Late application for 2022-2023

Application for the full-time basicyear & DOGtime (part-time program) is closed!

There are still a limited number of study places available for 2nd (and 3rd) year candidates for the full-time departments of: Architectural Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, Jewellery - Linking Bodies, and Photography.

Fill out your request for a late application as soon as possible, before 27 June 2022, here.

NOTE: only EU/EEA applicants (meeting certain conditions) are eligible for a late application.

Admission procedure 2023-2024 for Dutch candidates

The admission procedure for the bachelor's programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two rounds:

- first round; assessment of your work during online consultation interview (or after submitting your portfolio online);

- second round; the entrance examination.

For all information regarding these admission rounds, dates, deadlines, etc., scroll down in the text below.

Questions? Contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl

First admission round: consultation interviews

Our regular online consultations for application 2023-2024 run from November 2022 till mid-February 2023.

Appointments can be booked by all Dutch & other EU/EEA applicants for the 1st bachelor Basicyear or for DOGtime (part-time 1st year or higher year) from mid-October onwards.

Don't wait too long and book your appointment before the X-mas break, so you have more time to prepare for the entrance exam and don't run the risk that all consultations are fully booked.

Which candidates should book a consultation appointment?

All Dutch and other EU/EEA applicants for the 1st bachelor Basicyear full-time, or DOGtime (part-time, 1st year or higher year) have to book a consultation appointment. Our regular consultations for 2023-2024 run from November 2022 till mid-February 2023.

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

Book your consultation appointment

From mid-October 2022, you can book your consultation appointment through one of the links below (maximally 3-4 weeks in advance only):

- All EU/EEA applicants for Basicyear full-time: application for 2023-2024. NOTE: From mid-October, the link to the appointment form will be published here.

- All EU/EEA applicants for DOGtime (1st year or higher year): application for 2023-2024. NOTE; From mid-October, the link to the appointment form will be published here.

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.

The entrance exams will be scheduled in:

  • March 2023 (extra round in April 2023) - for candidates full-time Basicyear;
  • April 2023 for candidates DOGtime (extra round in May 2023);
  • May 2023 for 2nd/3rd full-time programme year candidates.

NOTE: 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. 

Information about Entrance Exam

Due to Covid-19, in the past 2 years, the entrance exams were adapted and online, in the form of a submitted questionnaire  through our online portfolio machine, including a pdf with an elaborate and varied selection of visual work of the last 3 years, and work process and outcome of the home assignments (if applicable). NOTE: at this stage, we have not determined exactly how the entrance exams will be organized coming year. As soon as we can, more specific details will be published here.

In any case, with your input during the entrance exam,  the admissions committee hopes to gather enough information about your visual work, the home assignments, your motivation, your background, your sources of inspiration, your expectations of the study programme, and the quality of your English communication, so we can get an idea of your possible suitability for our programme.

One month after the exam 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, you can submit the request form (of which the link is only available from November 2022 till March 20223). While filling out the form, you have to upload proof of studies to prove that you meet our requirements for skipping our 1st admission round. NOTE: requests will only be processed in the period of November 2022 till 1 April 2022.

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 so 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

2nd/3rd year candidates can create a login for our online portfolio machine through the link, that is available here from December 2022.

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

Deadline = 1 March 2023.

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

Contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl