To enroll in a bachelor programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts you have to meet certain conditions, and pass the entrance exam.
The general admission requirement to enrol in a bachelor programme is that the candidate-student must hold one of the following:
- a secondary education diploma from the Flemish Community;
- a higher education diploma short cycle with complete curriculum;
- a diploma from social promotion higher education from the Flemish Community, except certificates of Pedagogical Aptitude;
- a Higher Vocational Education diploma or certificate from the Flemish Community;
- any study certificate recognised as equivalent to one of the abovementioned diplomas, pursuant to any legal norm, European guideline or any other international agreement.
These include, amongst others, the study certificates below:
Belgian study certificates
- a secondary education diploma from the French or German Communities in Belgium;
- a certificate of additional secondary vocational education (‘aanvullend secundair beroepsonderwijs’);
- a first prize diploma from any music conservatoire or the Lemmensinstituut, except for a first prize diploma in solfège;
- a diploma in technical engineering;
- a higher musical education diploma first grade with complete curriculum from a conservatoire;
- a diploma from a higher technical school third grade;
- any certificate showing that the student has passed at least two years with complete curriculum in a programme leading to a diploma in higher art education with complete curriculum of the second grade, any higher art education diploma with complete curriculum of the third grade, any higher technical education diploma of the third grade or any diploma in interior design;
- any certificate showing the student has passed at least two years in one single direction of programme in higher social promotion education or higher vocational education level 5 or any (module) certificate(s) from one single direction of programme in higher vocational education level 5 showing the student has passed with at least 2/3 of the total number of contact hours;
- a bachelor’s diploma or equivalent;
- a master’s diploma or equivalent;
- a Belgian candidate diploma or equivalent.
Foreign study certificates
- a European ‘Baccalaureate diploma’ from one of the European schools in Belgium or abroad;
- an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Office in Geneva, Switzerland;
- a Luxembourgish ‘diplôme de fin d’études secondaires’ or ‘diplôme de fin d’études secondaires techniques’;
- a Dutch or Surinamese ‘VWO’ diploma (‘Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs’);
- a Dutch propaedeutic diploma (‘Getuigschrift van met goed gevolg afgelegd propedeutisch examen’);
- a Dutch higher vocational education final diploma with complete curriculum;
Please note that the Dutch degrees MBO4 and HAVO are not sufficient to enrol in an academic bachelor at the Academy!
- a French Baccalaureate diploma with a minimum grade of 10/20;
- a German ‘Abitur’ diploma (‘Allgemeine Hochschulreife/Abitur’);
- a British ‘General Certificate of Secondary Education’ diploma in 3 courses with grade A*, A, B or C, and ‘General Certificate of Education’ with 2 courses at advanced level (A-level) in 5 different courses;
- an American High School Diploma with a record of transcript (list op points) which states at least 4 advanced placements (APs);
- a diploma issued by NATO’s SHAPE School;
- a foreign diploma declared equivalent by NARIC Flanders with one of the Flemish study certificates that are included under the general admission requirements;
- a diploma with a certificate that declares that, with this diploma, the student is admitted to academic studies in the country in which this diploma was issued, if this country has ratified the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC);
- any bachelor’s diploma from an accredited institution from the ENIC-NARIC network;
- any master’s diploma from an accredited institution from the ENIC-NARIC network.
Students from outside the European Union need to apply for a certificate from their Embassy that states that the said secondary/high school diploma grants access to a University in the country where it was obtained.
For more detailed information concerning the conditions of admission, please read our Education and Examination Regulations 2019-2020.
APS screening for Chinese candidate students
Candidate students with a Chinese diploma need to obtain a certificate from the Center for Academic Assessment (APS) in Beijing, when applying at a Flemish higher education institution. The APS certificate is also required for obtaining a student visa at the Belgian Embassy or Consulates General in PR China.
The APS screening is not an academic selection procedure, but is meant to avoid document fraud and to guarantee a sufficient language knowledge.
To enrol in a bachelor or master programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the language in which the programme is taught.
Language requirement for enrolment in the English-taught bachelor and master programme
To enrol in the English-taught bachelor and master programmes in Visual Arts, under whichever contract type, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the English language. You can prove your language proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:
- a certificate of graduation ASO (Flemish candidate-students) or VWO (Dutch candidate-students), or
- a certificate of at least one successfully completed year in English-language secondary education, or
- 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, or
- a language certificate (CEFR level B2, see below).
CEFR B2 English
The English language level required is determined in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is level B2.
English Language Test
English language tests can be taken at Linguapolis (Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE), but they can also be taken in other language centres in Flanders or in your home country.
Language requirement for enrolment in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programme
To enrol in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programmes in Visual Arts, under whichever contract type, you need to prove 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, or;
- 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, or;
- a pass certificate for:
- the Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers (‘Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen – ITNA’) or
- the Dutch state examination NT2 II, or
- a Dutch language test from a centre for adult education or a recognised language centre.
CEFR B2 Dutch
The Dutch language level required is determined in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is level B2.
Dutch Language Test
The Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers was developed by the language centres of four Flemish universities. The language test is conducted by Linguapolis, among others: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/.
Entrance exam Bachelor
The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts programme is only available to candidate students who have passed the artistic entrance examination.
Per academic year, the academy organizes 3 artistic entrance exams for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts, with the exception of the Fashion department for which 2 are organized The artistic entrance examination assesses your artistic insight, cultural knowledge, creativity, skills and motivation. This two-day test consists of different assignments and an interview during which we will also discuss your curriculum vitae, possible home assignments and your portfolio.
You can only participate once per academic year in the artistic entrance examination for a particular graduation direction and selection process within the Fine Arts program.
However, it is possible to take part in the entrance examination for various specializations and selection processes.
The artistic admission test will be organized in 2021 on the following dates:
- A first admission period will be organized on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March 2021. No artistic entrance exam will be organized for the Fashion department during this first period.
- A second admission period will be organised on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 July 2021
- A third admission period will be organised on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 September 2021
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CANDIDATES OUTSIDE THE EEA
Candidates from outside the EEA have to apply for a student visa. Keep in mind that you have to obtain a student visa and that the application procedure for this can take up to three months or longer.
Candidate students from outside the EEA are therefore strongly recommended to take part in the artistic admission test from February-March or June-July.
Soon there will be information about concrete organization and of what is expected.
After the entrance exam
If you pass the artistic entrance exam this year, you can enrol in your chosen specialization in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Programme for the academic year 2020-2021 or the academic year 2021-2022.
After passing the entrance exam, you will receive an e-mail from us with all the information needed in order to enrol.
Read more about the admission requirements on the top of this page.