LUCA School of Arts

mission statement

LUCA School of Arts is a multidisciplinary education and research facility. The institution offers students and teachers an open and critical learning and research environment. Its main focus is the artistic, technical and performing development and evolvement of creative talent. Furthermore, LUCA is a place where practice, research and reflection go together.

international role

LUCA has an extensive international network of art schools spread across five continents. Among others, the school belongs to the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT), the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), the Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC) and CUMULUS for design education and the European Artistic Research Network (EARN). Consequently, LUCA has Inter-Institutional Agreements with more than 200 institutions for higher education in the fields of art and design inside and outside Europe offering numerous possibilities for students and staff to engage in a mobility exchange programme. LUCA actively explores the different possibilities of European funding programmes and is engaged (either as partner or coordinator) in a number of projects in the framework of Erasmus+, EFRO, Interreg, and Horizon 2020.

national role

LUCA School of Arts is the only university college in Flanders exclusively dedicated to art and design, making it unique in the region. The art school combines the strengths and expertise of five renowned Flemish higher education institutions for art and design, spread across Brussels, Vorst, Genk, Ghent and Louvain. LUCA is a member of the KU Leuven Association.

main focus

AN ARTISTIC HUB | LUCA School of Arts works with many partners both in Belgium and abroad including fellow education institutions, museums and art houses, public authorities, private companies and non-profit organisations. Students are immersed in an artistic and creative environment with numerous symposia and exhibitions, performances and concerts, film
and theatre performances, master classes … Many activities also grow out of initiatives taken by its students. All these elements make LUCA what it is today: an intriguing biotope where creativity flourishes even after school hours.
Dedicated artists and designers
Students at LUCA School of Arts are taught by a dedicated team of renowned practising artists, designers and architects. Many of
its tutors continue to develop their artistic practice through research projects. Rather than imposing a particular style or way of working, the tutors guide students to find and formulate their own artistic solutions.

A RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT | Encouraging and facilitating research is one of the core tasks of LUCA School of Arts. Research in the arts is organised through LUCA’s Faculty of the Arts, and is closely linked to the academic degree programmes.
Practice-based research projects are linked to our professional degree programmes.

Media, Arts & Design: BA, MA, Advanced MA, PhD in cooperation with KULeuven, practice based art research

faculties and departments

LUCA offers programmes on five campuses in Flanders, situated in Brussels, Vorst, Ghent, Genk and Louvain. The academic master programmes are grouped in LUCA Faculty of the Arts. The professional bachelor programmes are grouped in LUCA Pro. On the doctoral level LUCA collaborates with the doctoral school of humanities of KU Leuven to offer a PhD programme in the arts.

bachelor level programs

PROFESSIONAL BACHELOR PROGRAMMES (180 ECTS)
> BA in Audiovisual Technology: Photography
> BA in Audiovisual Technology: Film-Television-Video
> BA in Visual Communication
> BA in Interior Design
> BA in Construction Technology

master level programs

ACADEMIC MASTER PROGRAMMES (bachelor 180 + master 60 ECTS)
> MA in Audiovisual Arts:
- Animation Film
- Audiovisual Arts
- Television-Film
- Communication & Multimedia Design
> MA in Visual Arts:
- Fine Arts
- Graphic Design
- Photography
- Textile Design
> MA in drama

ACADEMIC MASTER PROGRAMMES (bachelor 180 + master 120 ECTS)
> MA in Product Design
> MA in music:
- Composition
- Conducting
- Instrument/Voice
- Jazz
- Music Education
- Music Therapy

ACADEMIC MASTER PROGRAMMES (only master level 120 ECTS)
> Erasmus Mundus Master in Documentary Film Directing (DocNomads)
postgraduate degrees
> Master after Master in Music (60 ECTS)
> Teacher Training (60 ECTS)

research activity and main areas

Research in the arts is organised through LUCA's Faculty of the Arts, this research is closely linked to the academic degree programmes of LUCA. Practice based research projects are managed through LUCA Pro, these projects are linked to the professional degree programmes of LUCA.

FACULTY OF THE ARTS | Encouraging and facilitating research is one of the core tasks of the LUCA Faculty of Arts. Research is organised in four thematic research units and coordinated by the central Research Board. The board and research units support artists and research groups, develop interdisciplinary research projects, and supervise PhDs. Because of its imaginative and experimental potential, the Faculty not only believes in the added value of artistic research for education and artistic practice, but also for the sciences and society in the widest sense.

LUCA PRO | Thanks to their accumulated expertise, the researchers of LUCA Pro are accessible for questions and problems coming from industry and even from small and medium-sized organisations. It offers innovative and authentic advice and solutions through practice-based research and innovation in the areas of interior design, construction technology, visual design, photography, film and video. Crossovers with academic programmes ensure that this research is powered by state-of-the-art scientific knowledge. Research activities are closely linked to programmes offering professionalism in the education system.

doctorate level programs

LUCA - Faculty of the Arts strives to be a European and global centre of excellence in terms of artistic research. To this end, the research units focus on all areas of the arts practiced by students and teachers so that they develop into international artists and designers. By encouraging and developing PhDs in the arts, LUCA - Faculty of the Arts wants to attract young artistic researchers who help to reinforce and further develop its research and education.
Given the need to build and bundle disciplinary expertise in all its study areas (music and drama, audiovisual arts, visual arts and design) LUCA - Faculty of the Arts fulfils an important role in attracting researchers, teachers and students with considerable talent and ambition.

RESEARCH DEGREE PhD, theoretical as well as practice based. Association K.U.Leuven (Catholic University Leuven)

subject areas for exchange students

LUCA welcomes exchange students in all bachelor and master degree programmes.

application deadlines

Exchange students must take into account the following deadlines to submit an official application:
> Applications Autumn/Winter semester and full year: April 30.
> Applications Spring semester: November 1 (Spring term mobility is not possible in every study programme.)

teaching languages

Courses for exchange students are offered in English.

semester dates

The exact semester dates can slightly vary every year and depending on the local campus organisation. However, usually semester one (Autumn/Winter semester) starts around the middle of September and finishes around the end of January. Semester two (Spring semester) starts at the beginning of February and finishes at the end of June.

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Approximately €645/month, not including costs of study material and expenses such as vacations, medicines. Costs per month Accommodation: € 300 Food:€ 225 Household: € 30 Travel: € 40 Clothing: € 50

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