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Master of Visual Arts

Don’t consider our master’s program as the last stop of your education. It is the first step of your professional future.

Your education doesn’t determine who you can or should become, it helps you to make that choice yourself. In our unique master’s trajectory you further develop your voice and your work, tailored to your ambitions and in relationship to the way you want to be engaged within the society.

Why our Master’s program got a makeover

Studying art or design is never an end in itself but a means to your own goals. This is why we challenge you within our completely renewed master’s program at Sint Lucas Antwerpen, to formulate relevant answers to these two questions: 

What do you want to achieve with the already acquired artistic knowledge, skills and attitudes within your discipline?
In which context do you want to be active with your artistic practice?    

Consider our one-year master’s program (60 credits) as your first year as a professional artist or designer and use the full potential of all our master coaches to contextualize your work within a contemporary theoretical and professional framework. Through research, experimentation and network building you will become self-aware of the potential of your own choices and ambitions.

Reg Herygers

Dean of academic masters


Admission requirements and registration

To enroll in the master’s program a bachelor’s degree in fine arts is required. Students with professional training in the fine arts must first successfully complete a bridging program in BA3. The curriculum of this bridging program depends on the content of the previously completed training. Language of instruction: English, required language level: B2
The Master of Visual Arts is only accessible after passing for the intake interview (assessment of your artistic portfolio).

Procedure

Step 1: Register online for the application procedure (after January 2023)

Step 2: For candidates with a degree in a foreign language, approval will be given by the admissions office. The language of instruction is English and the required language level: B2.

Step 3: Qualified candidates will receive an invitation for the intake interview (assessment of the artistic portfolio). The (online) intake interview will take place half of March, individual appointments will be made.

If you have passed the intake interview and you meet the other admission requirements, you can enroll.

Admission interviews Master

Belgian diploma / Non-EEA nationality and non-EEA diploma
Deadline for registration: will be announced from January 2023 / deadline for handing in assignments: will be announced from January 2023

Belgian diploma / EEA nationality + no Belgian diploma
Deadline for registration: will be announced from January 2023y / deadline for handing in assignments: will be announced from January 2023

Belgian diploma & EEA nationality
Deadline for registration: will be announced from January 2023 / / deadline for handing in assignments: will be announced from January 2023


Master program

PART 1 : MASTER PROJECT – 30 credits
PART 2 : THEORY & REFLECTION – 21 credits
PART 3 : PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE – 9 credits

CLASS SCHEDULE AND COURSES

For the class schedule with all subjects for 2022-2023: click here.

PART 1 : MASTER PROJECT – 30 credits

Half of the year’s credits are focused on the development of your practical work. The master programme at Sint Lucas Antwerpen offers five different contexts to choose from.

1.1. Applied context

Designing within an applied practice means that as a designer or artist you always design within a given context. That context can be commercial, sensitizing or informative. The reason for your work lies not within but outside yourself. You design in service of an assignment, a client, a message, etc.

You learn to communicate your own style and artistic vision to an audience and to present your research.
Within this context, you will develop your master project in direct relationship with an external company, organization, or professional of your own choosing, with whom you will also spend several months on an internship.

Coaches: Reg Herygers, Jan Baert, Anne Kurris, Hugo Puttaert, Sam Vanbelle, Sander Van de Vijver

1.2. Autonomous context

Fine arts track
The students’ individual studio work and personal development are the main points of departure during the fine arts trajectory of the MA in an Autonomous Context. Students are encouraged to develop a high level of independent thinking and making, where possible in collaboration with our campus workshops and facilities, providing them the means to construct a sustainable studio practice that will continue beyond the course. Through studio practice, regular coaching and group discussion, students develop their individual voice amongst their peers and critically engage with the role of artistic practice within contemporary society. Upon completion of the program students will be able to position themselves within contemporary art fields as independent artists and establish their own art practice. The program is open to interdisciplinary practices, defined by the evolving and plural conceptions of contemporary art.

Design track
Within the design track of the MA in an Autonomous Context, students from more design- or illustration-related disciplines can also enter. They develop an autonomous design practice in which they determine the object of their research. This is done through individual and/or collective context and design research within a self-chosen specific domain, subject or social field. The chosen discipline preferably has its origin in a previously established practice. The objective and possible output of this design trajectory is the establishment of an independent design practice, possibly in cooperation with artists, curators, publishers, in which the designer can fulfil a leading or guiding role.

Coaches: Helen Dowling, Saddie Choua, Felicitas Rohden, Hugo Puttaert

1.3. Socio-political context

We offer a track to learn how to relate to the socio-political context. You will explore how your practice can contribute to themes such as (but not limited to) climate transition and sustainability, decolonizations, anti-discrimination and intersectional solidarity, social justice, grassroots imaginations, collective practices and civic democracy. How can your work bring insight and transformation to these social urgencies?

You will develop a master project tailored to your experiences and interests. Intensive introductions to relevant and diverse professional contexts, practices and methodologies will support you in this (think of: socially engaged art, social design, participatory practices, artivism, speculative design, …) You collaborate with your fellow students to create a caring, participatory learning environment. You invest in a practice in which both methodology, process and output are developed as particular, valuable artistic forms and models.

Coaches: Robin Vanbesien, Annelys de Vet, Ann Laenen

1.4. Technological context

By combining technology, design and art, we provide an incubator for innovative ideas and groundbreaking projects. We consider technology not only as a creative tool but as a completely different medium with its own guidelines for design and storytelling. It is a platform where you are given the space to realize a project in which your competencies, skills, artistic vision and technical abilities are demonstrated.

Through coaching, you will develop an intuition about what it means to create work using technology and digital media. In doing so, we strive to balance the technical, artistic and creative aspects of digital media. We guide work that ranges from the imminently practical to the whimsical, artistic and creative. We encourage you to develop your own form of expression through digital media.

In preparation for your master project, a number of technical workshops are organized at the beginning of the year. The aim is to learn the tools, technologies and methodologies needed to make work in the digital medium.

Coaches: Frederik De Bleser, Werner Van dermeersch

1.5. Jewelry context

In your artistic practice, you will investigate the specificity of jewelry. You do this through a process-oriented way of working where research and experimentation are sources of inspiration. Analysis and reflection, the further development of practical skills and the theoretical discourse on what is alive within the field, contribute to the development of your own research methodology. An articulated, multidisciplinary elaboration is encouraged as a result. In addition, you determine in which cultural- social environment your jewelry functions and you know how to capture the references from which this specific, subject-related context derives its meaning. Ideally, you will take up your own position in this context.

In the master project, the internship abroad is a central training component that has a great impact on your professional development. It takes place at an international institute, gallery or museum that matches your artistic practice. The internship is already prepared in the 3rd year of the bachelor or in the premaster studio: you look for a suitable organization or exhibition platform where you will be part of the existing team for a few weeks. It is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the communication and all business and organizational aspects that “publishing” a piece of jewelry or object – in any form – entails. In addition, you will build an international network that is necessary to further professionalize your own artistic practice in the future.

Coaches: Hilde De Decker

Jelle Jansegers

PART 2 : THEORY & REFLECTION – 21 credits

This part of the Master’s programme represents a total of 21 credits and consists of two elements, namely critical studies and an academic paper.

Critical studies -12 credits

Within critical studies, we offer four courses, of which you will choose two to achieve the required credits.

Critical aesthetic theories.
Critical aesthetic theories is a series of 8 theory classes during which we challenge the validity and appropriateness of our assumptions and beliefs within our present context. Classes are scheduled every three weeks throughout the academic year, supplemented by preparatory coursework.

Narrative strategies in art and design.
This series of 8 theory classes focus on the interpretation of narrative strategies in visual artwork and design.  The aim is to understand the historical and contemporary context of the concept of narrativity. Classes are scheduled every three weeks throughout the academic year, supplemented by preparatory coursework.

Art & Design in the Anthropocene.
In this intensive theory week of 5 full days, we focus on the role of art and design within our present geological epoch in which the earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity are being slowly disrupted by human intervention.

Creative industries sociology.
In this intensive theory week of 5 full days, we focus on the creative sector as a burgeoning economy in many countries across the globe.  We will learn how to evaluate, measure and understand its relationship to the wider economy and its impact on society.

Academic paper – 9 credits

During the entire academic year, you are regularly coached by the theory teachers in the development of your academic paper. In this paper, you focus on your own artistic choices by contextualizing them within a broader professional and theoretical framework.

Work by Yves Torfs – Photo by Manu De Caluwe

PART 3 : PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE – 9 credits

The remaining 9 credits are represented by the third Master’s part. This section also consists of two parts, namely “self-organization and self-orientation” and “sustainable career development”.

Self-organization and self-orientation – 6 credits

Self-organization and self-orientation is a unique curriculum component for which you as a student are 100% responsible. The six credits can be spent entirely freely depending on what you have in mind to do after your studies. Are you planning to work in Russia and want to study Russian, then you can use those points for that. Do you already want to start your own business and want to follow an entrepreneurship course, perfect. At the end of the academic year, you have to justify your choice to your fellow students, who can then judge whether you have used these credits in a relevant way. With this initiative, we want to encourage every student to think further, beyond his or her master’s year.

A sustainable career in art and design – 3 credits

At the start of the second semester, we organize a week focused on developing a sustainable career. During 5 days you will be offered a full program of workshops, lectures, meetings and training sessions from which you can compile your own program. 
Interested to learn how to prepare a financial plan, how to start a crowdfunding campaign or how to hold a successful pitch? Do you want to learn from the experience of others who have followed similar trajectories? How do you apply for a grant, or are you curious about how to develop and deploy a professional network? 
You will learn this and much more in that week. You can use that knowledge immediately to connect the work you undertake in the Master’s program to the professional field preparing you to feel confident and informed of the professional challenges that you will be eagerly facing.

Work of Charlotte Decruyenaere

Who teaches in the Master?

Felicitas Rohden

Kim Gorus

Sofie Nagels

Sofie Nagels

Greg De Vleeschouwer

Ann Laenen

Kurt Vanbelleghem

Annelys De Vet

Lieven Menschaert


Final enrollment

We will contact you after the results of your admission test/intake interview in order to make an appointment for the final enrollment*.

You will need to bring the following documents :

  • your identity card
  • your bank card: you must pay your tuition fee at the time of your enrollment
  • copy of the degree in order to be registered (see admission requirements for the relevant course of study)
  • the statement of admission to higher education (only for foreign qualifications outside the EU)
  • your proof of right to an allowance from the Flemish Agency for persons with disabilities (if applicable)
  • your proof of English language, required language level: B2
  • Proof of admission from the Admissions Office service if you have a foreign language degree in secondary/higher education or if you don’t have a secondary degree

* Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic status, enrolment can be completed online.


Fee

Our tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year for a full programme (60 credits) is:

Non-EEA students

€6383
€1277 (fixed amount) + €85,1 per credit

EEA students

€979,6
€253,6 (fixed amount) + €12,1 per credit

EEA or non-EEA?

European Educational Area: including all 27 EU-member states + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway 

Scholarship

Students that are accepted for the master programme can be nominated for a Belgian scholarship until 30 march 2022. Check the website studyinflanders.be.


Graduation projects 2020-2021

Get to know our master by visiting the online catalogue of the graduation projects 2020-2021.