June 14, 2017

Applications open for new Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts: Performance

Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), School of Arts of University College Ghent

Miet Warlop. Performance at KIOSK. Photo: Pauline Niks.

Are you a performer? Would you like to learn to use your voice or your body in your work, or do you already do that? Today, artists are using their own bodies and those of others more and more often in their work. They create performances. In the Department of Fine Arts the new Performance studio is a response to the importance of this growing discipline. Those wishing to use their own or others' bodies in performative work can now call on KASK / School of Arts for a three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts / Performance, after which they can continue on to earn a Master.

At KASK, students of performance are confronted with a wide range of challenges, beginning with how you move your body, and what the meanings are that you create with your body. In the first two years, you learn to better understand and control your body better, how you can use it as an artistic medium. And, where and for whom you want to perform? In the course of the study, you will investigate how to work in different kinds of spaces: in exhibition spaces, such as museums or galleries, in arts centre dance studios, or in public space, such as a city square. You will be guided by instructors who have themselves developed artistic practices for such spaces as these. They are themselves performers, and their experience can help you develop your dialogue with your own questions and objectives.

Other teachers will familiarize you with diverse artistic practices and media, such as video and photography. These media can be used as part of your performances, or to document your work. During the first year, you will already be in contact with students from the other studios, regularly attending classes with them, while the second year offers a wide range of selective subjects and training possibilities. Thanks to this contact and the choices you make, you will develop a broad and rich insight into the common ground shared between performance and other disciplines. Significant attention, for example, is focused on how you as a performer relate to one or more objects. Teachers from the other fine art studios will discuss the meanings of an object that you wish to use, or which you create yourself. Finally, you will develop profound general and specific theoretical knowledge. Experts in theatre and drama will familiarize you with the history of performance and with the social and political contexts of today's performative practices. With them, you will also discuss the intent and context of your own work. In short, this study is nearly as limitless as the wide field in which today's performers create and present their work.

More info and study programme
Registrations for the artistic entrance tests are now open

Artistic entrance tests take place on:
July 4–6 / August 28–30

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