Institut Saint-Luc

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Coordinates: 50°49′30″N 4°21′00″E / 50.825°N 4.35°E / 50.825; 4.35 The Institut Saint-Luc is an arts school in Brussels. It consists of six departments, with a total of 2200 students and some 430 employees, divided over five locations in Ixelles and Saint-Gilles.


The school was founded by members of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a French order created in 1680 by Jean-Baptiste de la Salle in France. Different Saint-Luc Institutes were founded all over Belgium, the first one in 1863 in Ghent. The first school in Brussels is founded in 1882 in Molenbeek, which moved in 1887 to Schaerbeek. In 1904, works start for a new Institute in Saint-Gilles, then called the Institut Jean Béthune, with in total 14 students. Works on this school are finished by 1908. This is still one of the current locations of the school, although it has been renovated and expanded since, especially from 1995 on.


The school (called both Institut and Instituts, depending on the point of view) is divided in six departments:

  • ESA, the École Supérieure des Arts (Higher School of Arts), with 700 students: studies include a Bachelor (three years) a Master (one additional year) and a specialized Master (one additional year)
  • ERG, the École de Recherche Graphique(School for Graphical Research), with 420 students: Bachelor (three years), Master (one additional year) and Specialized Master (one additional year)
  • ISURU, the Institute Supérieure d'Urbanisme et de Rénovation Urbaine (Higher Institute for Urbanism and Urban Renovation), with 85 students: created in 1947, this is a post-graduate school with a three-year course (evening studies).
  • ISES, The Institut Saint-Luc d'Enseignement Secondaire (Saint-Luc Secondary School), with 610 students
  • EPS, the École de Promotion Sociale (School for Social Promotion), with 340 students

The comics division[edit]

In 1969, comics creator Eddy Paape, who had worked since 20 years for the two leading Franco-Belgian comics magazines Spirou and Tintin, started a course in comics, with the support of Hergé, an alumnus of the Institut. It was the first of its kind in Belgium, and was soon developed into a full Bachelor.[1] Eddy Paape was followed by Claude Renard in 1976. The course soon become a well-known breeding ground for new Belgian talent. From 1975 on, they produced the magazine Le 9ème rêve (The 9th Dream, a reference to the in Belgium and France commonly used description of comics as the 9th Art). This magazine received in 1978 the Award for the best promotion of comics from the French Angoulême International Comics Festival. Later teachers include alumnus François Schuiten. Between 1984 and 2006, 286 students received a Bachelor in Comics.[2]

About 50% of the students later work in the comics industry.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni from the architecture division[edit]

Alumni from the comics division[edit]


  1. ^ Comics courses at ESA
  2. ^ 30 Years of Le 9ème Rëve Archived 2009-04-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Mercier, Jacques (2006). Belges en France (in French). Lannoo. p. 298. ISBN 978-2-87386-478-1. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pierre Bailly". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Philippe Berthet". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Bézian guest of honourat the festival of Colomiers, article in La Dépêche
  7. ^ "Antonio Cossu". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Ouest France interview with Denis Deprez, discussing his years at the Institut
  9. ^ "Chantal de Spiegeleer". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Franz (Franz Drappier)". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Décès d'André Geerts, créateur de la série "Jojo"". Le Vif l'Express (in French). Belga. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Alain Goffin". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  13. ^ Article on Sokal in Libération
  14. ^ "Yves Swolfs". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 

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