Please note: educational activities at the academy buildings are cancelled and the workshops are closed, more information here

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is an international university of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design in Amsterdam (NL). It is home to a close-knit, international community of students from across the world. Students and teachers jointly create a learning environment that brings together thinking and doing and where unexpected, innovative ideas are born.  

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All full-time students follow a general first year called Basicyear and choose a specialisation for in-depth study during the following three years: Architectural Design, designLAB, Fashion, Graphic Design, Jewellery - linking bodies, TXT (Textile), Ceramics, Fine Arts, The Large Glass, Beeld en Taal, Photography or VAV - moving image.

The Rietveld Academie also offers a part-time Bachelor's programme called DOGtime with two specialisations: Unstable Media and Expanded Painting. Besides this, we offer two preparatory courses: the Preparatory Course and the Orientation CourseMaster’s degree programmes are offered at the Sandberg Instituut.

The academy has twenty workshops at its disposal. Some of these are for general use and others are specific to particular departments. The workshops enable students to experiment with different techniques and materials and provide the opportunity to learn to use professional equipment. They form the very heart of the academy.

During 25 May - 31 May Marek van de Watering edits the front page.

Preparatory- and Orientation Course admissions still open!

Both the Preparatory and Orientation Course still have places left for the upcoming year! Both are different yet great ways of getting to know and -at the end- applying to either the Gerrit Rietveld Academie or another art academy. 

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie offers two preparatory trajectories:

The Preparatory Course/Vooropleidingscursus runs during 3 weekdays over 25 weeks. The age group is 16 to 25 year old. The course is aimed at learning to reflect on your work. Participants with sufficient results are directly admitted to the Basicyear, the first year of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s Bachelor’s degree programme. For more information, see Preparatory Course

The Orientation Course/Oriëntatiecursus runs on Saturdays over 25 weeks. The age group is 16 to 50 years old. During this course, participants can find out whether they want to pursue studying art and design. Orientation course students can attend a first round of admissions to assess whether they are ready for the Gerrit Rietveld Academie entrance examination. For more information, see Orientation Course.


About the admission procedure

The Preparatory Course still has an admission round on 24 June, the Orientation Course still has admission rounds on 6 and 10 June, and in September. These admission rounds happen online, in which you share work you've made (including a homework assignment that we have given you) and write us about your motivation. After that, we establish if the course you signed up for is a good step for you. Hope to see you then!


Check here for more information and for signing up for the Preparatory Course and for the Orientation Course.

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