LUCA School of Arts offers 3 Master’s degree programmes taught in English: Visual Arts (specializations in Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Photography), Audiovisual Arts (specializations in Animation Film and Film) and Music. For all other Master’s degree programmes Dutch is the official language of instruction.

The application and enrollment procedure at LUCA School of Arts consists in general of three steps. 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. The second step continues with your participation in a Master Assessment. Step three is the final and binding (online) registration (for which you will receive a unique registration link after succeeding the Master Assessment).

Interested in 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).


Admissions Application & Deadlines

The LUCA Admissions department will screen your Admissions application in order to decide whether or not you meet the diploma and language requirements to start the chosen master programme. All applicants must submit an online Admissions application using the online registration tool (see above). The following documents are mandatory to be submitted as attachments to your application:

  • 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
  • APS certificate (Only for mainland Chinese citizens. Not required at application stage.). More information below:

APS- requirement: All mainland Chinese citizens who are not in the possession of a foreign degree, or have not completed any courses at a university in another country than China, need to go through the APS procedure to obtain the APS certificate in order to apply for a student visa for Belgium. These students cannot get a Belgian student visa without this certificate. Certain categories of students don’t need to go through the APS procedure. We do not require the APS certificate at the time of application. Students should wait for a positive outcome on their application at LUCA School of Arts and only then start the APS procedure. Contact admissions@luca-arts.be for further information.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Non-EEA-students, especially those who are not holding a valid residence permit for Belgium/Schengen countries and those interested in the Master Mind Scholarship: March 2020
  • Non-EEA-students with or without a valid residence permit for Belgium/Schengen countries and EEA-students: 15 May 2020 (extended deadline!)
  • 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: 1 September 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.

2. 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: The required level of Dutch to study at LUCA School of Arts is level B2. The following ways to prove your Dutch language proficiency are accepted by LUCA:

  • A proof that the applicant has successfully finished one year of full-time secondary education or higher education (or the equivalent of 60 credits) in Dutch.
  • A certificate which demonstrates that the applicant has at least a B2 proficiency level in Dutch corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Examples of recognized certificates are:
    • ITNA language 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. An overview of test dates are published here: www.itna.be/testdata 
    • A certificate of the Staatsexamen NT2 programme II
    • A certificate issued by an Adult Learning Centre (in Dutch: CVO or 'Centrum voor Volwassenenonderwijs'), minimum level 3 (richtgraad 3)
    • A certificate CNaVT (Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal), either type 'Educatief Startbekwaam' (level B2, formerly PTHO) or type 'Educatief Professioneel' (level C1, formerly PAT)

Master Assessment

International students holding an academic bachelor’s degree diploma can apply for a Master’s degree programme at LUCA. The enrollment itself however, can only be done after formal approval which follows a Master 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. The Master 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.

All applicants must submit an online Master Assessment application (unique link will be sent to the applicant after Admissions application: see above). The following documents are mandatory to be submitted as attachments to your application:

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Portfolio
  • For campus Sint-Lukas Brussels: Master’s Project proposal (idea of a graduate project you would like to work on during your master)

The Master 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. The commission might also re-orientate an applicant to the bachelor’s programme before allowing the applicant to start in the master’s programme.

REGISTRATION

  • Registration for the Master Assessment is obligatory and is only possible after submitting an Admissions application using this registration form. Only after submitting your Admissions application, a unique link will be received to register for the Master Assessment.
  • A general registration deadline of 6 days before the assessment day is applicable for the Master Assessment
  • The invitation for the intake and portfolio interview follows at latest 5 days before the assessment day.
  • The Master Assessment is free of charge.

OVERVIEW MASTER ASSESSMENTS

IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 measures, the procedure and structure of the Master Assessments has been changed. The majority of all Master Assessments will be organised online (unless communicated otherwise in the below info documents). For the Master Assessments in August and September, we cannot yet confirm whether the interviews will be organized by Skype (online) or as a personal interview at the campus. However it is already possible to register for these assessments.

SINT-LUKAS BRUSSELS - Audiovisual and Visual Arts

Specialization Dates & Registration deadlines Structure & Content

Audiovisual Arts: Animation Film

Master Assessment 1 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 15 May 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 20 May 2020

Master Assessment 2 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 26 June 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 2 July 2020

Master Assessment 3
Deadline submission:
Tu 1 September 2020 (23:59)
Interview: 7 September 2020

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Master Project proposal
4. Portfolio
5. On invitation: online interview

Info document(s):
CONTENT MTA (July) - AVA: Animation Film (Brussels)
CONTENT MTA (Sep.) - AVA: Animation Film (Brussels)
Template: Masterproef - Master Project voorstel
Master Portfolio Requirements

Audiovisual Arts: Film

Master Assessment 1 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 15 May 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 20 May 2020

Master Assessment 2 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 26 June 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 2 July 2020

Master Assessment 3
Deadline submission:
Tu 1 September 2020 (23:59)
Interview: 7 September 2020

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Master Project proposal
4. Portfolio
5. On invitation: online interview

Info document(s):
CONTENT MTA (July) - AVA: Film (Brussels)
CONTENT MTA (Sep.) - AVA: Film (Brussels)
Template: Masterproef - Master Project voorstel
Master Portfolio Requirements

Visual Arts: Photography

Master Assessment 1 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 15 May 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 20 May 2020

Master Assessment 2 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 26 June 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 2 July 2020

Master Assessment 3
Deadline submission:
Tu 1 September 2020 (23:59)
Interview: 7 September 2020

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Master Project proposal
4. Portfolio
5. On invitation: online interview

Info document(s):
CONTENT MTA (July) - VA: Photography (Brussels)
CONTENT MTA (Sep.) - VA: Photography (Brussels)
Template: Masterproef - Master Project voorstel
Master Portfolio Requirements

Visual Arts: Graphic Design

Master Assessment 1 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 15 May 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 20 May 2020

Master Assessment 2 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 26 June 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 2 July 2020

Master Assessment 3
Deadline submission:
Tu 1 September 2020 (23:59)
Interview: 7 September 2020

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Master Project proposal
4. Portfolio
5. On invitation: online interview

Info document(s):
CONTENT MTA (July) - VA: Graphic Design (Brussels)
CONTENT MTA (Sep.) - VA: Graphic Design (Brussels)
Template: Masterproef - Master Project voorstel
Master Portfolio Requirements

Visual Arts: Fine Arts

Master Assessment 1 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 15 May 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 20 May 2020

Master Assessment 2 (online)
Deadline submission:
Fr 26 June 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 2 July 2020

Master Assessment 3
Deadline submission:
Tu 1 September 2020 (23:59)
Interview: 7 September 2020

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Master Project proposal
4. Portfolio
5. On invitation: online interview

Info document(s):
CONTENT MTA (July) - VA: Fine Arts (Brussels)
CONTENT MTA (Sep.) - VA: Fine Arts (Brussels)
Template: Masterproef - Master Project voorstel
Master Portfolio Requirements

LEMMENS LEUVEN - Music

Music: Composition

Master Assessment 1 (online)
Deadline submission:
Th 7 May 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 9 May 2020

Master Assessment 2
Thursday 2 July 2020
(deadline: 26/06/2020, 23:59)

Master Assessment 3
Thursday 20 August 2020 
(deadline: 14/08/2020, 23:59)

Master Assessment 4
Monday 7 September 2020
(deadline: 01/09/2020, 23:59)

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Portfolio
4. On invitation: online interview

Muziek: Direction

Master Assessment 1
Saturday 4 April 2020

(deadline: 29/03/2020, 23:59)
(CANCELLED)

Master Assessment 2
Thursday 2 July 2020
(deadline: 26/06/2020, 23:59)

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Portfolio
4. On invitation: online interview

Music: Instrument/Voice

Master Assessment 1 (online)
Deadline submission:
Th 7 May 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 9 May 2020

Master Assessment 2
Thursday 2 July 2020
(deadline: 26/06/2020, 23:59)

Master Assessment 3
Thursday 20 August 2020 
(deadline: 14/08/2020, 23:59)

Master Assessment 4
Monday 7 September 2020
(deadline: 01/09/2020, 23:59)

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Portfolio
4. On invitation: online interview

Music: Jazz

Master Assessment 1 (online)
Deadline submission:
Th 7 May 2020 (23:59)
Online interview: 9 May 2020

Master Assessment 2
Thursday 2 July 2020
(deadline: 26/06/2020, 23:59)

Master Assessment 3
Thursday 20 August 2020 
(deadline: 14/08/2020, 23:59)

Master Assessment 4
Monday 7 September 2020
(deadline: 01/09/2020, 23:59)

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Portfolio
4. On invitation: online interview

Music: Music Therapy

Master Assessment 1
Saturday 4 April 2020

(deadline: 29/03/2020, 23:59)
(CANCELLED)

Master Assessment 2
Thursday 2 July 2020
(deadline: 26/06/2020, 23:59)

Master Assessment 3
Thursday 20 August 2020 
(deadline: 14/08/2020, 23:59)

Master Assessment 4
Monday 7 September 2020
(deadline: 01/09/2020, 23:59)

1. CV
2. Letter of motivation
3. Portfolio
4. On invitation: online interview

Final & Binding Registration

After succeeding for the Master Assessment, you will receive a Certificate of Admittance (official result) and will be asked to present yourself at the chosen LUCA campus on a certain day and timeslot in order to complete the final and binding registration at LUCA. You will be able to choose the day (fixed days per campus) and timeslot using an appointment tool. We need you to bring the following documents (no documents = no valid registration):

  • Original Diploma
  • Original Transcript of Records
  • Language Certificate
  • Identity Card or Passport
  • Certificate of Admittance (Master Assessment)

Our colleagues from the Admissions and Administration department will guide you in detail through the final and binding online registration tool (OLI) in order to finalise your registration at LUCA School of Arts.