To apply for the admission round of Preparatory Course 2021-2022, fill out the application form here. After submitting your application, you will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation with the home assignments. For your admission, you will be asked to submit a portfolio application for assessment in our online portfolio machine. Submitted portfolio applications will be assesed on the admission days below (but have to be submitted in advance):
- Wednesday, 26 May 2021 (obligatory round for all non-EU/EEA applicants*);
- Wednesday, 23 June 2021 (only open to EU/EEA applicants).
* Deadline to submit application form for all non-EU/EEA applicants = 1 April 2021.
Deadline to submit application form for all EU/EEA applicants = 1 May 2021.
Proof of English proficiency
Non-EU/EEA applicants who are not native speakers (of English) have to submit an Academic IELTS certificate with minimum overall band score of 6.0, with at least 6.0 for Speaking before 1 April 2021.NOTE: Applications submitted without this proof of English proficiency, will not be considered! For native speakers, a copy of your high school diploma is considered sufficient proof of English proficiency. If you are a native speaker and currently in your graduation year of high school, you can submit your high school diploma as soon as you obtain it (but before 1 September 2021).
EU/EEA applicants can submit a European high school diploma with English as exam subject as proof of English proficiency, and European candidates who are in their graduation year in high school, can submit their high school diploma as soon as they obtain it (but before 1 September 2021).
Submitting portfolio (instead of admission interview)
Normally, the Preparatory Course is preceded by an admission interview with two tutors during which you present a selection of your visual work, and the outcome of home assignments. For this round however, candidates are asked to fill out a questionnaire online and submit a selection of works online for assessment. The selection of work you show 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 programme, anything that provides information on your visual capacities. We would also like to know about your views on studying with us.
Start of the course
The Preparatory Course 2021 starts with an informal meet & greet on Wednesday 22 September 2021. The first class is on Friday 24 September 2021.
The 2021-2022 course fee is € 2,088.-.
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 Course 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 Course.
Did you know that non-EU/EEA students accepted for the Prep Course of 2019-2020 had to have almost €13,000 on their bank account to apply for their residence permit? For more information, read here.
For more information on applying or studying at the academy, contact: apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl.