Admission procedure 2021-2022 for international 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: the admission 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, we will organize our admission rounds online this year!

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Book a consultation appointment

NOTE: 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 this is still uncertain (in view of COVID-19). If we can indeed start our consultations, 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 the choice for part-time or full-time, you don't have to book 2 separate appointments. Just choose 1 and during your appointment discuss your options for both part-time and full-time and what your possiblities are. NOTE: All consultation interviews are face-to-face, at our academy in Amsterdam (so never online!).

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!

Regular 1st admission round: consultation

In principle, candidates have to attend a consultation and bring their portfolio for assessment to the consultation, but due to COVID-19 we will organize our 1st admission round online this year. More specific information on the adapted online 1st admission round will be published here by end-October at the latest.

During the 1st admission round, your possible suitability for our academy will be assessed. If your work receives a positive assessment, you pass on to the second admission round; the entrance examination, and you will be issued an 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 participation in our admission procedure.

For the 1st admission round (both regular & alternative), 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 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'.

Alternative 1st round: submitting your portfolio

Candidates living outside of the EU, who are unable to attend a consultation in person at our academy, instead, must submit their portfolio for assessment in our online 'portfolio machine'. On the basis of the portfolio, the admissions committee will determine whether the candidate will be invited for the entrance examination.

Participants in the alternative 1st round have to submit their portfolio application online, through a closed section on our website only, our portfolio machine, from November 2020, before the deadline. The guidelines for the selection of works that are outlined above, under '1st admission round: consultation', also apply here. If you want to submit your portfolio online, from 2 November, send a login request to receive a login for our portfolio machine (the link to the request form will become available here on 2 November). Take into account that your login request will be processed within 1 week, so send your request at least 2 weeks before the application deadline mentioned below. 


Only for participants alternative 1st round:

  • 17 December 2020, for application 1st full-time bachelor Basicyear;
  • 1 March 2021 for application DOGtime (part-time) and full-time 2nd course year.

Login requests can be submitted from November 2020. NOTE: do not wait until last-minute to send your login request. Take at least 1 week before the above mentioned deadline to prepare your portfolio application, to make sure you can meet our deadline!

2nd round: entrance exam

If you receive a positive assessment of your portfolio, you can apply for 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 (extra round 17 & 18 May for applicants who cannot participate in April);
  • week 20; 17-21 May, 2021 for 2nd/3rd programme year candidates. NOTE: exact date varies per department.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we will organize the entrance exams online this year. Candidates applying for the entrance exam will probably be asked to submit a portfolio online for assessment by the admissions committees, instead of attending the entrance exam at our academy in Amsterdam. Specific details about the online entrance exams are still under consideration and will become available here in November.

Candidates who applied for the entrance exams will receive detailed information on the entrance exams at least 2 weeks before the scheduled exam day(s). Candidates for the first bachelor year of studies 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, candidates are asked to show a large and varied selection of your visual work, no more than 3 years old. Candidates for the first year must also show the development and results of the two home assignments. The committees will ask you questions, for instance on your work, the home assignments, your motivation, your background, your sources of inspiration and your expectations regarding the study programme. The interviews will take a maximum of 20 minutes. Before the examination, you will have a little time to set up your work in the classroom in which the examination takes place. After the interviews, you will quickly have to clear out your work to make room for the next candidate. NOTE: in view the restrictions due to COVID-19, candidates might be asked to submit a portfolio online for assessment by the admissions committees, instead of attending the entrance exam in person at our academy in Amsterdam.

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).

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 can also skip the 1st admission round:

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

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.

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