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

Ann Laenen

Sarah Hendrickx

Helen Dowling

Dean of academic masters
Sint Lucas Antwerpen

Master program

PART 1 : MASTER PROJECT – 30 credits
PART 2 : THEORY & REFLECTION – 21 credits

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 four different contexts to choose from.

Masterproject in Art, Design and Image in an applied context

Do you see yourself as a designer or artist functioning in a commercial context, where you develop your projects based on your relationship with a client? In the applied master you learn how to meet the expectations of your customers, by developing your own style and artistic vision. You will also learn how to present your projects in order to attract new customers. Within this context, you develop work in direct relationship with a company, organization or professional, with whom you will also do an internship for 10 weeks.

This context is offered in Dutch and English and is open to all artistic disciplines.

Masterproject in Art, Design and Image in an autonomous context

If you prefer to develop an artistic practice on your own initiative you should opt for this context. The autonomous practice master is a studio-based program open to all artistic disciplines within which both specialized and multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged. This master’s track offers a unique context to develop your practice within cultural, aesthetic and socio-political contexts. From this meta-perspective, you will investigate and push the limitations of your artistic discipline through the further development of skills, research methods, theoretical and analytical frameworks.

This context is offered in Dutch and English and is open to all artistic disciplines.

Masterproject in Art, Design and Image in a socio-political context

Together with your fellow students you are invited to explore art and design in the social and political sphere. How can you, as an artist or designer, actively relate to themes such as the climate crisis, solidarity, feminism, decolonisation, queer cultures or the commons?  How can you use your work to make us think about our social and political contexts, to inspire them or really help to transform them?

You will develop a master project tailored to your personal interests and needs. You will do this through intensive introductions to relevant professional contexts, practices and methodologies. (Think of: social design, socially engaged art, participatory practices, artivism, etc.) Together with your student peers, you will enter a horizontal learning environment where you invest together in a practice in which the process and methodology are equal to the artistic and aesthetic issues.

More info here.

This context is offered in Dutch and English and is open to all artistic disciplines.

Masterproject in Art, Design and Image in a technological context

Are you interested in following the latest developments in digital and broader technological fields, and do you want to use these as platforms for artistic production?
In this context you are encouraged to experiment by using, manipulating, co-opting and deconstructing (digital) technology. Through your Masters’ program, you can explore the limits of computer programming, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, internet of things, gaming, data visualization  etc… These endeavours will help prepare you to shape the (digital) future. Within this context, you strategically incorporate the digital and/or the technological to create art and design.

This context is offered in Dutch and English and is open to all artistic disciplines.

Masterproject in Art, Design and Image in a jewelry context

In your artistic practice you investigate the specificity of the piece of jewelry. You do this through a process-based work method in which research and experimentation are a source of inspiration. Analysis and reflection, the further development of practical skills and the theoretical discourse about what is going on in the field contribute to the development of your own research methodology. An articulated, multidisciplinary elaboration is encouraged as a result. In addition, you determine the sociocultural environment in which your jewelry functions and you are able to recognize the references from which this specific, trade-related context derives its meaning. Ideally, you take up your own position in this.

This context is offered in Dutch and English and is open to all artistic disciplines.

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


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

Admission requirements and registration

To enroll in the master’s program a bachelor’s degree in visual 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).


Step 1: Register online for the application procedure

Step 2: For candidates with a degree in a foreign language, approval will be given by the admissions office.

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
March 11 or 12 – Belgian diploma / Non-EEA nationality and non-EEA diploma
Deadline for registration: 1 March / deadline for handing in assignments: 3 March
June 10 or 11 – Belgian diploma / EEA nationality + no Belgian diploma
Deadline for registration: 31 May / deadline for handing in assignments: 2 June
June 29 or 30 – Belgian diploma & EEA nationality
Deadline for registration: 10 June / / deadline for handing in assignments: 15 June

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)
– 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.


Our tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year for a full programme (60 credits) is:

  • 6240,50 euro for non-EEA students
    • 1248.50 euro (fixed amount) + 83.20 euro per credit
  • 961,90 euro for EEA students
    • 247.90 euro (fixed amount) + 11.90 euro per credit

A flat fee will be charged depending on the chosen program.

EEA or non-EEA?
  • European Educational Area: including all 27 EU-member states + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway