The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp offers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in applied fine arts and design. Its fashion programme entered the international spotlight following the breakthrough of the Antwerp Six designers in the 1980s. Admission is competitive and applicants must prove a basic proficiency in spoken and written Dutch to be accepted to the course. Fashion students mix with peers in other programmes and are required to take weekly classes in life drawing, art history, art philosophy and research methods. Both undergraduate and graduate students ranked the school's course offerings in digital innovation, business, marketing, and sustainability poorly. Other noted areas for improvement included the provision and use of technology and careers services. According to alumni and student comments, the school challenges students to think independently and achieve growth without being over guided.
"Great preparation for design; I couldn't ask for more. The one thing I would change is adding and encouraging students to do internships while in the program."
"Antwerp Royal Fashion Academy is the leader in pushing and creating designers with their own world and aesthetic, so I'm extremely satisfied with what it did for me personally. The visibility, press coverage and global recognition of the school also serves as a great stepping stone and reference."
"A place where every creative person from all around the world can feel at home. A school that lets you be the creative child in an adult world, with no limitations; nothing is impossible here. "
"Character building on both personal and creative levels. It had the advantage of making me very independent and autonomous, though that sometimes meant I felt unsupported when face with challenges."
Full Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking
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