Royal Academy of Fine Arts is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe founded in 1663 by David Teniers the Younger, painter to the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm and Don Juan of Austria. It is an art academy located in Antwerp, Belgium. It is a place where students write their own artistic story, study and work in a lively environment, surrounded by other artists, designers and theorists, following on the footsteps of renowned artists and designers such as Panamarenko, Henry van de Velde, A.F. Vandevorst, Jan Fabre, Daan, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Wouters & Hendrix, Joke Van Leeuwen, Guy Cassiers, Fred Bervoets, Dries Van Noten, Nadine Wynants, Ann Demeulemeester and countless others who studied here. As one of the oldest schools of arts in the world, the Antwerp Royal Academy established a rich tradition in higher arts and design education. And what better place for the soon to be artist and designer than the great historical campus in the heart of the historical city.
Fashion Design at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts is undoubtedly one of the world leading programs. It offeres both Bachelor and master programme in Visual Arts. Fashion is considered as an expression of our time, as a relationship between garments, the body and society, but also as an artistic and creative entrepreneurship. The fashion programme at the Antwerp Academy emphasis on the development of an artistic and innovative ï¬ngerpint.
Academy was developed into an internationally acclaimed institute for Fine Arts, Architecture and Design. It also offers three distinctive programs: Visual Arts and Design, Conservation studies and a one-year dedicated teachers training, with the body of 540 students of whom 230 are international, work in the four main buildings located in the heart of the city: Mutsaardstraat (Photography, Silversmithing/Jewelry, Theatre Costume Design and Fine Arts), Nationalestraat (fashion) and Keizerstraat (graphic design).
The three large paintings founded by Antwerp Academy are Antwerp, Nurse of Painters, by Theodoor Boeyermans which the citys recent artistic past. Portraits of Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck watch over students as they practise the arts and river god Scaldis, a personification of Antwerps river Scheldt, symbolises with his cornucopia the wealth and bounty of the citys artistic heritage. The growing interest and importance in research, has resulted in several artistic doctorates (or Phd’s) and research projects. Most of these projects challenge and transcend the more medium speciï¬c approach as they invite to even more in-depth reflection on your own artistic practice. Research funding helps to invest in research based seminars, workshops, lectures and symposia. By attending these classes will strengthen your research skills and help you to articulate research questions and proposals.