Extra admission round in August for entrance 2nd year 2020-2021

There is an extra admission round in August for 2nd (/3rd) year candidates in the full-time departments:

- Image & Language;

- Photography.

Do you want to apply still? Fill in your online request now (at least before 1 August), so we can check whether you meet our requirements of participation for this round! If so, you will be asked to submit a portfolio in our online portfolio machine, for assessment by the department.

Admission procedure 2020-2021 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), and second; the entrance examination. For all information regarding these admission rounds, dates, deadlines, etc., scroll down in the text below. NOTE: because of all the restrictions due to COVID-19, we changed the admission procedure for 2020-2021.

Contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl

Book a consultation appointment

We completed our last extra consultations mid-March and closed application for the Basicyear full-time & DOGtime for 2020-2021.

We hope to start up consultations for 2021-2022 application in November. If so, appointments can be booked through the links below from mid-October onwards again. NOTE: this is not possible right now!

If you are not sure about choosing full-time or part-time, you don't have to book 2 separate appointments. Just choose 1 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!

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, 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:

  • 23-27 March 2020 (extra round 20-24 April) - for full-time Basicyear;
  • 21 & 23 April 2020 for DOGtime (25 & 26 May for applicants who cannot attend in April);
  • 25-29 May 2020 for 2nd/3rd programme year candidates (exact date varies per department).

Because of all the restrictions due to COVID-19, we were forced to change our admission procedure this year. This means, candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio online for the entrance exam, instead of attending the entrance exam in person at our academy.

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 changed the procedure for this year. Candidates will be asked 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. Do not wait too long to send your request, and at least before 1 May, 2020, to make sure you can still apply for the entrance exams before the deadlines.

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.

Contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl