RITS, school for audiovisual and performing arts - techniques


RITS | School of Arts is a school for audio visual and performing arts, founded in 1962, and located in the heart of Brussels. Studying at Rits will bring you in an international environment. The school is situated in the multicultural capital where cultural diversity and a variety of culture are a source of inspiration and encouragement for the creativity of the student.

RITS is a School of Arts of Erasmushogeschool Brussel.

RITS | School of Arts offers a variety of programs with bachelor and masters in audiovisual and performing arts and techniques. 

The school teaches disciplines in directing for film, television, documentary, animation and radio. These 4 years programs combine a theoretical base with courses in directing skills. The writing department has courses on various forms of writing such as television series, short stories and screenwriting. 

The students of the animation department work with three main animation techniques; 2D, computer and puppet animation. All the courses of the diferent years take place in one  big studio (divided in smaller compartiments) which encourages the mutual cooperation among the students. . In their final year they focus on a short animation film chosen in the technique they prefer. 
Every year the students travel to Annecy to taste the atmosphere of the biggest Animation Filmfestival. Several graduation films have been selected in the student's competition of this festival.

Radio puts emphasis on soundscape, documentary and radio. 
Radio is on how to develop an original idea to a full radio concept that is realized in studio. In documentary and reportage, the short objective report will be realised, but also the more subjective story. Audio is a more artistic handling of sound: radio art, drama, soundscape, sound-installation.The radio department is in relation with the professional radio field: the teachers of the department work as a radio presentator, director, musician or artist. The department has its own radio station XL-air where students train their skills and work together with students of the VUB University.

Cinematography, editing, sound and production assistance have a 3 years hands-on program.Students have courses related to the specific discipline of their choice, but all finally work together. This merging of technical knowledge and craftsmanship with creativity and personality brings most graduation projects to a high level of achievement, recognized and often awarded on international festivals. The cinematography department progressively teaches through theory, workshops and task-oriented internships. The training focuses on three disciplines; multi-camera, single camera, single camera fiction and non-fiction, with emphasis on formats like video, film and digital cinema. 

In the sound department, the student creates the soundtrack of one or more productions in his final year. The student of the editing department participates in various workshops and projects together with other departments who are organized throughout the year. In these workshops, he tries using his own style within the desired atmosphere to create a story. He will work independent and give his own suggestions regarding the structure, rhythm, drama and narrative of the editing projects. He also learns to know  the audiovisual control post production and will apply them in function of the film or documentary. In the final year the student will edit one or more full end projects ranging from fiction, documentary or television programs for his bachelor project.

Audiovisual Production Assistance provides continuity scripts, floor managers, production managers and assistant directors. They are trained for both multi and single camera productions, fiction and non-fiction, sports and news, film and television. The student is communicative, has organizational skills and is an important link between the director and what is happening on the filmset or studio. They work with fellow students on a television or fiction movie. In the lfinal year the student completes an internship with a production company or broadcasting channel.

Performing arts offers two main training programs: acting and directing. Artistic research holds a key position in most programs. The directing program is a broad, interdisciplinary training in which the student develops his own artistic language. He works with domestic and international artists from very different backgrounds in intensive workshops.

The acting department focuses on the development of versatile and intelligent actors and performers who are capable to work with the technicalities of acting in a personal way. Each year consists of three acting workshops of 8 to 10 weeks each led by another director.  During an acting workshop the students start with voice and body training. You can download an English-language information package on our Master track in performing arts here (including the application guidelines).

The stage management department trains technicians and floor managers for theatre and cultural events. They put an emphasis on international collaborations and  internships. The department is member of OISTAT, the international organization for theatre and scenographers.  Every four years they participate at the Quadrinale festival in Prague.

Performing arts and stage management strive for intensive cooperation. Together they populate the Bottelarij in Molenbeek, an industrial building with various studios, classrooms and a large performance space hosts.

RITS is associated with Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), which provides opportunities for research and doctoral studies.

When you study at Rits, you find yourself immediately in an international environment. It is situated in the multicultural capital Brussels. Multilingualism, cultural diversity and a variety of culture are  a source of inspiration and encouragement for the creativity of the student.

As a student you can participate at the Erasmus+ programme which gives you the possiblity to exchange programmes with other European universities. You can also apply for grants to realize projects outside Europe. During the year students take an active part in festivals like IDFA documentary festival, Annecy animation festival, Quadrinale scenography festival. Rits receives guest speakers and organizes workshops with international film and theatre makers and artists.

CINEMA RITS and Rits Café are two places where students can combine leisure and passion for film.


Lai Kin Chang
Antoine Dansaertstraat 70
1000 Brussel
Phone +32 2 507 14 68
e-mail: laikin.chang@ehb.be

Rits - Dansaertstraat 70 - 1000 Brussel - Telefoon: +32 (0)2 507 14 11

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