Why choose for the Royal Academy of Art?
- Tradition and innovation
- Internationally oriented
- Use of English
- Professional career oriented programmes
- Excellent workshops
- Teachers with prominent positions and practices
- Research oriented post-graduate programmes
- Situated in the diplomatic and political capital
1. Tradition and innovation
The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague was founded in 1682 and is the oldest in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in Europe. The key words of our Academy are: creativity, content, involved and future oriented. Exceptionally broad, high quality and from traditional to the most advanced of today’s media we help students to innovated their own work of art.
The Hague is a vital breeding place for new ideas concerning Fine Art/Design, Music and Dance. The Royal Academy of Art (and the Royal Conservatoire) takes a central place in this whole and works in close cooperation with other Art Academies and museums. An important partner is also the close network of artists, studios and initiatives that have a strong international orientation. There is a active municipal policy for the creation and distribution of ateliers and laboratory-like situations for the production of art and design and research thereafter.
2. Internationally oriented
We are an inspiring community (offer an inspiring environment) where students, fine arts teachers and designers from different parts of the world (Europe, America and Asia) meet each other, cooperate and discuss about Art and society. This makes the Royal Academy an inspiring melting pot of ideas and cultures.
The curriculum of the programmes are drawn up to fit in international experience as an essential part of the study at the Royal Academy of Art. The KABK has many exchange programmes and international projects and excursions.
3. Use of English
Bachelors programmes are taught either completely in English or a combination of English and Dutch. All Dutch courses are either translated or summarized in English. Buddies are assigned to help the international students.
Masters, research and PhD programmes are taught in English.
4. Professional career oriented programmes
Most importantly Royal Academy of Art let its students discover their talents and work from there to become artists expressing their own personal interests, insights and perceptions. Students work independently and are given complex assignments which prepare them for working individually or collectively as a fine artist or designer when they finish their studies. The Royal Academy of Art offers ample opportunity do to internships in order to get a hands on experience.
5. Excellent workshops
There are workshops in many fields: from the 3D workshop to the sculpture lab, from textile workshops to printmaking workshops as well as photography workhops, ceramics workshops and more. Our workshops have their own website, for the time being only in Dutch.
All facilities are open to students and employees of the KABK. Students work in a modern complex with extensive resources stores for materials and supplies, photocopying facilities and a library in which you can access among others, a great number of specialized books and very old documents.
6. Teachers with prominent positions and practices
Our teachers are all prominent practitioners in the field of Fine Arts. They are active as artists, designers, photographers, architects, curators or art critics. Most of them have their own gallery and work in collaboration with other successful artist. Most teachers are actively involved in international projects. Together with the students they give form to the education. The Royal Academy of Art receives (inter)national guests lecture on a regular and frequent basis.
7. Research oriented post-graduate programmes
The Royal Academy of Fine Art emphasizes and recognizes the importance of research in Art. We have masters programme dedicated to artistic research. Art students and teachers can do a PhD programme at our school. The Royal Academy of Art and the University of Leiden have a cooperation and offers PhD-Arts.
8. Situated in the diplomatic and political capital
The Royal Academy of Art is situated opposite the central station of The Hague. This city is the centre of Dutch politics and international diplomacy. The International Court of Justice, the Peace Palace are situated in The Hague. It is also hosts the Royal working palace of the Dutch Queen. It is a dynamic, multicultural city with museums, galleries and most importantly the beach.
The Hague is situated in close proximity to other big cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden and Utrecht. Leiden is 16 km and takes 12 minutes by train; Rotterdam is 21 km from the Hague at a train ride takes 20 minutes. A train ride to Amsterdam from The Hague (52 km) takes 40 minutes.