Royal Academy of Art the Hague

The Hague, Netherlands
The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague offers bachelor and master courses as well as preparatory courses. It is possible to do a PhD in the arts via Leiden University. We prepare our students for the professional field.

About

Choosing for the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten - KABK Den Haag) means choosing for a future in the world of art and culture. The Royal Academy of Art is a fascinating and inspiring community of upcoming artists and designers. The Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire were fused into the Academy of Fine Arts, Music and Dance on January 1st 1990. The new name is University of the Arts, The Hague.

The educational structure consists of the propaedeutic year and the main phase, which is divided into the main study phase and the final phase. Programmes at the Royal Academy of Art are designed according to the principles of competence-based education.

The programmes offered can be seen as a foreshadowing of professional practice. We pay close attention to career orientation and preparation. Important to these aspects is the expectation that students will take on increasing levels of responsibility for their studies throughout the years of the programme.

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 (see PhDArts). On a MA-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 Universitys lectorates are dedicated to artistic research: the lectorate of Henk Borgdorff (Royal Conservatoire) and the lectorate of Janneke Wesseling (Royal Academy of Art).

In artistic research, or practice-based research, practical action (the making) and theoretical reflection (the thinking) go hand in hand. In this type of research the one cannot exist without the other, which resembles artistic practice where making and thinking are similarly inextricably connected. This is what distinguishes artistic research with research about the arts (art history, music, theater and film studies, cultural studies, performance studies).

Research has always been a part of artists and designers practices, but in the past few decades the research aspect of art and design has become increasingly important. Contemporary artists and designers frequently position themselves as researchers, both in the social sphere as in the field of the arts. In some cases the research has become the work: matter and medium function in these cases as instruments for the research or thinking process.

At the Royal Academy of Art, artistic research plays a central role. This means that much attention is paid to the role of thinking in the creative process, to the students reflection on his/her own actions and to the development of a (theoretical) positioning of the students work in the cultural and social field. The educational system is aimed at equipping the student with an investigative attitude.

Research

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 (see PhDArts). On a MA-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 Universitys lectorates are dedicated to artistic research: the lectorate of Henk Borgdorff (Royal Conservatoire) and the lectorate of Janneke Wesseling (Royal Academy of Art).

In artistic research, or practice-based research, practical action (the making) and theoretical reflection (the thinking) go hand in hand. In this type of research the one cannot exist without the other, which resembles artistic practice where making and thinking are similarly inextricably connected. This is what distinguishes artistic research with research about the arts (art history, music, theater and film studies, cultural studies, performance studies).

Research has always been a part of artists and designers practices, but in the past few decades the research aspect of art and design has become increasingly important. Contemporary artists and designers frequently position themselves as researchers, both in the social sphere as in the field of the arts. In some cases the research has become the work: matter and medium function in these cases as instruments for the research or thinking process.

At the Royal Academy of Art, artistic research plays a central role. This means that much attention is paid to the role of thinking in the creative process, to the students reflection on his/her own actions and to the development of a (theoretical) positioning of the students work in the cultural and social field. The educational system is aimed at equipping the student with an investigative attitude.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Royal Academy of Art the Hague!

Services

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.

The reception, located at the entrance of the Prinsessegracht, manages all incoming phone calls, the lost and found and it has all keys to academy classrooms. It is essential that students and staff members bring back the keys after using them. The reception also provides information about teachers absences. Visitors should report to the reception first.

  • Workshops
  • Art Supply Stores
  • Photocopying facilities
  • Library
  • Canteen
  • Wi-Fi

Student Life

How many student organisations are there in The Hague? The Hague has almost 20 student organisations that focus on: sport, religion, culture or music. Some student associations are linked to one institution, others are open to all the students of The Hague. To give you a little bit of an idea of the student organisations, just take a look at the list here below (in alphabetical order).

EurasiaThis club is for students of Turkish origin and would like to encourage integration through a number of activities. Eurasia promotes Turkish culture with folk dancing lessons, music courses and seminars.(only in Dutch)FortunaIt is the official Students Association of Leiden University College (LUC) The Hague. Fortuna organises extra-curricular activities to broaden the horizon of LUC students and maintain contact between members of the association, and the other important bodies within LUC.Haagsch Studenten Schutters Korps

The Schutters Korps is a club where you can learn how to shoot a gun or pistol and where you can learn more about defence and military history.Haagsch Studenten Schutters Korps (only in Dutch)

De Haagsche Studenten Vereeniging (HSV)HSV was set up in 1929 and is the oldest and most traditional student club in The Hague, with several committees, debating societies, societies of students from the same year and dorms. Students meet and drink in the Megara clubhouse across the street from the Peace Palace.HSV (only in Dutch)Hindoe Studenten Forum Nederland (HSFN)

HSFN represents Indian students in the Netherlands and provides information about Indian topics and student issues. It organises activities in the area of amusement, study, career and culture.HSFN (only in Dutch)

H.S.C. INTAC van Zwijndregt

INTAC is currently the largest club in The Hague. The association has its own year club and a number of debating societies. Clubhouse party nights and activities are held weekly at Het Café.INTAC (only in Dutch)

InterAccessThrough InterAccess international students get to meet Dutch students. At the start of the school year, the club organises several trips to acquaint students with the Netherlands. In addition, InterAccess organises parties, meetings, poker tournaments and seminars.La ConfrérieLa Confrérie is for students of the Hotelschool. The club has its own clubhouse: the Kinderbar. The Hotelschool also has an international student association called: International Student Association Senti Questo.Ichthus Den HaagAlpha Den Haag has a new name: Ichthus The Hague. It is a small Christian association. A Bible study is held every other week. Many creative and inspiring activities are held on other evenings as well.Ichthus Den Haag (only in Dutch)International Student Association Senti QuestoIt is the International Student Association of Hotelschool The Hague. Senti Questo is dedicated to providing a more full and varied lifestyle for students of Hotelschool The Hague. Senti Questo offers a place for internationals and nationals to meet, get to know one another, socialize, and participate in activities they love.International Student Association Senti QuestoLunastrumLunastrum aims to bring social issues to the attention of students and promote an active contribution for and by students. The members are seen as 'Students Who Care'. The activities focused on Peace, Justice and Security, are nationally and internationally oriented.Lunastrum (only in Dutch)MashriQThe name Mashriq means the East. Members of this student club come from all parts of the world, but mainly from India and Pakistan. They are famous for their halal gatherings and debates on current topics.MashriQ (only in Dutch)NavigatorsThe association is a member of Navigators Student Associations (NSV), a national organization with a lot of sister societies where faith is central. NSDH is a Christian association.Pelargos is a student rowing club with its own boat dock behind The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Starters, advanced or very advanced rowers can come and row at their own level. The members also like to organise parties and sailing trips as well as social gatherings in their pub Momfer.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a designation indicating that an educational programme meets the requirements set by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. It is a condition for the recognition of diplomas, for the funding of the programmes and for grant applications. An external committee reviews and evaluates the programmes and reports to the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The designation is granted by the NVAO. A list of accredited programmes is available on the NVAO website: www.nvao.net

Quality assurance is an important part of the accreditation process. It involves the continuous examination of the performance of both the education and the organisation. This is accomplished through interviews and evaluations (see below). If the outcomes of the assessments are negative, improvements will be made.

Our Bachelor's programmes and the Master's programme in Type and Media were accredited in July 2015. The Bachelors programmes in Autonomous Fine Arts (ArtScience and Fine Arts) were assessed as good, while the Bachelor's programmes in Design (Graphic Design, Interactive Media Design, Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, Photography and Fashion and Textile) and the Master's programme in Type and Media were assessed as excellent.

The Master's programmes in Art- Science and Artistic Research were accredited in September 2013 as excellent and were recognised for internationalisation as a distinctive quality feature (as a specialisation in the Master's programme in Music).

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