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About academic year 2020-2021

Phew! In the upcoming academic year, we’ll no longer be fulltime stay-at-home students. Next September we will welcome our new and returning students back on campus, albeit not yet in full force. To ensure safe and smooth education for everyone, we will offer a mix of online and on campus activities. 

The impact of the coronavirus will continue to be felt in our daily (college) life for quite some time. During these unprecedented circumstances we keep monitoring the situation & measures and make adjustments wherever necessary. After all, we are heavily dependent on the evolution of the virus and on guidelines from higher authorities (such as the government, VLHORA …). Thus, some of the information below might change slightly or more details will follow shortly. Stay tuned.  

WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE CURRENT CORONA MEASURES? 
We keep our students and staff informed via our website, email and Digitap.  

WHEN WILL THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR START? 
The academic year starts on Monday September 21st. Check the academic calendars for a more detailed overview.  

Calendars Academy
Calendars Conservatoire

WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE CURRENT CORONA MEASURES? 
We regularly update our website and keep our students and staff informed via email and Digitap.  

WHEN WILL THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR START? 
The academic year starts on Monday September 21st. Check the academic calendars for a more detailed overview.  

Calendars Academy  
Calendars Conservatoire 

As always, we provide welcome days and activities for new students. More details will follow. 
Check the Summer music course in August 

CAN I VISIT THE CAMPUS?  

Unfortunately, we still can’t open our campuses to the general public. 
To the event calendar 

But we do have an alternative on hand. Our virtual tours allow you to go on an interactive adventure throughout our campuses and enjoy a 360° view into the ateliers, venues and student restaurants, whenever you like. 
Take a virtual tour of the Academy 
Take a virtual tour of the Conservatoire 

HOW CAN I REGISTER?  
Fine Arts, look here 
Dance, look here 
Music, look here 

WILL CLASSES BE ORGANIZED ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS? 
A bit of both. It’s important that you have enough real life opportunities to study and socialize with your fellow students and teachers. This will benefit your education, personal growth and well-being.  

Rest assured: we will organize as many activities as possible on campus. This will certainly be the case for practical subjects and projects such as rehearsals, workshops ... Naturally, educational activities on campus will be organised slightly different from before. For example: classes will be taught in smaller groups and with the necessary prevention measures such as social distancing and perhaps even mouth masks. At this moment, we are investigating the possibilities for introducing specific safety regulations within the artistic practice, as used in the professional field. 

In addition, online education will also be continued next year. These digital classes will mainly be reserved for theory and combined with live interim evaluations on campus. Our IT staff and teachers have digitised and optimised the curriculum, to facilitate distance learning. As always, our teachers will pay ample attention to personal contact and guidance.   

To make sure new students can familiarize themselves with higher education, first-year students will probably get to spend more time on campus. More experienced students will work digitally slightly more frequently, though of course we will make sure they also get to spend enough time on campus. 

More details will follow.  

ARE THERE EXTRA CORONA MEASURES ON CAMPUS? 
The main prevention measures will probably remain in place for quite some. Social distancing and hand hygiene are a must. In situations where social distancing is impossible, you will have to wear a (personal) mouth mask. More information about our current prevention measures can be found here.  

ARE THE STUDENT RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR BUSINESS?  

Having a meal with your fellow students is still possible, albeit slightly different from before. Here as well: we will operate with smaller crowds and social distancing. 

  • We provide a take-away menu. You can order sandwiches, salads, pastries, soup ... via an app and pick up your order on campus.  
  • The student restaurants remain open, but with social distancing measures. 
  • Since social distancing reduces our seating capacity, extra lunch spots will be provided at fixed locations throughout the campus. 
  • Coffee corners, vending machines for drinks and snacks will also remain operative.  

IS THE LIBRARY OPEN FOR BUSINESS?  
You can still study in the library and borrow study materials, albeit slightly different from before. More details will follow. 
Read more about the library of the Academy 
Read more about the library of the Conservatoire 

WILL INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES, INTERNSHIPS AND PROJECTS STILL TAKE PLACE?  
We consider international experiences (e.g. Erasmus, foreign internships, (collaborative) projects ...) an enrichment for both you as a student and us as a school.  

  • We do everything we can to ensure that international experiences within Europe can continue as much, as smoothly and as safely as possible. We won’t be able to give the go ahead to leave until a month before departure and when doing so, will take into consideration local guidelines of the chosen country and partner institute.  
  • Unfortunately, international experiences outside Europe cannot take place for the time being. 

More details will follow.  

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY STUDENT LIFE?  

There will certainly be room for fun and relaxation, albeit slightly different from before. It’s important that you have enough opportunities to socialize with fellow students in real life. This will benefit your education, personal growth and well-being.  

  • The UA Plus Pass (which allows you to enjoy sports and culture at a discount) currently has 3 possible scenarios in the running for the upcoming academic year. They will announce the final outcome online on September 16th. More info here
  • As always,  the student associations will also treat you to support and entertainment. They are still working on their new (adapted) programme.    

More details will follow.  

Follow student association Sphinx  

HELP, I'M STARTING OUT IN HIGHER EDUCATION?  
We understand that this uncertain situation creates certain doubts and concerns, but we will do everything we can to make sure your new adventure at our Schools of Arts runs smoothly. There will be enough time and attention for you as a freshman to get to know the campus, to bond with your fellow students and teachers, to enjoy the delights of student life ... In short, we will make sure that you can familiarize yourself with your new student life.  

WHAT IF THINGS DON’T WORK OUT? 
Whether you are a bachelor, master or (post)graduate student: we want to make sure all our students have an amazing academic year. Should you experience problems with studying and/or adjusting along the way, we will look for the right solution(s) together. As always, we have a massive team at the ready to offer you support, guidance and motivation.