Application for the final extra admission round for the Preparatory Course 2020-2021 is possible through the online form. NOTE: for this last admission round candidates are asked to submit a portfolio & questionnaire online (due to COVID-19).

Extended deadline for application: 15 September 2020 (this extra round is for EU/EEA applicants only!).

Deadline to submit portfolio & questionnaire: Monday morning, 21 September 2020, at 10.00 a.m.!

After submitting your application form, you will receive home assignments and a.s.a.p. you will be sent your login details for the portfolio machine, to submit your portfolio application online.

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 2020 starts with an informal meet & greet on Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 4 PM. The first class starts on Friday 25 September 2020 at 2 PM.

Course fee

Course fee 2020-2021: € 2,016.-.

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.

More information 

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