In the 16th century there’s already mention of a Lucas guild in the Hague. In 1656 a separation of the guild arose as the Pictura brotherhood. This separation was meant to organise the true artists separate from the bad painters. In 1682 the Pictura Brotherhood founded an Academy, which was the foundation for our current Academy.
Bachelor's programme in Autonomous Fine Art:
Bachelor's programme in Design:
The KABK offers various ways for aspiring students to prepare for their study at the Academy.
The University of the Arts (Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire) holds artistic research in high esteem. There is a, for the Netherlands, unique collaboration between the University of the Arts and Leiden University in the form of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, ACPA (see PhDArts).
On a master's level the University of the Arts offers the research trajectory for Artistic Research, in which the art academy and the conservatoire collaborate. Two of the University’s lectorates are dedicated to artistic research: the lectorate of Henk Borgdorff (Royal Conservatoire) and the lectorate of Janneke Wesseling (Royal Academy of Art).
Most importantly the Royal Academy of Art lets its students discover their talents and work from there to become artists expressing their own personal interests, insights and perceptions.
Students work independently and are given complex assignments which prepare them for working individually or collectively as a fine artist or designer when they finish their studies.
The Royal Academy of Art offers ample opportunity do to internships in order to get a hands on experience
The KABK strives to achieve an international learning environment for her students. This is done on the one hand by creating an international environment within the building and on the other hand by stimulating temporary foreign trajectories in the form of:
Coming into contact with a different cultural environment and different teaching methods is a clear upside of a temporary foreign trajectory. Moreover, you may learn to function in an international context which is a great plus for your future career.
Students are required to ensure their own housing. Unfortunately it is difficult to find reasonably priced student accommodation in The Hague. KABK does not know a campus system and all (international) students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.
The KABK has a very well-equipped (media)library. Its collection consists of titles in a.o. the disciplines of Fine Art, Architecture, Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Philosophy, Art Observation, History. Next to using our own library, students & staff can also make use of the services of Leiden University Libraries (UBL) and the National Library of The Netherlands in The Hague (KB).
All facilities are open to students and employees of the KABK. Students work in a modern complex with extensive resources like workshops, stores for materials and supplies, photocopying facilities and a library in which you can access a great number of specialized books and very old documents.
An external committee reviews and evaluates the programmes and reports to the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
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