Application Information Bachelor's Degree Programme

Application Information

Your application starts with the submission of an online application form and a set of documents required for the admissions check.

After having uploaded and submitted your admission documents you will receive a confirmation that you have completed step 1 of the application procedure. Step 2 continues with the registration for the artistic aptitude test: students who would like to enter a study programmes in the field of Visual Arts, Audio-Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Visual Communication have to mandatory pass the artistic aptitude test, for which you register additionally by using the registration link mentioned in the confirmation mail that you will receive once you have completed the upload of your admission documents. 

The following documents for the admissions check are mandatory to be submitted through the e-registration:

  • Certified diploma / degree certificates of your secondary school issued in the national language and mandatory translation of the diploma in case the original diploma is not yet issued in English, French, German or Dutch.
  • Certified transcripts of records with grades issued in the national language and mandatory translation of the diploma in case the original transcripts were not yet issued in English, French, German or Dutch
  • Certificate of equivalence (not required for diplomas issued in France or the Netherlands)  of a foreign secondary education degree. Download the default document here.
  • Proof of Dutch language proficiency
  • Copy of your ID card or passport.

Additional documents:

  • APS certificate (only for Chinese students)

Interested in a bachelor's degree or a master's degree at LUCA? Fill out the form below to apply for a study at LUCA School of Arts for the academic year 2020-2021. The application form will guide you through every step of the way.

 When in doubt about your registration, please contact inschrijvingen@luca-arts.be

(Please mention the campus in which you're interested in the title).


Application Deadlines

  • Non-EEA-students, especially those who are not holding a valid residence permit for Belgium/Schengen countries: March 1 2020
  • Non-EEA-students with or without a valid residence permit for Belgium/Schengen countries and EEA-students: May 1 2020
  • EEA-students, Belgian students with international diplomas, students with a diploma from the French Community and only non-EEA-students with a valid residence permit for Belgium/Schengen countries: September 1 2020

Diploma Requirements

If an international or Belgian student's secondary-school diploma is obtained outside Flanders, LUCA School of Arts may still grant admission to a bachelor's programme if the diploma grants access to similar university studies in one’s home country.

  • Students with a diploma obtained in a country that signed the Lisbon Recognition Convention are admitted if the obtained diploma provides access to higher education in the country in question.
  • Students with a diploma obtained in a country that did not sign the Lisbon Recognition Convention can be admitted if the obtained diploma provides access to equivalent higher education in the country in question. The permission in this case depends on an additional test of the programme’s competences.

To prove this, a candidate may provide either type of valid proof:

Certified or legalized copies: what does it mean?

Before a public document (like a diploma) can be used in a country other than the one where it was issued, the origin of the document must be authenticated.
The legalisation is done in the country where the document was issued. There are different procedures to authenticate a document. The procedure to follow depends on the country where the document was issued. Please always check the website of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/legalisation_of_documents/

There are several ways to authenticate your documents, but core element is always that the certification or legalisation is being done in the country where the diploma or documents were issued.

  1. You can have documents certified by the educational institution that issued the original documents. You can ask your university to issue a new set of original transcripts and either send these to us yourself (preferably in a closed university envelope) or have the university send them to our Admissions Office
  2. You can ask the university who originally issued the documents to make a certified copy of your diploma/transcript/diploma supplement. A ‘certified’ copy is a copy made by an individual or institution authorised to do so, in this case, the academic institution or university that granted your transcripts/diploma/supplements. They stamp the copy, thereby attesting that it is a true copy of the original document;
  3. If the country where the diploma was issued has signed "The Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents" (1961), in that case the copy of your diploma or transcripts has to bear the "Apostille". For more information on this convention, to see whether the country where your diploma was issued has signed the convention and to find out who can put an apostille on the copy of your diploma, go to the official website:https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/status-table/?cid=41
  4. Legalisation by the Belgian Embassy: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/legalisation_of_documents

Admission office  LUCA School of Arts
LUCA School of Arts
Paleizenstraat 70
B-1030 Brussel
Belgium
E: admissions@luca-arts.be


Language Requirements

Language requirements Dutch is the official language of instruction. Consequently, all of our bachelor's programmes are completely organized in Dutch.

Language level

The required level of Dutch to study at KU Leuven is level B2. The following certificates are recognized by the university college:

  • A proof that the applicant has successfully followed a Dutch-language study programme of at least one year, either at an institute of Higher Education or a Secondary School, or succesfully completed at least 60 ECTS credits in a Dutch taught higher education degree programme.
  • a Dutch language certificate that is recognized by the Dutch language (Nederlandse Taalunie) and that grants access to higher education.
  • to submit a certificate which demonstrates that the candidate student at least has a B2 level of proficiency in Dutch of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
    - ITNA test: The Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen is developed and administered by all members of the Interuniversity Testing Consortium (IUTC): Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
    - language certificate Level 5 of the ILT- University of Leuven
    - language certificate Level 5 of the HUB
    - language certificate Level 4 of the Antwerp University
    - language certificate Level 3 of Ghent University
  • A certificate issued by an Adult Learning Centre (in Dutch: CVO or Centrum voor Volwassenenonderwijs”), minimum level 3
  • A certificate PTHO (Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs) awarded by “Nederlandse Taalunie”, Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CnaVT);
  • A certificate PAT (Profiel Academische Taalvaardigheid) awarded by “Nederlandse Taalunie, Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CnaVT).

Artistic Requirements

Prospective students who aim to enrol for the professional bachelor's degree programme in Visual Communication  (PBA Beeldende Vormgeving) or the academic bachelor's degree programmes in Audio-Visual Arts, Visual Arts, Product Design, Music and Theatre have to register for and pass the artistic aptitude test first (called 'ATPr').

Registration for this 'ATPr'-test is mandatory and goes through the following link: http://www.luca-arts.be/aanmelding-luca-2019-2020. An overview with the dates and campus location of each aptitude test can be found in the downloadable document at the bottom of this page called "Data Artistieke Toelatingsproeven 2019".
If you pass the 'ATPr' -test you may enrol for the study programme  under condition of fulfilling the other entree requirements (language requirements, sufficient learning account and diploma requirements). The content and programme of  the ' ATPr'-test will be e-mailed to you if you have subscribed online.


Application Information Master's Degree Programmes

To begin a master's degree you must hold a bachelor's degree. Some bachelor's degrees give direct access to a specific master's programme; sometimes you may need to follow a preparatory programme before you can start a master's degree. If you are in possession of a bachelor's degree from outside the Flemish Community, you have the skills and capabilities necessary to begin a master's training.

APPLICATION

All applicants submit a online application through the online registration tool where you can upload your attachments.

The following documents are mandatory to be submitted: 

  • master’s application E-form
  • CV;
  • letter of motivation;
  • Portfolio
  • Certified bachelor or equivalent diploma / degree certificates and translation of the diploma in case the diploma is not yet translated into English, French, German or Dutch
  • Certified transcript of records / diploma supplement and translation in case the transcripts is not yet translated into English, French, German or Dutch
  • proof of English or Dutch language proficiency (candidates who cannot take a language exam like TOEFL, IELTS due to waiting lists are allowed to present beyond the application deadline);
  • copy of your ID or passport

Supplementary documents (campus Sint-Lukas Brussels only):

  • master's project proposal: enclose an idea of a graduate project (+ you would like to work on during your master. For describing your idea please use this format.

Supplementary documents

  • APS certificate (only for Chinese students)

Interested in a bachelor's degree or a master's degree at LUCA? Fill out the form below to apply for a study at LUCA School of Arts for the academic year 2020-2021. The application form will guide you through every step of the way.

 When in doubt about your registration, please contact inschrijvingen@luca-arts.be

(Please mention the campus in which you're interested, in the title).


Application Deadlines

  • Non-EEA-students, especially those who are not holding a valid residence permit for Belgium/Schengen countries: March 1 2020
  • Non-EEA-students with or without a valid residence permit for Belgium/Schengen countries and EEA-students: May 1 2020
  • EEA-students, Belgian students with international diplomas, students with a diploma from the French Community and only non-EEA-students with a valid residence permit for Belgium/Schengen countries: September 1 2020

Diploma Requirements

The (photo)copies of diplomas and transcripts should be certified as true and authentic copies of the originals by the educational institution that issued them. If you are still preparing for an examination at the time of application, you are requested to send – as soon as the results are available – a certificate attesting to the results.

Certified copies are copies of original documents that are certified with a stamp and signature to confirm that the copies are true to the originals. You can have documents certified by the educational institution that issued the original documents.

Documents that are certified by notaries are not always accepted, so don’t rely on it. If the country where the diploma was issued has signed "The Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents" (1961, in that case the copy of your diploma or transcripts has to bear the "Apostille". For more information on this convention, to see whether the country where your diploma was issued has signed the convention and to find out who can put an apostille on the copy of your diploma, go to the official website . 


Language Requirements

LUCA School of Arts offers both master’s programme in English and Dutch.

  1. English taught masters

Only the programs as listed on English programmes are full-time English taught degree programs. These programmes are mainly offered at the LUCA campuses in Brussels or Leuven.

  1. Dutch taught masters for international students

The official language of the other LUCA master’s programmes is Dutch. We offer MA’s at the LUCA campuses in Gent, Leuven, Genk and Brussels. Proficiency in Dutch is recommended, but because most master’s programmes consist of a considerable amount of elective courses taught in English international students with a good command of the English language are also welcome to attend the Dutch taught master’s courses. Moreover, practical course components (such as studio practice, music, …) are taught in small groups making it easier to accommodate international students.

We accept the following certificates with regard to language proficiency in Dutch or English

English language proficiency. The required level of English to study at KU Leuven is level B2. This can be proved in various ways such as:

  • a diploma of higher education obtained at an institute of higher education in one of the inner circle countries (United Kingdom, USA, New Zealand, Australia, English-speaking Canada , Ireland, Caribbean Islands, South Africa)
  • TOEFL paper based test (PBT): minimum score 550
  • TOEFL computer based test (CBT): minimum score 213
  • TOEFL internet based test (iBT): minimum score 79 
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEIC Listening 490 + Reading 455 + Speaking 200 + Writing 200
  • ITACE test level B2 (only for applicants who are already residing in Belgium)
  • Students who have obtained a diploma of Secondary or Higher Education in Flanders or the Netherlands, can upload a copy of the Flemish or Dutch diploma when the application form asks for a language certificate. A language certificate is not mandatory, but can be submitted optionally.
  • Cambridge English Exams:
    • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade A, B or C
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)  minimum score 176
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) : minimum score 179

Dutch language proficiency:

  • a proof that the applicant has successfully followed a Dutch-language study programme of at least one year, either at an institute of Higher Education or a Secondary School, or successfully completed at least 54 ECTS credits in a Dutch taught higher education degree programme.
  • a Dutch language certificate that is recognized by the Dutch language (Nederlandse Taalunie) and that grants access to higher education.
  • language certificate Level 5 (or B2)
  • a certificate PTHO (Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs) awarded by “Nederlandse Taalunie, Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CnaVT);
  • a certificate PAT (Profiel Academische Taalvaardigheid) awarded by “Nederlandse Taalunie, Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CnaVT).
  • a certificate issued by an Adult Learning Centre (in Dutch: CVO or Centrum voor Volwassenenonderwijs”), minimum level 3

Artistic Requirements

Assessment procedure of a Master's degree application

International students can apply for a specific programme, the enrollment itself however, can only be done after formal approval which follows an assessment of suitability and capability to join the programme one applied for. Also, one cannot register for a different master programme than one initially applied for. An assessment will be conducted by an academic committee of the master discipline concerned, who will also check the credential and academic values of the application (step 1) and an artistic portfolio, including intake interview (step 2).

Applicants who pass the credential and academic check (step 1) are then invited for the intake and portfolio interviews.

The assessment will determine whether one possesses the required basic (artistic) competencies for the master’s course. There is no direct admission to our master's degree programmes without portfolio review.

Depending on the results of this assessment, the academic committee may require one to complete a preparatory programme first, the content and size of which will depend on the degree of affinity with the content and characteristics of the course of the attained bachelor course and the bachelor course in the chosen specialization. If the commission re-orientates an applicant to the bachelor’s programme or preparatory programme after step 1 (check) or step 2 (intake interview), please note that sitting and passing a more elaborate and intensive artistic aptitude test is a formal entry requirement for all bachelor programmes in Music, Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Arts.

Results of the assessment

Definitive admission statements will be communicated in writing after the assessment interviews.