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Bachelor en Master in de Beeldende Kunsten

To enroll in a bachelor programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts you have to meet certain conditions, and pass the entrance exam.

  • Diploma conditions

    You should be in possession of at least one of the following diplomas:

    • a degree in Secondary Education, awarded by the Flemish Government
    • a degree in Higher Education
    • a degree or certificate that is being acknowledged as equal by law, degree, European guideline or any other international agreement.

    Please note! The Dutch degrees MBO4 and HAVO are not sufficient!

    Here are some of the European degrees that are sufficient:

    •     European “Baccalaureaat Diploma”, awarded by the European schools in Belgium or abroad;
    •     “Diplôme du baccalauréat international”, awarded by the Office du Baccalauréat International in Geneva;
    •     Luxemburg’s "diplôme de Fin d’Etudes secondaires" or "diplôme de Fin d’Etudes secondaires techniques";
    •     Dutch diploma “Voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs” (VWO);
    •     Dutch “Getuigschrift van met goed gevolg afgelegd propaedeutisch examen”;
    •     French diploma " Baccalauréat" with a minimum score of 10/20;
    •     German diploma “Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife/Abitur”;
    •     “High school diploma” (USA) with a ‘record of transcript’, that contains at least 4 APs (Advanced Placements);
    •     diploma awarded by the SHAPE-school (NAVO);

    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 information concerning conditions of admission, please contact academie@ap.be.

  • Language conditions

    Language requirement for enrolment in the English-taught bachelor programme
    To enroll in the English-taught bachelor and master programme in Visual Arts, under any type of contract whatsoever, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the English language. This can be done in different ways:

    • by submitting proof of having an ASO-degree (Flemish prospective students) or a VWO diploma (Dutch prospective students);
    • or by submitting proof of having successfully completed at least one year of English-taught secondary education;
    • or by submitting proof of having successfully completed a study programme or one or more course units with a total study load of at least 60 ECTS credits in English-language higher education;
    • or by providing a language certificate.

     The required level of English proficiency is determined according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). Your language certificate must demonstrate that you possess the B1 level.

    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 programme
    To enroll in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programme in Visual Arts, under any type of contract whatsoever, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language. This can be done in different ways:

    • by submitting proof of having successfully completed  at least one year of Dutch-taught secondary education;
    • or by submitting proof of having successfully completed a study programme or one or more course units with a total study load of at least 60 ECTS credits in Dutch-taught higher education;
    • or by submitting proof of having passed the Interuniversity Language Test Dutch for Foreigners (ITNA) or another proof from an adult education center or recognized language center. 

    The Interuniversity Language Test Dutch for Foreigners (ITNA) was developed by the language centers of four Flemish universities, and can be taken at Linguapolis:

    https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/.

     The required level of Dutch proficiency is determined according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). Your language certificate must demonstrate that you possess the B2 level.

  • Residence card

    Required for ALL foreign students

    All foreign students that reside in Belgium during their studies will need a valid Belgian residence card for the duration of the academic year.

    Once you are in Antwerp, you will have to register officially for the Belgian government. Please contact the student administration office (academie@ap.be or karine.rotsaert@ap.be - +32 3 213 71 00) as soon as possible to start the procedure.

    In the PDF document of the International Student Office you can find all the details about the documents and information you need to provide.

    If you commute from your country every day and don't have a residence in Belgium, a statement saying you will commute every day is sufficient.
     

    Required for non-EU students only

    Before the entrance exam: Short term visa
    You apply for the bachelor artistic entrance examination or you apply for the master application procedure. You will receive a confirmation form via e-mail. You take this confirmation form to the Belgian Embassy in your country to apply for your short term visa (tourist visa).

    After the entrance exam: Long term visa
    The student administration can deliver on demand an official letter which confirms that you have passed the artistic entrance examination. You can take this official letter, to the Belgian Embassy in your country to apply for your long term student Visa. If this document is not sufficient for the embassy in your country, you can receive an official document of full enrolment only after payment of your tuition fee.

  • Entrance exam

    The bachelor in Visual Arts is only available to people who have passed the artistic entrance examination. You'll find the content of the entrance exam here.

    The entrance exam is held twice per academic year, and is always spread over two calendar days.

    July 2 and 3, 2018 - two-day examination, deadline registration 1st session = June 28, 2018
    September 3 and 4, 2018 - two-day examination, deadline registration 2nd session = August 28, 2018

    ATTENTION: Non EU residents are advised to take the examination in July because of the visa procedure.

    For participation in the artistic entrance examination, we ask a fee of €25 via online payment only during registration through the link below. This needs to be paid 3 days prior to the admission test at the latest, and will not be refunded.

Additional information

  • Tuition fees

    The latest tuition fees can be found here as soon as they are known. You'll find a complete summary at the bottom of this document (Dutch).

    Once your programme has been confirmed, please transfer the required amount as soon as possible to the bank account below.

    Bank: BNP PARIBAS FORTIS
    Adress bank: Warandeberg 3 – 1000 Brussel
    Account number: 001-6157131-35
    IBAN : BE57 0016 1571 3135
    BIC : GEBABEBB
    Mention: Name and first name of the student + chosen study field 

    Tuition fees 2018-2019
    For students from the European Higher Education Area (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
    Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,
    Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands,
    Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Spain, Czech
    Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden) for a diploma or credit contract:

    €238,3 fixed + €11,4 per credit

    For students from other countries:

    €748 fixed + €102,2 per credit

    Course related fees 2018-2019
    All bachelor and master students Visual Arts, who enrolled with a diploma- and/or credit contract, pay a course related fee according to the following principle:
    26 credits or less: €35
    27 credits or more: €180

    Fashion and Graphic Design students pay a deposit of €25 for the badge that grants them access to their campus.
    Fashion students pay €200 for participation in the fashion show in June.

  • 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 course you enrol for. If you pass your exam you earn back your credits. If you fail for 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 course 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

    If you encounter financial problems to pay your studies and want to apply for a scholarship or study loan you can contact the social services of AP.

    You need to make an appointment via the reception of Stuvo (T +32 3 220 59 00). Do this as soon as possible after registration and don't wait until the deadline for payment of your tuition fees. Someone from the social services is also present on the art campus on specific days. Ask the student administration office for more information or check on Digitap.

    If you meet all the requirements, you receive a scholarship. In that case, you are also eligible for a reduction of the tuition fee. However, if you are temporarily staying in Belgium because of your studies, the nationality conditions will be an obstacle and you will not be eligible to request a scholarship from the Flemish Community. 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.

    More information can be found on: www.centenvoorstudenten.be/english/

To enroll in a master programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts you have to meet certain conditions.

  • Diploma conditions
    • Students with a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts, awarded by the Flemish Community, with a corresponding main discipline and competency profile will be allowed to enroll immediately.
    • Students with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Visual Arts with a corresponding discipline and competency profile, awarded by a university or university college from another country, will be taken into consideration after a positive outcome of the application procedure.
    • Students with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a different discipline and competency profile will be taken into consideration for a pre-master programme (bridging programme) after a positive outcome of the application procedure.
  • Language conditions

    Language requirement for enrolment in the English-taught bachelor programme
    To enroll in the English-taught bachelor and master programme in Visual Arts, under any type of contract whatsoever, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the English language. This can be done in different ways:

    • by submitting proof of having an ASO-degree (Flemish prospective students) or a VWO diploma (Dutch prospective students);
    • or by submitting proof of having successfully completed at least one year of English-taught secondary education;
    • or by submitting proof of having successfully completed a study programme or one or more course units with a total study load of at least 60 ECTS credits in English-language higher education;
    • or by providing a language certificate.

     The required level of English proficiency is determined according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). Your language certificate must demonstrate that you possess the B1 level.

    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 programme
    To enroll in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programme in Visual Arts, under any type of contract whatsoever, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language. This can be done in different ways:

    • by submitting proof of having successfully completed  at least one year of Dutch-taught secondary education;
    • or by submitting proof of having successfully completed a study programme or one or more course units with a total study load of at least 60 ECTS credits in Dutch-taught higher education;
    • or by submitting proof of having passed the Interuniversity Language Test Dutch for Foreigners (ITNA) or another proof from an adult education center or recognized language center. 

    The Interuniversity Language Test Dutch for Foreigners (ITNA) was developed by the language centers of four Flemish universities, and can be taken at Linguapolis:

    https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/.

     The required level of Dutch proficiency is determined according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). Your language certificate must demonstrate that you possess the B2 level.

  • Residence card

    Required for ALL foreign students

    All foreign students that reside in Belgium during their studies will need a valid Belgian residence card for the duration of the academic year.

    Once you are in Antwerp, you will have to register officially for the Belgian government. Please contact the student administration office (academie@ap.be or karine.rotsaert@ap.be - +32 3 213 71 00) as soon as possible to start the procedure.

    In the PDF document of the International Student Office you can find all the details about the documents and information you need to provide.

    If you commute from your country every day and don't have a residence in Belgium, a statement saying you will commute every day is sufficient.
     

    Required for non-EU students only

    Before the entrance exam: Short term visa
    You apply for the bachelor artistic entrance examination or you apply for the master application procedure. You will receive a confirmation form via e-mail. You take this confirmation form to the Belgian Embassy in your country to apply for your short term visa (tourist visa).

    After the entrance exam: Long term visa
    The student administration can deliver on demand an official letter which confirms that you have passed the artistic entrance examination. You can take this official letter, to the Belgian Embassy in your country to apply for your long term student Visa. If this document is not sufficient for the embassy in your country, you can receive an official document of full enrolment only after payment of your tuition fee.

  • Application procedure

    Students without a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts awarded by the Flemish Community, with a corresponding main discipline and competency profile, will have to follow the application procedure before enrolling in the master programme.

    First session: For all nationalities
    Photography, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion, Theatre Costume Design, Sculpture, In Situ³, Painting, Printmaking
    Deadline registration + submitting digital portfolio: 25 March 2018
    Interviews: between 2 and 25 May 2018, by appointment
    The results of the portfolio assessment will be communicated around the middle of April.

    Second session: Only for EER-students (EU + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)
    Photography, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design, Sculpture, In Situ³, Painting, Printmaking (not for Fashion and Theatre Costume Design)
    Deadline registration + submitting digital portfolio: 20 August 2018
    Interviews: before 17 September 2018, by appointment

    Step 1: Online registration + upload files
    Register here for the application procedure for the master programme. For participation we ask a fee of €25. This amount can be paid during the online registration process, and will in no case be refunded.

    • Personal details: as complete as possible
    • Mention the title of your bachelor's degree (in the 'Opmerking' field)
    • Fine Arts should be specified: Sculpture/Painting/Printmaking/In Situ

    Upload two files
    1. Following documents, merged in one file (pdf, doc, docx):

    • CV
    • Personal statement/motivation letter
    • Master project proposal (see below for more info)
    • Copies of degrees or certificates of previous and/or current education. (If you're still in your last bachelor year a certificate of enrolment in the actual school is obligatory.)

    2. Digital portfiolio (see below for requirements)

    As long as you don't finish the online application, you can edit the info you entered and add or remove files. Please note: Because our system does not send an automatic confirmation, you will not receive a confirmation e-mail. You will only be contact if something is missing or unclear.

    Step 2: Interview
    Our administration office process your application, and the teaching staff evaluates your portfolio. If you are selected you will receive an invitation for an interview at the Academy. Skype interviews are possible as well, except for Fashion. Selected students for the Fashion programme will have an extra assignment (depending on previous studies), and have to be present for two days. You will receive the evaluation of this interview by e-mail.

    Step 3: Full enrolment
    You will receive info about full enrolment after a positive evaluation of your interview.

     

    Portfolio requirements

    • Your digital portfolio must be a collection of your artistic work (sketchbooks, illustrations, drawings,…), that shows how your artistic abilities and ideas have progressed over the years.
    • Research and processes you have used to develop your work are as important to the assessment as the result.
    • Mention all useful data such as date of work, material, exhibition, venues,...
    • In case of team work you have to describe your role in the process.
    • Following formats are allowed: pdf, doc, docx, jpeg, gif. If your portfolio file is larger than 15MB you can link to a onedrive, a Google drive, or a website.

    Additional demands for the Fashion programme:

    • A complete image of the collection(s) from your previous degree, all aspects involved: coupe, choice of fabrics, choice of colors, research
    • A variety of silhouettes and materials
    • Artistic drawings of silhouettes.
    • Your artistic luggage must be visible in the portfolio/collection.

     

    Master project proposal
    The Master project proposal is an explanation of the research in and possible outcome of the project. In other words: What is the content of your work going to be during your studies and how do you think you can achieve this? Of course this proposal is not supposed to restrict you later in any way. This can and will change during your working process. Provide a text of about one page, possibly supplemented with visual elements, in which you explain your starting point. Extra demand for Fashion: A proposal for a 12-silhouette collection (basic research, sketches, fabrics and fibres,…)

     

    Pre-master (bridging) programme
    As you could read under Diploma conditions (see top) some students need to follow a pre-master programme. A pre-master programme is meant for international students who did not obtain the bachelor's degree with corresponding discipline they applied for, in order to improve certain skills and/or artistic research. It is also for national students who need to develop (artistic) research ahead of a taught master's degree. A pre-master gives the students the chance to familiarize with the teaching methods and teachers at the Academy. This programme takes up one academic year.

    You will have a programme of about 45 credits:

    • studio practice mainly related to 3Ba
    • specific courses related to your studio practice
    • research methodology 3Ba

    During the composition of your exact programme previous studies will be taken into account. After a positive result at the end of the academic year you will be granted a certificate that gives you automatic access to the master programme.

Additional information

  • Tuition fees

    The latest tuition fees can be found here as soon as they are known. You'll find a complete summary at the bottom of this document (Dutch).

    Once your programme has been confirmed, please transfer the required amount as soon as possible to the bank account below.

    Bank: BNP PARIBAS FORTIS
    Adress bank: Warandeberg 3 – 1000 Brussel
    Account number: 001-6157131-35
    IBAN : BE57 0016 1571 3135
    BIC : GEBABEBB
    Mention: Name and first name of the student + chosen study field 

    Tuition fees 2018-2019
    For students from the European Higher Education Area (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
    Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,
    Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands,
    Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Spain, Czech
    Republic, United Kingdom, Sweden) for a diploma or credit contract:

    €238,3 fixed + €11,4 per credit

    For students from other countries:

    €748 fixed + €102,2 per credit

    Course related fees 2018-2019
    All bachelor and master students Visual Arts, who enrolled with a diploma- and/or credit contract, pay a course related fee according to the following principle:
    26 credits or less: €35
    27 credits or more: €180

    Fashion and Graphic Design students pay a deposit of €25 for the badge that grants them access to their campus.
    Fashion students pay €200 for participation in the fashion show in June.

  • 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 course you enrol for. If you pass your exam you earn back your credits. If you fail for 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 course 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

    If you encounter financial problems to pay your studies and want to apply for a scholarship or study loan you can contact the social services of AP.

    You need to make an appointment via the reception of Stuvo (T +32 3 220 59 00). Do this as soon as possible after registration and don't wait until the deadline for payment of your tuition fees. Someone from the social services is also present on the art campus on specific days. Ask the student administration office for more information or check on Digitap.

    If you meet all the requirements, you receive a scholarship. In that case, you are also eligible for a reduction of the tuition fee. However, if you are temporarily staying in Belgium because of your studies, the nationality conditions will be an obstacle and you will not be eligible to request a scholarship from the Flemish Community. 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.

    More information can be found on: www.centenvoorstudenten.be/english/

All programmes at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts are available to Erasmus students, except for Fashion. An exchange student must be a student at one of our partner institutes.

  • Residence card

    Required for ALL foreign students

    All foreign students that reside in Belgium during their studies will need a valid Belgian residence card for the duration of the academic year.

    Once you are in Antwerp, you will have to register officially for the Belgian government. Please contact the student administration office (academie@ap.be or karine.rotsaert@ap.be - +32 3 213 71 00) as soon as possible to start the procedure.

    In the PDF document of the International Student Office you can find all the details about the documents and information you need to provide.

    If you commute from your country every day and don't have a residence in Belgium, a statement saying you will commute every day is sufficient.
     

    Required for non-EU students only

    Before the entrance exam: Short term visa
    You apply for the bachelor artistic entrance examination or you apply for the master application procedure. You will receive a confirmation form via e-mail. You take this confirmation form to the Belgian Embassy in your country to apply for your short term visa (tourist visa).

    After the entrance exam: Long term visa
    The student administration can deliver on demand an official letter which confirms that you have passed the artistic entrance examination. You can take this official letter, to the Belgian Embassy in your country to apply for your long term student Visa. If this document is not sufficient for the embassy in your country, you can receive an official document of full enrolment only after payment of your tuition fee.

  • Admission procedure

    Deadlines for application
    1st semester: May 15th
    2nd semester: November 15th

    Step 1 - Nomination by e-mail
    An informational e-mail needs to be sent from the partner institution to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (academie@ap.be), informing us that you are officially selected as an incoming student.

    Step 2 - Student Application + CV + motivational letter + photo – deadline May 15, 2018.
    Download the relevant Application form here: EISM application form 2018-2019

    Please send the following documents to academie@ap.be:

    • a completed application form signed by your institution
    • your Curriculum Vitae + motivational letter
    • a digital photograph (in JPEG)
    • Transcript of past records (first semester)
    • Portfolio: your digital portfolio can be a collection of your artistic work (pictures of sketchbook, documents, drawings  etc). Use the upload tool www.wetransfer.com to send your portfolio to academie@ap.be

    Step 3 – Admission
    You will be informed about the Erasmus exchange admission results by email before June 8, 2018.

Additional information