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Bachelor and Master in Visual Arts

If you meet all conditions, and have followed the necessary procedures where necessary, you can start your full enrolment at the Academy.

You need to make sure the following things are in order.

  • Documents

    In order to enrol in a bachelor or master programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp you need to submit the following documents:

    • a copy of your ID card/passport;
    • a copy of your diploma (check the Diploma conditions for the diploma's needed to enrol in the bachelor or master programme);
    • if your diploma was obtained outside the European Union (EU) you also need to submit:
       
      • a legalised copy of your diploma (apostille) and
      • a declaration from the embassy or consulate of your country stating that your diploma grants access to a bachelor programme in the country in which it was obtained (unless the diploma itself contains such declaration);
    • if your diploma is written in a language other than English, French, German or Dutch you also need to submit a legalized Dutch translation of your diploma, issued by a sworn translator. Transcripts must include a complete description of the institutional grading system or other standards of evaluation with maximum grades and minimum marks indicated.
       
    • for Chinese candidate students with a Chinese diploma: an APS certificate;
    • for candidate students from outside the EU: a copy of your D visa (long-term visa);
       
    • if you enrol in an English-taught programme: a proof of having sufficient knowledge of the English language. You can prove your language skills by submitting one of the following documents:
       
      • a certificate of graduation ASO (Flemish candidate-students) or VWO (Dutch candidate-students);
      • a certificate of at least one successfully completed year in English-language secondary education;
      • a pass certificate in a or in one or more courses in English language higher education, with a total study load of at least 60 credits;
      • a language certificate (CEFR level B2).
    • if you enrol in an Dutch-taught programme: a proof of having sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language. You can prove your language proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:
       
      • a certificate of at least one successfully completed year in Dutch-language secondary education;
      • a pass certificate in a programme or in one or more courses in Dutch-language higher education, with a total study load of at least 60 credits;
      • a pass certificate (CEFR level B2) for:
        • the Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers (‘Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen – ITNA’);
        • the Dutch state examination NT2 II;
        • a Dutch language test from a centre for adult education or a recognised language centre.

    For more information concerning the admission conditions, please contact studadmin.ka@ap.be.

  • Study contract

    Once your programme has been approved, you will have to sign the study contract that will be available in your iBaMaFlex. You have to confirm the contract there, and new students should come to the administration office to sign it manually as well.

  • Study fees

    The payment of the study fee is one of the enrolment conditions. When enrolling or re-enrolling, you sign a study contract. The study fee is due as soon as you sign your study contract.

    How much you pay each academic year for your study fees depends on a number of factors, including:

    • Your fee status: Belgium/European Economic Area (EEA)
      EEA = EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
    • Your programme
    • Additional costs

    To find a breakdown of the study fees you can expect, consult the regulations for the tuition fees, study costs and various expenses for the academic year 2019-2020.

    To give you an indication of the amount of the study fee, you can find below an example for a programme of 60 credits.

    • A student from within the EEA enrolling for 60 credits with a diploma contract pays 1.123,8 euro:
           242,8 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           696 euro (11,6 euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
           185 euro course related fees
           Total: 1.123,8 euro.
    • A student from outside the EEA enrolling for 60 credits with a diploma contract pays 7.200,2 euro:
           763,2 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           6.252 euro (104,2 euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
           185 euro course related fees
           Total: 7.200,2 euro.

    The following students pay extra fees:

    • Fashion and Graphic Design students pay a deposit of 25 euro for the badge that grants them access to their campus.
    • Fashion students pay 200 euro extra to participate at the Fashion show in June.

    Paying your study fees

    Study fees are paid in full at the start of the academic semester.
    After signing your contract, you will receive an invoice on your school e-mail address to pay for the study fee. You can pay by card or by bank transfer. No cash payment is accepted

    Our bank details:
    KBC Bank nv
    Havenlaan 2
    1080 Brussel

    Account Name: AP Hogeschool
    Address: Lange Nieuwstraat 101, 2000 Antwerpen
    Account Number: IBAN: BE62 7350 2845 7461
    BIC Code: KREDBEBB

    You must use your student number as the reference for your bank transfer so we know who the payment is for.
    You must pay the full amount of fees for the new academic year in one instalment.

    Other costs

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.
    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Housing: student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month
    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month
    • Transportation and travel: bus/tram/metro: buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.
  • Student card and certificates
    If you have signed your study contract and payed your study fees, you can pick up your student card at the student administration office. You can also request a registration certificate.

Additional information

  • Individual study route & exemptions

    Individual study route

    You can choose to follow a different study route than the traditional study route of 60 credits. In this case you will have to apply for an individual study route.  After approval by the admissions committee, your individual study route will be recorded in your study contract.

    Applying for an individual study route
    You should officially apply for an individual programme as soon as possible and the latest 
    before 15 October.

    If necessary you can make an appointment with your study programme counsellor:

    • Dani Magnus (dani.magnus@ap.be), for Fashion, Costume design, Jewellery Design and Gold- & Silversmithing
    • Sofie Hiels (sofie.hiels@ap.be) for Graphic Design
    • Dieter De Wilde (dieter.dewilde@ap.be) for Photography and Fine Arts (Sculpture, Painting, In Situ3, Printmaking)

    Exemptions

    If you already have a higher education diploma or you followed a higher education course, you may be entitled to exemptions. You can obtain exemptions by proving that you obtained a credit certificate in your previous study that corresponds to the content of a specific course in your new study. Exemptions may be granted based on one or more study certificates or a certificate of aptitude obtained elsewhere.

    Applying for exemptions
    You should officially apply for exemptions as soon as possible and the latest 
    before 15 October.

    To apply for transfer of credits follow the steps described below.

    Step 1. Enroll
    Before asking for exemptions, you should first:

    • enroll (for new students)
      or
    • re-enroll via iBamaflex (for students who already studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp last year).

    Step 2. Gather the necessary documents
    Gather the documents required to support your application for exemptions. 
    For the transfer of credits you need to deliver:

    • a proof of your study results and
    • information from the study guide, regarding the course.

    Step 3. Download your application form
    Download your application form below:

    Step 4. Complete and sign your application form

    Step 5. Submit the application form and the needed documents to the student administration office
    Student administration office of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
    Mutsaardstraat 31, 2000 Antwerp
    Room H  0.3

    If necessary you can make an appointment with your study programme counsellor:

    • Dani Magnus (dani.magnus@ap.be), for Fashion, Costume design, Jewellery Design and Gold- & Silversmithing
    • Sofie Hiels (sofie.hiels@ap.be) for Graphic Design
    • Dieter De Wilde (dieter.dewilde@ap.be) for Photography and Fine Arts (Sculpture, Painting, In Situ3, Printmaking)
  • Residence card

    Are you an international student who wants to study at the Academy?
    Bear in mind that you need to apply for a residence permit.
    Depending on your country of residence, you need to follow a different procedure.

    International students who are staying in Belgium for more than three months, have to apply for a residence permit.
    You can apply for a residence permit through the student administration office.

    Contact the student administration office:

    Depending on your country of residence, you need to follow a different procedure: 

    1. Students form a neighbouring country: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg;
    2. Students from a country in the European Union (EU) and the
      European Economic Area (EEA).
    3. Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country

    Students form a neighbouring country

    Application

    This procedure can be followed by students who are officially registered as a resident in one of the neighbouring countries of Belgium and who are staying in Antwerp on a temporary basis.

    If you want to be registered as a resident in Belgium you have to follow the procedure for students from a EU/EEA country.

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at student organization Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and one passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a document ‘bijlage 33’ (annex 33). This document is valid until the 31st of October of the current academic year.

    Extension

    To extend your ‘bijlage 33’, you fill in an information sheet for extension. You submit this document together with a copy of your study certificate for the new academic year at the student administration office. When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your old ‘bijlage 33’ and one passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a new document ‘bijlage 33’.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

    Students from a EU/EEA country

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool;
    • A proof of health insurance (copy of the European Health Insurance card);
    • A proof or declaration of sufficient financial means
      • Proof of subsidy, scholarship, financial guarantee
      • Declaration of honour indicating that you have sufficient financial means

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a temporary document called ‘Bijlage 8’ (annex 8). This document is proof of your application for registration as a resident of Antwerp.

    In the next four weeks the police will verify your specified address. If the local officer determines that you actually live at that address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student administration office to make a new appointment for you at Gate15 to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your ID-card or passport and the temporary document ‘Bijlage 8’ that you received during the previous appointment. You will receive a new document ‘Bijlage 8’ (annex 8), which is your official residence document. You can also apply for an electronic residence card during this appointment (E-card, valid for 5 years). It is not obligatory, but you will need it to open a bank account or a health insurance in Belgium for example. To apply for an E-card, you submit 1 passport size picture and pay the costs. After two weeks you will receive a pin code and you can pick up your card.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

    Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport A copy of your visa;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool;
    • If you are holder of a B6 visa: proof of scholarship.
    • If you are holder of a B7 visa: certification of student exchange.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    In the next four weeks the police will control your specified address. If the local officer determines that you actually live at that address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student office at your campus to make an appointment for you at Gate15 to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your passport and 2 passport size pictures (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You also pay for the electronic residence card. You will receive a document ‘Bijlage 15’ (annex 15). This document is a temporary proof of your registration as a resident of Antwerp. After two weeks you will receive a pin code and you can pick up your card. Bring your passport, pin code and document ‘Bijlage 15’ with you. The residence card is often valid until the 31st of October from the current academic year.

    Extension

    The following documents are required for an application for extension:

    • A completed, signed information sheet for extension;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool;
    • A proof of sufficient financial means (e.g. a proof of scholarship, legalised proof of sponsorship (annex 32), proof of solvency);
    • Proof of a valid public or private health insurance for Belgium; a certificate of insurability (verklaring van lidmaatschap) of a Belgian health insurance provider;
    • Exam results for the past academic year (individual report)
    • Your study results of last academic year. This document will be completed by the student administration.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    Your application has to be submitted at the Antwerp Immigration Office at least 15 days before the expiry date of the current residence card. A late application will automatically be rejected by the immigration services. A document of rejection – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    If documents are missing, you get 15 days to submit the documents. If your application is not completed after 15 days, your application will be declared inadmissible. A document of inadmissibility – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will have to pay for the extension of your card.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a residence of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

  • Students with specific needs

    If you have specific needs you can request facilitating measures.

     

    You can request facilitating measures if you:

    • have a (learning) disability (dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, adhd, a motor, visual or aural disability …);

    • suffer from a medical or psychological problem;
    • combine top sport / work / family with studying.

    The student counselor Sofie Hiels (sofie.hiels@ap.be) will assist you in applying for facilitating measures to meet your individual needs.

    Do you want to apply for facilitating measures? Do this as soon as possible and before 15 October.

  • Learning account

    The learning account is applicable to each student who enrols in a University College or University in Flanders. With this tool the Government aims to encourage you to make the right study choice and monitor your study progress.

    Principle
    Every student starting higher education in Flanders receives a learning account of 140 study credits. Study credits are deducted from your learning account for each subject you enrol for. If you pass your exam you earn back your credits. If you fail your exam, the study credits are irrevocably deducted from your learning account. If you don't have any credits left in your learning account you can no longer continue your studies.

    You can check the balance of your learning account on https://studentenportaal.vlaanderen.be/ (website in Dutch only).

    Example
    If you enrol for a subject of 6 study credits, then those 6 study credits will be deducted form your learning account. If you pass your exam with at least 10/20 then those 6 credits will be added again to your learning acount. If you fail, the 6 credits will be irrevocably deducted.

    Bonus
    The first 60 credits you obtain under diploma contract in higher education in Flanders are doubled. Those 60 credits don't need to be earned in one academic year, one study programme or one institution.

    For whom?
    The learning account applies to any student who enrols with a diploma contract or credit contract for a bachelor or master programme. It does not apply to students who enrol for a teaching qualification programme, for a bridging or preparatory programme or for a postgraduate programme. Also enrolments with an exam contract are not taken into account.

    Goal
    The learning account aims to encourage you as a student to make the right study choice and to encourage you to change your study programme in time.

    Made the wrong choice?
    Is your study not running so smoothly as you expected or do your realise that you made the wrong choice? Then you should make an appointment with your student counselor. You can withdraw or choose a new programme. This way you do not unnecessarily lose credits from your learning account. The quicker you decide, the more chance you have to gain back your credits.

    Already obtained a master's degree?
    ­The balance of your learning account is reduced by 140 credits when you obtain a diploma for a master programme. If this results in a positive balance, you can use the remaining credits to enrol in an initial bachelor or master programme. If the balance of your learning account is less than 60 credits, you can build it up again to a maximum of 60. Ten credits are added to your learning account every academic year after you obtained your master diploma.

    More information about the learning account can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations under article 8.1 and on http://onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/leerkrediet (Dutch website only).

     

  • Financial support

    Higher education studies are not cheap

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.

    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Housing: student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month

    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month

    • Transportation and travel: bus/tram/metro: buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.

    Please note that it is not possible to pay the study fees in instalments. The study fees are paid in full at the start of the academic semester.

     

    Funding your studies

    There are a number of facilities that help you fund your studies:

    1. International scholarships

    For general information about international scholarships, please check http://www.studyinflanders.be/en/scholarship-programmes/.

    2. Scholarships from the Flemish Community

    In order to receive a scholarship from the Flemish Community, you must fulfill multiple conditions. If you are temporarily staying in Belgium because of your studies, national conditions will be an obstacle and you might not be eligible to request this scholarship.

    If you do not meet the requirements, you will have to fund your studies yourself and (if possible) apply for financial assistance and/or study aid in your home country.

    For more information about the scholarship of the Flemish Community, please check https://centenvoorstudenten.be/english/scholarship-flemish-community/.

    3. Financial aid from the AP University College

    Only students from within the European Economic Area are eligible for financial aid from the AP University College, and this if they meet certain conditions.

    For more information about the financial aid from the AP University College, contact our student services: stuvo@ap.be.

     

  • Regulations and academic calendar

    Education and Examination Regulations

    The Education and Examination Regulations lay down the rules relating to education, examinations and the student’s legal status at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
    The Education and Examination Regulations provide information on admission requirements for studies, enrolment, various types of study contracts, exemption applications, taking part in examinations, conditions to pass a study, the academic calendar, etc.
    We recommend that you read the education and examination regulations at the start of the academic year.

    Conslult the Education and Examination Regulations of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp for the
    academic year 2019-2020 

    Academic calendar

    The academic calendar includes the dates of: lessons, exams, catch-up exams, announcement of exam results, consultation and feedback, proclamations, artistic entrance examinations and holidays.

    Consult the academic calendar of the Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp for the academic year 2019-2020.

    Regulations tuition fees, study costs and various expenses

    Consult the regulations for the tuition fees, study costs and various expenses for the academic year 2019-2020.

    ICT regulations

    The ICT regulations cover the agreements on the use of the ICT facilities offered by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and AP University College.

    Library regulations

    The library regulations lay down the rules relating to the access to and the use of the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and other libraries at the AP University College.


    You can find all regulations and calendars on the website of AP University College:
    https://www.ap.be/en/regulations.