Admission Procedure for Dutch candidates for 2019-2020

The admission procedure of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two rounds: first; assessment portfolio during consultation hour (or after submitting your portfolio), and second; the entrance examination.

For information on how to apply for the bachelor program, select either ADMISSION DUTCH STUDENTS or ADMISSION INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS to read about our admission procedure in 2 separate rounds.

Contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl

First consultations to apply for 2019-2020: November 201; last regular consultations: mid-February 2019.

From mid-October, you can book an appointment to apply for 2019-2020.
From mid-October, click one of the links below to enter the appointment form of your choice:

1st round: The consultation

During a consultation, your possible suitability for our academy will be assessed and discussed during an interview with a teacher. If your work receives a positive assessment, you pass on to the second admission round; the entrance examination, and the teacher will give you 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 attending your consultation.

Bring a wide variety of visual work to the consultation, as diverse as possible, preferably no older than three years. Do not just bring along final results: initial sketches, ideas and plans can also provide insight and give direction to the interview. Be sure to bring plenty of work to the consultation, at least 20 pieces. 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 Beeld & Taal, so the main focus will be on your visual work). You can show photographs of heavy or large pieces that are difficult to bring along (tip: put a pencil next to your work when you photograph it). NOTE: when applying for the basic year, it is important to show work that is not too one-sided, so not only photography or only graphic work, but also 'free work'. Internet presentations will not be considered during the consultation. CDs and DVDs can only be shown if you bring your own laptop.

To maximise your chances, come to the first consultations before the Christmas break. During the consultation, you will receive recommendations on how to prepare for the entrance examination (second round of the selection procedure). If you come early, you will have more time to prepare for the examination. There will also be more time to answer questions during the earlier consultations.

2nd round: The entrance examination

After a positive assessment of your portfolio in the first admission round, you pass on to the second admission round; the entrance examination. The entrance examinations will be scheduled on:

  • 25-29 March 2019 (extra round 23-26 April) - for full-time Basicyear;
  • 23 & 25 April 2019 for DOGtime (20 & 21 May for applicants who cannot attend in April);
  • 20-24 May 2019 for 2nd/3rd year course candidates (exact date varies per department).

All candidates are obliged to come to Amsterdam to attend their entrance exam in person at our academy!

Two to three weeks before the examination you will receive an invitation by email. Candidates for the first bachelor course year will then also receive the home assignments. 

The entrance exam consists of an admission interview with one or two separate admissions committees (2 committees for Basicyear candidates). During these interviews, you will show a large and varied selection of your visual work, no more than 3 years old. The committees will ask you questions, for instance on your work, the homework assignments, your motivation, your background, your sources of inspiration and your expectations of the study programme. The interviews will take a maximum of 20 minutes. Before the examination, you will have a little time to lay out your work in the classroom in which the examination takes place. After the interview(s), you have to quickly clear out your work to make room for the next candidate.

You will receive the results by e-mail one month after the after the exam week.

Application higher course year

In principle, all candidates who have studied at an art academy at bachelor level for at least 1 year, can apply for a higher course year. If you have completed at least 1 bachelor course year at an art academy in one of the following countries, you can also skip the 1st admission round:

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

Send an e-mail, from November 2018, but definitely before end March 2019, with a scanned copy of having completed the 1st bachelor year of studies at an institute for art/design in one of the above listed countries, with an overview of completed subjects, obtained ECTS credits (at least 60) and your address, you will be sent an application form to officially apply for the entrance examinations. Send your proof in JPEG or PDF format to  apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl  and make sure your attachments do not exceed 8 MB. This way, you can skip the first admission round and will not have to attend a consultation, or submit your portfolio for assessment first.

If you are still studying in the first bachelor course 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 attend a consultation, or, if that is not possible, submit your portfolio for assessment first. After a positive assessment during the 1st round, you would then pass on to the 2nd admission round: the entrance exam.

Contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl