As an animation student, you will develop into an idiosyncratic, artistic creator within the stimulating framework of the KASK & Conservatorium campus. We offer a solid technical and theoretical footing for the personal expression you develop in the practical workshops. Teachers support your quest for the world you want to create. Drawing and 2D animation are the start, your curiosity and tenacity the driving force for your own path and vision within your medium.
Those who learn to make films with us do so in the context of an art school. In our filmmaking course, you immerse yourself in all aspects of creating a film. The teachers guide you intensively and personally in your development into a filmmaker with a supported vision. The programme creates room for experimenting and pushing the boundaries of thought and action. To this end, a lot of films are made. Each assignment results in a personal piece of work that takes shape thanks to constant feedback from lecturers and fellow students.
The drama programme teaches you to develop an artistic practice driven by curiosity and a sustainable research attitude. The programme trains you to relate practically and discursively to current developments in the performing arts but also to experiment and look for new artistic contents and (mixed) forms. The teachers encourage you to collaborate with fellow students and cross-pollinate with other disciplines within KASK & Conservatorium. The programme thus also reaps the benefits of being embedded in a broad multidisciplinary art school.
“Tradition is about passing on the fire, not worshipping the ashes.” This is how Austrian composer-conductor Gustav Mahler paraphrased an animated speech by French politician Jean Jaurès. For the passionate team of teachers at Ghent Conservatorium, this attitude is a matter of course. Studying classical music in Ghent is a conscious and sensible choice.
At KASK & Conservatorium you can study jazz at master's level, but also – and this is unique in Flanders – pop music. Here we train musicians who are strong on their instrument, but also have a distinct artistic vision and individuality. In our building Paddenhoek – with numerous band rooms, recording facilities and our own concert venue Club Telex – we offer you an inspiring environment for this.
In 1999, the music production study programme was established at KASK & Conservatorium. Twenty-five years later, this course has become a benchmark for anyone working creatively with music and sound.
Music is not created overnight. The composer invents and plays music on existing or dreamed-of instruments, improvises, shares, writes down after long consideration or records music on an electronic sound carrier. This field of tension is incessantly evolving to this day.
Musical instrument making focuses on the history and structure of musical instruments, for the purpose of building, reconstructing and preserving these fascinating objects. It concentrates mainly on the study and (re)construction of historical instruments, investigating the acoustic possibilities of these 'sound instruments'. Moreover, it does so in the interest of the performance practice of old, but equally of new music.
In the sculpture studio, you will explore a personal approach to contemporary sculpture. As an undergraduate, you will be taught some basic techniques in class. You choose this pathway from 1st bachelor. In the master of liberal arts, the distinction between disciplines falls away.
The installation studio in the bachelor of fine arts reaches out to different media. A critical discourse on the (moving) image, the performative, object and space form the starting point in the design of the installation. If possible, your work of art becomes 'site-specific'; the place or manner in which you display the work contributes to its meaning. You choose this route from 1st bachelor onwards. In the master of fine arts, the distinction between the disciplines falls away.
In media art, we look for openings or contradictions between new and old media, virtual and physical, concept and matter, etc. We believe that technology can have an activating effect because analogue, mechanical or digital tools provide new artistic playing spaces. You choose this study path from 1st bachelor onwards. In the master of fine arts, the distinction between the disciplines falls away.
Painting has a great tradition, but also a current urgency within the field of contemporary, visual arts. In the bachelor's programme, we pay a lot of attention to the technology of painting, but also to the development of your artistic personality and visual language. You choose this study path from 1st bachelor onwards. In the master of fien arts, the distinction between the disciplines falls away.
We regard drawing as an autonomous form of expression. Visual research and experimentation are central. You choose this study path from 1st bachelor onwards. In the master of fine arts, the distinction between the disciplines disappears.
Performance gives new ways of looking at reality, at patterns that are obvious or hidden. A performative gesture, a gesture or a word can set something in motion. In this bachelor's programme, you investigate your relationship with your body, with others, materials, spaces, etc. You choose this programme from the 1st bachelor onwards. In the master of fine arts, the distinction between the disciplines falls away.
From its inception, photography has played a pivotal role in shaping our perception of the world. The photography programme at KASK & Conservatorium is grounded in a profound understanding of this influential role, thereby defining the very essence of the program.
Our society needs critical, open minds that reshape the world of tomorrow. For creative makers who address the ecological, economic and social challenges within our contemporary society, and devise smart alternatives to them with pleasure and passion. Through a pervasive sense of research and experimentation, Autonomous Design students develop their skills in applied and artistic making practices. In doing so, they work both independently and collaboratively, engaging in an engaged dialogue with all other actors in the web of life.
The graphic design major in the bachelor's programme is built around three study paths, each with its own studio: illustration, printmaking and graphic design. Together, these three study paths represent all the practices that belong to graphic arts in the field. In the master of graphic design, the distinction between the paths disappears.
After an exploratory first bachelor year of graphic design, in second and third bachelor you can choose the printmaking track. Here you will approach graphic practices from the point of view of the visual arts. Three focuses allow you to explore the specific speaking of art and turn it into an individual artistic practice: what printing and reproduction techniques can mean for making art; the relationship of art to mass-media visual culture; publishing as an artistic strategy in making art and artists' books. In the master of graphic design, the distinction between the tracks falls away.
After an exploratory first bachelor's year of graphic design, you can opt for the illustration track in the second and third bachelor. You take a broad view of graphic visual narrativity and focus on developing techniques, research and working methods within the broad cluster of word, image and story. In the master of graphic design, the distinction between the pathways falls away.
After an exploratory first bachelor year of graphic design, you can opt for the graphic design studio in second and third bachelor. This is based on five focuses: visual identity, publication, digital publication, experimental typography and data visualisation. Each time you transcend the classic dichotomy between print (publication, poster, flyer...) and digital (website, application...) you look for the relationship between both in our post-digital world. In the master of graphic design, the distinction between the trajectories falls away.
During your training in textile design, you will become acquainted with age-old crafts as well as contemporary industrial and digital processes. Expertise in weaving, knitting, embroidery, print design... is a breeding ground for innovation and each time places you in relation to your own artistic process.
We very consciously approach fashion as a multifaceted artistic practice. The aim is not to train you to be a designer 'in service of' an existing system, but to challenge and invite you to develop your own and artistic practice, constantly exploring, questioning and pushing the boundaries of the medium.