Specialization in the international MA Visual Arts - Graphic Design
60 ECTS / 1 year
Campus Brussels / Sint-Lukas

In the master Graphic Storytelling you learn to develop your graphic and narrative skills. This makes it unique in Flanders.

Curriculum

During the master in Graphic Storytelling, you prove your masterships as a graphic storyteller or autonomous illustrator. Not only fiction but also non-fiction is on the program: documentary, autobiography, reportage etc.
• You will expand your technical drawing capacities and learn to work with new technologies in both print and digital media.
• You will practice storytelling techniques to tell your own story in a personal way.

As a MA student, you'll choose your own project and formulate your own relevant research questions. You'll demonstrate that you are able to work critically and innovatively within your chosen discipline or able to initiate multidisciplinary projects. You'll work in a productive and stimulating environment in which confrontation and communication with other students and tutors are the driving force for deepening your own work.

About the MA training

The open, questioning attitude you take as a designer/author towards available media ensures that the switch between techniques and disciplines becomes a matter of course. In other words: the autonomous designer/author sometimes makes video, sometimes conceptual work, then a book or a digital project. In addition, you'll write a thesis in which you reflect on your practice, methodology and the choices you make. Alongside design, you'll focus on an ongoing critical analysis of your work process through academic writing and presentations.

A critical design attitude

During the Critical Practices and interdisciplinary Critical Study you'll learn research methodologies and collect, analyse and synthesise relevant information to answer your research questions. This will bring you insight into the manner in which designers operate in different geographical, historical and cultural contexts and will give you the necessary intellectual capacity to grow into the next generation of leading designers, authors and artists.

Master programme

The master graduate project

For your master graduate project, you choose your own artistic project. You realize this work and present it to a jury of internal and external experts during a public presentation. You contextualize your work with a thesis with which you situate your work within or against existing literature and debates. This proves that you can orient yourself within the field of the chosen artistic discipline.

For your master's thesis, you can make use of technical support and productional assistance and you rely on the advice of the tutors. Nevertheless, with your master's thesis, you prove that you work to a large extent independently.

Critical & Studio Practices strengthen your critical-reflective outlook

In addition to individual and group tutorials, you will follow specific theory classes as well as interdisciplinary seminars. You will actively follow the latest developments in the contemporary art scene, regularly visiting exhibitions with fellow students and meeting with artists, curators and other actors from the national and international scene. As a result, you will develop your critical-reflective outlook on the contemporary art world. In the Critical Practice course, you further develop your discursive and analytical skills. This will help you to improve your level of reflection on the context and practices of contemporary art.

Seminars

Seminars are an integral part of the master's program. LUCA has a particularly rich and diversified range of research seminars fed by the research groups of our campuses from Brussels, Ghent, Genk and Leuven. Each campus has its own researchers, research traditions and disciplines. 

Together with your coordinator, you will select two seminars that match your ambitions. You can also choose from the courses given at the KU Leuven or its associated university colleges.

Staff

Our teachers are specialists, active within their field of specialization on a daily basis. By working together intensively, they ensure an exciting cross-fertilization between the different fields:

  • design and publishing: Johan Stuyck
  • illustrators and graphic novelists: Judith Vanistendael, Ilah (Inge Heremans), Ephameron (Eva Cardon), Lukas Verstraete, striptheoreticus Pascal Lefèvre
  • author: Ruth Mellaerts
  • designer Simon Otten
  • drawing: Georges Braem, Tom Pijnenborg, Klaas Vanhee, Guido Devadder
  • performance artist Jan Pillaert

Meanwhile our theorists Dirk Pultau, Elke Van Damme, Johan Teirlinck and Volkmar Mühleis create a versatile artistic and theoretical program. In addition, various guest speakers and guest lecturers are invited every academic year. In this way, an inspiring artistic and reflective environment is created. 

Staff for the Research seminars

Peter Anthonissen, Herman Asselberghs, Mariske Broeckmeyer, Vincent Caers, Kris Cuppens, Boris Debackere, Peter De Graeve, Robbrecht Desmet, Jeroen D’hoe, Leen Engelen, Pablo Hannon, Steven Huybrechts, Peter Jacquemyn, Jeroen Laureys, Steven Lenaers, Frank Maet, Ans Mertens, Volkmar Mühleis, Els Opsomer, Jan Pillaert, Peter Schuermans, Lieven Segers, Nicola Setari, Johan Teirlinck, Pascal Vandelanoitte, Bert Vandenbussche, Katrien Van Haute, Tom Van Imschoot, Patrick Verlaak, Rosanne Van Klaveren, Esther Venrooij, Klaas Verpoest, Jasper Vrancken, Kristof Vrancken.

Facilities & campus life

    Our campus is situated within the dynamic context of Brussels. This diversity creates new avenues of thought and leads to a challenging artistic process. Surrounded by students from Belgium and abroad you'll be confronted by other realities that shift your boundaries.

    Further studies and career

    'I was already making my own comics at the art academy in Amsterdam. After making several small zines and publications, I was looking for a new challenge. In the Netherlands, I did not find a study program that suited me, but what I saw here appealed to me. After a transition year, I could start the master Graphic Storytelling in Brussels. I learned a lot about image creation as well as storytelling. I moved to Brussels to follow the course and towards the end of the Master programme, I went back to live in the Netherlands. I had a contract with a publisher before I presented my master's thesis to the jury. I don't think I would have achieved it without this programme. '

     Anat Segal –  author of Days of Onion

    After graduating, our alumni start a career as graphic novelists, illustrators or graphic designers. Other graduates end up in an educational context, as a teacher of Art Education. Our thorough theoretical and practical training ensures that you not only excel in your own artistic discipline but can also be deployed in a broader field of work.

    Shortened educational master

    Are you graduating as an artistic master and would you still like to become a teacher? Then you can opt for a shortened educational master's program. EDU by LUCA offers the opportunity to acquire your competencies in secondary and part-time art education at an accelerated pace. Students who take the shortened course of 60 credits sign up for a one-year full-time program. If you want to combine work and family, you can choose to spread the shortened route over two years. Edu bundles the (abbreviated) teacher training courses for secondary education offered by KU Leuven, LUCA School of Arts and VIVES.

    'After studying history at KU Leuven, I ended up in a completely different kind of study program at Sint-Lukas Brussels. The programme is much more practical, but in general also much more intensive. A lot of work was to be done all year round and as I remember I used to draw anywhere, anytime. I  also learned that as a draftsman you should also be able to tell a story and that it is more important for your drawings to have personality than that to be just beautiful or correct. I was given the unique opportunity to create in complete freedom, without the worries of professional life, such as financial pressure or meddling customers. I took advantage of this luxury to create a full-fledged comic in my master's degree. This was published after graduating and I had a business card in the form of a first book. '

    Michaël Olbrechts - author of De Allerlaatste Tijger

    Application & entry requirements

    Enrollment procedure

    The application and enrollment procedure at LUCA School of Arts consists in general of three steps.

    1. First you will have to submit an online Admissions application in which you will be asked to upload certain documents required for the Admissions’ diploma and language check. We will be checking if you meet with the diploma and language requirements.
    2. The second step continues with your participation in a Master Assessment.
    3. Step three is the final and binding (online) registration (for which you will receive a unique registration link after succeeding the Master Assessment).

    Let's meet

    Visit us

    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.

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    Contact us

    Contact us: 

    Paleizenstraat 70
    1030 Brussels
    +32 2 250 11 00
    bk.brussel@luca-arts.be

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