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Mission statement

The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) educates students to become independent and self-aware artists and designers with investigative mindsets, distinctive visual and conceptual abilities, and the capacity to produce authentic and in-depth creative work capable of playing a meaningful role in both their chosen disciplines and in society as a whole. 


The Royal Academy of Art The Hague is founded on a vision of educational excellence leading to graduates that have the capacity to become leaders in their fields, who produce outstanding creative work and who dare to disturb. They are able to innovate, collaborate, and generate new knowledge. We teach students to probe how arts and design shape contemporary societies and contribute to cultural, economic, and social wellbeing within a global setting. We look outwards from the academy, interacting with the communities of The Hague, the Netherlands, and beyond, and aim to contribute to an inclusive debate on issues relevant to art, culture, and society.

The Royal Academy of Art The Hague has been a leader in educating artists and designers since 1682, has an exceptional level of experience in higher education provision, and a long and rich history. Together with the Royal Conservatoire we form the University of the Arts The Hague and we cooperate closely with Leiden University. Our research-oriented community is made up of ten art and design departments whose small scale and intensive programmes offer access to the widest possible range of creative strategies, and who support and inspire each other. Some departments emphasise collaboration between specialists working in diverse teams, while others focus on developing interdisciplinary practice. Highly skilled professional staff, many with international professional practices, guide and accompany students through their studies. The teaching language is English. We offer Bachelor and Master degrees, and with Leiden University, a doctorate in art and design. These are supplemented by our preparatory courses and School for Young Talent.

In our culturally diverse academy, the commitment, passion, and curiosity of students and staff meet a respectful and tolerant learning environment that manifests the joy of learning, gives space for experiment and error, and understands meaning and making to be inseparable. We value skill and disciplinary expertise as well as interdisciplinary practice. We encourage innovation through collaboration and facilitate critical reflection on the ever-changing roles of artists and designers in our societies.

Study possibilities
The KABK offers a variety of bachelor and master courses. There are also several preparatory courses. Via the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts it is possible to obtain a doctorate in the arts.

Bachelor programmes

Autonomous Fine Art

  • Fine Art, full-time and part-time
  • ArtScience, full-time


  • Photography, full-time and part-time
  • Graphic Design, full-time
  • Interactive/Media/Design, full-time
  • Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, full-time
  • Textile and Fashion, full-time

Master Programmes

  • Artistic Research (MA)
  • ArtScience (MMus)
  • Industrial Design (MA)
  • Interior Architecture INSIDE (MA)
  • Non-Linear Narrative (MA)
  • Type and Media (MA)


In cooperation with the University of Leiden 

  • PhDArts

Preparatory courses

The KABK offers various ways for aspiring students to prepare for their study at the Academy.

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Last updated: 2017-08-14

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