Apply for an English-taught advanced master programme

We are now open for applications for the 2024-25 academic year!

  • Read through our application due dates and procedure before you start your application.
  • Enrolment is not possible once the academic year you are applying for has begun.
  • Our tuition fee is paid annually.
  • An application fee is required.

For more information about our advanced master programme, check out the Sint Lucas Antwerpen website.

Admission requirements

To apply for our international advanced master’s programme, you will need:

  • A master degree (academic) (with translation in Dutch, French, English or German). 
  • Language certificate CEFR level B2 English or higher (CRFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • A research application file

Go to supporting documents to check the full details.

Tuition fee

Our tuition fee for a full-year programme (60 credits) in the 2024-2025 academic year for advanced master is 2918 euro:

  • 956 euro – fixed
  • 32,70 euro – variable (per credit)

It is not possible to pay the tuition fee in instalments. 

Scholarships

KdG offers a fee waiver for one artist or designer with refugee status in Belgium per intake.

If you meet these criteria, please provide proof of your refugee status in Belgium and request this waiver during your application.

Application Due dates

Academic year 2024/2025:

  • Due date for sending in your research file is 15 April 2024.
  • Selected candidates will be invited for a digital admission interview on 2,3,6 or 7 May 2024
  • You will be informed of the outcome of your interview no later than 10 May. 

Application procedure

Here’s the information we need to process your application.

As soon as we have received all of the above, your application is complete and we will check whether you meet the admission requirements.

If you meet the admission requirements, you will be invited to upload your research application file. If your application file gets positively evaluated, you will be invited for selection interview.  

After the interview you will receive feedback regarding your enrolment. The result of the selection interview is valid for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Application fee

We require a non-refundable application fee payable during your online application.

  • Cost: 131,50 euro (excluding bank costs). This fee is deducted from your tuition fee if you are accepted onto the programme.
  • Have a regular Belgian or Dutch diploma? Then the fee is refundable if you are not accepted or enrolled in the programme.
  • Do you fulfil all the admission requirements and you’ve received a negative test result? Then the fee is also refundable.

Supporting documents

You need to upload the following supporting documents:

Education certificate

  • Upload master certificates in English, Dutch, French or German only. Certificates in other languages need translating first by a SWORN translator before submission.

  • As a rule we accept certificates that grant access to a comparable higher education degree programme in the country it was awarded.

  • You can apply before you have received your master certificate, provided that:
    • You are a student in the final year of your master study program, expecting to graduate by the end of June this year.
    • As part of your online application, you submit a statement of your expected qualifications, provided by your school.
    • You do send a copy of the final certificate before the start of the academic year. Without this you won’t be able to start.

English language requirements and certification

We require CEFR level B2 English or higher for our English-taught advanced master's programme. You must provide proof of your English proficiency and you will need to provide a test certificate unless you meet one of the exemptions listed below.

Do you hold a Belgian diploma (BSO, TSO or ASO)? Note that these diplomas are not considered as sufficient proof of English proficiency. You will need to provide additional certification of your level of English.

If you have a learning disability or impairment such as dyslexia that can affect your language test arrangements, contact apply@kdg.be. We'll be happy to explain how the language testing companies can accommodate you.

Proof of English language proficiency

We accept the following as proof of your language proficiency:

English language test certificate
Achieved the required scores in one of the language tests listed below within the last two years:

  • Duolingo English test
    Minimum overall score: 115, minimum sub scores: 100
  • Cambridge English Qualifications
    Minimum overall score: 168, minimum sub scores: 161
  • IELTS (& IELTS Online)
    Minimum overall score: 6.0, minimum sub scores: 5.5
  • ITACE
    Minimum overall score: B2, minimum sub scores: B2
  • TOEFL-iBT
    Minimum overall score: 78, minimum sub scores: 18. Use our code B712 to speed up the process

KdG proof of course credit

  • You previously earned a KdG proof of course credit for English B2 or higher.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Achieved a score of five or higher in your International Baccalaureate Diploma for English A or English B

Exemptions to providing test certification.
To be exempt from providing a language test certificate, you need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • Exemption category 1

You can provide official confirmation from your secondary school or university that you have:

  • Studied in the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or one of Canada’s English-speaking provinces and obtained (or will obtain) a secondary school diploma with at least two years’ schooling there.
  • Or completed two years at a higher education institute there

 

  • Exemption category 2

You can provide official confirmation from your secondary school or university that you have:

  • Studied at a secondary school or university where English is the language of instruction and completed two years or more of full-time secondary education there.
  • Or completed two years at a higher education institute.

Under this category you will be registered for a KdG Skype language test during your application. The test includes a written task. Please note that the language test can only be arranged during the period January – July.

  • KdG language screening session

    KdG offers free on-campus language screening sessions to check your level of English. These consist of a test on reading comprehension, listening comprehension and vocabulary, and a speaking and writing assessment with an examiner.

    • You must obtain a CEFR level of B2 or higher for all parts to be eligible for a place on our English-taught degree programmes.
    • These tests will take place in Antwerp (Campus Groenplaats
    • Reservations are mandatory.

    • You may only attend one on-campus screening session. If you do not obtain the required grade, you will need to take one of the alternative language tests referred to above.
  • Choose an on-campus language test date: (Note: all times are CEST)
    • Wednesday 29 May 2024            14:00  to 16:00
    • Thursday 27 June 2024               14:00  to  16:00
    • Friday 30 August 2024                10:00  to  12:00
    • Friday 30 August 2024                13:00   to  15:00
    • Wednesday 4 September 2024   09:00 to  12:00
    • Wednesday 4 September 2024   13:00  to  16:00
    • Thursday 5 September 2024       09:00 to  12:00
    • Thursday 5 September 2024       13:00  to  16:00
    • Friday 6 September 2024             09:00 to 12:00
    • Monday 9 September 2024          10:00  to 12:00
    • Tuesday 10 September 2024        10:00  to 12:00

Applying from China?

  • All students with a Chinese degree are obliged to obtain an APS certificate of academic screening.
  • An APS certificate is also a condition for obtaining a student visa to study in Belgium.
  • Chinese applicants should add the APS certificate to their application. Start the process yourself before applying to KdG by contacting info@aps.org.cn
  • The APS screening is not an academic selection procedure but is to avoid document fraud and to guarantee a sufficient language knowledge.

Acceptance & Payment Instructions

We will contact you by email to confirm the outcome of your application.

Research application file

After review of the diploma and language check, you will receive an invitation to upload your research application file. When you receive a positive evaluation of your application file you will be invited for an online selection interview.

The application file consists of following documents:

  • Short description of your practice
    A brief statement on your art or design practice. Maximum 500 words.
  • Artistic research proposal
    A description of the subject, research question, methodology and objective of your research proposal. Your research should be artistic and practise-based. Maximum 1000 words.
  • Motivation letter
    Why would you like to join this research MA programme? Give an indication of your needs and expectations. Maximum 500 words.
  • CV & Portfolio
    Provide a relevant CV & portfolio or indicate the web address of your relevant digital portfolio. Don’t send your complete portfolio: select in terms of relevance to your research proposal.

  • Recommendation letter
    Ask a professional contact to write a recommendation letter: why do we have to select you and how would benefit from our program?

For more information about our advanced master’s programme, check out the Sint Lucas Antwerpen website.