AKI- ArtEZ Fine Art prepares students for a dynamic profession and a myriad of roles and responsibilities in art and society. Individual practice and personal development vary as students employ both old and new media in innovative combinations.
Foundation Year: broad orientation
The first year offers a broad orientation that covers a full range of disciplines. Discover your unique affinities and develop your own visual language through in-class coursework and by working independently on projects on a contract basis. You’ll explore art history and philosophy, attend live lectures and participate in art tours. Throughout the year, you’ll present your ideas regularly to teachers and fellow students, delving increasingly deeper into your work and discussions to clarify the direction you wish to develop.
During project weeks, specialty workshops introduce new skills, such as welding and silkscreening.
In addition to your bachelor’s theoretical program, you may also apply to the Honours Programme.
After the first year, the program of study splits into two distinct areas, each with its own specialized faculty. One area, Exploring 2D, focuses on the flat surface and the other, About Space, on the spatial plane. Within these two pillars, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a specific medium or broaden your palette through interdisciplinary or mixed-media crossovers.
In addition to painting and sculpture, the program encompasses the expanding field of new media - where innovation, the variability of technology and reflection converge.
the space: an inter-area not requiring students to lle á AKI - ArtEZ students.
Each year, students participate in six different LABs taught by guest lecturers and visiting artists from various fields of contemporary art. LABs introduce students to exciting areas of contemporary art outside the regular curriculum. Here, you explore areas outside your areas of expertise, such as performance, robotics, kinetic art, etc., then apply the knowledge you acquire to your work in either painting or sculpture, in consultation with faculty.
Through first-hand, real-world examples from practicing professionals, students gain insights for making conscious choices about their future careers.
Work independently in your own studio
In the second year, students get their own workspace and focus on developing their work and studio practice.
Supervisors (artists within your chosen discipline) visit your studio every week to discuss your individual work and process. You also learn by writing about and presenting your work in dynamic group discussions.
In addition to working independently in your studio still follow classroom lessons as theory, philosophy, drawing, graphics and technical skills. As the study progresses, there is more time aside for working independently. Towards the end of your studies, you work work on a series to present at the graduation show. In addition, you write a thesis on a topic related to your work.
Collaborative learning is at the heart of the AKI Fine Art course. Students work with others from University of Twente, the Conservatory or Crossmedia Design, all part of AKI ArtEZ. You also have the option to attend a study exchange program or do an internship with an artistic organization.
AKI ArtEZ is within walking distance of several museums and exhibition spaces that regularly update and show student work. The academy also has its own exhibition space in the building where you can exhibit group shows with fellow students, solo exhibitions or initial experimentations with a project.
All students will show their graduation work during the ArtEZ Finals in Enschede. A visit to this graduation exhibition is a must if you are thinking about taking the Bachelor of Fine Art course.