Study profile Interior Architecture & Furniture Design

The IA & FD program of the Bachelor Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) covers the full breadth of the spatial domain by focusing on spatial conditions that determine how we experience our daily living environment.

We use the department as a research laboratory and in situ experimental space for interaction in the social field, in materials, in techniques and various forms of knowledge. We emphasize that the essence of design and design processes lies in the everyday, and is nourished by routines, exercises and tests. We don't see design as a control mechanism, but as a companion in developing environments that meet our desires and needs; for ourselves and society as a whole.

Learning by doing

Our educational philosophy is therefore: learning by doing. During the four years of the Bachelor you will develop skills, knowledge and competences through assignments that run parallel to professional design practice. In order to practice "learning by doing" you need courage and specific encouragement. We take an inquisitive look at design and architecture, and describe designs in terms such as provisional, temporary, prototypes, ephemeral, constructions of reality, as found, inventions, improvisation, surprise, the unforeseen, and the unfinished.

Specifications

Language

Duration

Full-time 4 years

Department Head

Herman Verkerk

Degree

Bachelor of Arts

Costs

CROHO

39111

Specialisations

Interior Architecture
Furniture Design

Choose a specialisation: Furniture Design or Interior Architecture

After the first year, you choose one of two specialisations - Interior Architecture or Furniture Design - while working in five domains: Studio, Media & Materials, Independent Practice, Professional Practice and Knowledge. During your studies you will develop an independent mentality, a critical design attitude and a strong empathetic capacity. By combining the scientific and knowledge-based part with a poetic, imaginative and narrative part, we seek to give students the opportunity to overcome or resist specific ingrained procedures and mechanisms that are part of permanent change in the service of capitalism. And we work with architecture and design professionals who teach with the experience from their practice, practical and theoretical. They guide the students on their way to an independent practice.

Detailed description of the programme structure

Impressions

Open Day 2018
Open Day 2018 - Photo Hans Poel
Graduation project 2018 by Yi Zhang
Graduation project 2018 by Yi Zhang - Photo Cleo Wächter
Graduation project by Kornelija Chaleckyte
Graduation project 2018 by Kornelija Chaleckyte - Photo Eric De Vries
Graduation project 2018 by Maarten Slof
Graduation project 2018 by Maarten Slof - Photo Cleo Wächter
Graduation project by Dann Kuiper
Graduation project by Dann Kuiper - Photo Eric De Vries
Graduation project 2017 by Jasmijn Muskens
Graduation project 2017 by Jasmijn Muskens - Photo Eric De Vries
Graduation project 2017 by Anna Sitnikova
Graduation project 2017 by Anna Sitnikova - Photo Eric De Vries
IAFD department dinner 2018
Dinner with students of the Interior Architecture & Furniture Design department at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (2018) - Photo Katarína Gališinová
IAFD dept. dinner 2018
Dinner with students of the Interior Architecture & Furniture Design department at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (2018) - Photo Katarína Gališinová
IAFD excursion Morocco
Students of the Interior Architecture Furniture Design during their excursion in Morocco

Projects & Collaborations

Professional Perspective

As a graduate of the Bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design you are a 'critical’ designer with a talent for spatial organisation combined with a keen ability to materialise with great tactility and sensibility. You’ve sharpened your ability to analyse (how things are put together) and developed an affinity to make things tangible. As one of our alumni you will find your place in a wide variety of activities in the professional fields of art, design and architecture.

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