During the Orientation Year you will take various lesson blocks, each covering a specific area of Art and Design, such as drawing/painting, mixed media, design and sculpture. Each lesson block aims to develop your own fascination with an assignment. As well as attending the Academie on Saturday afternoons, you will spend about one half-day per week working on assignments at home.

You will be taught by artists and designers who will stimulate, coach and advise you during your working process. You can also take part in a number of workshops and go on an excursion. In addition, you can participate in a theory programme of the Rietveld Academie, provided by Studium Generale.