Exchange programme in the BA Visual Arts
Campus Ghent / Sint-Lucas

Choosing for Illustration on the Ghent campus of LUCA School of Arts is a choice for a visual arts training. The programme has a unique position in Europe, focussing on authorship of autonomous illustrators. During their studies students are expected to develop their imagination and personal visual universe.

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Word and image are the ingredients that are used in the Illustration studio. The concepts of "illustrating" and "imagining" are thoroughly explored through specific assignments and study of perception. Graphical and substantive boundaries are explored and broken through experimentation supported by professionalism.

The emphasis lies on authorship and personal commitment and great importance is attached to the fundamental research into images and visual practice. This artistic research is tested against academic standards specific to the arts, and flanked by a fair share of theory in the curriculum. During your education you will be supported by highly involved teachers: active artists, designers and theorists, all experts in their own field. The programme upholds an open culture which makes it a sanctuary where you can fully develop yourself artistically.

Programme for exchange students

The Visual Arts programme on campus Ghent offers academically oriented BA and MA degrees in Textile Design, Graphic Design and Fine Arts. Within Fine Arts students can either develop a hybrid fine arts practice or choose to focus on one of the following disciplines: Sculpture-Glass-Ceramics, Illustration, Painting, Mixed Media, Drawing-Printmaking. Exchange students are welcome to join the programme in 2BA or 3BA (first semester, second semester or a full year) or in MA (first semester). The study progress at your home university and the quality of your portfolio will determine your  enrolment in either BA or MA at LUCA.                          

The atelier will be the main part of your study programme at LUCA. Additionally, you can opt for drawing classes, English taught theoretical courses and Dutch classes (off campus). A welcome week with introductions to Flemish historical and contemporary art, the city of Gent and the campus is organised each semester.          

We can offer you an exchange programme of 30 ECTS credits. Detailed information about the offered course units can be found via                  

BA First Year

BA Second Year

BA Third Year


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Facilities & campus life

    What do you need?

    A good command of English (level B2) is required to make the most of your stay with us.

    Campus Ghent does not own student accommodation. Therefore, you will have to rent a room on the private housing market for the duration of your stay. To help you in your search, please contact our student support services (

    Application & entry requirements

    All Erasmus+ Exchange Students need to apply via the exchange application procedure of LUCA School of Arts. During your application process, you can indicate the LUCA campus of your choice and the exchange programme you wish to apply for. Notice that not all programmes are open for incoming exchange students in both semesters. An overview can be found  here.

    • The deadline for the Autumn Semester / full year is April 30
    • The deadline for the Spring Semester is November 1

    Outcome Exchange Application

    The outcome of the application can be expected within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. Both you and your international coordinator will be informed about the result of your application by e-mail. No need to inquire about the outcome yourself.

    Let's meet

    Are you curious about our approach to Art education? During our open days, you will get all the information you need, visit the campus, talk to our teaching staff and students ... Still not convinced? Visit our graduation show! During this, on-campus two-day art festival you can experience first hand how good our students really are.

    08.05.2021, 10h
    Alexianenplein 1, 9000 Ghent

    ma 31 August 2021, 14h00 - Campus Sint-Lucas Ghent 
    Alexianenplein 1, 9000 Ghent

    to be decided, 14h00 - Campus Sint-Lucas Ghent 
    Alexianenplein 1, 9000 Ghent

    Contact us

    If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact us:

    Veerle Van den Abbeele

    Tel. +32 2 447 10 76

    Machteld Pectoor

    Tel. +32 9 447 10 75