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Academy-wide education

In addition to departmental programmes, Bachelor’s students participate in academy-wide courses. From the first year onwards, collaboration between students from different departments and disciplines is therefore actively encouraged.

Some components of academy-wide education form part of the compulsory programme. In these cases, the specific courses are included in the departmental credit overviews. In other cases, academy-wide programmes may refer to elective subjects.
Courses and subjects organised at an academy-wide level are described below:

Individual Study Track (IST)

The IST is an individual study programme that focuses on students’ own interests and preferences. It is important for students to discover their personal potential and ambition and to be able to tailor their studies accordingly. In addition, competence-based education requires students to learn to set their own learning objectives (e.g., for self-study). The IST plan offers an excellent opportunity for students to customise their studies. The Individual Study Track includes the following possibilities:

+ The KABK’s Research Labs
+ The KABK’s Material Labs
+ Electives from Leiden University
+ Practicum Artium classes (painting, drawing, graphic design and photography)
+ Self-initiated projects
+ Projects from outside the KABK

See Individual Study Track for more information

Research & Discourse

Research and Discourse is a first-year bachelor’s course that links ‘making’ to ‘thinking’ and puts students in contact with all departments within the academy. It forms part of the academic-wide education programme.

In the course of the first year, students consider different aspects of artistic practice and research. The practice of an artist or designer is all about making, but can there be any making without thinking? This programme asks questions, discusses different visions, and invites students to become informed and reflect, both visually and mentally, on contemporary artistic discourse. They explore their role in the field of art and design and learn how to speak or write about this role.

The Research & Discourse course consists of research seminars and lectures on discourse. It is a compulsory component of the first year of all bachelor’s programmes. Details on the course can be found at the website:

Professional Practice Skills

Professional Practice Skills is a mandatory education course for third or fourth-year Bachelor’s students (depending on the department) that prepares students for professional practice. With a broad programme that is facilitated by the different departments, we work on developing knowledge and skills in the areas of project management, business development and professionalisation. The students learn how to organise and structure the practical and financial aspects of their own design or art companies/studios. Central themes range from crowdfunding, budget control, budget and project planning to acquisition, marketing and presenting ideas. Key questions include, for example: if you have a strong concept, how can you realise it? How do you get to work on projects as an artist or designer? How does one apply for a grant? What should you do if your artwork is going to be exhibited in a museum? How do you organise a performance? How do you draw up a budget and what should you include in an offer? How do you start working with a partner or other organisations? Students need certain skills in order to be able to answer all these questions, and they need to understand what professional practice entails. The Professional Practice Skills course equips students for the art and design profession and offers insight into how to realise their ideas.

The Propaedeutic Project week

The Propaedeutic Project Week is an academy-wide project week for all first-year students. This week is about working across the boundaries of different disciplines in art education. The aim is to promote collaboration and strengthen connections between the different departments. The Royal Academy of Art The Hague strives to stimulate an inspiring ‘open culture’ characterised by connections and engagement between individual experiences and skills. This project week is a compulsory component of the first year of all Bachelor’s programmes.

Studium Generale

The activities of the Studium Generale (SG) are designed to broaden students’ knowledge and keep them up to date with cultural and social developments. During these activities, all students at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague are invited to look beyond the boundaries of their own disciplines in order to question current events taking place in the world around them and to engage with ideas from other disciplines. This helps them to develop a critical perspective on their own discipline and engage in dialogue with other students. The aim is to introduce students to fields that are not addressed directly within their own course, such as theatre, philosophy, poetry, film, sociology, invention, science, or a combination of these. In a largely semi-theoretical programme, students are encouraged to view their work from a different perspective and draw inspiration from other fields of knowledge.

The exact content of the SG programme for 2016-2017 will be published on the website: The Studium Generale is a compulsory component of all Bachelor’s programmes; the semester in which it is included in the programme can differ per department. Students from other years are encouraged to participate.

For additional information about the programme and participation, please visit:

Activities of ’t Hart

’t Hart organises lectures, film and video screenings and discussions at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague. The association also provides discounts on certain theatre and opera performances. More information is available at various locations, including the ’t Hart stand in the hall opposite Gallery 3. Many of the activities organised by ’t Hart are planned in collaboration with students. If you are interested in these activities, please contact Christie van der Haak:

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Last updated: 2016-09-09

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