Admission procedure 2021-2022 for Dutch candidates

The admission procedure for the bachelor's programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two rounds: first; assessment portfolio during consultation (or after submitting your portfolio online), and second; the entrance examination. For all information regarding these admission rounds, dates, deadlines, etc., scroll down in the text below. NOTE: due to COVID-19, we will organize our admission rounds online this year!

Questions? Contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl

First admission round: online consultation interviews

Consultation interviews are conducted online this year, through Microsoft Teams.

Which candidates should book an online consultation appointment?

All EU/EEA canddiates applying for the 1st bachelor Basicyear full-time, or DOGtime (part-time, 1st year or higher year) can book a consultation appointment. Our regular online consultations for 2021-2022 application run from mid-November 2020 till mid-February 2021. Consultation appointments can be booked through the links below, maximally 3-4 weeks in advance.

NOTE: all 2nd/3rd year applicants full-time (both EU/EEA & non-EU/EEA applicants) and non-EU/EEA applicants for the Basicyear full-time should NOT book a consultation appointment, but instead should submit a portfolio application through our online portfolio machine (scroll down below, to Alternative 1st round: submitting your portfolio for info).

Book your online consultation appointment

The last extra consultations for late EU/EEA Basicyear candidates were on 19 March and application for the Basicyear 2021-2022 is now on hold. If there are still study places available for the Basicyear after the entrance exams in March & April, we will offer extra consultations in May (for EU/EEA applicants only) and a last round of entrance exams in June. This will then be announced on our website here end-April.

We still offer extra consultations for DOGtime candidates . So book your appointment now:

- For Basicyear full-time (application is on hold now): Full-time programme

- For DOGtime (1st year or higher year): Part-time programme

NOTE: the DOGtime consultations are only meant for DOGtime candidates!

What can you expect from the online consultation interview?

During an online interview (through Teams) with a teacher, your possible suitability for our academy will be assessed and discussed. You can show as much of your work as possible on camera (make sure you collected your work in the room with you before the interview), and in Teams you can also share files to show digital work.

If your work receives a positive assessment, you pass on to the second admission round; the entrance examination, and you will be sent the application form to apply for the entrance exam. NOTE: we strongly advise you to study our complete website and at least take note of our academy philosophy (which can be found at menu option About) before participating in our 1st admission round.

NOTE: all non-EU/EEA candidates & all 2nd/3rd year full-time candidates have to submit a portfolio application for the 1st round, instead of doing the consultation appointment (scroll down for info below).

Selection of works for the first admission round

For the 1st admission round (for both consultation and portfolio machine), please show a wide variety of visual work, as diverse as possible, preferably no older than three years. Do not just show final results: initial sketches, ideas and plans can also provide insight. Be sure to show plenty of work, at least 20 pieces (but possibly more!). These can be drawings, sketches, design sketches, sketch books, paintings, photographs, collages, graphics, textiles, garments, ceramics, items of jewellery, floor plans, models and, if applicable, texts (NOTE: at a later stage, texts will be assessed by the department Image & Language so the main focus will be on your visual work). NOTE: when applying for the basicyear, it is important to show work that is not too one-sided, so not only photography or only graphic work, but also 'free work'.

To maximise your chances, we advise you not to wait too long, and book your consultation appointment before the Christmas break. The consultation teacher can give recommendations on how to prepare for the entrance examination (second round of the selection procedure). If you participate early, you have more time to prepare for the examination. Usually, there is also more time to answer questions during the earlier consultations.

Candidates participating the alternative 1st round are requested to submit their portfolio application in our portfolio machine well in advance of the deadline!

Second round: the entrance examination (for all candidates)

After a positive assessment of your portfolio in the first admission round, you pass on to the second admission round; the entrance examination, for which you will have to apply officially with the application form that is issued after completing the 1st round successfully.

Due to COVID-19, candidates are requested to submit a portfolio application online for the entrance exam. The assessment weeks of submitted exam portfolio applications will be scheduled on:

  • week 12; 22-26 March 2021 (extra round 19-23 April) - for candidates full-time Basicyear;
  • week 16; 19-23 April 2021 for candidates DOGtime (extra round in week 20);
  • week 20; 17-23 May 2021 for 2nd/3rd full-time programme year candidates.

NOTE: candidates do NOT have to come to the academy for the entrance exam. Two to three weeks before the exam week, registered canddiates will receive all relevant information by email. Candidates for the first bachelor course year will then also receive the home assignments. 

Entrance Exam Portfolio

Minimally, 4 days before the assessment week, you have to submit your portfolio application through our online portfolio machine. Your submitted portfolio application will then be assessed by an admissions committee. An exam portfolio consists of a filled out questionnaire, a PDF with a large and varied selection of your visual work, of the past 3 years, and a PDF with your work process and outcome of the home assignments. Additionally, you have to prepare a video assignment. Through the submitted portfolio application, the admissions committee hopes to gather enough information about your work, the home assignments, your motivation, your background, your sources of inspiration and your expectations of the study programme, so they can get an idea of your possible suitability for our programme.

One month after the assssment week, the exam results will sent by e-mail.

Application for entrance into 2nd or 3rd bachelor year

In principle, all candidates who have studied at an art academy at bachelor level, and completed at least the 1st bachelor year of studies successfully (before their possible studies here), can apply for a higher programme year (instead of the 1st bachelor Basicyear).

Option of skipping the 1st admission round

If you have completed at least 1 bachelor programme year at an art academy in one of the following countries, you also have the option of skipping the 1st admission round:

Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Sweden or Ireland.

Send request to skip the first admission round

To become eligible for skipping our 1st admission round, fill out the request form and send it. NOTE: you will have to upload proof of studies in this form to prove that you meet our requirements for skipping our 1st admission round. Requests will only be processed in the period of 2 November 2020 - 1 April 2021.

When are you not eligible for skipping 1st round?

If you are still studying in the first bachelor programme year at your art academy, or have studied at an art academy in a country that is not on the above mentioned list, you can still apply for a higher year (assuming that you will complete the 1st bachelor year of studies before starting your studies at our academy), but you cannot skip the first admission round and are obliged to participate in the 1st admission round. As 2nd/3rd year applicant, you DO NOT book a consultation appointment, but instead participate in our alternative 1st admission round in our portfolio machine.

Alternative 1st round: submitting your portfolio

You can submit your portfolio application through our online portfolio machine, for assessment by the department of your choice. But first, you have to create a login for our portfolio machine.

Login for portfolio machine

You can create a login for our online portfolio machine with this link, to apply for the 2nd/3rd year for 2021-2022, so you can submit your portfolio application in our online portfolio machine. NOTE: portfolios can only be submitted through our portfolio machine! After a positive assessment by the department, you can participate in the entrance exams in May.

Deadline for 2nd/3rd year candidates to submit your portfolio

Extended deadline = 10 March 2021.

We do urge you to submit your portfolio a.s.a.p., well before the deadline!

Contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl