Admission procedure 2021-2022 for international candidates

The admission procedure for the bachelor's programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two rounds: the consultation and the entrance examination. For all information regarding our admission rounds, dates, deadlines, etc., scroll down in the text below.

NOTE: due to COVID-19, our admission rounds are online this year!

Questions? Contact: apply[at]

Regular first admission round: online consultation interview

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

Which candidates should book a consultation appointment?

All EU/EEA candidates applying for the 1st bachelor Basicyear full-time or DOGtime (part-time all years) 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 only.

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

Book you online consultation appointment

The last extra consultations for EU/EEA Basicyear canddiates were on 19 March and application for the Basicyear 2021-2022 is now closed!

We still offer some last extra consultations for DOGtime in May. So book your appointment now: 

- For EU/EEA candidates for Basicyear full-time (application is closed!).

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

NOTE: DOGtime consultations are only meant for DOGtime candidates!

Scroll down for info on how to prepare for your consultation appointment.

Non-EU/EEA applicants have to submit a portfolio application for the 1st round, scroll down to Alternative 1st round: submitting your portfolio for info below.

Residence permit

Students from all non-EU/EEA countries are OBLIGED to apply for a residence permit through the International Office of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie to study in the full-time bachelor program. They cannot study in our part-time programme, unless they already have a valid residence permit for the Netherlands which allows for studying.

Non-EU/EEA students applying for 2020-2021 had to have a provable amount of at least €17,167.- on their bank account to apply for their residence permit!

More information about a residence permit.

Proof of English proficiency

Candidates need to provide proof of English proficiency during the applicaiton process. We accept:

  • a copy of your European high school/secondary diploma, with English as exam subject (before July 2021), or
  • your Academic IELTS certificate, with minimum overall band score of 6.0, with at least 6.0 for Speaking (IELTS score before 1 March 2021 at the latest! (NOTE: we DO NOT accept TOEFL), or
  • proof that English is your mother tongue (f.e. a copy of your passport, or high school diploma of English speaking country), before your participation in the entrance exam.

NOTE: applicants who have to provide an Academic IELTS certificate, really have to do this 3 weeks before the entrance exam. Applicants who do not provide an Academic IELTS certificate well before the entrance exam, will not be invited for an entrance exam!

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 entranc 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 (wich can be found at menu option About) before participation in our first admission round.

NOTE: all non-EU/EEA canddiates have to submit a portfolio application for the 1st round, instead of doing the consultation interview. And we also ask EU/EEA candidates for the 2nd/3rd year full-time to submit a portfolio in our portfolio machine for assessment by the department (scroll down for info below).

Selection of works for the 1st admission round

For the 1st admission round (for both consultation and portfolio machine), 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 works, at least 20 pieces (but hopefully 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: 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, not only assignment-based work, but also 'free work' based on your own ideas.

Alternative 1st round : submitting your portfolio

All non-EU/EEA candidates, and EU/EEA candidates applying for the 2nd/3rd year full-time, have to submit a portfolio application for assessment in our online 'portfolio machine'. On the basis of the submitted portfolio application, the admissions committee will determine whether the candidate will be invited to participate in the entrance examination.

Portfolios can only be submitted in our online portfolio machine from mid-November onwards, before the deadline mentioned below. The guidelines for the selection of works that are outlined above, under 'Selection of works for the 1st admission round', also apply here. To submit your portfolio, you have to first create a login for our portfolio machine.

Login for the portfolio machine

You can create a login for our portfolio machine through one of the links below:

- Application for 1st bachelor Basicyear 2021-2022 is closed! The deadline has passed;

- Application for 2nd/3rd year fulltime is on hold, as the deadline to submit a portfolio has passed. NOTE: only for candidates who completed at least 1 bachelor year of studies in fine arts/design by July 2021 at the latest.

Late 2nd/3rd year candidates can send an e-mail to apply[at] to ask about possibilities for a late application.

DEADLINES PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION (alternative 1st round) for 2021-2022

Only for all non-EU/EEA applicants, and EU/EEA applicants for 2nd/3rd year full-time:

  • for 1st full-time bachelor Basicyear, DEADLINE  = 17 December 2020 (application is closed!);
  • for application full-time 2nd/3rd year, DEADINE = 1 March 2021. NOTE: Deadline extended to 10 March 2021 (for EU/EEA applicants only), and application is now on hold.

We urge you to submit your portfolio application a.s.a.p., well before the deadline! Definitely do not wait until last-minute, to make sure your portfolio can be taken into consideration.

2nd round: entrance exam (for all candidates)

If you receive a positive assessment of your portfolio, pass on to the second admission round; the entrance examination. You have to apply for the entrance exam by submitting the application form issued after completing the 1st round.

Candidates have to submit a portfolio application for the entrance exam, through our online portfolio machine. Assessments of submitted exam portfolios are in:

  • week 12; 22-26 March, 2021 (& extra round week 16) - for candidates full-time Basicyear:
  • week 16; 19-23 April, 2021 for candidates DOGtime (extra round week 20);
  • week 20; 17-21 May, 2021 for 2nd/3rd programme year candidates full0-time.

NOTE: candidates do NOT have to come to our academy for the entrance exam. Two to three weeks before the exam week, registered canddiates will receive all relevant information by e-mail. Candidates for the first bachelor year of studies 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, work process, 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.

The result of the assessments will be sent by e-mail, within one month after the exam week.

Application for a higher 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 programme year. If you have completed at least 1 bachelor programme year at an art academy (before your possible studies here), you 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 one bachelor year at an art academy in one of the following countries, you also have the option of skipping the 1st admission round:

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

Send request to skip 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 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 first admission round. As 2nd/3rd year candidate, DO NOT book a consultation appointment, but instead submit your portfolio for assessment in our online portfolio machine first. After a positive assessment by the department you chose, you pass on to the 2nd admission round: the entrance exam.

Login for portfolio machine

You can create a login for the portfolio machine through the following link:

- the link for application 2nd/3rd year full-time is no longer available!

Late candidates can send an e-mail to apply[at] to ask about possibiliites for a late application.

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

Deadline = 1 March 2021, has passed.

Do not wait until last-minute! We urge you do submit your portfolio a.s.a.p., and well before the deadline!

Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in Holland.

Scholarship amount

The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this only in the first year of your studies.

Application criteria

-          Your nationality is non-EEA.

-          You are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s at Gerrit Rietveld Academie

-          You meet the specific requirements of Gerrit Rietveld Academie

-          You have never before studied at an education institution in the Netherlands.  

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Code of conduct 

The Code of Conduct guarantees the quality of higher education provided to international students.

Only students who enrol at an education institution which has signed the 'Code of Conduct with respect to international students in Dutch higher education' are eligible for a study visa. The Code of Conduct puts the institutions under a number of obligations in their dealings with international students.

Contact: apply[at]