Apply for an English-taught premaster programme

  • Read through our application due dates and procedure before you start your application.
  • There is no enrolment possible halfway through the academic year.
  • Our tuition fee is paid annually.
  • An application fee is required.

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

Admission requirements

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

  • A bachelor degree (professional) in visual arts or academic bachelor’s degree in non visual art (with additional artistic qualifications). 
  • Language certificate CEFR level B2 English or higher (CRFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • An artistic portfolio for the intake interview

Go to supporting documents to check the full details.

Tuition fee

Our tuition fee for a full-year programme (58 credits) in the 2023-2024 academic year for premaster is:

  • 6913,2 euro for non-EEA nationals

    • 1420,6 euro – fixed

    • 94.7 euro – variable (per credit)

  • 1065,10 euro for EEA nationals

    • 282,1 euro – fixed

    • 13,5 euro – variable (per credit)

The tuition fee is to be paid annually. Please note that the non-EEA tuition fee needs to be paid in full before 30/6/2023. Supplementary flat-rate and programme-related costs are not included.

EEA or non-EEA?

  • European Economic Area: including all 27 EU-member states + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway 
  • Belgian students are EEA students and follow this procedure. 


KdG offers no scholarships or grants.

Application Due dates

Academic year 2023-24: Admissions will open in January 2023. During your registration, you will choose between the five different contexts organised by the programme. You can take part in the interview once per academic year. 

The last moment in September will be opened as organizationally feasible.

  • Admission test Premaster
    Candidate students from outside the EEA are strongly advised to take part in the artistic admission test in March or June 2023. Candidate students from outside the EEA must submit their application for a student visa as soon as possible after they have passed the artistic entrance exam. Only then they can obtain the necessary visa in time to attend classes from the start of the academic year 2023-2024.
  • 9 March 2023 – For all students
    • Due date for registration: 16 February
    • Due date for handing in assignments: 1 March
  • 8 June 2023 – For all students
    • Due date for registration: 25 May
    • Due date for handing in assignments: 1 June
  • 28 June 2023 – Only students who do not require a visa
    • Due date for registration: 15 June
    • Due date for handing in assignments: 21 June
  • 7 September 2023 -  Only students who do not require a visa. Registrations will be opened July 1 if organizationally feasible.
    • Due date for registration: 25 August
    • Due date for handing in assignments: 31 August

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 for the admission test. We ask you to send us your artistic portfolio and assignment before the start of the interview.

After this test you will receive feedback regarding your application and enrolment. The result of the test is valid for the 2023-2024 academic.

Application fee

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

  • Cost: 128,80 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 bachelor 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 bachelor certificate, provided that:
    • You are a student in the final year of your bachelor 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.

Language certificate

We require CEFR level B2 English or higher for our English-taught premaster programme.

Do you hold a Belgian diploma? 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.

You need to meet one of the following language requirements:

  • Native English speaker
    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 and passed 50% of your courses at a higher education institute there.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Achieved a score of six or higher in your International Baccalaureate Diploma for English A or English B
  • English-language certificate holder
    Achieved the required scores in one of the language tests listed below within the last two years:
    • Duolingo English test
      • Intake for academic year 2023-24: minimum overall score: 115, minimum sub scores: 100

      • Select KdG when prompted

    • Cambridge English Qualifications
      Minimum overall score: 168, minimum sub scores: 161
    • IELTS
      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.
  • 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 (reading, listening, vocabulary and speaking test) to be eligible for a place on our English-taught degree programmes.
    • These tests will take place in Antwerp (Campus Groenplaats) on the following dates: 
      • 10 and 31 May 2023

      • 28 and 30 June 2023

      • 25 August 2023

      • 1, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 September 2023

    • These sessions are only applicable to prospective students who can commit to being in Antwerp on one of the dates provided.  

    • Reservations are mandatory.

    • We are unable to provide visa support for attendance of these language screening sessions. Should you require a student visa, you are advised to take one of the alternative language tests listed above.

    • 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.
    • All tests are fully booked.

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
  • 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.

Some students may receive a conditional acceptance – subject to them submitting their bachelor degree certificate by the beginning of September.

Please note that the non-EEA tuition need to be paid in full before 30/6/2023.

Artistic portfolio

The portfolio is reviewed after the diploma and language check and is also the starting point for the online admission interview.

Portfolio & points of attention
  • There are different kinds of portfolios, ranging from a website to a digital portfolio (in pdf format for example).

  • Motivate your vision, make sure that your personal vision on what you do and want you want do in the future gets a place in your portfolio.

  • Make the most of your strengths. If you focus on a niche or a very specific domain within your design or art practice, then this is definitely something to emphasise.

  • It is always better to have five good projects in your portfolio than fifteen mediocre ones. So be critical about what you include in your portfolio.

  • Make sure you develop a number of your projects in your portfolio into cases, where the whole process is explained. You go through the different phases of the process, from the challenge to the result. This can go from the first sketch, further elaborated proposals and a prototype to the finished product or work of art.

Visual diary: PechaKucha and motivation

Create a visual diary according to the PechaKucha format: 20 images with each image displayed for 20 seconds. In these 20 images you offer a presentation of your own work and research. This consists of documentation of already created works and relevant references.

In addition, you will prepare a verbal presentation that you will give during the online conversation while playing the PechaKucha slideshow. In this presentation you will motivate your choice for your Premaster course and pay attention to the artistic path you have taken up to now, indicate where you are now and look to the future.

Visual diary: alternative form

Because we believe in the Premasters that no specific form of presentation should be mandatory, it is also possible to choose an alternative form of the visual diary. The principle remains the same: you offer a presentation of your own work and research. The condition is that you formulate a proposal for an alternative form of presentation and that you can sufficiently motivate this. (Please note: we reserve a maximum of 7 minutes for this form of presentation).

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