You can apply for the Preparatory Course 2023-2024 by filling out the application form here.

The admission rounds are scheduled:

- end-May (ONLINE): open to all applicants (Dutch, EU/EEA & non-EU/EEA applicants

* DEADLINE to apply = 1 April 2023 for all non-EU/EEA applicants and 1 May 2023 for all EU/EEA applicants.

- 21 June 2023 (LIVE interview): only open to Dutch & other EU/EEA appilcants.

* DEADLINE to apply = 1 June 2023.

NOTE: participants in the May admission round are requested to submit an online portfolio application for assessment. However, participants in the June admission round, are invited to attend an admission interview at our academy in Amsterdam.

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 with the application form.

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.

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 the start of the course).


In some cases you can apply for the STAP Budget - for more information read  here

Submitting portfolio or attending admission interview at the academy

The Preparatory Course is preceded by a selection. After submitting your application form, you will receive home assignments that have to be completed for the admission round in May/June.

Besides these home assignments, candidates participating in the May admission round are requested to fill out a questionnaire and submit a portfolio (in pdf) for assessment online. Participants in the June admission round are invited to attend an admission interview in person at our academy in Amsterdam, and to bring a selection of works to the interview (instead of submitting work online).

The portfolio/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 2023/24 starts with an introduction day in September, followed by the first class a few days later.

Course fee

The course fee for 2023-2024 is € 2,297.-.

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. Contact: international[at] .

Did you know that non-EU/EEA students accepted for the Preparatory Course 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 application or studying at the academy, contact: apply[at] .

For more information on applying for residence permit, contact: international[at] .