La Cambre is one of Belgium’s
leading schools of art and design.
Founded in 1927 by the
architect and designer Henry van de Velde, the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts visuels of La Cambre (ENSAV)
has some 700 students spread across 17 departments: ceramics, animation,
drawing, urban design, engraving and the printed image, painting, photography,
sculpture, and an art restoration department. Its design departments include
industrial and textile design, book and paper design (bookbinding), interior
design, set design, fashion design, as well as two graphic sections – graphic
and visual communication and typography. A new Master’s degree in
accessories design completes the curriculum for the academic year 2015.
Students attend several
cross-disciplinary courses, either optional or compulsory, including digital
art, live model, colour, video, body arts and performance, book art and
illustration. As well as art training, they are taught theory and technical
skills, both general and specialised, and are encouraged to go on work
experience by taking part in the Erasmus student exchange programme, as
artists’ assistants, and at arts centres, creative studios or with companies.
Courses are spread over five
years and divided into two cycles: Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. The school also offers a
post-graduate Agrégation – for
students who want to embark on a teaching career – and prepares students for a
PhD in arts co-organised with the University.
“propaedeutic classes” are on offer for students in their last year of
secondary school who wish to embark on graduate studies of the arts : Antichambre and the summer class La Cambre Charleroi.
La Cambre is a graduate and
post-graduate school for the arts organised by the Brussels Wallonia
Federation. The school is part of the Brussels “Academic pole” –the cluster of
graduate study institutions by region– and the cross-disciplinary ARTes
platform, which also includes the Brussels Royal Conservatory (music and
theatre) and INSAS (cinema, theatre). It regularly engages in national and
international partnerships - institutional, educational, artistic,
socio-cultural, industrial or commercial.
The school occupies the
historic site of the abbey of La Cambre in a pleasant area in the south of
Brussels. In the 1980s, its premises expanded to two more sites nearby. The
school has an outstanding library and a major archive collection that includes
the graphic and photographic work of its founder Henry van de Velde. La Cambre
also builds on its collection of work by students and teachers. It also
organises numerous public events (lectures and study days, exhibitions, fashion
shows…) and publishes books and essays.
An unusual panoply of
associations contribute to La Cambre’s dynamism and cultural vibrancy. They
include Les Amis de La Cambre, the Atelier de production de La Cambre, La Cambre-Mode(s) and the Fonds Henry van de Velde. Since 2014,
theFonds des Amis de La Cambre pour l’international has been offering
scholarships for students engaged in international projects.
Main teaching language is
French –a sufficient knowledge of French is needed to be admitted.