Master of Arts in Visual Arts


Program Description

English master

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike.

The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects, they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master ‘soloist contemporary music’.

Orientation tests for the master and bridging programmes

For access to the master programmes there is an annual selection procedure in spring, and one in summer. Below you will find the information brochure with an application form for the orientation tests. Read through this brochure carefully; you will find descriptions and practical information there as well as the deadlines to observe. Candidates for a master or bridging programme must register first. Upon registration, candidates will receive the application form to complete. Each December the information relating to the orientation tests for the next year will also appear here. The learning path coaches will be glad to provide you with additional information.

Master of Visual Arts

Study Programmes

  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Fine Arts


The study programme builds on the bachelor and aims to turn students into visual artists or autonomous designers who are able to:

  • coordinate and structure their own views/ideas and realise these;
  • create original audio-visual work that contributes to the development of the arts, based on their own artistic views,
  • are able to look at, analyse, interpret and assess their own visual work and that of others and are able to determine their own position in the world of art;
  • are able to present, and elaborate on their own work - are able to set up and maintain an inspiring and functional work situation;
  • give evidence of developing their own ideas and of the ability to use philosophical and scientific sources with a view to developing their own ideas;
  • are able to call on scientific and philosophical methods to question their own actions, are able to carry out research related to visual work and report on this in writing;
  • have the necessary drive to develop in order to grow in their own field of work: as visual artists, designers, textile designers, fashion designers or photographers.

Access to Further Education

A Master of Arts (MA) of Visual Arts is directly connected with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) of Visual Arts and can gain access to related Master programs after the successful completion of a preparatory program (PP):

  • Advanced Master of Science in Conflict and Development
  • Master of Science in Communication Science: Communication Management (PP)
  • Master of Science in Communication Science: Film- and Television Studies (PP)
  • Master of Science in Communication Science: Journalism (PP)
  • Master of Science in Communication Science: New Media and Society (PP)
  • Master of Science in EU-Studies (PP)
  • Master of Science in Political Science (PP)
  • Master of Science in Sociology
  • Master of Science of Culture Management (PP)
  • Teacher Certification in Art and Design

Application Guidelines Master in Fine Arts & Audiovisual Arts / Master in Drama

Last updated Jan 2018

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The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and the Royal Conservatory constitute the School of Arts of University College Ghent. The school brings together talented and motivated students with outstanding ... Read More

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and the Royal Conservatory constitute the School of Arts of University College Ghent. The school brings together talented and motivated students with outstanding educators, active artists, designers and theorists in art and design from all over the world. The mission statement of the school defines its main tasks: development of the arts, education and research in an international perspective. Read less