Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel
University description (as per official university website)
Sint-Lukas Brussels, university college of art and design
Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design was founded in 1880. It evolved from the Neo-Gothic arts and crafts schools built in the second half of the 19th century by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, an international teaching order founded by John Baptiste de La Salle over 300 years ago. Architectural echoes of these Neo-Gothic roots can still be detected in the courtyard and in the central building of the college.
Today Sint-Lukas Brussels is an independent institution, which has deliberately chosen for contemporary innovative art and design practices and for high quality academic and professional education. Our university college offers four Bachelorís and two Masterís degree programmes. It also organises a Teacher training course and the Advanced Master programme Transmedia. Sint-Lukas Brussels is a diverse and creative community of 850 students and 150 faculty members.
Sint-Lukas Brussels is associated with the Catholic University of Leuven, which is Belgiumís largest university. This association called Association of Catholic University of Leuven enables us to provide strong academic and research bound curricula and degrees necessary for advanced critical and creative thought.
Sint-Lukas offers students and lecturers an open, rich and critical environment for study and research in the arts and creative design. Originality, individuality, pushing back boundaries form the cornerstones of Sint-Lukasí educational philosophy. A philosophy that is based on the development of a studentís ideas and beliefs. At Sint-Lukas art and creativity are not taught but elicited.
During the course students are given every opportunity to shape their ideas. Self-will takes precedence over conventionality, innovation over clichť. At the centre is the individual learning and working process of art education. Students are encouraged to question each otherís work as well as their own continuously. This critical attitude moulds the student as a human being and as an artist and enables him to elaborate and refine his own work. Critical (self-) evaluation is an essential part of the course. What originates in the privacy of the artistís studio in the confrontation with teachers and fellow students eventually culminates in a masterís project that is presented to an external jury as well as to the public.
Furthermore, the college encourages and stimulates its faculty members to making demonstrable contributions in their particular field. Most faculty members are artists or distinguished professionals in their chosen field of expertise. Sint -Lukas makes significant contributions to the cultural life of Brussels and Belgium. It organizes lecture series, exhibitions and graduation shows and takes part in film festivals, fairs and competitions