about the programme
Master of fine arts
In the master's programme, students are given even more space than before to further develop their individually developed artistic practice. The master's programme is fully geared to this. Students themselves choose which mentors will support their work development and act as sounding boards. The theoretical subjects in the bachelor's framework are offered in the form of seminars in which the student puts together his own package tailored to the nature of his own practice. Frequent consultation and contact with all other master's degree students in fine arts ensures an open, fresh look at one's own work process. Testing and nourishing one's own artistic practice is also done explicitly in relation to the professional field. Students are expected to actively participate in the arts field. They go to work in museums, as assistants to artists or as collaborators with non-profit organisations from the cultural field, etc. This process ultimately results in a finished master's project that is finally assessed by experts from the field: gallery owners, museum directors, critics and artists.
The specificity of one's own discipline
The sculptor, painter, media artist, installation artist or draughtsman or performance artist always keeps himself in the broader context of visual culture and of the other arts. Such openness ensures a critical artistic practice.
The pedagogy of each individual studio starts from the specificity of its own discipline. This goes beyond teaching techniques. Above all, it implies a committed and critical approach to the visual language and tradition of the medium, which are sometimes centuries old. From the start, in each of the six study paths, students are encouraged to find their own way within the medium. Developing a personal artistic practice requires a critical resistance to too quick solutions and too much dominance of the virtuoso action. After all, art is also a way of thinking, in and from practical artistic creation. Constantly seeking insights, plastic solutions and rewriting one's own history. This requires great curiosity and a lucid, intelligent attitude on the part of students and teachers. Wanting to know how things work, wanting to see, to expand and intensify perception is the design of the course in each of the six studios.
KASK & Conservatorium offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts, drama and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike.
The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master contemporary music or one of our postgraduate programmes.
Don’t hesitate to contact the study and learning track counsellors with your questions.
STUDY PATHS IN THE BACHELOR
Prior to the fine arts master's programme, you follow one of the study paths in the bachelor's programme. Here you explicitly choose a discipline within the broad field of fine arts. The pedagogy of each individual studio starts from the specificity of its own discipline. This goes beyond teaching techniques. Above all, it implies a committed and critical approach to the visual language and tradition of the medium, which are sometimes centuries old.
study programme master
To enter the master's programme, you will take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.
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- Maia Liu, Graduation 2022, photo: Jordi Coppers
- George Chinnery, Graduation 2023, photo: Giada Cicchetti
- Heleen Corthouts, Graduation 2023, photo: Rembert De Prez