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Theoretical courses share the same objectives as the Pluridisciplinary workshop and the general orientation: acquiring theoretical knowledge and critical tools to the benefit of the student’s artistic project. The vast array of classes covers the fields of aesthetics, art history, as well as economical and political issues, in constant dialogue with hard and human sciences (philosophy, law, anthropology, psychoanalysis…).

Theoretical courses in Bachelors

  • Art history and analysis / from the Renaissance to the late-19th century


  • General Literature


  • General Philosophy


Professor: Joachim Lacrosse

  • Semiology / Image


Professor: Raphaël Pirenne

  • Theory and Practice for New Technologies / Digital Cultures – a Toolbox (collective course)
  • compulsory

Professors: Ludivine Loiseau, Stéphane Noël, Stéphanie Vilayphiou

  • Art history and analysis / media

Professors: Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Isabel Burr Raty

  • Human and Social Sciences / anthropology

Professor: Carolina Serra

  • Human and Social Sciences / Economical, Political and Social Sciences

  • Art history and Analysis / Image

Professor: Catherine Mayeur

  • Art History and Analysis / 19th and 20th Century

Professor: Monique Renault

  • General Philosophy

Professor: Caroline Van Damme

  • Art history and Analysis / Media
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  • Media History and Analysis/ Communication Theory

Professor: Alain François

  • Cultural Analysis / Analysis and Readings of Art / Modernity

Professor: Raphaël Pirenne

  • Literature / Contemporary Literature

Professor: Elke de Rijcke

  • Art History and Analysis / Non-European Arts

Professor: Toma Muteba Lutumbue

  • Art history and Analysis. Contemporary Art History / 20th-century avant-gardes

Professor: Monique Renault

  • Human and Social Sciences / Psychoanalysis

Professor: Caroline Van Damme

  • Compulsory General Course: Philosophy of Aesthetics

Professor: Caroline Van Damme

  • Art History and Analysis / Non-European Arts

Professor: Toma Muteba Lutumbue

  • Analysis and Readings of art

Professor: Elke de Rijcke

Theoretical courses in Masters

  • Semiology / Image – Master 1

Professor: Raphaël Pirenne

Starting from the assessment that every artistic practice is directly and/or indirectly informed by its cultural, economical and political integration within a given society, this course will focus on the many relations artistic practices have engaged with society since the second half of the 20th century, exploring their capacity to position themselves, to question and contribute to displacements and even critical challenges within society. While remaining open to cross-sectional historical investigations, the course will begin with a detailed analysis of Joseph Beuys’ practice, which addressed the essential issue of the articulation between art and society in many ways (the notion of “social sculpture”, the status of the artist’s position in postwar Germany and Europe, questioning the idea of democratic principles). This introduction will be immediately followed by a reading of Michel Foucault analysis of the relations between power and society in 1970s College de France lectures on biopolitics. This exploration will provide a better grasp on the still vivid and decisive stakes of the twofold necessity to assess and analyze the structuring principles of a societal given.

  • Contemporary Philosophy

Professor: Nicolas Prignot

This course will be centered on contemporary philosophical texts, with brief incursions in the history of philosophy. Some of the texts will be thoroughly analyzed in order to get to the very material of philosophy. This year, the course will focus on the threefold issue of being as arrangement, characterization and set of effects. We will show how this description is an attempt at avoiding an essentialist outlook on philosophy, and try to outline a perspective on the world it seeks to build. We will dwell on Nietzsche’s critique of the philosophy of his time and on his attempt at developing a new characterization of being as a power rather than a truth. We will continue with the invention of American pragmatic philosophy through works by William James and John Dewey. We will conclude by charting a line of descent of arrangement theory articulated around the work of Deleuze and Guattari, who offered to characterize situations from the way they are assembled, from their components as evolving within ways of being together.

  • Cultural Analysis/ Art Analysis and Reading – Master 1

Professor: Christophe Wavelet

This course will be articulated around a series of meetings with invited artists, curators, art historians and theorists passing through Brussels. A dual question will be raised: from what kinds of priorities and operations does their practice stem? To what kinds of practice shall we associate their works, exhibitions or publications?

  • Human and Social Sciences / Psychoanalysis

Professor: Caroline Van Damme

The intertwining of imagination, symbolism and reality in the teaching of Jacques Lacan.

  • Communication Theory

Professor: Peggy Pierrot

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  • Semiology – Master 2

Professor : Fleur Courtois

  • Cultural analysis / Art Analysis and Reading – Master 2

Professor : Catherine Mayeur

The seminar/course is focused on the means of mediation used by artists themselves in the context of contemporary practices : artist’s writings and books, display and exhibition apparatuses, websites… The aim is to connect theory and practice, to show the works of this relation by way of selected examples taken from recent developments in art. This selection takes into account the current editorial and curatorial events, as well as the students’ practical and theoretical research.

  • An Introduction to Legislation and Law

Professor : Maxime Lambrecht

This course will be divided in four parts : 1. The foundations of law As an introduction, we will familiarize ourselves with the major principles of law and the judicial system, e.g. the difference between law and morality, the idea of a hierarchy of standards, or the protection of fundamental rights. 2. Copyright and the protection of intellectual creation This second part will explore the principles of copyright, and see how this legal system serves to protect intellectual property (through the notions of work, author, economic and moral rights, and so on). 3. Intellectual property vs. other rights The third part of the course will focus on the exceptions and limitations of copyright, the principles of freedom of speech and assorted rights of others that limit the author’s prerogatives (the protection of privacy, image rights, libel, derogatory or racist speech). 4. The exploitation of creation Lastly, we will study the principles of contracting law (general principles, publishing contracts, etc.) and will see how they may protect the exploitation of a creation. A series of examples and practical cases taken from the fields of creation and of information law will be used. The course aims at acquiring a theoretical understanding the subject. Students should eventually be capable of applying the studied rules and principles in view of resolving practical cases (legal status, interpretation, application).

  • Making a Fecund Portal / Artistic Practices – Social Criticism

Professor: Guy Woueté

Specific seminar linked to the Art Practice, Critical Tools workshop Being present and thinking tomorrow’s history in a pluralistic way. Africa is everywhere, and yet its citizens always have to struggle in order to vanquish anonymity, to surpass stereotypes, to unceasingly reclaim their part in humanity. In today’s world, otherness has become manifest; cities – from Brussels to Paris, from Johannesburg to Lagos by way of Kinshasa, Toronto, Medellin or Berlin – brim with the diversity that shapes our planet. The (political) systems of governance as we know them – incessantly promoting relationships of power and domination – are increasingly losing their barriers and are challenged by the awakening of civil consciousness. But within the tears of its changes/transformations in ways of doing and of thinking: what form of becoming must we choose? How do we make our present moment? Miscellaneous event, artists, or artworks will all be the starting point of a performative discussion, a free and open commentary. We will not dwell on historical answers and solutions; we will seek questions that remain to be asked.

  • Dialogues

Professor: Sven Augustijnen

Specific course linked to the Art Practice, Critical Tools workshop Dialogue on students practices.

Professor: Pierre-Philippe Duchâtelet, Loraine Furter

A specific course attached to the Politics and Experimentation of Graphic Design workshop

Seminar PEG

Professor: Maryam Kolly, Nicolas Prignot, Alexis Zimmer

Specific course linked to the Politics and Experimentation of Graphic Design workshop

  • Speculative Gesture

Professors: Nicolas Prignot, Alexis Zimmer

Specific course linked to the Narrative and Experimentation workshop

Description coming soon

  • Video Seminar

Professor: Xavier Garcia Bardon

Specific course linked to the Narrative and Experimentation workshop

Description coming soon

  • Pages Magazine Workshop

Professors: Babak Afrassiabi, Nasrin Tabatabai

The course will evolve around individual tutorials where together we will reflect on your artistic ideas and the formal and conceptual aspects of your work. The meetings will concentrate on developing a coherent and critical relationship between the subjects, material choices, aesthetic references and the presentation strategies of your work. The aim is to arrive at gaining awareness of the specifics of your practice and your position as an artist but also about how this could relate to contemporary art and the wider social and political context of our time. The individual meetings will take place on Wednesday mornings and could expand to the afternoons. The location of the course is primarily at the school, but could also take places where the students are working. The course is for all the students of Master Two and PHD candidates, but other students are also welcome to sign up.