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.
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
- letter of motivation;
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please mention the campus in which you're interested, in the title).
- 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
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 .
LUCA School of Arts offers both master’s programme in English and Dutch.
- 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.
- 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
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.