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:
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 Education” indicating 3 A-levels with grade A*, A, B or C
- 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.
If you have obtained a diploma or certificate in a country outside the European Union, not mentioned in the list above, the admissions committee may give you permission to enrol for a bachelor programme if your diploma gives access to a bachelor’s programme in that country, comparable to a Flemisch bachelor programme.
The application must contain the following documents:
• a completed application form
• a certified copy of the diploma concerned
• a certified Dutch translation issued by a sworn translator, unless originally in English, French, or German;
• a declaration from the embassy or consulate of the candidate’s country stating that with this diploma, they are admitted to a bachelor programme in the country where they obtained the diploma, unless the diploma itself contains such declaration.
->The Candidate-students must file the application to the student administration office from the School of Arts at the latest on the 15th of October.
E-mail address: Student Center (email@example.com)
For specific questions about the admission requirements or your diploma, please contact the student administration office (see email adress above)
For more detailed information concerning the conditions of admission, please read our Education and Examination Regulations 2020-2021.
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 full time English-language tought 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).
Taking a test is possible by appointment at a generally scheduled test moment or during an individual test moment
You can always contact them directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
But they can also be taken in other language centres in Flanders or in your home country.
A valid proof of language is a necessary and mandatory document that you need to start your enrolment.
So be sure to check in advance whether you already meet the conditions.
If this is not the case, we advise you make reservations for the test in time and also take into account the costs.
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/.
Artistic entrance exam Bachelor
The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts programme is only available to candidate students who have passed the artistic entrance exam.
Per academic year, the academy organizes 2 artistic entrance exams for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts. The artistic entrance exam 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.
This year's trial will be (partially) digital and or physical (except fashion: for this department, the trial will be entirely digital). So be sure to take a look at item 4.1. Description: Portfolio, Assignment and Interview to see how the artistic trial will go for your chosen department.
You can only participate once per academic year in the artistic entrance exam for a particular graduation direction and selection process within the Fine Arts program.
However, it is possible to take part in the artistic entrance exam for various specializations and selection processes.
The artistic entrance exam will be organised two times in 2022 on the following dates:
Session 1: Monday 4th of July and Tuesday 5th of July 2022
->> Registration possible until the 6th of June
->>Uploading documents (CV, portfolio and motivation letter + possible assignments to be submitted in advance) possible until the 13th of June
Session 2: Thursday 1st of September and Friday 2nd of September 2022
->> Registration possible until the 18th of August
->> Uploading documents (CV, portfolio and motivation letter + possible assignments to be submitted in advance) possible until the 24th of August
One can only participate once per academic year in the artistic entrance exam for a specific specialization and option within the Visual Arts programme. It is however possible to participate in the entrance exam for different specializations and options in the same year.
NOTE FOR CANDIDATES OUTSIDE THE EEA
Candidate students from outside the EEA are strongly advised to take part in the artistic entrance exam in July. Candidate students from outside the EEA must submit their application for a student visa as soon as possible after they have passed the artistic entrance exam. Only then can they obtain the necessary visa in time to attend classes from the start of the academic year and gain the necessary access to the Academy's buildings and facilities.
2. Registration and payment
You can online register HERE for an artistic entrance exam.
In order to participate in an artistic entrance exam, you must pay a non-refundable administrative fee of 25 euros, to be paid in advance, during the online registration.
We would like to receive your payment no later than:
Session 1: Tuesday, June 7
Session 2: Friday, August 19
->Please note that your payment may take a few days to arrive so be sure to bring your payment in good time!!!
3. Practical information: session 1
You can take the artistic entrance exam and the interviews either digitally or physically. Please indicate your preference (digital or physical) + department via e-mail before 13 June!
For the specialization Fashion the artistic entrance test is organized completely digitally.
After registration and payment you go through the following steps (3.1. DIGITAL or 3.2. PHYSICAL).
The link where you can upload your files (artistic assignments) and additional information about the course of Day 1 and Day 2 will be sent to you by email.
We expect to see you on Campus on Monday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 5.
Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Blindestraat 13, 2000 Antwerp
What to bring: (see details under 5.1)
-Drawing or painting material
4. To be submitted in advance (for all candidates)
1 C.V. indicating the studies carried out.
2 Letter of motivation with a very clear indication of why you choose this direction.
-> Merge your C.V. , motivation letter and portfolio in one file (PDF)
-> File name: use your personal name, so that we know to whom it belongs.
Example filename : name_familyname_portfolio_en.pdf
-> Upload your files via the link that will be sent to you by email
-> Submitting possible until June 13
4 Assignments submitted in advance (see below item 5.1 Pdfs per department)
-> Name: use your personal name so we know who it belongs to. (name_family_assignment_in advance.pdf)
-> Upload your files via the link that will be sent to you by mail
-> Submission possible until June 13
5. Course of this 2-day test
Day 1 Artistic Assignment:
- Artistic entrance exam
- Monday the 4th of July
Day 2 Interview:
- Via Skype, Teams or physical
- Tuesday the 5th of July
5.1.Description: Portfolio, Assignment and Interview
6. Results artistic entrance exam
On Friday you will receive a message whether or not you have passed the artistic entrance exam, along with some further information.
7. Passed the artistic entrance exam?
If you have passed the artistic entrance exam and if you also meet the diploma and language requirements, you can enrol in your chosen specialization in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Programme for the academic year 2022-2023 or the academic year 2023-2024.
- September 2022 for academic year 2022-2023
- September 2023 for academic year 2023-2024
After passing the entrance exam, you will receive an e-mail from us with all the information needed in order to enrol.
After the artistic 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 2022-2023 or the academic year 2023-2024.
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.