Future Art School Trends 2045

This project aims at strengthening Europe’s innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education and business and intends to:

  • develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning;
  • stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff;
  • facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.


The world in 2045 will be a different place. Although we cannot predict the future, we can shape it. Futures studies have developed methodologies to create futures images and scenarios. The potential for creativity and imagination at art-schools, together with the urge for innovation in society at large brought together key players from higher arts education and business in FAST 45 – Futures Art School Trends 2045. They are geared up to imagine a desirable future in which the participation, education and research in the arts play an integral part in a world that will have been radically reshaped by the 4th industrial revolution, globalisation and climate change.

FAST45 collects knowledge, creates and tests methods and broadly implements them in Art School Futures Labs in which educators, researchers and employers together will create futures scenarios and operationalise them in policy papers, long term collaborations and tools that will empower institutions to not only better anticipate an unknown future, but actively shape it.

General objectives

By working across sectoral boundaries and by envisioning futures scenarios for 2045, the knowledge alliance FAST45 intends to achieve the following general objectives:

  1. To explore and inventory already existing research that substantiates ideas and visions of possible, probable, or preferable futures for IHAE and the employment of artist.
  2. To organise Art School Futures Labs that enhance futures thinking and imagining alternative futures inside IHAE (students, lecturers, administrative staff and heads of departments) and outside IHAE (external public and private partners).
  3. To deliver four Art School Futures Scenarios that highlight the discontinuities from the present and reveal the potential choices and their potential consequences that IHAE needs to prepare for their longer-term future planning and decision-making.
  4. To organise a general discussion/debate on possible policy and decision actions that informs and facilitates transformative leadership for strategic steps forward.

These objectives will bring the future on the agenda of all stakeholders addressed by this project. FAST45 knowledge, methods and tools will create agency and sustainability for institutes of the arts and their stakeholders. The project duration is 3 years starting on January 1st (2021).

    Specific aims

    The first set of specific aims addresses the need for operational support to substantiate the process of futures thinking in IHAE and the need for immanent knowledge to re-think the role and position of IHAE in society in the future (2045) (see general objective 1 & 2).

    1. To produce a literature review, a mapping of promising practices, and hyper-linked infographics (see general objective 1).
    2. To identify a set of main drivers, emerging trends and weak signals concerning changes (political, economic, social, cultural, technological, environmental, legal) that may impact IHAE in Europe and its member states (see general objective 1).
    3. To develop an inventory of inspiring and promising practices in the field of art-related employability and a trans-professional environment of science, technology, and the arts (see general objective 1).
    4. To equip IHAE with futures studies informed roadmap including guidelines to organise Art School Futures Labs in individual institutions (see general objective 2).
    5. To deliver an online platform for individual institutes and businesses to report their ideas and suggestions for alternative futures created in the Art School Futures Labs organised in different European countries (see general objective 2).

    The second set of general objectives and specific aims addresses the need for operational support and immanent knowledge to determine policy and decision actions for strategic steps forward (see general objective 3 & 4).

    1. To provide four futures scenarios for IHAE 2045 in Europe based on images created in the Art School Futures Labs (see general objective 3).
    2. To deliver an Art School Futures Discussion Document / Agenda on the principal and specific features, challenges or problems in reference to long-term strategic planning and decision making in IHAE (see general objective 4).



    • Kobe Ardui (content developer)
    • Ingwio D'Hespeel (content developer)
    • Koenraad Hinnekint (project coordinator)

    FAST45 - Steering Comite LUCA School of Arts


    • Estonian Academy of the Arts
    • University of the Arts Helsinki
    • Cefedem Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
    • Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
    • Technological University Dublin
    • University of the Arts Zurich
    • Microsoft Ireland
    • Conexiones Improbables
    • Xenorama Collective for Audio Visual Art
    • European League of Institutes of the Arts
    • Association des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musik hochschulen

    Publications and realisations

    1. The Art School Futures Learning Platform is an online tool (i.e. information data map and training course) that fosters the process of futures thinking in IHAE. It consists of a well-ordered and user-friendly knowledge base (e.g. learning materials, webinars, excerpts of literature, excerpts of interviews with stakeholders, word clouds, mind maps, infographics, information kits) that transparently unfolds future challenges, problems and opportunities in the field of (1) art, education and technology and (2) transdisciplinary employment of artists. The Art School Futures Learning Platform aims to inform and support the exchange of knowledge.
    2. The Art School Futures Thinking Guidelines is a work template and strategy framework to enhance futures thinking in IHAE. It helps to organise actions and delivers a methodology to develop futures images and scenarios. It consists of cross-referenced information to support the process of futures thinking in IHAE and guidelines for individual institutions to devise and organise Art School Futures Lab with their stakeholders.
    3. The Art School Futures Lab is a set of high-level workshops, presentations and facilitated discussions in which students, teaching staff, researchers, heads of programs, heads of departments or institutes, business people and other external stakeholders of IHAE co-create ideas and visions for futures images and scenarios for the education and employment of artists. All results of the lab will be reported and documented in a user-friendly web-based tool on the Art School Futures Learning Platform. It delivers a living archive since it continuously (re)informs and (re)documents the process of futures thinking in IHAE.
    4. ​​​​ Four Art School Futures Scenarios is a set of possible, probable, or preferable futures for the employment of artists and the role of IHAE in society.
    5. The Art School Futures Discussion Document / Agenda is a discussion text with an agenda that fosters the debate on long-term policy and transformative leadership in and for IHAE.