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Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

About the Royal Academy

350 years still alive and kicking

During 2013, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts celebrated its 350th anniversary. An impressive string of projects and exhibitions were proof of the high standards of quality and diversity set by both alumni and faculty.
Renowned artists and designers such as Panamarenko, Henry van de Velde, A.F. Vandevorst, Jan Fabre, Daan, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Wouters & Hendrix, Joke Van Leeuwen, Guy Cassiers, Fred Bervoets, Dries Van Noten, Nadine Wynants, Ann Demeulemeester and countless of others, studied here.
As one the oldest schools of arts in the world, the Antwerp Royal Academy established a rich tradition in higher arts and design education. And what better place for the soon to be designer and fine artist to experience the beauty of art than the historical campus situated in the heart of the historical city.

Academic and versatile

We offer both undergraduate and (post) graduate programmes in visual arts and design. A broad scope of courses cover almost anything within the field of applied and fine arts. The curriculum offers a healthy balance between studio practice and supporting (art) theory, drawing classes. This will help you to develop your own distinctive artistic practice.

Practice in theory, theory in practice

Art practice and theory became more and more interwoven during the previous century. At the Antwerp Academy reflecting on art and practicing art, always go hand in hand. Theory classes will help you to give you a critical and contemporary perspective on art practice. Art history, art philosophy and research methodology offer you the framework of tools to help you articulate your autonomous practice as an artist. Your work during the graduate year will culminate in a master’s degree project. A team of artists, theorists and visiting lecturers will provide a series of master classes. These master classes will help you to explore the boundaries of your preferred medium, but also to interact with students from other disciplines.


The Antwerp Academy established a firm international reputation since the 18th century. It became a multi-cultural work and meeting space for students and teaching staff from over 40 different nationalities.
The Academy works in close collaboration with more than 45 institutions in and outside Europe. Internationalisation at home is one thing. We will also help you to discover international experiences through Erasmus mobility, study trips and workshops abroad.

Studying, graduation …and what’s next?

During your studies you have the opportunity to assist and participate on exhibitions, shows and performances. This learning experience will refine your presentation skills. At the end of your journey at the Academy, you will present your master’s degree project. The degree projects will be shown in one of the several exhibition spaces in or outside the campus. This is a unique opportunity for the general public to become acquainted with your work. From then on, it’s up to you to position yourself as an artist or designer. As soon as you have your bachelor of honours degree and when you have the language skills, you are able to enroll the dedicated teacher’s training program. This special program helps you to develop didactic skills through seminars and internships in all levels of primary, secondary and alternative educational levels, as well as the expanding cultural and educational sector. Once you are in the possession of your master’s degree and the teaching license you are well equipped to work as an art teacher or as an educational employee. But there’s also the possibility of entering the doctoral program.

Research in arts

Artistic research at the Antwerp Academy has become one of the more recent challenges. The growing interest and importance in research, has resulted in several artistic doctorates (or Phd’s) and research projects. Most of these projects challenge and transcend the more medium specific approach as they invite to even more in-depth reflection on your own artistic practice. Research funding helped us to invest in research based seminars, workshops, lectures and symposia. Attending these classes will strengthen your research skills and help you to articulate research questions and proposals.