The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp can look back on a rich historical tradition dating back to 1663. As the world’s fourth oldest academy, it has enjoyed an international reputation for 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 English-language bachelor’s and master’s programmes 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- and silversmithing, fashion design, and theatre costume design. The curriculum, which offers a healthy balance between studio practice, supporting (art) theory, and drawing classes, helps students to develop their own distinctive artistic practices.
Jewellery design, gold and 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 to social, cultural, and technological developments. That is why jewellery design, gold- and silversmithing is such an exciting and many-faceted profession that, although founded on a rich craft tradition, is nevertheless subject to ongoing development.
Our focus lies in the development of individual talent, creativity, and self-motivation in 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 make this course an exciting voyage of discovery, where curiosity and imagination are continuously stimulated through the subject of jewellery.
The department facilitates 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.
Designing for Another Person is an exercise for students to design for professional clients, as they will do in careers as jewellery designers/makers. Individual ideas, experience, and talents are confronted with the tastes, dislikes, and demands of someone they come to know through a working commission. For students, this is an opportunity to acquire live project experience. For the audience, we present the promise of rising young talents.
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