bachelor + master visual arts, specialisation autonomous design
3 + 1 year


Our society needs creative minds that shape tomorrow’s world, a world full of uncertainties and challenges. With great pleasure, energy and experimentation, Autonomous Design students develop their artistic talents in relation to their environment. Independent and collaborative, playful, experimental and inquisitive, we are in exciting dialogue with various sectors of society, animals, plants and so many other actors in the web of life.

Social design

In our Social Design programme, we question the role and purpose of design within society. We weigh its functional character against the autonomy and the social position of art and design. The intention is to have a potential impact on society, again and again. In the first bachelor year, the emphasis is on the exploration of design methods and the field of social design in actual practice. Equally important is setting up a personal artistic design practice. In the second year, students work on sharpening their individual artistic positioning, conceptualization and visual language. In the third year, they develop their own projects, both within the school and, as part of the external projects scheme, together with a (institutional) partner outside the school.

Observation, story and performance

The Observation, Story and Performance course, offered each year, brings together different methods and techniques, helping students to visualize, investigate and represent context and process, as well as to communicate the ideas and narratives that arise within the design process. The intention is always to register and represent the specificity of a situation, environment and/or community. The course entails an exploration of analogue and digital techniques, and it develops the student’s own vision. In the first year, the Participative Practices course acquaints students with multiple forms of participative artistic work, shared authorship, co-creation and several other models of collaboration and partnership.

Context and design

Studio subjects are supported by theory. Context and Design deals with concepts, frameworks and reflections from the contextual field that drives the artistic practice of social design. It explores, for example, ideas about the social position of the designer or artist, participation, commons, the context and contemporary production processes in comparison to historical, anthropological and current examples.


During their master year, accompanied by both practical and theoretical mentors, students work independently on their own projects. Alternating external artists, designers, art mediators and experts are all involved in collective master classes that address fundamental content-related aspects of artistic practice. The emphasis in a master class is always on strengthening substantive and intrinsic processes.

With us, you can work on objects, actions, interactions, situations, relationships, working spaces, environments, political practices, organizational models, open systems and more. Our alumni connect with a widely diverse professional field, including critical collectives, ecological design platforms, art houses and innovative artistic agencies. They also design their own new working methods and models for future design practices.


Paul Bailey
Theresa Bastek
Hilde Bouchez
Filip De Baudringhien
Amandine David
Wouter Decorte

Luc Derycke
Archibald Godts
Christiane Högner
Bart Lodewijks
Anna Luyten
Heleen Sintobin

Elly Van Eeghem
Dirk van Gogh
Sep Verboom
Peter Westenberg
Catherine Willems
Adva Zakai



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In academic year 23-24, KASK & Conservatorium will not admit new students into the 1st bachelor’s degree in autonomous design. Consequently, no artistic admission tests will be organised for the 1st bachelor of autonomous design.

The 2nd bachelor’s year will, however, be organised. If you have already followed higher art education and have successfully completed at least a first year, you may still be eligible to enter. Please contact lisa.depoortere@hogent.be for further details.

Enrolment in the Master’s programme remains possible. To do so, you will take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.



  1. Check the admission requirements.
  2. Master: check the application guidelines.
  3. Register for an admission test or orientation test via webreg.hogent.be.
  4. Take part in the test.
  5. After passing the test, you can complete your enrolment online.

Do you have a question? Contact the student’s office.


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