The Hague’s Royal Academy opens its doors…

But you must enter yourself!


Flora Whittemore, a wise woman from the state of Missouri, once said, “the doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live”.

If her words speak truth, then consider this: The Royal Academy of Art (also known as KABK) is opening its doors to prospective students this weekend. One of the oldest and prestigious academies in the Netherlands, founded in 1682 and located in the centre of The Hague, the Royal Academy is an institution where a wandering mind and imagination are valued and encouraged. According to the academy’s director, Marieke Schoenmakers, “KABK forms a community where wealth of knowledge is synonymous with passion”—offering preparatory courses, seven bachelor and seven master programmes and a PhD trajectory.

Catering to 850 students from more than 40 countries around the world, enrolled in trajectories from ArtScience to Interior Architecture & Furniture Design, Photography and Textile & Fashion—there’s a course to suit you whatever your medium may be. Not convinced? At KABK, there’s also an option to curate and customise 20% of your curriculum with the IST (Individual Study Track), and the opportunity to double your Fine Arts degree with its partnership with Leiden University, awarding students with a BA in Arts, Media and Society.

As you’ll discover at the Open Day, once you become a KABK student, you’ll belong to a global network of alumni, industry connections and partnerships with every step you take. Experience the classrooms, discover the workshops and listen to past and present students in the auditorium. You’re also invited to roam the hallways and bring your portfolio for review with those living your future art school dream. So, what are you waiting for? Scope out your future peers, tutors and friends this Saturday!


Saturday 26 January 2019, 10.00 – 16.00

Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague (NL)


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Words by Lawrence Harrison

Main image: Open Day 2018 by Françoise Bolechowski

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