Faculty research

At the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), research is considered to be an integral part of artistic and design practice. Tutors conducting research through their own practices incorporate the insights gained and questions raised into their teaching. Conversely, many tutors consider the educational programmes to serve as an environment in which they can hone and expand upon their ideas and research. As such, there is continuous interaction between teaching and research.

Research Group

In order to support tutors in their research endeavours, a Research Group was established in September 2015. Chaired by one of the lectors, this Research Group enables a selected group of tutors to conduct specific research projects within the framework of their teaching appointments. Each year, both practice and theory tutors are invited to apply through a call for proposals. The nature of the participants’ research projects varies, from research driven by, within and through one’s own practice to research into pedagogy; from material or technological research to academic research in preparation for an eventual PhD-trajectory. The year concludes with a symposium where participating tutors share the outcomes of their research projects with the KABK community of colleagues and students, as well as invited respondents.

Teaching Tools Research Group

In this group, a small selection of tutors, working with the Design Lector and in close cooperation with the KABK Workshops, research and develop a pedagogical tool or toolset of use within their own department and possibly also throughout KABK.

Theory Platform

The Theory Platform is an academy-wide platform for bringing about educational innovation. At bimonthly meetings chaired by one of the lectors, an ongoing dialogue is facilitated about teaching methods, forms of collaboration between theory tutors and practice tutors, the meaning of research, its relationship with artistic practice, thesis requirements, quality criteria, et cetera. These bimonthly meetings constitute an environment in which critical (self)reflection and experiment can thrive and different viewpoints and experiences can be exchanged and measured up against one another. In collaboration with the lectorates, the Theory Platform organizes seminars and expert meetings and initiates publications.

PhD incentive scheme

The KABK invests in a PhD Incentive Scheme (‘Stimuleringsregeling’) for tutors who are interested in doing PhD research. The KABK offers financial support for the development of a PhD proposal (encouragement premium or incentive premium) or to do PhD research (doctorate grant). This is in line with the agreements with the Ministry of Education and Culture to increase the number of staff members with a master’s or PhD degree. Some of the participants in the PhD incentive scheme have been accepted into the PhDArts doctoral programme at Leiden University, others are affiliated to other universities.