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Admission in the Bachelor and Master of Arts in Visual Arts Programmes

To enrol in a Bachelor or a Master of Arts in Visual Arts Programme at the
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp you have to meet the diploma and language conditions and to either pass the artistic entrance examination (Bachelor) or follow the application procedure (Master).

Follow the links below for more information about the admission procedures.

  • Entrance exam Bachelor

    The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts programme is only available to candidate students who have passed the artistic entrance examination.

    The artistic entrance examination assesses your artistic insight, cultural knowledge, creativity, skills and motivation. This two-day test consists of different assignments and an interview during which we will also discuss your curriculum vitae, possible home assignments and your portfolio.


    In 2020 a second session of the artistic entrance examination will be organized on the following dates:

    • Thursday 3 and Friday 4 September 2020
      >> Registration is possible until 19 August 2020 !
      >> Uploading files (cv, portfolio and motivation letter) + possible home Assignments by 22 August 2020 ! 

    The artistic entrance examinations in September is open for candidate students from within the EEA and outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
    *EEA = EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

    3 and 4 September 2020                    X                    X

    One can only participate once per academic year in the artistic entrance exam for a specific specialization and option within the Visual Arts programme. It is however possible to participate in the entrance exam for different specializations and options in the same year.


    Candidates from outside the EEA have to apply for a student visa. Keep in mind that you have to obtain a student visa and that the application procedure for this can take up to three months or longer.

    Candidates who cannot be present at the start of the academic year due to Corona measures or problems obtaining a D-visa, may exceptionally still start until Monday, November 9 2020. In between the start of the academic year and your arrival in Belgium, you can take your theoretical classes digitally. Subject to modifications, some artistic assignments can also be communicated digitally.

    We advise candidates to obtain their documents and travel to Belgium as soon as possible. If necessary with a tourist visa. The D-visa can still be arranged later on. You can apply for a residence permit through the student administration office.

    You can find additional information about this under:

    Programmes > Menu > Registration & Admission > Residence card


    Practical information

    The admission test and interviews will be held digitally.

    Below you will find a description of what is expected.

    The link where you can upload your files and additional information about the course of Day 1 and Day 2 will be sent to you by e-mail.

    ! The Academy is closed from the 20th of July until the 9th of August,

    ->the links for uploading your portfolio, motivation letter CV and additional information will also follow after the summer break

    To be submitted in advance

    1. C.V. with an indication of the studies carried out.
    2. Motivation letter indicating very clearly why you choose this course.
    3. Portfolio
      - Details of the structure are further explained in the description per department (see below)
      - Combine your C.V. motivation letter and portfolio in one file (PDF, JPG or MP4)
      - Filename: please use your personal name, so we know to whom it belongs. (name_familyname_portfolio.pdf)
      >>> The link where you can upload your file will be send to you by email.
      >>> Submit file by 22 August 

    Course of this 2-day test

    The admission test and interviews will take place digitally. Below you can find a description per department of what will be expected.

    Day 1 assingments:
    - Admission test
    - Thursday 3 September 2020

    Day 2 interviews:
    - The committee will provide a timeslot
    - Via Microsoft Teams, Skype,... 
    - Friday 4 September 2020

    Description per department: portfolio, assignment and interview

    Registration and payment

    You can register for an artistic entrance exam online through THIS LINK.
    In order to participate in an artistic entrance exam, you must pay a non-refundable administrative fee of 25 euros, to be paid in advance, during the online registration.

    Payment is due on the 19 of August at the latest.

    Passed the artistic entrance exam?

    If you pass the artistic entrance exam this year, you can enrol in your chosen specialization in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Programme for the academic year 2020-2021 or the academic year 2021-2022.

    After passing the entrance exam, you will receive an e-mail from us with all the information needed in order to enrol.

    Read more about the admission requirements on

  • Application procedure Master

    Students without a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts awarded by the Flemish Community, with a corresponding main discipline and competency profile, will have to follow the application procedure before enrolling in the master programme.


    In 2020 the admission procedure for the Master of Arts in the Visual Arts will be organized twoo times: a first session in March (interviews in April) and asecond session in August (interviews in September).

    Nationality For all nationalities Only for candidate students from within the EEA*
    Specialisation Graphic Design, In Situ³,
    Jewellery Design, Fashion,
    Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture,
    Theatre Costume Design
    Graphic Design, In Situ³,
    Jewellery Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture (not for Fashion and Theatre Costume Design)
    Deadline registration
    + submitting digital portfolio
    2 March 2020 17 August 2020
    (by appointment)
    Between 1 en 30 April 2020 2 or 3 September 2020

    *EEA = European Union + Noorwegen, IJsland, Liechtenstein.

    Admission process

    Step 1: Online registration + upload two files
    Register online by clicking here.

    For participation we ask a fee of 25 euro. This amount can be paid during the online registration process, and will in no case be refunded.

    • Please fill in the personal details as complete as possible
    • Mention the title of your bachelor's degree (in the 'Opmerking' field)
    • Within Fine Arts you should specify the specialisation: Sculpture/Painting/Printmaking/In Situ3

    Upload two files (and no more than two!)
    File 1. Following documents, merged into ONE file (pdf, doc, docx):

    • CV
    • Personal statement/motivation letter
    • Master project proposal (see below for more info)
    • Copies of degrees or certificates of previous and/or current education. (If you're still in your last bachelor year a certificate of enrolment in the actual school is obligatory.)

    File 2. Digital portfolio (see below for requirements)

    As long as you don't finish the online application, you can edit the info you entered and add or remove files. Please note: Because our system does not send an automatic confirmation, you will not receive a confirmation e-mail. You will only be contacted if something is missing or unclear.

    Step 2: Interview
    Our administration office process your application, and the teaching staff evaluates your portfolio. If you are selected you will receive an invitation for an interview at the Academy. Skype interviews are possible as well, except for Fashion. Selected students for the Fashion programme will have an extra assignment (depending on previous studies), and have to be present for two days. You will receive the evaluation of this interview by e-mail.

    Step 3: Full enrolment
    You will receive info about full enrolment after a positive evaluation of your interview.


    Portfolio requirements

    • Your digital portfolio must be a collection of your artistic work (sketchbooks, illustrations, drawings,…), that shows how your artistic abilities and ideas have progressed over the years.
    • Research and processes you have used to develop your work are as important to the assessment as the result.
    • Mention all useful data such as date of work, material, exhibition, venues,...
    • In case of team work you have to describe your role in the process.
    • Following formats are allowed: pdf, doc, docx, jpeg, gif. If your portfolio file is larger than 15MB you can link to a onedrive, a Google drive, or a website.

    Additional demands for the Fashion programme:

    • A complete image of the collection(s) from your previous degree, all aspects involved: coupe, choice of fabrics, choice of colors, research
    • A variety of silhouettes and materials
    • Artistic drawings of silhouettes.
    • Your artistic luggage must be visible in the portfolio/collection.

    Master project proposal

    The Master project proposal is an explanation of the research in and possible outcome of the project. In other words: What is the content of your work going to be during your studies and how do you think you can achieve this? Of course this proposal is not supposed to restrict you later in any way. This can and will change during your working process. Provide a text of about one page, possibly supplemented with visual elements, in which you explain your starting point. Extra demand for Fashion: A proposal for a 12-silhouette collection (basic research, sketches, fabrics and fibres,…)

    Pre-master (bridging) programme

    As you could read under Diploma conditions (see top) some students need to follow a pre-master programme. A pre-master programme is meant for international students who did not obtain the bachelor's degree with corresponding discipline they applied for, in order to improve certain skills and/or artistic research. It is also for national students who need to develop (artistic) research ahead of a taught master's degree. A pre-master gives the students the chance to familiarize with the teaching methods and teachers at the Academy. This programme takes up one academic year.

    You will have a programme of about 45 credits:

    • studio practice mainly related to third Bachelor year
    • specific courses related to your studio practice
    • research methodology third Bachelor year

    During the composition of your exact programme previous studies will be taken into account. After a positive result at the end of the academic year you will be granted a certificate that gives you automatic access to the master programme.