Application for the Preparatory Year 2018-2019 is closed. Application for 2019-2020 will open next month through the online form.

Admission interview

The Preparatory Year is preceded by an admission interview with a tutor during which you present a selection of your visual work, and the outcome of home assignments. The work you bring along may consist of sketches, doodles, photographs, videos or three-dimensional work – in short, visual information in order to see if you are going to benefit from our programmeanything that provides information on your visual capacities. We would also like to know about your views on studying with us.

The Preparatory Year 2018 starts with a meal. This informal meet & greet takes places on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 4 PM. The first class starts on Friday 21 September 2018 at 2 PM.

Course fee

Course fee 2018-2019: € 1,932.-.

NOTE: the course fee has to be paid in full before the start of the course, and cannot be paid in instalments. Additionally, attending the Preparatory Year does not give you the right to apply for Dutch student support (Studiefinanciering).

Residence permit non-EU/EEA students

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 our Preparatory Year.

Did you know that non-EU/EEA students accepted for the Prep Year of 2018-2019 had to have almost €13,000 on their bank account to apply for their residence permit? For more information, read here.

More information 

For more information on applying or studying at the academy, contact: apply[at]