St Lucas Antwerp University College of Art & Design
St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp

In the academic year 2011­–2012, the St Lucas Antwerp University College of Art & Design (Belgium) will organize a one-year postgraduate research program, ‘Master of Research in Art and Design,’ for the fifth year in a row. The program is composed of both practical and theoretical seminars and masterclasses, focusing on research in the visual arts, and is determined individually by each student in function of a personal, artistic research question. Guest professors and lecturers will guide the student throughout his or her artistic research project. At the end of the program, the result of this research will be evaluated by a number of intern and extern professionals and will be presented in a public exhibition and publication. The Master of Research in Art & Design aspires to function as a platform, both transmitting and stimulating research in the field of the visual arts.

To enroll for this Master, the candidate has to present his or her research question to the admission board in an interview. The interviews will take place on the 4th of July 2011. Candidates must enroll for the interview before the 24th of June 2011.

For more detailed information, please contact Wesley Meuris, coordinator of the Master of Research in Art & Design: [email protected].

To enroll for the admission interview, please mail to [email protected].

This Master-after-Master program is unique in Flanders. It is intended for particularly gifted Masters graduates wishing to extend their studies in artistic research. This includes artists and designers, but also Masters graduates who can present a valuable artistic research project. The Master of Research in Art and Design offers students the space to further develop their insights and skills. Students’ personal artistic development will be encouraged through the preparation of an individual and original curriculum. Of great importance is their research in the visual arts, whereby work process, methodology and reflection correlate with the artistic work. As a research and monitoring platform, the Master of Research in Art and Design aims to provide young researchers with the necessary support for the further development of their personal artistic project. Visiting lecturers from Belgium and abroad will provide the necessary critical feedback. The training will lead to a Master’s degree recognized by the Ministry of Education. The Master of Research in Art and Design is also the right choice for students wishing to pursue their studies for another year or prepare for a PhD.

Guest professors 2010–2011: Frank Maes | Lieven Van den Abeele | Anouk Declercq | Herman Van Ingelgem | Loek Grootjans | Mark Luyten | Hilde Van Pelt | Lode Geens | Boy Vereecken | Manor Grunewald | Arno Roncada | Els Vermang LAB [au] | Guillaume Bijl

Guest professors 2009–2010: Guy Bovyn | Ana Torfs | Antoon Van den Braembussche | Sofie Van Loo | Ulrike Lindmayr | Stef Van Bellingen | Herman Van Ingelgem | Nico Dockx | Gundi-Rosa Ingmarsdottir | Yannick Jaquet

Guest professors 2008–2009: Karin Borghouts | Stijn Cole | Anne Daems | Michel Dewilde | Hans Op de Beeck | Maria Roosen | Els Vanden Meersch | Kris Vleeshouwer | Paul Casaer | Christophe De Jaeger | Herman Van Ingelgem


Artistic projects will be supported in this program by a research question relevant to the students’ visual work. The link established between methodological research and visual output is of capital importance. The research must involve a critical and reflective analysis of the project, and must be incorporated ‘in’ the artistic visual work. The focus on the individual project will be deepened experimentally in an actual context. Students will thus retain the openness and honesty necessary to question, redirect or redefine their own research.

The training is intended for Masters graduates with outstanding research skills and who intend to pursue a career in the arts. Students will accomplish a year-long individual course with theoretical, research-methodological and art-related aspects. Under the supervision of both fixed and visiting lecturers, students will set out a research program which will also be explicated in visual and/or written form.

The Master-after-Master of Research in Art and Design is intended firstly for candidates with a Master of Art and Design degree or an equivalent qualification.

In June, candidates will be invited to an interview with the admissions committee. Applicants will present their research question to a committee consisting of experts. The interview will give students the opportunity to demonstrate a relevant link between their research question and their visual work. The committee will evaluate the quality of the visual work and the potential of the research. A methodological work plan will be an advantage in this respect.

Final exhibition Master of Research in Art and Design 2010–2011

Opening: Friday 17th June 2011
18th June–3rd July 2011

Tulpstraat 79
B-2060 Antwerp

April 28, 2011