The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp can look back on a rich historical tradition, which brings us back to 1663. As the world’s fourth oldest academy, it has an international reputation of 350 years. The Antwerp Academy provides the challenging environment for the soon-to-be designer or artist who wants a very individual and personal artistic education. It offers an English bachelor and master programme in Visual Arts with different courses going from the Fine arts: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, In situ and Photography, to the more design-oriented courses: Graphic design, Jewellery design, Gold-& Silversmithing, Fashion design and Theatre Costume design. The curriculum which offers a healthy balance between studio practice, supporting (art) theory and drawing classes will help the students to develop their own distinctive artistic practice.
Jewellery design, Gold & Silversmithing
Our urge to adorn, in which jewels and objects are the most important means of identification and expression, is both universal and timeless. Jewels and objects tell a story about the status and style, mentality, character and culture of the person using them.
At the same time they are a witness of social, cultural and technological developments. That is why Jewellery design, Gold- & silversmithing is such an exciting and many-faceted profession that, although it is founded on a rich craft tradition, is nevertheless subject to on-going development.
Our focus lies on the development of individual talent, creativity and the self-motivation of the student, by means of research, content development and self-reflection. In addition, attention is paid to the technical skills and practical insight needed for the craft. Technology and know-how of materials, gemmology, history of jewellery and 3D computer drawing, makes this course an exciting voyage of discovery, where curiosity and imagination are continuously stimulated through the subject of jewellery.
The department facilitate to work in a variety of materials including precious metals, synthetics, wood and textiles. We invite guest lectures, provide workshops and arrange visits to symposiums and exhibitions across Europe to cultivate a sound understanding of the broad spectrum of jewellery design in a contemporary world.
TeachersNedda El-Asmar, Ingrid Meeuwis, Marc Ribbens, Anja Baelus, Wieke Aerts, Thessa Goossens, Erik Indekeu.
Previous guest lectures:
Robert Baines, Tabea Reulecke, Daniel Kruger, Lisa Walker, Damian Skinner, Nelli Tanner, Klaus Burgel, Peter Skubic, Christian Hoedl, Liesbeth den Besten, David Bielander, Helen Britton, Christopher Zellweger, Giovanni Corvaja, Estela Seaz Vilanova, Timothy Carson, Helena Lehtinen, Lucia Massei, Gisbert Stach, Bettina Speckner, Jane McAdam Freud, Jivan Astfalck, Johanna Dahm, Deganit Stern Schocken, Ulrich Reithofer
Previous guest teachers:
Naomi Filmer, Anita Evenepoel, Hans Weyers, Herman Wittocx, David Bielander, Helen Britton, Christopher Zellweger, Giovanni Corvaja, Estela Seaz Vilanova, Timothy Carson, Helena Lehtinen, Lucia Massei, Gisbert Stach, Bettina Speckner, Jane McAdam Freud, Jivan Astfalck, Johanna Dahm, Tabea Reulecke, Deganit Stern Schocken, Ulrich Reithofer, Rudolf Kocéa and Philip Sajet.
Open call 13 Dec 2017 - 01 Mar 2018 PhD Programme in the field of Jewellery Design at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Lectures 12 Apr 2016 - 12 Apr 2016 Lecture: Nature and Artifice by Daniel Kruger.
Exhibition 26 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016 Bracelets for Paul & Willem by Students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Meeting 01 Dec 2014 - 01 Dec 2014 Rituals of Self Design: A talk by Christoph Zellweger.
Exhibition 25 Sep 2014 - 25 Jan 2015 A Touch of Steel – Steel Prize 2014.
Meeting 03 Dec 2013 - 03 Dec 2013 Nelli Tanner: Confrontations 2013-2014 | 4.
Meeting 22 Oct 2013 - 22 Oct 2013 Estela Sàez: Confrontations 2013-2014 | 1.
Meeting 26 Mar 2013 - 26 Mar 2013 Timothy Carson: Confrontations 2013/5.
Meeting 12 Mar 2013 - 12 Mar 2013 Giovanni Corvaja: Confrontations 2013/4.
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