Fine Arts is a bachelor/master programme within the university education of Visual Arts, consisting of three bachelor years (180 ECTS credits), followed by one master year (60 ECTS credits). Fine Arts unites a high-minded artistic practise supported by individual coaching with theoretical depth combined with a passionate orientation on the contemporary (international) world of art.
The department of Fine Arts consists of 5 major studios (ceramics, painting, print making, sculpture & installations and from 2016-2017 the newly created ‘open lab’) and 1 minor studio, glass making. The broad expertise of the teachers and artists provides a stimulating context, students are trained to become authentic, quirky and inquisitive artists. Reflection and dialogue with peers, faculty teachers and guest lecturers are continuously encouraged. Presentation of the work in the form of exhibitions, both inside and outside the university college, is also an essential part of the training.
STRENGTHS OF THE PROGRAMME
Our academic programme focuses on artistic practice and research on image and design combined with a personal interpretation. The interaction between theory, research and artistic practice, as implemented within Visual Arts, is quite unique and is based on the need to give a specific voice to theory and research in this artistic practice. By means of this integration, extra dimensions are being added to artistic practice.
The programme follows a pattern of growing complexity along the consecutive objectives to ‘initiate, deepen and specialize’ students. At the end of the third year a personal visual research is being initiated in the bachelor thesis. This is the starting point for a master and may even result in a doctorate in Visual Arts.
Ceramics: Marieke Pauwels, Painting: Koen van den Broek, Print making: Vicky Gruyters en Hans Van Dijck, Sculpture & Installation: Caroline Coolen, Open Lab: Peter De Cupere