Fine Art, bachelor degree in Visual Arts in Brussels

Artistic freedom as credo

In the Fine Art specialisation on the Sint-Lukas campus in Brussels you will develop your own vision on art and learn to express and substantiate it. You will receive the greatest possible artistic freedom as a student, whether you opt for painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, installation, video or performance.

Visits by internationally renowned artists

Each year, internationally renowned artists visit our Fine Art students. Most recently they include Olaf Holzapfel, Koenraad Dedobbeleer and Guillaume Bijl. These artists not only deliver a lecture but also participate in a personal discussion about your work. Curators are also invited to explain the position of museums in the contemporary visual arts scene. Curators are also involved in the student’s final year exhibition.

Exploring artistic Europe

Each year students enjoy interesting cultural trips. In recent years, they have visited the Berlin Biennale and the Museum Kröller-Müller in Otterlo, the Netherlands, with its world-famous art collection. The Venice Biennale also features on the programme.

Crossing the boundaries of the genre

In the Fine Art specialisation on the Sint-Lukas campus in Brussels you can choose between four ateliers: Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Project Studio. Because mixed forms and cross fertilisation cannot be ignored in contemporary art practice, you can choose one of these pathways but you are always encouraged to look beyond its boundaries.

Experimentation and autonomy are crucial ingredients of developing personal artistic projects not only linked to your atelier. You can freely join other ateliers necessary to realise your work. Alongside your own atelier, you will sharpen your skills in the Drawing atelier where the focus is on life drawing and observation. You will also learn how to analyse, understand and play with visual language in the Study of Visual Elements atelier, where you will investigate the function and meaning of images in theory and in practice.

A final important pillar of the programme is theoretical insight, which is indispensible if you want to develop your own artistic identity and vision. Therefore, art practice is supported by art theory and art history studies. You will learn about the tradition and topicality of visual arts, and make grounded theorems to use as a basis for your own practice.

Ateliers

Painting

In the Painting atelier, all conceivable forms of painting are addressed. The student is confronted with the use of a variety of painting techniques and materials and with the most important core problems of design in painting: form, colour and texture. The possibilities of representation, figurative or abstract, are also explored. During the atelier, students look beyond the boundaries of the discipline. They learn to explore other media in order to broaden their perspective and permanently refresh their view on painting.

Sculpture

The exploration of spatiality and three-dimensionality are central to the sculpture atelier. A variety of materials and working methods are explored. Basic techniques such as moulding, metalwork, wood, plastic and clay are extensively explored. The atelier encourages students to adopt an experimental approach to the rich tradition of sculpture.

Printmaking

The printmaking atelier explores a variety of techniques, from lino cutting and etching, over planography (lithography) and serigraphy (screen printing), to digital imagery. The technical, formal and functional characteristics of these techniques as hybrid processes are addressed. Students experiment extensively with the visual language of printmaking and they also explore the visual language of other ateliers in their artistic quest.

Project Studio

In the Project Studio atelier there is no medium or disciplinary focus. Without the limitations of any given discipline, students can concentrate on concepts. Their artistic objectives gradually develop into a project that achieves its final form in an appropriate medium or discipline, or in a combination of media and disciplines. The end result may be a performance, installation, photography, film or video but also drawings and paintings.

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