The Preparatory Course is an extensive preparatory programme preceding the Bachelor's degree programme in Art and Design. Application is open to candidates from 16 up to the age of 25, who have at least obtained a HAVO (senior general secondary education) or MBO (senior secondary vocational education) diploma at level 4 or an equivalent qualification. It involves three to four compulsory half-day sessions every week.

The group classes in fine arts, 3D and 2D design, drawing and theory teach students to reflect on the work, by means of assignments and projects over the course of 25 weeks. Theory classes also includes writing assignments. After the final presentation in April, students who have passed can be directly admitted to the Basicyear of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie or proceed for admissions at another art academy.