The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) was founded in 1682 as the Haagsche Teeken-Academie (or ‘The Hague Drawing Academy’). Drawing classes were held for the public in the evenings and the society debated about art on Saturdays.
In our culturally diverse academy, the commitment, passion, and curiosity of our students and staff come together in a respectful and tolerant learning environment. Our intensive, structured and small-scale curriculum revolves around experimentation and personal guidance. We provide students with a significant degree of freedom to shape their interests and personal ambitions. 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.
Research is an integral component of the learning culture at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) The Hague. Research has gained increasing importance in artistic and design practices in recent decades. The 21st century artist or designer is what philosopher Donald Schön has called ‘The Reflective Practitioner’ in his seminal 1983 book with the same title.
Most importantly the Royal Academy of Art lets its students discover their talents and work from there to become artists expressing their own personal interests, insights and perceptions.
Students work independently and are given complex assignments which prepare them for working individually or collectively as a fine artist or designer when they finish their studies.
The Royal Academy of Art offers ample opportunity do to internships in order to get a hands on experience
The Central Bureau of the University of the Arts The Hague reports to the Executive Board. Information for employees of the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire is published on the website of the University of the Arts. Here you will find topics such as personnel policy, governance and supervision, participation, rules of conduct and the ANBI-status (‘institution allocating to the general good’ (in Dutch: ‘algemeen nut beogende instelling’).
The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) is not situated in a campus and does not have university-owned accommodation. Students are required to ensure their own housing and are responsible for arranging accommodation themselves.
The KABK has a very well-equipped (media)library. Its collection consists of titles in i.a. the disciplines of Fine Art, Architecture, Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Philosophy, Art Observation, History. Next to using our own library, students & staff can also make use of the services of Leiden University Libraries (UBL) and the National Library of The Netherlands in The Hague (KB).
All students in the Netherlands must be sufficiently insured for healthcare. International students who are privately insured in their own country should bring along a statement (in English) with details about their health insurance program.
All facilities are open to students and employees of the KABK. Students work in a modern complex with extensive resources like workshops, stores for materials and supplies, photocopying facilities and a library in which you can access a great number of specialized books and very old documents.
An external committee reviews and evaluates the programmes and reports to the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
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