Marieke Schoenmakers Director KABK
Marieke Schoenmakers

Today’s world needs creative thinkers who, through the power of their imagery, contribute towards the development of knowledge and innovation.

Our mission at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) is to educate students to become independent and self-aware artists and designers with investigative mindsets and unique visual and conceptual abilities. Our graduates are able to produce authentic and in-depth creative work that advances their chosen discipline and contributes to the wellbeing of society as a whole.

Founded in 1682, the KABK is the oldest academy in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in Europe. For centuries we have trained individuals who have made a name for themselves in the international art and design world. We embrace this important history while exploring the future of the professional field. We are proud to say that we are a player on the international arena, which is represented in our curriculum, in our teacher and student populations, and in our partnerships. The KABK provides intensive, structured, and small-scale teaching while providing students with a significant degree of freedom to shape their interests and personal ambitions.

The KABK forms a community where wealth of knowledge is synonymous with passion and offers a School for Young Talent, preparatory courses, seven bachelor and six master programmes, a double degree programme, PhD trajectories in collaboration with Leiden University, and a partnership with the Royal Conservatoire. We offer an inspiring environment for our 850 students from more than 40 countries around the world, with 18,000 square metres of learning space in the centre of The Hague. Our varied facilities and state-of-the-art technology allow our students to truly express their creativity and develop to their full potential.

Through our relationships with seasoned professionals and world-renowned artists and designers, as well as our collaborations with companies and cultural institutions, our students are able to build a solid base of knowledge through enriching, practice-oriented experiences. By participating in various international exhibitions and events, we pride ourselves on highlighting our students’ works to give them the best possible start in the professional field. We aim for excellence in every aspect of learning. 

You are most welcome at the KABK!

Marieke Schoenmakers
Director Royal Academy of Art
President University of the Arts The Hague