which the students learn to situate their own work vis-à-vis contemporary art, the history of art, contemporary photography and the history of photography, but also within visual culture as a whole. The studio is seen as a place where students draw inspiration from others, for instance through intensive and frequent discussions with the lecturers and through workshops and projects.
The starting point is the individual’s instinctive need to express himself (visually). Producing images as a result of thinking and feeling (the step from the internal world to the external) is the embryo of ‘exhibiting’. The course guides the process of ‘exhibiting’ (revealing/presenting an inner intellectual and/or emotional world) so that that inner world becomes visible and tangible to third parties.
Finally, the course aims to heighten awareness of the individual’s relationship with himself and with the world around him.
Further information concerning this studyfield (alumni, students) can be found on the website http://artesis-fotografie.be/.
BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS, FASHION
Fashion Design at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts is undoubtedly one of the world leading programs. It was Mary Prijot who established courses in fashion illustration in 1963, more than 50 years ago.
Fashion is considered as an expression of our time, as a relationship between garments, the body and society, but also as an artistic and creative entrepreneurship. The fashion programme at the Antwerp Academy emphasis on the development of an artistic and innovative ﬁngerpint…
You will be encouraged to work with new forms, original remakes of materials and alternative, creative processes.
As a soon-to-be fashion designer you are looking forward to new and unexpected experiences. Through the years dozens of graduates earned international renown, because of their artistic and personal characteristic fashion designs.
Also check www.antwerp-fashion.be
BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS, GRAPHIC DESIGN
A graphic designer is creative, likes to draw, has a vivid imagination, can analyse, organise, inform en communicate, has an interest in language, literature, society and culture. The programme graphic design is an interaction between different artistic and practical courses, including design, drawing, illustration, typography, photography, multi-media and digital techniques.
An important competency is reﬂection in terms of conceptual and functional design. A lot of attention is spent on innovative ideas, experimental research and critical self-reflection in the development of a speciﬁc personal vision and visual language. Supporting and complementing the practical processes of design, theoretical courses form an integral part of the education.
Moreover, design processes are often effectuated by means of new techniques and forms of communication, such as digital media and apps. During the first year you will deepen your knowledge of graphic design, illustrative design, as well as multimedial design. During the second year you will choose one of these disciplines. You will also take an internship of 6 to 9 weeks at a design- or advertising company, an illustrator, publisher or multimedia company in order to get some experience. Our graduates are, among others, active as independent designer, illustrator, multimedia-designer, art-director or they are employed at design companies, publishers and other companies… In this digital era of ‘mobile working’, it is strongly recommended to possess a personal laptop.
JEWELLERY DESIGN & GOLD- AND SILVERSMITHING
BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS
JEWELLERY DESIGN & GOLD- AND SILVERSMITHING
Our urge for decoration, in which jewels and objects are the most important means of identification and expression, is both universal and timeless. Jewels and objects tell a story about the status and style, mentality, character and culture of the person using them.
At the same time they are a witness of social, cultural and technological developments. That is why jewelry design, gold- and silversmithing is such an exciting and many-faceted profession that, although it is founded on a rich craft tradition, is nevertheless subject to ongoing development. The educational programme for the Jewelry design, Gold- and Silversmithing course of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, closely follows developments in this professional domain. The focus lies on the development of individual talent, creativity and the self-motivation of the student, by means of research, content development and self-reflection. In addition, attention is paid to the technical skills and practical insight needed for the craft. Technology and know-how of materials, gemology and the history of jewels and 3D computer drawing, make this course an exciting voyage of discovery, where curiosity and imagination are continuously stimulated. Throughout the course, visits to crafts and industrially oriented company workshops and (international) guest lecturers play an important role.
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BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS, COSTUME DESIGN
Theatre has become a mix in which different disciplines from the podium arts are complemented with visual art forms and multimedia. The team of costume design wants to offer, with its academic bachelor, an education that combines the study of the medium ‘theatre’ with the study of contemporary art.
An extensive theoretical base ensures the student to have a broad vision on the medium ‘theatre’ in all its aspects. Besides the drawing communication skills, the know-how is taught through practical exercises in which text analysis, dramaturgy, semiotics, character analysis, technical research and practice form the core. A team of teachers offers the students an extensive package of tools through internships, workshops and assignments. The three year bachelor is short but intensive. The master is totally focused on theatre work on a professional level.
The courses are nowhere near a course ‘costume maker’, but lead to ‘theatre costume designer’, what contains a lot more baggage. It is therefore imperative that candidates who are applying for the artistic entrance exam, have a minimum of foreknowledge, on the one hand social insight and cultural interest, on the other hand some skills in drawing.
Also check: http://www.theaterkostuum.com
FINE ARTS SCULPTURE
BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS, FINE ARTS SCULPTURE
Through study and analysis of human figure and space, you will start to explore the world of sculpture. Life drawing and anatomy assignments will help you to become familiar with the aspects of portrait and (full) figure sculpture. During studio practice you get introduced in the methods of traditional sculpting, drawing and moulding techniques as well as the use of different materials, especially stone and metals.
To develop a thorough co-ordination of hand, eye and body actions is crucial to discover the true creative potential of sculpture. More than creating a mimetic representation of reality you’ll be challenged to articulate a highly personal artistic strategy. One of the main studio subjects is composition. The aim of composition is to help you to detach from the formal limitations of figure study. This will allow you to develop and sharpen your artistic scope, be it in a more figurative realm or an opposite direction. During the master program you’re equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to address an autonomous artistic proposal and translate it into a cohesive (sculptural) body of work.
FINE ARTS PAINTING
BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS, FINE ARTS PAINTING
The painting course balances between on the one hand ‘language proficiency’ and on the other personal artistic experience and development. Taking account of the very great and rich tradition within painting, the student is invited to develop his or her personal pictorial language. The studio work in the first and second year Bachelor is based chieﬂy on working from observation: still life, ﬁgure, portrait and landscape. This study allows for various points of reference with old and recent masters. It also forms the necessary reference-bank where from (or against) the student can discover and develop his or her plastic language. Complimentary to this there is also more and more concern for the sociocultural context wherein an art work functions. The ‘image-bombardment’ that we, as it were, daily undergo needs to be filtered, absorbed and reworked to relevant images for use within the painting praxis. At the end of the Master the student is expected to present a project wherein his/her personal vision is apparent and convincing. The painting studios, located on the top floor and bathed in a sea of north light, form the key location from where these processes are developed.
FINE ARTS IN SITU³
BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS, FINE ARTS IN SITU³
In Situ³ is a multi-medial study program, which approaches 2 principles: a speciﬁc situation (a theme or an assignment) and free choices and projects. The students/young artists investigate the visual, social and artistic context and execute, if possible, via divers materials and/or techniques their ideas/ concepts. The ‘overall view’ is important. An artwork has a connection with its environment. In Situ³ is looking for the dialogue or interaction between both. The experiment is vital. With trial and error the students/young artists develop their insights and skills. They all share their sustained passion or practice that can lead to unpredictable, personal and moving pictures with their classmates. In their In Situ³ atelier they unfold and discuss, together with their teachers, each personal plan, story or truth. Consequently they explore a wide spectrum of the speciﬁc situation and they all meet, creative spirits in progress.
FINE ARTS PRINTMAKING
BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS, FINE ARTS PRINTMAKING
In order to create graphic art, it is necessary to master a strong technical background. In the Printmaking department you will acquire all skills of the printmaking techniques, such as intaglio, block printing, lithography and silkscreen. By combining these techniques with creativity, you will be able to express your ideas in a more exciting and innovative way.
Contemporary artists are using printmaking more frequently, sometimes in combination with other media. Our students are using international contacts and exchange programmes to build a network, which will be useful to them. Besides a career as an independent artist, graduates can ﬁnd work as an art teacher (with a supplementary course), as an illustrator, as a graphic designer or in a job, which is creative by nature.
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BACHELOR AND MASTER PROGRAMME IN VISUAL ARTS
Photography / Jewellery Design and Gold- and Silversmithing / Costume Design / Fine Arts: Sculpture, Painting, In Situ³ and Printmaking
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