Premaster in English

The choice for an academic premaster is a choice for an intellectually demanding degree. You acquire the tools to be innovative and critical in your artistic practice and you prepare in this way for an Academic Master in Visual Arts.

The premaster is intended for students with a professional bachelor degree in the arts or an academic bacherlor degree in the exact sciences or humanities who want to enroll in the master program.
The pre-masters program is a bridging program in which you are given the necessary skills to start your master’s degree at the same level as academic bachelors.

Among other things, we focus on the further development of your theoretical & (art) historical context and on the integration of artistic research methods in the further development of your own practice.

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The premaster is offered in Dutch or in English.
After you have been admitted to the pre-Master’s program and have successfully completed it, you can start the Master’s program of your choice.

The premaster program

  • Premaster Studio – 30 credits
  • Theoretical courses – 18 credits
  • Premaster classes – 9 credits
  • Collaborative project – 3 credits

Premaster Studio – 30 credits 

The premaster studio is organized specifically for professional BA & for non-art academic BA students who want to upgrade their study level to an academic degree. In this premaster studio you are coached towards defining your position in relation to artistic reference frameworks, socio-political & technological issues and professional art & design contexts. 

You are stimulated to acquire an inquisitive and critical attitude, which is reflected in your work. The work you develop is characterized by your conceptual thinking, without losing interest in the further development of your technical skills.

You will be coached within one of the following five trajectories, based on your skills and knowledge acquired during your professional bachelor education:


The photography trajectory within the premaster studio is focusing on the development of your image-based practice departing from the skills and knowledge you already acquired within the domain of photography. You will learn how to assimilate constant-changing conditions of aesthetic, conceptual and technical manner. The challenge will be to further develop your practice in an applied or autonomous way, taking into account a broad social, cultural and digital context. You will be stimulated to make, present and interprete photographic images and learn how to use them as meanigfull symbols and metaphors.

Fine Art

The premaster studio fine arts focuses on the further development of a studio-based art practice based on the skills and knowledge you have already acquired in the field of painting, sculpture, drawing, graphics, video, sound, performance and so on. You will be challenged to develop your own artistic language rigorously and to confront your willful choices with historical and contemporary artistic trends. You are encouraged to experiment and to think beyond the obvious solutions. The goal is to develop personal artistic strategies during this year to help you position your work in the world.

Jewelry Design

For the further development of your practice as a jewelery designer, we also depart from the skills and knowledge you have already gained within the field of jewelry design and fashion accessories. Through an artistic exploration of known and new materials and concepts, we strongly focus on a self-critical analysis of your individual trajectory. The goal is to gain insight into the role of jewelery in today’s multicultural society and to start the discussion about the meaning of the material and conceptual identity of your jewelery practice. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your knowledge at a technological level and to experiment with new digital technologies.

Graphic Design

Within the graphic design track of the premaster studio, you will explore the boundaries of the discipline. You learn how to communicate your ideas visually within a variety of societal contexts. The importance lies in the fact that you learn to frame several views, visions and opinions and to integrate them into your own visual language. As a graphic designer you develop your work in relation to numerous communities and organizations and in this premaster course you will explore teh meaning of operating in a fluid, networked culture. The focus is on the domain of graphic design, illustration & communication design and throughout the year you start to understand how you can develop your practice in a more autonomous or applied way.

Visual Technology Design

This trajectory within the premaster studio focuses on the development of an art or design practice within the domain of digital technology, gaming, data visualization, machine learning, internet and computer programming. We coach creative and artistic innovators with a prior education in new & digital media, ICT, computer sciences and enginering who are determined to further develop their knowledge in a visual, design or artistic way. Our approach emphasizes interdisciplinarity and we encourage you to develop a research-driven practice in which your conceptual intentions determine the form and the medium.

Admission requirements & registration

1 Diploma
A professional bachelor’s degree in visual arts or an academic bachelor’s degree in science or humanities is required to start the premaster. 

Foreign diploma
For candidates with a foreign diploma, approval has to be granted through the admission office. After you registered, the admission office will get in touch with you in order to verify the validity of your foreign degree. 

2 Admission test
MOST IMPORTANT STEP – You start with the online registration
After approval of your foreign diploma by the admission office, we will invite you for an intake interview and the admission test. You can have your intake interview while still studying in your final bachelor’s year, but you can’t enroll before you officially obtained your BA degree.

You will receive more detailled information about the admission test in an attached document that comes with the confirmation email of your online registration. 

Admission tests Premaster
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
September 9 or 10 – Belgian diploma
Deadline for registration: 31 August / deadline for handing in assignments: 2 September

If you meet all admission requirements, you can finally enroll.  
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
  • 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 

The annual tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year will presumably be  :
Premaster : € 939 for EEA students and € 6240,50 for non-EEA students
Master : € 939 for EEA students and € 6240,50 for non-EEA students
A flat fee will be charged depending on the chosen program.

Theoretical courses – 18 credits

You compose your own theoretical program for a total of 18 credits from this list: 

Antropologie van de Kunsten

Design Theory
Social Practices
Editorial Practices
Art Theory
Cultural Criticism
Creativity & Self-Organisation
Artistic Research

Premaster classes – 9 credits

In the first semester we organize three pre-master classes for all pre-master students, in which we each elaborate on what it means to work out your design, image or art practice within a socio-political, digital or scientific context.
These pre-master classes are given by the master coaches who work out these three contexts at master level in a full master’s program.

Collaborative project – 3 credits

Together with a number of other pre-masters students, you organize a seminar, workshop or lecture in which you investigate a theoretical, cultural or artistic phenomenon that is relevant to your own practice.
In addition to developing a critical perspective on the subject, you work with your team on all organizational and communication components. You open up your project to the participation of interested bachelor and master students of Sint Lucas Antwerpen.