THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW BEFORE COMING TO ERG
art clusters (art, narration & media)
The clusters – “pôles” – are meeting points and places of convergence between several options. Their role is to confront and blend knowledge and practices. Each cluster possesses its specific, multidisciplinary workshop. The AP (Atelier pluridisciplinaire, Multidisciplinary workshop) is compulsory, and its pedagogy is based on research and experimentation in relation to the students’ personal projects.
Students choose one orientation among the 13 proposed, each of which is linked to a cluster. To allow students to choose with the full knowledge of the facts, all workshops are open during the first week of the academic year, and teachers are invited to describe the content and objectives of their courses. 6h/week
Artistic course / multidisciplinary workshop: AP 4h/week = 120h/year – The AP Art gathers the students registered in the orientations: Digital Arts, Drawing, Installation / Performance, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Video. – The AP Narration gathers the students registered in the orientations: Comics, Animation Cinema, Illustration, Video. – The AP Media gathers the students registered in the orientations: Visual & Graphic Communication, Graphic Design,Typography.
To be chosen from all the orientations (different from the first choice), or between serigraphy, etching (on metal or on wood) and Model drawing classes. Theoretical courses Theoretical courses pursue the same objectives as the multidisciplinary workshop and the orientation: acquiring theoretical knowledge and critical tools in order to nourish the students’ artistic projects. The wide variety of classes addresses esthetics, art history, or economic and political issues, while keeping a constant link with exact and human sciences.
Our system of teaching
Our system of teaching is based on the so-called "Bologna" process. In 1999, European states signed the Bologna Declaration, agreeing to establish a unified higher education system. This process involves the establishment of comparable degree courses, thereby increasing inter-compatibility and enabling student mobility. For this purpose, the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) was established, allowing a better understanding and readability of degree courses. We offer first-cycle general studies leading to a Bachelor degree (180 ECTS, or 60 ECTS / year). These can be followed by a second cycle leading to a Master degree. This cycle takes one or two years depending on the desired depth and provides access to a professional career. Finally, we offer third-cycle studies, open to holders of a two-year MA and leading to a doctorate (PhD).
The grading system
Following exams (oral and / or written) the final assessment will be expressed as a score between 0 and 20, with a score of at least 10/20 denoting a pass grade. To make the results interpretable, they are then transcribed into an ECTS grading scale, using a cohort percentile (i.e. how a student has performed relative to other students in the same class (or a significant group of students), as set out in the following scale: A: the top 10% of passing students; B: the following 25%; C: the following 30%; D: the following 25%; E: the remaining 10%. The F grade is used for students who have failed.
The academic calendar
The academic year is divided into three quadrimesters, the first two being scheduled for courses and exams. The academic year begins in mid-September. The first term ends on January; the second term runs from February to June. The updated academic calendar is available on: http://www.erg.be/erg/spip.php?article2831&lang=en
Erg publishes its course catalogue a few weeks before the start of each academic year. It lists the courses offered, together with information about the faculties, courses, when they are held (1st, 2nd term or 1st and 2nd terms for the annual courses) and who is holding them. The catalogue is available on: http://www.erg.be/erg/spip.php?article1088 http://www.erg.be/erg/spip.php?article2798
Registration as an exchange student
To be considered, your application must include, inter alia, the proposed study programme or "Learning agreement” duly approved by your home institution.
Course registration Most of our courses do not require prior registration. Students present themselves at courses after informing themselves about when and where they take place. This information is posted either on each faculty’s website under "valves électroniques“ or on the faculty bulletin boards ("valves papier”) situated near the faculty secretariats.
Most courses are offered only in French. As an exchange student you will therefore need a working knowledge of this language.
Belgian public transport consists of buses, trams and trains. The price of a single ticket inside Brussels is 2,10-€2,50 but you can get a monthly or yearly season ticket on the basis of the documents certifying your student status that you receive when you arrive. You can also get 10-trip or 5-trip tickets, which work out cheaper than buying single tickets. We encourage you to find out about these and make use of them. For more information, please visit: HUhttp://www.stib.be/abonnements.html?l=frUH An alternative to public transportation is cycling. Brussels, as a signatory of the “Charter of Brussels", is committed to developing the cycling infrastructure and promoting cycling in the city. This means that you will find self-service bicycle parks where bicycles can be rented at very affordable prices. For more information see : http://www.provelo.org/en
For paying for your lodgings and current expenses, we advise you to open an account at a bank of your choice, once you have arrived in Brussels. To do this, simply go to any bank branch, taking with you your passport or identity card (for EU citizens) and proof of registration at the University. If your passport does not contain your home address, a copy of your registration at the municipal authority in Belgium will be requested.Telephone and Internet You can either go for purchasing "pre-paid" cards or taking out a subscription. This can be done at a store of your choice. There is a wide range of providers on offer and you will be able to compare prices and offers, once you are settled in Brussels.
On arriving in Belgium
If you come to Belgium by plane, you will arrive: - either at “Brussels Airport” in Zaventem, about half an hour from the centre of Brussels,- or at the “Charleroi Brussels-South" airport, about one hour away from Brussels.
access 87 rue du Page, 1050 Bruxelles
from Gare du Midi
by tram A / At Gare du Midi, get on tram 81 to ‘Montgomery’ B / Get off at ‘Trinité’ (about 10 stops) C / Take rue de l’Aqueduc towards place du Châtelain, and turn right on rue du Page.
by underground tram (“pré-métro”) A / Inside Gare du Midi, follow the blue-and-white “m” signs B / Get on tram 51 to ‘Van Haelen’, or tram 3 to ‘Churchill’, or tram 4 to ‘Stalle’. Get off at ‘Horta’ (third stop) C / Walk up chaussée de Waterloo, pasts “Ma Campagne”, and turn left on rue du Page.
from Gare Centrale
A / Walk to the tram stop parc on Rue Royale B / Get on tram 92 to ‘Fort Jaco’ C / Get off at ‘Ma Campagne’ D / Walk up chaussée de Waterloo, and turn left on rue du Page.
from Gare du Luxembourg
A / Get on bus 54 to ‘Ma Campagne’ B / Walk up chaussée de Waterloo, and turn left on rue du Page.