Admission procedure 2021-2022 for Dutch candidates

Application for 2020-2021 is closed!

The regular 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), 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!

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Book a consultation appointment

Due to COVID-19, we will organize our admission rounds online this year. From November, the details on our adapted, online admission procedure will be available here.

We hope to start up consultations for 2021-2022 application in November, but at this moment this is still not completely certain (due to COVID-19). If we can go ahead with our consultations from November, appointments can be booked through the links below from end-October onwards. NOTE: this is not possible right now!

If you are not sure about choosing part-time, but maybe full-time, you don't have to book 2 separate appointments. Just choose your most obvious option and during your appointment discuss your options for both full-time and part-time and what your possibilities are. NOTE: all consultation interviews are face-to-face, at our academy in Amsterdam!

Regular 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.

For the 1st admission round (regular or alternative), 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 Beeld & Taal, so the main focus will be on your visual work). 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'.

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:

  • week 12; 22-26 March 2021 (extra round 19-23 April) - for full-time Basicyear;
  • week 16; 20 & 22 April 2021 for DOGtime (25 & 26 May for applicants who cannot attend in April);
  • week 20; 17-23 May 2021 for 2nd/3rd programme year candidates (exact date varies per department).

NOTE: due to COVID-19, we will organize our entrance exams online this year. We will probably request candidates to submit a portfolio online for the entrance exam, instead of attending the entrance exam in person at our academy. Specific details are still under consideration and will become available here in November.

Two to three weeks before the examination you will receive all the relevant information on the entrance exams by email. Candidates for the first bachelor course year will then also receive the home assignments. 

Normally, 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. NOTE: due to Corona, we might have to change the procedure for this year, and we might ask candidates to submit a portfolio online for assessment by the admissions committees, instead of attending the entrance exams at our academy.

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, 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).

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 can also skip the 1st admission round:

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

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 1 November 2020 - 1 April 2021.

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 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.

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