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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

    What diploma do you need to enroll in the bachelor's programme? 

     

    ·         For Belgium, the diploma of secondary education or equivalent applies. 

    ·         For the Netherlands, the VWO diploma and the HBO propaedeuse apply. This means that a HAVO diploma and MBO diploma do not give access to the bachelor's programme 

    ·         For all other countries, the diploma that gives access to university studies in the country of origin applies. A non-exhaustive overview of foreign study certificates can be found in the Overview of foreign diplomas. If you have obtained a degree outside the EU that is not included in this overview, you can apply for recognition to the Admissions Board (see below).  

    Detailed information on the diploma requirements can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER Art. 7.2.). 

     

    How to apply for recognition of your degree with the admissions board? 

     

    If you have obtained a degree outside the EU that is not included in the list above, you can apply to the admissions committee for recognition of your degree. The admissions committee will examine your application and inform you of its decision.  

    You submit the following documents to the Student Centre by 15 October at the latest via e-mail (admission@ap.be):  

    ·         a completed form: Application for admission with a foreign diploma; 

    ·         a legalised copy of your diploma; 

    ·         a certified Dutch translation of your diploma, if it is in a language other than Dutch, French, English or German. 

    ·         a declaration from the embassy or consulate stating that with this diploma you will be admitted to a bachelor's programme in the country where you obtained the diploma. The latter is not required if it is already mentioned on the diploma itself. 

    Having doubts whether your degree gives you admission? If so, send an e-mail with a copy of your diploma to admission@ap.be and we will let you know as soon as possible. 

     

    Do you have a Chinese diploma? 

     

    If you want to study in Belgium with a Chinese diploma, you need to go through an APS screening in Beijing. The APS screening is not an academic selection procedure but is designed to prevent document fraud and ensure sufficient language knowledge. You will also need the APS certificate to obtain a student visa from the Belgian embassy or consulate in China. 

    ·         Contact the APS administration to start this procedure: info@aps.org.cn   

    ·         Information on the APS procedure can be found at www.aps.org.cn  

  • Language conditions

    To enrol in a bachelor or master programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the language in which the programme is taught.

    Language requirement for enrolment in the English-taught bachelor and master programme

    For the English-language academic Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Fine Arts, you must have sufficient knowledge of the English language (CEFR level B2).

    Flemish candidate students can prove this through an ASO diploma, Dutch candidate students through a VWO diploma.

    Language level can also be proven through:

    • Proof of at least one successfully completed year of study in English-language secondary education, or
    • Proof of at least 60 obtained ECTS in English-language higher education, or
    • A language certificate (CEFR level B2, see below).

    English Language Test

    Language certificates that suffice:

    • ITACE
    • IELTS (Academic) - with a minimum score of 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT - with a minimum score of 79
    • Cambridge B2 First, or C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency
    • Duolingo English Test - with a minimum score of 100
    • Linguapolis

    At Linguapolis (Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) an English language tests can be taken. Taking a test is possible by appointment at a generally scheduled test moment or during an individual test moment. You can always contact them directly via www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/language-tests/english-language-tests/itace/itace-students-dates/ But they can also be taken in other language centres in Flanders or in your home country.

    ! Attention
    A valid proof of language is a necessary and mandatory document that you need to start your enrolment.
    So be sure to check in advance whether you already meet the conditions.  
    If this is not the case, we advise you make reservations for the test in time and also take into account the costs.

    Language requirement for enrolment in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programme

    For the Dutch-taught academic Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Fine Arts, you must meet the general admission requirements and have sufficient knowledge of Dutch. The required language level is B2 (CEFR). You meet this if you:

    • Have successfully completed at least one year of secondary education in Dutch, or
    • Passed a programme or one or more programme components, totalling at least 60 credits in Dutch-language higher education, or
    • Can provide one of the following language certificates:
      • ITNA certificate (Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen)
      • Attestation of level 3 of a CVO (Centre for Adult Education): either 2 partial attestations of level 3 of 120 teaching periods each (3.1 oral and 3.2 written) or one training attestation of the entire level 3 of 240 teaching periods.
      • Atlas - Civilian test Dutch B2 / Certification language test Dutch B2
        Attestation B2 of CNaVT
      • Dutch State Examination NT2 II

    Dutch Language Test

    The Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers was developed by the language centres of four Flemish universities. The language test is conducted by Linguapolis, among others: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/.

     

    If in doubt, please email toelating@ap.be.

  • Artistic entrance exam Bachelor

    For enrolment in 2024-2025

    The artistic entrance exam will be organised ONLY ONCE in 2024.

    The Bachelor of Visual Arts programme is only accessible after passing the artistic entrance exam. You can only participate in the artistic entrance exam after pre-selection, which is based on your digital portfolio. This round is digital for every discipline (including Fashion).

    Once you have passed the pre-selection, you can participate in the artistic entrance exam for enrolment in the 2024-2025 academic year. This will be organised only once, more specifically in the week of 1-5 July 2024. The entrance exam is spread over three days (1 to 3 July). If you are still undecided between two different disciplines, you can take part in the artistic entrance exam of those two different disciplines. The period will then be extended to five days (1-5 July). You can participate physically or digitally, although we recommend you attend physically.

    Note: Are you a candidate for FASHION? Then you can attend the entrance exam in July physically only. There is no digital entrance exam for Fashion in July.

    Note: A positive outcome of the artistic entrance exam is only valid for enrolment in the next academic year, i.e. 2024-2025. If you wish to apply for 2025-2026, you will take the admission test in 2025.

    Register for the entrance exam and follow these steps:

    1. Read the admission requirements.
    2. Register your participation.
    3. Upload your portfolio.
    4. Check your mailbox for the result of the portfolio.
    5. Take part in the artistic assignments.
    6. Check your mailbox for the result of the artistic assignments.
    7. Passed? Complete your registration online!

    1. Admission requirements

    To enroll in the bachelor's programme, you need to meet the diploma and language requirements. Check these carefully in advance to make sure you meet them.

    2. Registration

    • till 29 March 2024 (12h Belgian time) for FASHION.
    • till 3 June 2024 (12h Belgian time) for all other disciplines.

    2.1 Registration

    You complete the registration fully and correctly. If you apply for the Fine Arts, you must specify the discipline (Sculpture, In Situ, Painting or Printmaking & Drawing).

    For smooth registration, keep the following documents ready: identity card, photo (or webcam), diploma and language certificate (if necessary). You can upload your diploma and any language certificate later.

    2.2 Administrative fee

    In the registration environment, you pay an administrative fee of 25 euros for the admission test If you take part in two different admission tests, you will pay 40 euros (25 + 15) for the two tests in total. The administrative fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

    For smooth payment, keep your bank card at hand. If you cannot pay online, please send an email to enrolment@ap.be.  

    Note: A payment from abroad can take several days. Do not delay, so make your payment on time!

    3. Pre-selection: Portfolio

    Upload your portfolio.

    • until 15 April 2024 (12h Belgian time) for FASHION. 
    • until 10 June 2024 (12h Belgian time) for all other disciplines. 

    After registration and payment, you will receive by e-mail (also check your spam box) a link to upload your portfolio. Based on your portfolio, the jury will decide whether you can participate in the artistic assignments in July.

    Note: If you apply for two disciplines, you will submit a portfolio for both disciplines. You can tailor this content to the respective disciplines as you wish.

    CONTENT REQUIREMENTS

    Your portfolio bundles the following four items in Pdf format: 1. curriculum vitae, 2. motivation letter, 3. cultural inspiration report and 4. artistic work. If you participate in the admission test of graphic design, jewellery design or costume design, your portfolio will contain a fifth section (see below).

    1. CURRICULUM VITAE

    Your CV contains the following personal data: name and contact details, studies and projects completed, interests or personal activities that characterise you. Your CV fits on 1 A4.

    2. MOTIVATION LETTER

    You write a motivation letter in which you explain concisely and to-the-point your choice for 1. the arts, 2. for this discipline and 3. for the Academy. Your letter should be 300 to 500 words.

    3. CULTURAL INSPIRATION REPORT

    You present three cultural activities or artists that have recently inspired you and you indicate in what way they inspire you. You make an explicit link to the discipline you are applying for. Think of exhibitions, literature, music, theatre, film, dance, documentary, meeting with artist-designer-writer-illustrator, ...

    You introduce these three recent sources of inspiration textually and add one image per activity. With this text, you give an insight into your discursive skills and your cultural interest. Your text should not exceed 500 words.

    4. ARTISTIC WORK

    You create an overview with your own work. It should give a representative and visual image of your creative-visual talent and your personality.

    To this end, you make a selection of autonomous artistic work, assignments you made in school and/or artistic work you designed for third parties, such as drawings, photos, sketches, graphic work, stylings, texts, poems, music, computer prints, performances or other creations.

    5. REEL

    Note: Exclusively for COSTUME DESIGN – GRAPHIC DESIGN – JEWELLERY DESIGN

    Interested in graphic design, jewellery design or costume design? Then briefly introduce yourself in a 1-minute reel. You are free to decide what you want to share and how you want to introduce yourself.

    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

    Your application will be valid only if the following technical requirements are met.

    • Your portfolio consists of four components (curriculum vitae, motivation letter, cultural inspiration report and artistic work) which you compile into 1 pdf file of maximum 50 MB. Your portfolio should contain all the information you wish to share. The jury will NOT review the information you share through an online platform, personal website or storage service.
    • If you apply for graphic design, jewellery design or costume design, your portfolio comprises five sections. You add one page with a direct link to your reel posted on an online platform.  If your reel is in a secure online environment, add access details or password. Your reel should not last more than 1 minute.
    • Should your portfolio exceed the maximum file size of 50 MB, you can reduce its size via www.smallpdf.com.
    • You can only UPLOAD your portfolio only ONCE, so double-check. Additional submissions will be deleted.

    When the upload was successful, the message 'Uploading completed' will appear on your screen. This message serves as a confirmation message for the proper receipt of your portfolio.

    4. Announcement of pre-selection result

    Check your mailbox (and your spambox as well)

    • From 29 April 2024 for FASHION.
    • From 17 June 2024 for the other disciplines.

    A pre-selection will be made based on your portfolio. You will receive an e-mail telling you whether you will be invited for the artistic assignments in July. All practical information such as time & location or a digital link will be enclosed.

    5. Artistic assignments

    For all prospective students (including for FASHION):

    • From 1-3 July 2024 (= standard)
    • From 1-5 July 2024 (= if you have registered for two entrance tests)

    The assignments will be organised both physically and digitally, though we recommend you to participate physically and on campus.

    Note: Are you a candidate for FASHION? Then you can attend the entrance exam in July physically only. There is no digital entrance exam for Fashion in July.

    See below for content and course of the entrance exam per discipline.

     Fashion                                            
    Jewellery design and goldsmithing (availabble from February 27)
    Photography
    Costume Design
    Graphic Design
    Fine Arts - In Situ³
    Fine Arts - Painting 
    Fine Arts - Printmaking and Drawing
    Fine Arts - Sculpture 

    6. Announcement of artistic assignments result

    For all prospective students (including for FASHION)

    • The week of 8 July 2024

    In the week of 8 July, you will receive a mail with the outcome of the artistic entrance examination. Keep a close eye on your mailbox and your spam filter.

    7. Enrolment in the programme

    Passed the artistic entrance examination? Congratulations! You will receive an email to finalise your registration. Remember, to register, you must meet the diploma and language requirements as described above.

    You can find the regulations for the artistic entrance examination via this link.

  • After the artistic entrance exam

    If you pass the artistic entrance exam this year, you can enrol in your chosen specialization in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Programme for the academic year 2023-2024. To enrol, you must also meet the diploma and language requirements by the beginning of the academic year:

    • 18 September 2023 for academic year 2023-2024

    Read more about the admission requirements on the top of this page.

Additional information

  • 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.

    Find more information by following this link.

    Contact

    E-mail: studentenadministratie@ap.be 

     

  • 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: Belgium/European Economic Area (EEA)
      EEA = EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
    • 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 2023-2024

    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 1302,10 euro:
            282,1 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           810 euro (13,5euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
            210  euro course related fees
           Total: 1302,10euro.

     

    • A student from outside the EEA enrolling for 60 credits with a diploma contract pays 8356,4 euro:
            886,4 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           7260 euro (121 euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
            210 euro course related fees
           Total: 8356,4 euro.

    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 will receive an invoice on your school e-mail address to pay for the study fee. You can pay by card or by bank transfer. 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 + first name & last name 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.

    Other costs

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.
    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

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

    Higher education studies are not cheap

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.

    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Housing: student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month

    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month

    • Transportation and travel: bus/tram/metro: buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.

    Please note that it is not possible to pay the study fees in instalments. The study fees are paid in full at the start of the academic semester.

     

    Funding your studies

    There are a number of facilities that help you fund your studies:

    1. International scholarships

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

    2. Scholarships from the Flemish Community

    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/.

    3. Financial aid from the AP University College

    Only students from within the European Economic Area are eligible for financial aid from the AP University College, and this if they meet certain conditions.

    For more information about the financial aid from the AP University College, contact our student services: stuvo@ap.be.

     

  • 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).

     

  • Students with specific needs

    If you have specific needs you can request facilitating measures.

     

    You can request facilitating measures if you:

    • have a (learning) disability (dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, adhd, a motor, visual or aural disability …);

    • suffer from a medical or psychological problem;
    • combine top sport / work / family with studying.

    The student counselor David De Roey (david.deroey@ap.be) will assist you in applying for facilitating measures to meet your individual needs.

    Do you want to apply for facilitating measures? Do this as soon as possible and before 15 October.

  • Regulations and academic calendar

    Education and Examination Regulations

    The Education and Examination Regulations lay down the rules relating to education, examinations and the student’s legal status at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
    The Education and Examination Regulations provide information on admission requirements for studies, enrolment, various types of study contracts, exemption applications, taking part in examinations, conditions to pass a study, the academic calendar, etc.
    We recommend that you read the education and examination regulations at the start of the academic year.

    Conslult the Education and Examination Regulations of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.

    Academic calendar

    The academic calendar includes the dates of: lessons, exams, catch-up exams, announcement of exam results, consultation and feedback, proclamations, artistic entrance examinations and holidays.

    Consult the academic calendar of the Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.

    Regulations tuition fees, study costs and various expenses

    Consult the regulations for the tuition fees, study costs and various expenses.

    ICT regulations

    The ICT regulations cover the agreements on the use of the ICT facilities offered by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and AP University College.

    Library regulations

    The library regulations lay down the rules relating to the access to and the use of the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and other libraries at the AP University College.


    You can find all regulations and calendars on the website of AP University College:
    https://www.ap.be/en/regulations.

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

  • Diploma conditions

    Do you hold a bachelor's diploma from a Flemish university (college)? 

    Only if you have a Bachelor's diploma in Fine Arts with corresponding major and competence profile you can be directly admitted to the Master's programme. 

    For all other situations, additional conditions apply: 

    ·         If you have a bachelor's diploma in Fine Arts, but the major and competence profile do not correspond, you can be admitted to a preparatory programme provided you pass the admission procedure.  

    ·         If you have a bachelor's diploma from another academic bachelor's programme in the study area Audiovisual and Fine Arts or from the academic bachelor's programme Architecture, Interior Architecture or Product Development, you can be admitted to the preparatory programme after passing the artistic entrance test. 

    ·         If you have a diploma from the professional bachelor's programmes Audiovisual Techniques: Photography or Graphic and Digital Media then you can be admitted to the bridging programme after passing the artistic entrance test. 

     

    Did you obtain a diploma abroad or in the French Community? 

    After examining your diploma and going through the admission procedure, the admissions committee will decide whether you can be admitted and, if so, whether admission to the master's programme is direct, via a preparatory programme or via a bridging programme. 

  • Language conditions

    To enrol in a bachelor or master programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the language in which the programme is taught.

    Language requirement for enrolment in the English-taught bachelor and master programme

    For the English-language academic Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Fine Arts, you must have sufficient knowledge of the English language (CEFR level B2).

    Flemish candidate students can prove this through an ASO diploma, Dutch candidate students through a VWO diploma.

    Language level can also be proven through:

    • Proof of at least one successfully completed year of study in English-language secondary education, or
    • Proof of at least 60 obtained ECTS in English-language higher education, or
    • A language certificate (CEFR level B2, see below).

    English Language Test

    Language certificates that suffice:

    • ITACE
    • IELTS (Academic) - with a minimum score of 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT - with a minimum score of 79
    • Cambridge B2 First, or C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency
    • Duolingo English Test - with a minimum score of 100
    • Linguapolis

    At Linguapolis (Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) an English language tests can be taken. Taking a test is possible by appointment at a generally scheduled test moment or during an individual test moment. You can always contact them directly via www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/language-tests/english-language-tests/itace/itace-students-dates/ But they can also be taken in other language centres in Flanders or in your home country.

    ! Attention
    A valid proof of language is a necessary and mandatory document that you need to start your enrolment.
    So be sure to check in advance whether you already meet the conditions.  
    If this is not the case, we advise you make reservations for the test in time and also take into account the costs.

    Language requirement for enrolment in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programme

    For the Dutch-taught academic Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Fine Arts, you must meet the general admission requirements and have sufficient knowledge of Dutch. The required language level is B2 (CEFR). You meet this if you:

    • Have successfully completed at least one year of secondary education in Dutch, or
    • Passed a programme or one or more programme components, totalling at least 60 credits in Dutch-language higher education, or
    • Can provide one of the following language certificates:
      • ITNA certificate (Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen)
      • Attestation of level 3 of a CVO (Centre for Adult Education): either 2 partial attestations of level 3 of 120 teaching periods each (3.1 oral and 3.2 written) or one training attestation of the entire level 3 of 240 teaching periods.
      • Atlas - Civilian test Dutch B2 / Certification language test Dutch B2
        Attestation B2 of CNaVT
      • Dutch State Examination NT2 II

    Dutch Language Test

    The Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers was developed by the language centres of four Flemish universities. The language test is conducted by Linguapolis, among others: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/.

     

    If in doubt, please email toelating@ap.be.

  • Application procedure Master

    Admission procedure for enrolment in the 2024-2025 academic year

    The admission procedure will be organized ONLY ONCE in 2024.

    Register for the admission procedure and follow these steps:

    1. Read the admission requirements.
    2. Register your participation and upload your diploma and language certificate.
    3. Check your mailbox for your link to upload your documentation for preselection.
    4. Check your mailbox for the pre-selection result.
    5. Take part in the online interview.
    6. Check your mailbox for the result of the online interview.
    7. Passed? Complete your registration online!
    1. Admission requirements

    To enroll in the Master of Visual Arts programme, you need an academic bachelor's degree in Visual Arts with corresponding discipline and competence profile. After submitting your file, the admissions committee will evaluate your degree. However, if the obtained competence profile differs too much from the school's competence profile, a preparation programme will be advised.

    If you have an academic bachelor's degree in a different artistic or creative discipline, you need to follow a preparatory programme.

    If you have a professional bachelor's degree, you will need to follow a bridging programme before you can be admitted to the master's programme.

    It is important to check also the language requirements.

     

    1. Registration

    Registration is open from 1 February to 29 March 2024 (12:00 local Belgian time).

    2.1 Registration

    You complete the registration fully and correctly, stating the title of your bachelor's degree. If you are applying for the Fine Arts, you should specify the discipline (Sculpture, In Situ³, Painting or Printmaking & Drawing).

    You upload diplomas/certificates from previous and/or current course bachelor degree here and mention the title of this diploma in the comment in the upload screen.

    If you are still in the final year of the bachelor's programme, proof of enrolment in your current educational institution is required.

    You will also upload any language certificate here under the heading 'other'

    2.2 Administrative fee

    In the registration environment you pay an administrative fee of EUR 25 for the admission procedure. This amount is not refundable under any circumstances.

    3. Documentatie voor preselectie

    Upload your portfolio.

    • until 15 April 2024 (12h Belgian time)

    After complete registration and payment, you will receive a link from us via e-mail (also check your spam box) where you can upload only 1 file in Pdf format (max. 100 MB). Files larger than 100 MB are not eligible. If the upload was successful, you will receive a confirmation.

    3.1 Contents

    Your file includes 4 items bundled in one pdf file of max 100MB:

    - CV

    - Personal motivation (max 500 words)

    - Proposal for your Master's project

    • You explain the research and possible outcome of your master's project. In other words: What will be the content of your artistic work during your studies, and how do you intend to achieve this? This proposal should obviously in no way restrict you in your artistic process, and may and probably will change in the course of your process. Your proposal should be about 1 A4 page long, possibly supplemented with visual elements, explaining your starting point.

    Specific to Fashion:

    • The master project proposal should include a collection of 12 silhouettes focusing on research, sketches, material...

    - Digital portfolio

    • Your portfolio includes an overview of your artistic work (sketchbooks, illustrations, drawings, photos,...), and reflects how your artistic abilities and ideas have evolved over the last few years.
    • Your portfolio highlights your research and working methods. After all, the way you developed your work is as important as the result.
    • You mention useful info such as the date of a work, materials used, exhibitions, locations, etc.
    • You describe your role in the process for work created together with others.

    Additional requirements apply specifically to Fashion:

    • A full picture of the collection(s) from your previous course, with all related aspects such as cut, choice of materials, choice of colours, research.
    • A range of silhouettes and materials
    • Drawings of silhouettes
    • Your artistic baggage should be visible in your portfolio.

    3.2 Note defined technical limitations:

    • All content must be present in one PDF document. So no references to an online storage service such as - for example - WeTransfer, DropBox, Google Drive, ... nor to a personal website.
    • Maximum file size of the PDF document is 100 MB.
    • You may upload only once. Additional submissions will be deleted.
    • If your submission does not meet these requirements, your application will not be valid.

    4. Announcement of pre-selection result

    In the week of 2 May 2024

    Pre-selection is based on your personal file and portfolio. You will be notified by e-mail whether or not you will be invited for an online interview.

    5. Online interview

    May 2024

    If you pass the pre-selection, you will receive an invitation for an online interview. The interview is based on your personal file and portfolio. Only candidate students for Fashion may receive an extra assignment before the interview, depending on previous studies.

    6. Announcement of the Online interview result

    In the week of 22 May 2024

    You will receive via email the result of the online interview. If you have passed, it will indicate whether this applies to the master's programme, the preparatory programme or the briging programme

    6.1 Explanation Preparatory or bridging programme

    A preparatory or bridging programme is designed for students who do not have an academic bachelor's degree with a corresponding major. It provides an opportunity to improve artistic skills and/or artistic research competence. It is also intended for domestic students who need to improve their artistic knowledge and research before entering an academic master's programme. This programme gives students a chance to become acqainted with the methods of the teachers at the Academy.

    A preparatory or bridging programme lasts one academic year and counts about 45 credits:

    • studio practice, mainly from third Bachelor-

    • specific courses related to the studio practice

    • research methodology from third Bachelor

    When composing a preparatory or bridging programme, previous studies are taken into account.

    After a positive result at the end of the academic year, you will receive a certificate that automatically gives you access to the Master programme.

    The conditions for enrolment in the Master’s programme are described in the Education and Examination Regulations.

    7. Enrolment in the master

    If you have passed the admission procedure, you can finalise your application.

    The regulations regarding the admission procedure can be found here. (not yet available)

Additional information

  • 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.

    Find more information by following this link.

    Contact

    E-mail: studentenadministratie@ap.be 

     

  • 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: Belgium/European Economic Area (EEA)
      EEA = EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
    • 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 2023-2024

    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 1302,10 euro:
            282,1 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           810 euro (13,5euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
            210  euro course related fees
           Total: 1302,10euro.

     

    • A student from outside the EEA enrolling for 60 credits with a diploma contract pays 8356,4 euro:
            886,4 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           7260 euro (121 euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
            210 euro course related fees
           Total: 8356,4 euro.

    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 will receive an invoice on your school e-mail address to pay for the study fee. You can pay by card or by bank transfer. 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 + first name & last name 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.

    Other costs

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.
    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

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

    Higher education studies are not cheap

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.

    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Housing: student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month

    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month

    • Transportation and travel: bus/tram/metro: buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.

    Please note that it is not possible to pay the study fees in instalments. The study fees are paid in full at the start of the academic semester.

     

    Funding your studies

    There are a number of facilities that help you fund your studies:

    1. International scholarships

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

    2. Scholarships from the Flemish Community

    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/.

    3. Financial aid from the AP University College

    Only students from within the European Economic Area are eligible for financial aid from the AP University College, and this if they meet certain conditions.

    For more information about the financial aid from the AP University College, contact our student services: stuvo@ap.be.

     

  • 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).

     

  • Students with specific needs

    If you have specific needs you can request facilitating measures.

     

    You can request facilitating measures if you:

    • have a (learning) disability (dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, adhd, a motor, visual or aural disability …);

    • suffer from a medical or psychological problem;
    • combine top sport / work / family with studying.

    The student counselor David De Roey (david.deroey@ap.be) will assist you in applying for facilitating measures to meet your individual needs.

    Do you want to apply for facilitating measures? Do this as soon as possible and before 15 October.

  • Regulations and academic calendar

    Education and Examination Regulations

    The Education and Examination Regulations lay down the rules relating to education, examinations and the student’s legal status at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
    The Education and Examination Regulations provide information on admission requirements for studies, enrolment, various types of study contracts, exemption applications, taking part in examinations, conditions to pass a study, the academic calendar, etc.
    We recommend that you read the education and examination regulations at the start of the academic year.

    Conslult the Education and Examination Regulations of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.

    Academic calendar

    The academic calendar includes the dates of: lessons, exams, catch-up exams, announcement of exam results, consultation and feedback, proclamations, artistic entrance examinations and holidays.

    Consult the academic calendar of the Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.

    Regulations tuition fees, study costs and various expenses

    Consult the regulations for the tuition fees, study costs and various expenses.

    ICT regulations

    The ICT regulations cover the agreements on the use of the ICT facilities offered by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and AP University College.

    Library regulations

    The library regulations lay down the rules relating to the access to and the use of the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and other libraries at the AP University College.


    You can find all regulations and calendars on the website of AP University College:
    https://www.ap.be/en/regulations.

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.

 

  • Admission procedure

    Deadlines for application

    1st semester Academic year 2024-2025: May 1st 2024
    2nd semester Academic year 2024-2025: October 27th 2024

    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 Antwerp (Dieter.dewilde@ap.be), informing us that you are officially selected as an incoming student.

    Step 2 – Application form + documents

    1.Fill in the following: FORM
    2.Please send the following documents to Dieter.dewilde@ap.be:

    • Via www.wetransfer.com: one PDF with
      • your Curriculum Vitae
      • motivational letter
      • portfolio: your digital portfolio can be a collection of your artistic work (pictures of sketch book, documents, drawings, etc.)
    • A digital photograph (as a .jpeg)
    • Transcript of past records (first semester)
    • Letter of nomination (you will receive this document from your home institute)

    Step 3 – Application form + documents

    You will be informed about the Erasmus exchange admission results by email:

    • by mid-June for the first semester or the full academic year
    • by mid-December for the second semester

    English language skills

    By nominating a student, the sending institution acknowledges their responsibility to ensure the student has the minimum recommended language level at the start of the exchange.

    Level B2 (minimum) is highly recommended for all English exchange programmes. We recommend incoming students to master the English language sufficiently before the exchange to participate actively during courses. If a student's proficiency in English does not allow active participation, there is a high risk of failing assignments and examinations. This is entirely the responsibility of the sending institution.

    Students can take English (or other) language lessons at their own expense in the language center of the University of Antwerp (Linguapolis). Applications and fees are to be arranged directly with Linguapolis.

Additional information

  • 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.

    Find more information by following this link.

    Contact

    E-mail: studentenadministratie@ap.be