Are you thinking of applying for the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and want to see what it’s like here first? Or perhaps you are hoping to expand your skills and work on your portfolio? The academy offers three preparatory trajectories – one workshop series and two courses – so you can get a taste of the Rietveld or prepare yourself for the bachelor’s programme.


Workshop series

Rietveld op Proef offers four try-out Saturday workshops, especially for young people aged 16 to 21 who are interested in studying at the academy in the future. Do you enjoy being creative, and don’t know what you can expect from an art academy? These four workshops will give you an impression of everything our art school has to offer.



Both the Orientation Course and the Preparatory Course allow you to create visual work at the academy and discuss it with professional artists and designers who act as your guides. You get to know the study groups, go on excursions and learn to reflect on your work process. The various assignments mean you can work on your art portfolio while gaining first-hand experience of life at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Both courses run for 25 weeks. Which course to take depends on your goal, your age, and how much time you have per week.

The Orientation Course is an exploratory programme. This course is intended to help participants decide whether studying art and design is for them. The classes are held on Saturday afternoons. Participants range in age between 16 (the minimum) and 50 (the limit), and come from many different backgrounds – that’s what makes the course so special.

The Preparatory Course is an extensive preparatory programme. It consists of three to four compulsory half-day sessions every week. It is open to participants up to the age of 25, who have obtained at least a HAVO (senior general secondary education) diploma, or MBO (senior secondary vocational education) diploma at level 4, or an equivalent qualification. A positive final assessment supports access to the first year (Basicyear) of the academy’s full-time bachelor’s degree programme.