Royal Academy of Art The Hague

Den Haag, Netherlands
The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) educates students to become independent and self-aware artists and designers with investigative mindsets, distinctive visual and conceptual abilities, and the capacity to produce authentic and in-depth creative work capable of playing a meaningful role in both their chosen disciplines and in society as a whole.



In the 16th century there’s already mention of a Lucas guild in the Hague. In 1656 a separation of the guild arose as the Pictura brotherhood. This separation was meant to organise the true artists separate from the bad painters. In 1682 the Pictura Brotherhood founded an Academy, which was the foundation for our current Academy.


Bachelor's programme in Autonomous Fine Art:

  • BA Fine Art (full-time and part-time)
  • BA ArtScience (full-time)

Bachelor's programme in Design:

  • BA Photography (full-time and part-time)
  • BA Graphic Design (full-time)
  • BA Interactive/Media/Design (full-time)
  • BA Interior Architecture and Furniture Design (full-time)
  • BA Textile and Fashion (full-time)

Postgraduate Course

  • Industrial Design
Master programmes:
  • MA Type and Media (1 year)
  • MA Interior Architecture (INSIDE) (2 years)
  • MMus ArtScience (2 years)
  • MMus Artistic Research (MAR) (2 years)
PhD in cooperation with the University Leiden
  • PhDArts
Preparatory courses

The KABK offers various ways for aspiring students to prepare for their study at the Academy.


The University of the Arts (Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire) holds artistic research in high esteem. There is a, for the Netherlands, unique collaboration between the University of the Arts and Leiden University in the form of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, ACPA (see PhDArts).

On a master's level the University of the Arts offers the research trajectory for Artistic Research, in which the art academy and the conservatoire collaborate. Two of the University’s lectorates are dedicated to artistic research: the lectorate of Henk Borgdorff (Royal Conservatoire) and the lectorate of Janneke Wesseling (Royal Academy of Art).


Most importantly the Royal Academy of Art lets its students discover their talents and work from there to become artists expressing their own personal interests, insights and perceptions.

Students work independently and are given complex assignments which prepare them for working individually or collectively as a fine artist or designer when they finish their studies.

The Royal Academy of Art offers ample opportunity do to internships in order to get a hands on experience

PhD Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)


Student services

The KABK strives to achieve an international learning environment for her students. This is done on the one hand by creating an international environment within the building and on the other hand by stimulating temporary foreign trajectories in the form of:

  • Study
  • Internships
  • Post-graduate and Master programmes

Coming into contact with a different cultural environment and different teaching methods is a clear upside of a temporary foreign trajectory. Moreover, you may learn to function in an international context which is a great plus for your future career.

Housing services

Students are required to ensure their own housing. Unfortunately it is difficult to find reasonably priced student accommodation in The Hague. KABK does not know a campus system and all (international) students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

Library services

The KABK has a very well-equipped (media)library. Its collection consists of titles in a.o. the disciplines of Fine Art, Architecture, Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Philosophy, Art Observation, History. Next to using our own library, students & staff can also make use of the services of Leiden University Libraries (UBL) and the National Library of The Netherlands in The Hague (KB).

Student Life

Campus life

All facilities are open to students and employees of the KABK. Students work in a modern complex with extensive resources like workshops, stores for materials and supplies, photocopying facilities and a library in which you can access a great number of specialized books and very old documents.

  • Workshops
  • Art Supply Stores
  • Photocopying facilities
  • Library
  • Canteen
  • Wi-Fi


An external committee reviews and evaluates the programmes and reports to the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).