In the sculpture studio we undertake an in-depth research on ‘autonomous sculpture’.
The uniqueness of sculpture lies in the physical object, which forms the basis for our artistic practice. This practice differs for each student, as the artistic personality is the starting point for the development of individual artistic expression. We encourage students to seek an individual, personal approach of contemporary sculpture as soon as possible in continuous consultation with lecturers and supported by the theory classes, where history and theory of sculpture are a central focus.
We also offer a wide range of techniques and form studies so that different skills can lead to a greater artistic freedom. Our Bachelor students take a compulsory number of basic techniques that are taught jointly in the studio. These include, in first instance, plaster moulding and casting stone carving, for which we undertake in a yearly study trip to Carrara (Italy).
In addition, there is a range of different techniques that are eligible by students according to their artistic work. These include rubber moulding, synthetics casting, terracotta, wood construction, welding and metal construction.
Form studies are carried out during the entire Bachelor’s programme. This involves live modelling and exercises in placing sculptural objects in space.
All lecturers teaching in the sculpture programme are artistically active and some of them are also engaged in research. Each in his or her own way, they define their own position in the field of contemporary sculpture. This results in a multiplicity of perspectives on the medium within the studio, a wide and open range of outlooks that are continuously under discussion. Moreover, each teacher also has a technical specialism to teach to students. For other specialized techniques there are occasional extramural classes.
The study programme is aimed at future artists, who can start their own artistic practice upon completion of the programme. Graduates can benefit from a wide range of basic techniques and can also work in museums, as artists’ assistants, in set design, stand construction and exhibition construction and in specialised workshops (foundries, stone cutting studios, restoration).
After completing an additional pedagogical training, some alumni also start teaching.
Lieven Van den Abeele
JUN 25 2022, 09:30-12:30
SEP 10 2022, 09:30-12:30
If you want to enrol for an academic Bachelor of Visual Arts, you first have to pass an artistic admission test. To enter the master’s programme, you take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.
Do you have a question? Contact the student’s office.