Samenwerkingsprojecten met VO-scholen

To improve the relationship with secondary education and to offer secondary students the chance to adequately prepare for further study in the arts, the KABK has a number of partnerships with schools inside and outside of The Hague. Additional projects are still in the pipeline. Secondary schools focus more and more on art and culture; with a good example being the establishment of the so-called cultural profile schools.

Secondary school students often find it difficult to form a realistic image of what it’s like to study at an art academy. In addition, art academies regularly require different qualities than those developed in the art classes in secondary education. The subject matter in these art classes is often insufficiently focused on talent. Nowadays, different groups of the participating secondary schools visit the academy on one afternoon a week, and students follow classes that complement their own study programme. This happens in all years. When possible, the classes at the academy, and consequently the study load, are integrated with the regular study programme.

Students from these programmes continue on to more intensive forms of preparation, such as the Preparatory courses, the School for Young Talent or the Preparatory year. In the near future, students from external schools may also be able to take their art exams through the KABK.

Set-up and courses

In the first three years of the 'art plan’, students get acquainted with the various studies offered by the academy. They acquire a solid base to help them make choices later on. In the first three years we meet the core objectives as stated by the Ministry of Education, namely:

1. Core objective 48: Producing art

"The student learns to investigate the power of expression of different artistic disciplines by using basic skills and apply them to express his own feelings, capture experiences, develop his imagination into images, and establish communication."


Reflection is an important part of each class. In all assignments students are encouraged by their teachers to make use of their imagination. Students are stimulated to represent their imaginative world in two and three-dimensional creations and digital products. They record their experiences in a notebook or sketchbook, and later use them when making preliminary studies and coming up with topics for independent assignments. The notebook is a personal journal in which the student also works outside of class. This book is an important contribution to the achieving the core objective. The objective mainly concerns the production of art, and that is exactly what takes place in every class, in the broadest sense of the term.


2. Core objective 49: Presenting personal work

"The student learns to present, alone or in a group, his own artistic work to others.”


The presentation of the student’s work often takes place in each separate class and after completion of a block of lessons within one discipline. In addition, the student learns to discuss his work in the context of the group and is taught the necessary concepts to optimally tell his story. At the end of an academic year, students collectively present their work to those interested. In a group exhibition, created by the students themselves, they can observe and talk about the work.


3. Core Objective 50: Learn to observe and listen to art

"The student learns, on the basis of some background knowledge, to observe visual art, listen to music and watch films, and theatre and dance performances.


The art plan elaborately focuses on the observation of art during the excursions. Each group can go on separate excursions per discipline, but all students also go on a collective excursion. During these excursions the student experiences art and culture, and learns to understand and appreciate art. Each excursion has a related assignment, and students also write a report in their notebook. Students can also visit the regular exhibitions in the KABK. In each discipline, attention is paid to exhibitions of the relevant discipline, so that students can take the initiative to visit the exhibition outside of class.


4. Core objective 51: reporting on experiences

"The student learns, by using visual or auditory means, to report on his participation in artistic activities (as a spectator and as participant)."


In his notebook, the student reports on his experiences with art and culture. The reports are discussed and reviewed in class. The student learns to write down and verbally express the experiences that he gains by observing the art works of others, including those of professional artists. Forming an opinion is very important in this. Students playfully learn to develop an extensive vocabulary that enables them to communicate about art.


5. Core objective 52: Reflecting on artistic work

"The student learns to reflect verbally and in writing on his own work and that of others, including visual artists."


In the art plan, students learn to articulate their ideas and opinions, and what they have learned during the creative process.

The art plan is designed for students who have an above average interest in art. In the context of this plan, they are introduced to the various disciplines offered at the KABK. We aspire to offer these students the best and most diverse programme as we possibly can, which helps students reach the core objectives. We hope that students will be encouraged to continue studying and working in the art world. With the art plan we give them a solid foundation to do so.


This year we offer the following courses: Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, ArtScience, Textile & Fashion, Graphic Design and Photography. These courses are offered in modules of approximately six classes.


 The KABK currently collaborates with the following schools:

  • Segbroekcollege: first to third year: ‘plan visual art and design’, also referred to as the ‘art plan’. Higher years: KUBV (Art Visual Development); also see;
  • Bonaventura College Leiden: all years: ‘plan visual art and design’, also referred to as the ‘art plan’;
  • Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar: first to third year, and possibility of KUBV in the higher years, also referred to as ‘art class’;
  • Zandvlietcollege The Hague: first to third year, and possibility of KUBV in the higher years, also referred to as ‘art class’.

The KABK also strives for an improved relation with higher vocational education (mbo). The development of continuous learning trajectories is one of the possibilities.

Admission procedure

To participate in one of the art plans applicants must enter an admission procedure. The admission is organised by the schools in cooperation with teachers of the KABK. Please contact the secondary schools for more information about the procedure and admission requirements.


Zanne Zwart



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