Academie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles is a place of teaching and research, as well as a major creative and production workshop where generations of artists, creators and designers have been forged.

© Jules Toulet

Academie royale des Beaux-Arts is a higher arts school (ESA) subsidised by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Its educational project is in line with the project of the City of Brussels, its organising authority.

Founded in 1711, the Academie royale des Beaux-Arts, École supérieure des Arts, is today at the crossroads of a rich history and a current educational and artistic project. It has inherited a tradition that has seen the stratification of a wide range of artistic practices and the invention of new teaching methods. It is now part of the complex international panorama of higher education, with a dimension that is as much pedagogical, artistic and professional as it is artistic.  It is a place of teaching and research, and a major creative and production workshop where generations of artists, creators and project developers are forged.

Every year, more than 500 students from Belgium and all over the world follow its courses.  They are enrolled in the 1st cycle of a bachelor's degree or the 2nd cycle of a master's degree in one of our 17 courses: Art in the Public Space, Interior Architecture, Visual Communication, Textile Design, Urban Design, Drawing, Urban Space - ISAC, Engraving, Illustration, Lithography, Painting, Photography, Exhibition Practices - CARE, Editorial Practices - MULTI, Sculpture, Screen Printing, Tapestry / Textile Arts, or the Agrégation, the Doctorat en Arts et Sciences de l'Art or one of our 3 continuing education courses: Knitting Maille, Food Design or Interior Design Management.

The school aims to develop its students' artistic and professional practices in a unique way, giving them a reflective and critical stance on the arts. In recent years, new courses and programmes have been created: Masters in Exhibition Practice, Editorial Practice and Urban Design, as well as the Institute of Arts and Choreography, and professional courses known as Executive Masters in Knitwear, Food Design and Interior Design Management. These new courses reflect the school's desire to move forward with its teaching, in step with the practices of the times.


International reach

The Académie is recognised both in Belgium and abroad for the quality of its courses, its teaching staff and the pedagogical support it provides for the students it trains. For a number of years now, the opening up of the curriculum to research and professional practice has made the courses both exploratory and open-ended, preparing students for their entry into working life.

Cultural programme

The academic year is punctuated by an ever-changing programme of cultural activities, including exhibitions, workshops, study days, visits, prizes and guest lectures by artists, theoreticians and art professionals. The Académie has also developed a dense network of partners, both internationally (more than 50 Erasmus partners) and in Belgium and Brussels, with which it collaborates actively.


ArBA-ESA stands for unique and demanding teaching and is committed to responding to the challenges of contemporary creation and the research it requires, with particular attention to collective practice, both through the transmission of knowledge and through constant questioning.

The school is committed to a tradition of social openness. It aims to be open to society and the outside world. ArBA - ESA is inclusive, democratic and pluralist.

It adopts a pedagogical approach in which the position of artist is not a social or cultural given, but requires training, development and maturation.