Antwerp Academy Photography
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Academic year 2016-2017
(Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp - AP University College).
BA entrance exams 2016-2017: Click !   Apply for the MASTER PROGRAM: Click here for conditions and procedure !

BA = 3 years       MA = 1 year (60 credits) or 2 years (each 30 credits)


Why Antwerp?

Antwerp is THE cultural city in Belgium. It has a long tradition in arts. Painters like Peter Paul Rubens or Anthony Van Dyck made some of their most famous works in Antwerp. The city has many museums (Fine Arts, Contemporary Art, Photography, Fashion, ...) and lots of galleries, from established to avant garde. The art scene in Antwerp is one of the most vivid in Europe.

Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium and Flanders. The city has about 512,000 inhabitants and is situated on the river Schelde.

Antwerp is known for its fashion and diamond industry and its harbour. Even if Antwerp is a metropolis, it has managed to keep a relatively small-scale feel about it. The city centre is about 2 km across and everything is conveniently within walking distance, a factor that largely accounts for its cosy atmosphere and liveliness.

Antwerp is located in the center of Europe. Only two hours by train from Paris, three hours from London, two hours from Amsterdam...and only 30 km from the Dutch border.

Antwerp is famous for its nightlife with many cafés, restaurants and dicotheques. Because of its harbour, Antwerp welcomed foreigners for centuries. Foreign students too feel at home in Antwerp, where most of its hospitable inhabitants have at least a smattering of English, French and/or German.
Our students come from all over the planet, we have students and alumni from China, Brazil, Nicaragua, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, Japan, Holland, Italy, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Denmark, Moldova, Greece,...


Our program

The emphasis of our curriculum lies on a thorough investigation of the photographic image within a socio-cultural context.
Applicants are open minded, creative and independent.
The photographic image is being approached as art form, in the broadest sense.

Valentina Stellino (3 BA)

The starting point is the individual's instinctive need to express himself (visually). Producing images as a result of thinking and feeling (the step from the internal world to the external) is the embryo of 'exhibiting'. The course guides the process of 'exhibiting' (revealing/presenting an inner intellectual and/or emotional world) so that that inner world becomes visible and tangible to third parties. 

Nick Geboers (MA) - take a look at the book here !

We strive for as broad a frame of reference as possible within which the students learn to situate their own work vis-à-vis contemporary art, the history of art, contemporary photography and the history of photography, but also within visual culture as a whole.
'Photohistory' and 'contemporary photography' therefore take a central position in the course and is being approached as part of the practice.

Finally, the course aims to heighten awareness of the individual's relationship with himself and with the world around him. Go to the 'alumni page'.

Arno De Pooter (MA) - installationview 'Sanctuary 01'

Students work in close collaboration and with personalized attention with the teaching staff. Besides that, regular visits are made to national and international exhibitions and noted photographers are invited to give workshops and lectures about their work. It is essential that the course conducts a permanent dialogue with what is happening outside the academy. (take a look at 'news')

Workshop Peter Bialobrzeski (D)

Check out the alumni page to see work from our graduates.


Peter Boelens - Bert Danckaert - Staf Geers - Geert Goiris - Charlotte Lybeer

Photohistory/contemporary photography: Inge Henneman

Photoshop & Phototechnique: Valentijn Peeters

Guest teachers 2016-2017:
Sjoerd Knibbeler (NL) - Götz Diergarten (D) - Clare Gallager (Ir) - Abel Szalontai (Hu) - Simon Roberts (UK)
Technical support: Phase One - Nikon

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Lecture Hans Wilschut (NL)