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About the Academy

The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague prepares students to become self-aware artists and designers who make a significant contribution to their discipline and to society with their passion, profundity and experimental attitude.

As soon as you walk into the building you can feel it: something is going on here! Our academy exudes the sense of creativity, innovation and professionalism. We are often told by students that this is the reason to come and study at the KABK. Choosing the KABK means choosing a future in the world of art and culture. We offer you clear, up-to-date programmes designed to develop your individual creative talent. We pay a lot of attention to theory as a support for the inquiring attitude of all our students. Our tutors, who occupy prominent positions in professional practice, coach you. You can get down to work in our many, well-equipped workshops with every conceivable kind of media – from traditional to the most advanced of today’s media.

Not everything that the KABK has to offer takes place in the building on the Prinsessegracht. We and the Royal Conservatoire (KC) constitute the University of the Arts in The Hague. There is also close cooperation with Leiden University through the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA), which makes it possible to follow academic elective courses or to follow minor or master programmes at Leiden University. Moreover, the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague offers the master trajectory in Artistic Research, and ACPA offers two unique, high-quality Ph.D. trajectories: PhDArts, leading to a PhD in fine art and design, and DocArtes, leading to a PhD in music.

It is increasingly common for artists and designers to receive assignments and exhibitions abroad, to develop products beyond the border, and to produce publications that target an international public. The KABK has many exchange programmes and international projects. For instance, the KABK presents itself regularly at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the world’s most important design fair in Milan. Promising graduates have also shown their work in Shanghai and Hong Kong. With students from more than fifty different countries, thinking and speaking in the international vocabulary becomes almost second nature at the KABK. The many diverse cultures open your eyes to the unfamiliar – an important quality for an artist.

Study possibilities
The KABK offers a variety of bachelor and master courses. There are also several preparatory courses. Via the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts it is possible to obtain a doctorate in the arts.

Bachelor courses

 Autonomous Fine Art

  • Fine Art, full-time and part-time
  • Interfaculty ArtScience, full-time


  • Photography, full-time and part-time
  • Graphic Design, full-time and part-time*
  • Interactive/Media/Design, full-time
  • Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, full-time and part-time*
  • Textile and Fashion, full-time

Postgraduate Course

  • Industrial Design

Master courses

  • Master of Design in Type and Media
  • Master of Interior Architecture (INSIDE)
  • Master trajectory in ArtScience
  • Master trajectory in Artistic Research (MAR)


 In cooperation with the University of Leiden 

  • PhDArts

Preparatory courses

 The KABK offers various ways for aspiring students to prepare for their study at the Academy.

* Please note: This part-time programme will cease to exist as of the academic year 2016-2017.

Royal Academy of Art
Prinsessegracht 4
2514 AN The Hague
T 070 315 47 77
F 070 315 47 78

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Last updated: 2016-05-23

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