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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 and master 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 B2 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 and master 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

    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.

  • Entrance exam

    The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts programme is only available to candidate students who have passed the artistic entrance examination.

    The artistic entrance examination assesses your artistic insight, cultural knowledge, creativity and motivation. This two-day test consists of different assignments and an interview during which we will also discuss your portfolio.

    More practical information about the artistic entrance examination will soon be available on this page.

    In 2020 the artistic entrance examination will be organized three times, on the following dates:

    • Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 March 2020
    • Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2020
    • Thursday 3 and Friday 4 September 2020

    The artistic entrance examinations in March and July are open for candidate students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)*.
    The artistic entrance examinations in July and September are open for candidate students from within the EEA.
    *EEA = EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

    DATE CANDIDATE STUDENTS
    FROM OUTSIDE THE EEA
    CANDIDATE STUDENTS
    FROM WITHIN THE EEA
    16 and 17 March 2020                    X  
    2 and 3 July 2020                    X                    X
    3 and 4 September 2020                      X
         

    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.

    Important note for the Fashion candidates
    There is no artistic entrance examination for the specialization Fashion in March
    .
    Fashion candidates can participate in the artistic entrance examination in July and September.
    We however strongly advise fashion candidates from outside the EEA to participate in the artistic entrance exam organized in July and not the one in September. Candidates from outside the EEA have to apply for a student visa. The visa application procedure can take up to three months or longer. If candidates participate in the entrance exam in July and submit their application for a student visa immediately after having passed the exam, they can obtain their visa in time. In this way they can follow the classes from the beginning of the academic year and can also gain the necessary access to the buildings and facilities of the Academy.

    Registration and payment

    You can register for an artistic entrance exam online. Click on the link bellow.
    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.

    Payment is due three days before the artistic entrance exam.

Additional information

  • 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 (Home/EU or EEA)
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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 need to immediately pay the full amount of your study fee.
    You can pay by card or by bank transfer after receiving an invoice on your school e-mail address. 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.

  • 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

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

    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/.

    Students from outside the European Economic Area are not eligible for financial aid from the AP University College. It is not possible to pay the tuition fee in instalments.

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs. The minimum amount is fixed and indexed every year by the government. It is currently 666 euro net/month (academic year 2019/2020). This amount is very limited. Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month
    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month
    • Mobility: bus/tram/metro : buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.

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 and master 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 B2 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 and master 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

    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.

  • 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.

    Dates

    First session: For all nationalities
    Photography, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion, Theatre Costume Design, Sculpture, In Situ³, Painting, Printmaking
    Deadline registration + submitting digital portfolio: 2 March 2020
    Interviews: between 1 of April 2020 and 30 of April 2020, by appointment

    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: 17 August 2020
    Interviews: 2 or 3 September 2020, by appointment

    Admission process

    Step 1: Online registration + upload two files
    You'll find the registration form through this link. For participation we ask a fee of 25 euro.
    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 (and no more than two!)
    File 1. Following documents, merged into 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.)

    File 2. Digital portfolio (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 contacted 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

    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 third Bachelor year
    • specific courses related to your studio practice
    • research methodology third Bachelor year

    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

  • 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 (Home/EU or EEA)
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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 need to immediately pay the full amount of your study fee.
    You can pay by card or by bank transfer after receiving an invoice on your school e-mail address. 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.

  • 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

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

    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/.

    Students from outside the European Economic Area are not eligible for financial aid from the AP University College. It is not possible to pay the tuition fee in instalments.

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs. The minimum amount is fixed and indexed every year by the government. It is currently 666 euro net/month (academic year 2019/2020). This amount is very limited. Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month
    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month
    • Mobility: bus/tram/metro : buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.

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

    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.

  • 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 (faby.vangrimberge@ap.be), informing us that you are officially selected as an incoming student.

    Step 2 - Student Application + CV + motivational letter + photo
    Download the relevant Application form here: EISM application form 2019-2020

    Please send the following documents to faby.vangrimberge@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 faby.vangrimberge@ap.be
    • Letter of nomination (you will receive this document from your home institute)

    Step 3 – Admission
    You will be informed about the Erasmus exchange admission results by email:

    by mid June for the first semester
    by mid December for the second semester

Additional information