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Fine Arts (full-time, part-time, double-degree)

Graduation project  | Debbie Young, Fine Arts 2016

Image: Graduation project | Debbie Young, Fine Arts 2016 (Winner Piket Kunstprijs, category painting 2016) 

The department of fine art at the KABK aims at aligning the past of fine art with its present and its future. We embrace history and traditions and root our discourse firmly in the contemporary. At the same time we research and imagine the future of fine art as an indispensable contributor to culture, society and economy. We try to equip future artists with skills, competencies, strategies and confidence to shape their future and the future of the arts.  

Students get the opportunity to expand their artistic and other skills, such as collaboration, communication, self-management, observing from unexpected angles, decision making, critical reflection and critical distance to yourself - skills that are of high value for the arts and many other professional careers in the future.

Making art can be an isolating process. As a fine art department we provide the community and the critical context that breaks this isolation. Through this community, we sustain a meaningful relationship to life and to higher art education that is at once pragmatic and idealistic. It is this collective ethos that strengthens our commitment to maintaining the high-energy of creative ambition and engagement that continue to attract students and staff to work with us.

The individual learning of the student is the kernel of our teaching strategies, which are

  • Independence: encourage students to work independently out of experience and experiments, with an understanding for the quality of the making, the context of the work and its strategical position, and to learn how to develop and trust intuition 
  • Guidance: support students through individual feedback and guidance 
  • Groups: foster discussions in peer situations to enable students to benefit from the context of a group 
  • Workshops: create an awareness for the wide options of techniques and technologies, relevant for the production of artworks
  • Presentations: challenge students to rehearse the presentation of work as exhibitions and as verbal presentation 
  • Seminars, lectures and reading groups: provide an entrance to art history and art related theories as crucial contextual knowledge 
  • Theory and practice: link theory and practice through team teaching, involving teachers with experience from both fields 
  • Research: help students to understand research as an essential part of the artistic process and encourage to play with it 
  • Professional context: assist students to understand, what roles artists play in our societies, what economical, cultural, social and political conditions they have and enable them to design their future and that of the arts

40 artists and six art historians, art theorists and artists with a strong theoretical and research-oriented practice support students in their learning. With respect to their own practice and interests, they divide into three groups: sculpture, painting & printing and autonoom. Autonoom indicates artistic interests which can differ from those in the other groups, more oriented towards concepts, performance, time based work and other strategies.

Students choose one of the groups as a home base for their learning from year two onwards. Joining a section does not limit students in their choice for artistic realisations. Students can change their affiliation to a group in the course of their studies. form the critical inquiry group and develop and deliver a theory based programme. All four groups develop the curriculum in close contact to each other.

The curriculum spans over a period of four years and is constructed out of the following blocks at all year levels. Blocks contain specific courses.

  • studio practice 
  • professional practice 
  • research practice 
  • critical inquiry 
  • electives / IST

The curriculum is delivered in three pathways:

  • full time 
  • part time 
  • double degree 

Full-time, part-time and Double Degree

Full time and part time mode lead to the same degree. The learning appointments for part time students are arranged to accommodate their specific living conditions and the conditions of their jobs, where necessary. A greater proportion of independent learning is expected from them. The harmonisation between the full time curriculum and the part time curriculum is currently under development. In some instances a complete synchronisation might not be achieved this year.

The double degree pathway leads students to achieve two bachelor degrees in parallel within four years, one in fine art and one in art history. The BA in art history is provided through the Arts, Media and Society programme at Leiden University. A system of exemptions from curriculum elements has been developed to guarantee the validity for the award of the bachelor degree. In many cases the fine art elements of the curriculum resemble those for the part time students.

The double degree programme and the part time mode are not open for incoming exchange students.

Find more information about the study programme, including the double degree in this Study Guide

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Last updated: 2017-07-07

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