Call for applications: Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design in a social-political context - St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp

Are you an artist or designer working on social-political concerns, and do you need more time for your practice-based research? Do you need a nurturing research environment with critical but caring peers and tutors? Do you want to improve your writing, theoretical framework and artistic methodologies? Are you in search for the right formats and contexts to share your artistic research experiments? Are you ready to dedicate yourself to an intensive artistic research period? Then this program might be something for you!

This advanced master program focuses on the research development of artists and designers whose practice is addressing a social-political context (including but not limited to feminism, social design, migration, decolonization, race, gender, queer, class, disability politics, capitalism, the Anthropocene, the (under)commons, community art, critical design, healing & rituals, history, AI & digital culture…). We offer intense coaching in writing, critical studies, artistic research methodologies and in sharing research. The coaching is individual, collective and participatory.

The concrete program is developed in accordance with the specific research proposals, interests and needs of participants. It offers intense coaching in writing, critical studies, artistic research methodologies and sharing research. The coaching is individual, collective and participatory; every participant is invited to expand our situated knowledges and responsibilities. There is a strong focus on sharing research and (peer-to-peer) feedback; this entails collectively designing productive formats to share our insights and creating a sustainable research network.

The participants meet in Antwerpen every two or three weeks for three full days, mostly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These three days are dedicated to four modules (Methodology, Writing, Critical Theory and Share Research) in which we focus on the participants’ specific research proposals and enable them to advance in writing, theoretical explorations, research methodology and sharing their research. Parallel to this trajectory, we also organize three intensive weeks. These are three full-time research weeks with international or local artists or designers across the fields of artistic research.


We work with a small group of maximum 12 students. The candidates are artists or designers who have developed an individual or collaborative practice and intend to work on a practice-based artistic research project for one year. The program is particularly suitable to those interested in critically developing their practice within a social-political field or in preparation for a PhD project.

The participants are expected to be present at all sessions (three full days) every two or three weeks and at the three intensive weeks. In addition, there will be peer-to-peer workshops, seminars, talks and other events organized as part of the program.

We expect participation and engagement in a practice of collective care, critical reflection, and responsibility. The workload and intensity of the program is not to be underestimated and we therefore recommend candidates to realistically assess their availability and commitment before applying. Ideally, students are based in or willing to relocate to Antwerp or Belgium. 

This program is anchored in a nurturing research environment of five dedicated and experienced tutors, and several PhD and senior researchers as well as a network of guest lecturers and partner organizations. 

Small collectives or artistic duos are also encouraged to apply!

Practical information 

Would you like to enroll in the advanced master’s program?

‘Sint Lucas Antwerpen, School of Arts’ is part of the ‘KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts.’

On this page of the KdG-website, you find all admission requirements such as the tuition fee, study costs, scholarships registration and the application procedure.

For the 2024-25 academic year: Admissions will open in January 2024.

  • Please register here and load up all the necessary document, then you will be invited to send in your research file
  • The due date for sending in your research proposal is 23 August 2024.
  • Selected candidates will be invited for an online admission interview on 28 August 2024. 
  • You will be informed of the decision no later than 30 August 2024.

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Oproep onderzoeksvoorstellen Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten en Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen

De Raden van de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten en Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen (Schools of Arts/ AP Hogeschool) lanceren hun jaarlijkse oproep tot het indienen van aanvragen voor onderzoeksprojecten. Voor één- en tweejarige projecten die starten op 15 september 2025.

→ Onderzoeksproject aanvragen bij de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

  • meld je project aan voor 15 september 2024 
  • deadline indienen aanvragen: 2 december 2024

→ Onderzoeksproject aanvragen bij het Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen

  • neem contact op met een van de onderzoeksgroepen op uiterlijk 1 oktober 2024 
  • deadline indienen aanvragen: 2 december 2024  

Meer informatie 

OPEN CALL voor bijdragen FORUM+

FORUM+ is an international peer-reviewed journal for research in the arts, published by Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and Amsterdam University Press, in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA). FORUM+ is looking for proposals for articles and artistic contributions that are the result of original artistic research. The upcoming deadline for proposal submission is 1 September 2024. 

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