The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) was founded in 1682 as the Haagsche Teeken-Academie (or ‘The Hague Drawing Academy’). Drawing classes were held for the public in the evenings and the society debated about art on Saturdays.
In our culturally diverse academy, the commitment, passion, and curiosity of our students and staff come together in a respectful and tolerant learning environment. Our intensive, structured and small-scale curriculum revolves around experimentation and personal guidance. We provide students with a significant degree of freedom to shape their interests and personal ambitions. We value skill and disciplinary expertise as well as interdisciplinary practice. We encourage innovation through collaboration and facilitate critical reflection on the ever-changing roles of artists and designers in our societies.
Research is an integral component of the learning culture at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) The Hague. Research has gained increasing importance in artistic and design practices in recent decades. The 21st century artist or designer is what philosopher Donald Schön has called ‘The Reflective Practitioner’ in his seminal 1983 book with the same title.
The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) educates students to become confident artists and designers, able to make a meaningful contribution to their discipline and to society by means of their passion, their deep expertise and their experimental approach.
We reach out to the professional field, immerse ourselves in societal trends, and seek confrontation with the audience. One of the ways that we do this is through joint projects with external partners from various disciplines, ranging from government institutions to the cultural sector and business world.
The Central Bureau of the University of the Arts The Hague reports to the Executive Board. Information for employees of the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire is published on the website of the University of the Arts. Here you will find topics such as personnel policy, governance and supervision, participation, rules of conduct and the ANBI-status (‘institution allocating to the general good’ (in Dutch: ‘algemeen nut beogende instelling’).
The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) is not situated in a campus and does not have university-owned accommodation. Students are required to ensure their own housing and are responsible for arranging accommodation themselves.
The KABK has a very well-equipped library. Its collection consists of titles in i.a. the disciplines of Fine Art, Architecture, Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Philosophy, Art Observation, History. The library has subscriptions to roughly 80 magazines and daily newspapers. The multimedia centre has approximately 500 DVDs.
All students in the Netherlands must be sufficiently insured for healthcare. International students who are privately insured in their own country should bring along a statement (in English) with details about their health insurance program.
The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) is located on the Prinsessegracht in The Hague, just a short distance from Den Haag Central Station and Malieveld.
Students and staff are invited to use all of the building’s spaces for exhibitions, performances and/or meetings. Most students are allocated a studio space during their studies.
An external committee reviews and evaluates the programmes and reports to the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).