The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp is an international meeting and working place and is world renowned. Its historic campus in Antwerp's city centre houses some 650 students from over 50 different nationalities annually. The Academy - founded by artist David Teniers the Younger - is one of the first art schools in the world and has grown over the centuries into an institution with its own face, soul and hub in the (inter)national world of art and higher art education. The Academy offers a wide range of graduation programmes: Costume Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, In Situ³, Jewellery Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture as well as an Educational Master, in which our masters can immediately move on to the visual arts teacher training programme.
The Academy' is located in the centre of the city and welcomes its staff and students in beautiful architecture by Pierre Bourla and others. The historic garden has been protected as a landscape since 1974 and was reactivated as an exhibition space in 2021 under the title Academy Open Air. Renowned alumni such as Henry Van De Velde, Panamarenko, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, the Antwerp Six and Demna Gvasalia spent their student days at the Academy. Legendary is the short passage of Vincent Van Gogh.
With high-level artistic research and a packed cultural calendar, the Academy is a crossroads of thinking and doing, of action and reflection, of criticism and creation.