Study profile Fine Arts

The Bachelor Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) aims to align the past of fine art with its present and its future. We embrace history and traditions and root our discourse firmly in the contemporary while researching and imagining the future of fine art as an indispensable contributor to culture, society and ecology.

This programme will provide you with the skills, competencies, strategies and confidence needed to design your future and the future of the arts. You will become familiar with a wide range of techniques and technologies relevant for the making of art, such as painting, drawing, printing, video, sculpture and performance. Your individual choice for the content, the form and the contextualisation of your artwork will stand in the foreground. Like other programmes offered at the KABK, the Bachelor Fine Arts gives you access to a wide a range of courses provided by Leiden University.

In the video below, students, teachers and the heads of the department tell you more about the Fine Arts programme:

For the 2023-2024 academic year we are not accepting applications in the part-time programme



Bachelor of Arts


4 years
(Full-time, Part-time*)

Study load

Start date



Department Head

Antoinette Vonder Mühll and Carl Johan Högberg

Application deadline


English-taught programme
(English level required)

Programme / CROHO

B Autonomous Fine Art / 39110

More insights in this study programme

Listen to Frans talking about the structure of the Fine Arts department being "a very customisable space". Learn about the different directions you can choose after the first year e.g. autonomous, painting, sculpture and how studio visits and talks with tutors who provide feedback and share insights help you further develop your own practice.

screenshot Graduation Catalogue Bachelor Fine Arts
screenshot Graduation Catalogue

Professional Perspective

As a visual artist, you will make art to give meaning and significance to life, thereby fulfilling an important role in society. You reveal hidden qualities, offer critical comments on social phenomena and are often actively involved, either concretely or theoretically. You do this through tangible objects as well as thought processes, performances, publications, lectures and artistic interventions in political, economic and social settings. In addition to creating work it is important for you to successfully stake your claim in artistic and social environments as a researcher, producer, networker, organiser and manager – all at the same time.

See the programme structure and admission requirements of the Bachelor Fine Arts.