The Research department consists of various research domains (in Dutch: Lectoraat- plural lectoraten). Lectoraten were established at [HBO] schools (University of applied sciences) to facilitate the convergence of applied sciences and university education.
This convergence is a result of European agreements on the BaMa (Bachelors – Masters) structure, intended to meet the demand for scholarly content in the educational offerings of the applied sciences.
Such a research domain consists of a lecturer and what is known as a research group ("kenniskring'). The objective of a research group is to conduct research.
A research group is composed of visual artists, designers and theorists from various disciplines. Some teach at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) and some are external specialists. A research group is open to Academy staff who want to conduct research in that specific field. Contributions from external experts serve to stimulate reflection and to bolster cooperation with those working in the field. Members join the research group for at least one year. The expertise gained by the research carried out is communicated to KABK students via the educational programme.
Lectorates share their knowledge with small and medium enterprises, and institutions on local, regional, national and international level.
The Academy maintains various "lectoraten"-, that is domains of research.
On the completed Lectoraat 'Reflection Processes in the arts' of Michael van Hoogenhuyze, information is available, but only in Dutch.