& Coronavirus FAQ
The Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut are actively committed to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus. We have formed an internal task force that monitors the situation carefully. We are following GGD guidelines and we closely follow the recommendations of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) about the Coronavirus. The RIVM monitors the situation in the Netherlands and provides advice.
All measures announced are ordered to stay in place up until 1 September 2020.
Scroll down for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Until the end of summer, all regular teaching activities on the location of the academy are cancelled as a precaution measure to limit the spread of the new Coronavirus. All educational activities remain online until the end of summer. Starting the 25th of May, graduate students only have access to the workshops and buildings.
We have carefully setup the workshops to enable graduate students to work in the workshops. Of course, acces will be restricted and protocols will have to be followed to guarantee safe working conditions for both students and staff. Please note that this academic year the workshops will remain closed for all students in the basicyear, first and second specialisation year. The workshop staff will be available through e-mail to help these students from a distance.
About visiting the Rietveld Academie buildings
Please note: only come to the academy if this is strictly necessary. The opening times mentioned here only apply to employees and graduate students (All classes for Basicyear and the first and second specialisation year will continue online until summer)
Monday: 8.30-17.30 hrs
Tuesday: 8.30-21.30 hrs
Wednesday: 8.30-17.30 hrs
Thursday: 8.30-21.30 hrs
Friday: 9.30-17.30 hrs
Saturday: 9.30-17.30 hrs
The Canteen and the Tool-o-theek are accessible again, but with adjusted opening hours. Be sure to check the new opening hours here on the intranet.
At the moment, the Rietveld Academie is only open to graduate students and employees. The workshops are only open to graduate students who have made an appointment. Check here for their contact info.
Please keep your distance (not only at the academy but everywhere) of 1,5 meters to others, stay at home if you or your family have symptoms and don’t get together with more than 3 persons.
All meetings and gatherings are cancelled until 1 September 2020. The Studium Generale / Uncut events cannot take place in their intended formats. We've asked students to make digital translations of their projects for Rietveld Uncut 2020, which can be found here.
The outbreak of the coronavirus als affects the entrance examination procedure; applicants will be informed via email.
Rietveld Academie academic year 2020 / 2021
The start of this academic year might be different than last year’s due to Covid-19 but the base of our school’s aim is intact: it is to help students develop their qualities in preparation of a professional position in art and design.
- Safety first: 1,5 meter social distancing
- The new study year will start in September
- The full study programme will be offered to all students from the start of the study year on
- A large part of the study programme can take place on the location of the academy
- Everyone will be able to visit the academy, but not all at the same time
- All facilities will be available for students
We hope to be together again with the whole community soon.
Frequently asked questions
last updated: 30 June 2020
Please keep your distance (not only at the academy but everywhere) of 1,5 meters to others, stay at home if you or your family have symptoms and don’t get together with more than 3 persons. You can find all relevant updates and/or other measurements that need to be taken on the intranet.
How will the Rietveld Academie inform me about changes in the guidelines?
We inform students and staff about major changes via the website, intranet and by email. We will contact you via your Rietveld mail address.
How to use your Rietveld mail address: Follow step 1, 2, 3 and a bit of 4 of this manual. If you have never accessed your Rietveld account before, contact the IT-helpdesk and make sure you have your student number ready: T 020 5711 606 or helpdesk[at]rietveldacademie.nl
What is the Rietveld Academie doing in the light of the corona crisis?
The Rietveld Academie has formed a crisis team that that closely monitors this evolving situation, and also develops different scenarios to be prepared for the future. It’s possible to reach the crisis team via infocoronavirus[at]rietveldacademie.nl.
What is the guideline that the Rietveld Academie follows?
The Rietveld Academie always follows the advice and guidelines of RIVM (The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), the GGD (Municipal and Regional Health Services), the Ministery of Education (OCW) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Are the buildings of the Rietveld Academie open?
You should only come to the academy if this is strictly necessary; i.e. for students and teachers only if you need to pick up materials for instance and for staff only if your work cannot be done from home. Until the end of summer, the Rietveld Academie is only open to graduate students and employees.
Starting 25 May, graduate students are allowed to use the workshops. We have inventoried among the graduation students to find out which workshops they would want to work in to realise their graduation work. Based on this inventory, a schedule was made to enable graduate students to start working in the workshops. Of course, acces will be restricted and protocols will have to be followed to guarantee safe working conditions for both students and staff.
Please note that at least until the end of this summer, the workshops will remain closed for all students in the basicyear, first and second specialisation year. The workshop staff will be available through e-mail to help students from a distance, you can find their contact details on the intranet.
Please contact the head of your department with your questions regarding the consequences of the cancelling of educational activities at the academy buildings for your studies.
What are the plans for the Graduation Show?
We are happy to announce that the Graduation Show 2020 will take place from 26 August until 30 August. More information here.
What will happen next academic year?
- The full study programme will be offered to all students from the start of the study year on.
- A large part of the study programme can take place on the location of the academy.
- All facilities will be available for students.
Currently, the departments are developing their exact plans for their study programs at the start of the study year. Together, we will be looking to spread the activities that will take place on the location of the academy over the week as much as possible, to make maximal use of space and time. This means, for instance, that also evenings and Saturdays are being considered as possible moments for lessons to take place. We will need to take into account the 1,5 meter distance rule, to make sure everyone can be safe in and around the academy buildings. This brings limitations, but if we use the available space and time wisely, a lot will be possible.
Are there any possibilities for financial support?
We are aware that many of our students face acute financial problems, as they might no longer have income from part-time jobs. Therefore, we have set up the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Corona Fund. Students can apply to the Rietveld Academie for financial support to compensate for the loss of income due to the Corona crisis which cannot be recouped with an extra loan from DUO or under other schemes arranged by the government or the municipality. To find out if you qualify for the Corona Fund, please check the flowchart on the intranet.
Students from the EER can contact DUO to get help.
Graduate students who cannot graduate in July due to the Coronacrisis, but whose final exams will take place in January 2021 at the latest, and who therefore have to re-enrol next academic year, will receive a financial allowance. This financial allowance amounts to a maximum of € 535. For more information follow this link.
If you have problems with paying tuition fee instalments, you can send a request to finance[at]rietveldacademie.nl to come to a suitable arrangement.
Students from outside the EER and students that encounter financial problems that affect you personally, please contact the student counsellor: mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl.
We follow national legislation and agreements on tuition fees within Dutch higher education. Of course we are dependent on the ministry's decisions on these and other topics. You might want to lobby on this topic with the national student union.
Where can I find more information about online collaboration / working from home?
Some options to work or teach from home are to work in Teams and set up a Video-Meeting. All instructions can be found on the intranet. Should you encounter technical problem, please contact helpdesk[at]rietveldacademie.nl.
Where can I find reliable English information on the coronavirus and measures taken in the Netherlands?
Official information in English can be found here:
WHO (World Health Organisation)
Ministry of Education (OCW)
NOS in English, a Facebook group that translates Dutch news items into English
Who can I address at the academy with questions or concerns?
If you have any practical questions regarding the taken measures, please e-mail: infocoronavirus[at]rietveldacademie.nl
Should you encounter personal problems, you can contact the student counsellor: mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl
We've added information about the role and the list of members of the Rietveld Corona Crisis Team in the FAQ on the intranet.