In the MA year Photography, you'll take one step further in the development of your artistic identity. Throughout the year you'll work on a MA project, guided by two mentors who will help you to broaden and enrich your horizons. You'll not only realise an artistic project but also write a thesis in which you reflect on your artistic practice.
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.
In preparation for the master exhibition – which you organise together with fellow students off-campus – you will show your work to a wider public in an intermediate exhibition at the Recyclart art centre in Brussels.
During this process curiosity, independent initiative and a passion for experimentation will drive your artistic inquiry. You'll discover new strategies and unique methods. By openly communicating about evolutions and doubts during your work process, you'll bring your projects to a successful conclusion.
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.
Alongside these theoretical seminars and seminars, you will also visit exhibitions and take part in workshops. Through portfolio viewings with nationally and internationally recognised artists, art critics and curators you'll discover new perspectives.
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.
The application and enrollment procedure at LUCA School of Arts consists in general of three steps.
Campus Sint-Lukas Brussels
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An international campus and an added value to your programme
Our campus has a studio specialised in analogue photography. With its extensive infrastructure, various cameras and expertise, it offers you a range of artistic possibilities. It is unique within the landscape of contemporary art colleges.
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. The international character of the master is also felt during the final master exhibition when an external and partly international jury will judge your work.
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Miles Fischler, Ines Vansteenkiste Muylle and Eva Donckers publish in magazines and newspapers.
They launch crowdfunding campaigns to publish their own photo books. This year Melvin Podolski published Skritpark, Maria Dabrowski launched Odslonic and Bastiaan Van Aarle publishes 01:20.
Jim Campers exhibited in museum M in Leuven and Julie Scheurwegs in Botanique in Brussels. Emre Celikan went to work with a gallery in Paris. Lisa Haesevoets makes a world trip in a converted camper and brings the most beautiful images. Besma Ben Said, Lola Pertsowsky, Maité De Bievre run a photographic workshop in City Gate, a major artistic hub for artists in Brussels. Diana Tamane became a resident at Hisk after our training and today exhibits at international biennales. She publishes her first artist's book at APE.
Some of our alumni: Annemie Augustijns, Johanna Baschke, Eva Beazar, Besma Ben Said, Jim Campers, Emre Celikan, Alina Cristea, Anne Daems, Axel De Marteau, Tim Dirven, Eva Donckers, Miles Fischler, Nick Geboers, Geert Goiris, Antoine Grenez, Gaia Kaboukos, Catherine Lemblé, Renée Lorie, Melanie Matthieu, Bart Michiels, Els Opsomer, Isabelle Pateer, Lola Pertsowsky, Dries Segers, Julie Scheurweghs, Arne Schmitt, Diane Tamane, Bastiaan van Aarle, Dieter Van Caneghem, Stephan Vanfleteren, Sarah Van Marcke, Sine Van Menxel, Ines Vansteenkiste-Muylle, Franky Verdickt, Alexandra Verhaest, Danny Veys, Erien Withouck, Ugo Woatzi en Marie Wynants.
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.
The year at LUCA School of Arts, Master Photography, helped me to redefine my thinking and practice as an artist. I am especially grateful for the generosity of the professors, which has been continuous even after graduation.
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.
During the program you will be coached by a diverse and enthusiastic team of teachers. Their strength is that they themselves are active as photographers or visual artists, and/or researchers in these fields. For example, Els Opsomer participates in the Visite Film Festival in Het Bos, Antwerp, on November 26, 2020, and in April 2021 she will have a residency at the Frans Masereel Center where she will work on part of her doctoral project "I see, I see what you don't see - About the visible invisible at the time of 'global' terrorism." In the fall of 2021, in collaboration with Wiels, she will organize the symposium "Critical (Re)positions. About the Implicit Consequences of (Undesired) Heritage". Ana Torfs had a solo exhibition at Bozar in Brussels in 2020, with four new installations. She is now preparing a solo exhibition that will take place at MUAC, Mexico City (September 4, 2021 - February 27, 2022). She was also invited to the group exhibition "The Porous City", in the framework of the 3rd Triennial of Bruges (May 8 - September 26, 2021). Aglaia Konrad is working on a new book, Japan Works, to be published by ROMA Publications. Danny Veys is showing work in the exhibition "De koolwasserij van Beringen, verleden, heden en toekomst" in June-July 2021 at the Industriemuseum Gent. Wendy Morris has established a three-year collaboration with Netwerk Aalst as part of her project "Nothing of Importance Occurred: Recovering a Herbal for a 17th century midwife at the Cape." Her work is on display there from 12/12/20 to 13/3/21 in the exhibition “No one would have believed - Personne n'aurait cru”. Work by Hana Miletić is on view this year in the collection presentation "An unfinished symphony. Polyphony in the collection" of Mu.Zee in Ostend, and in the group exhibitions "wir blumen: The lightness of the fragile. Works From the Schürmann Collection" at Kunstverein Hannover in Germany, "In Stitches" at Larsen Warner, Stockholm (Sweden), "The 3rd Industrial Art Biennial (IAB): Ride into the Sun" in Hungary, and "Riga Notebook. Following the Lines of Wacław Szpakowski" at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź (Poland). Liesbeth Decan is collaborating with Hana Miletić and Greet Billet on the research project "Tapta Unraveled," which will result in an exhibition at Arton Foundation in Warsaw, Poland in the fall of 2021. Sarah Van Marcke has a solo exhibition at Concertgebouw, Bruges this year; Sine Van Menxel is participating in a group exhibition at KIOSK, Ghent; and Dries Segers has his solo exhibition "No Road to Hotel Bellevue” at DMW gallery in Antwerp.
In addition to lecturers Liesbeth Decan, Jan Theo de Jager, Aglaia Konrad, Hana Miletić, Wendy Morris, Els Opsomer, Dries Segers, Ronny Smedts, Els Opsomer, Mitja Tušek, Kris Van Beek, Sarah Van Marcke, Sine Van Menxel, Maarten Vanvolsem and Danny Veys, you will also get to know visiting artists and curators during lectures, studio visits, portfolio viewings and workshops.
This academic year's guest lecturers include Joachim Ben Yakoub, Sofia Caesar, Bert Danckaert, Toma Muteba Luntumbue, Maria Teresa Mendes Flores, Dirk Pültau, Ive Stevenheydens en Soraya Vasconcelos.
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