Study programme

Artistic development and research skills form the building blocks in the programme. Studying at the ArtScience Interfaculty is concentrated around the individual development of an experimental approach towards the arts in their broadest sense — ideally by crossing borders onto unknown territory. Due to the ‘open curriculum’, the programme structure has the characteristics of a network. This network structure fits perfectly within the ArtScience domain.

The programme emphasises on practical, theoretical and professional preparation of students. These components overlap in different ways. In the more practical courses, attention is paid to both the conceptual and technical development of the student. Professional preparation has both a practical and a theoretical side. An important focus point is the integration of theory and practice. Only in exceptional cases does the technical development stand on its own. The acquisition of technical competences is almost always closely linked to an artistic ambition and the materialisation of a work from a concept and research.

Structure of the programme

The Academic Year at the Interfaculty is organised in two semesters. Semester one is called ‘Input’ and semester two ‘Output’. During the programme students choose from a range of courses offered by the department plus courses offered by other programmes within the university or elsewhere. In addition, a lot of time is reserved to develop their individual projects under supervision.

Most of the ArtScience courses are offered in the first semester. These courses run in parallel tracks and follow an ‘open curriculum’. They are usually accessible to students from all (bachelor and master) years, although some exceptions apply.

Most courses are ‘totally dedicated’: they run continuously, all day, for a whole number of weeks (except for Wednesdays).

Other courses are weekly throughout the semester (or the whole year). These are offered mostly on Wednesdays. Some of these are offered in collaboration with other departments of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art.

Twice a year (two weeks after the Autumn Break and two weeks after the Spring Break) the Interfaculty organises Exchange Weeks together with the Sonology and Composition departments of the Royal Conservatoire.

All three departments offer one-week courses to their respective students. The first semester concludes with individual presentations of the students, showing and reflecting upon their individual project plans.

The second semester is mostly dedicated to the students’ individual projects. On several Mondays students and teachers gather at the so-called Manic Mondays. Teachers are available for coaching, and other forms of sharing information (such as lectures, pop-up projects and other) can be organised.

Half-way the semester students who are not in a graduation year will show the progress in their research in short presentations. The semester is closed with general presentations of their individual projects. The graduation years (B4 and M2) organise a preview exhibition half-way the semester (combined with preview exams). Their presentations at the end of this semester is part of their final exam.

Apart from the offered courses and abilities to extend knowledge from other departments and institutions in art, science and humanities, studies at ArtScience rely on individual and collective exploration. The study programme supports this in a number of ways. Central is the personal coach every ArtScience student consults.

With the coach, a student plans their Individual Study plan, research, individual projects, choice of internal and external courses and everything else concerning artistic and professional progress. Above that, there are other means of interaction to guide students in their individual development:

  • Manic Mondays: in the second semester where lectures, presentations and other activities are organised with the whole faculty, and where students have the chance to talk to other teachers next to their regular coaches.
  • Presentations, where students show their progress in individual work by presenting their etudes, prototypes and sketches (semester 1 and midterm presentations) and final work of the year (second semester presentations).
  • Master Meetings: students present and discuss their research progress intensively.
  • Preview show: during the graduation year, bachelor and master students organise their own Preview Show in the second semester, from funding to location, from general curational theme to public relations — being their final test before graduation.
  • Thesis Boost: for the thesis, graduating students are offered a ‘Thesis Boost’ in two parts in the second semester. Individual guidance is provided by a dedicated thesis coach.