You can apply for the admission procedure of the Preparatory Course 2022-2023 by filling out the application form here.

The admission rounds for the Preparatory Course are scheduled in May and June 2022. The deadlines to apply are:

- For May admission round (mandatory for all non-EU/EEA applicants!):

* deadline has passed;

- For June admission round (open to EU/EEA applicants only!):

* deadline to apply = 25 May 2022. 

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).

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 the 2022-2023 admission 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 2022 starts with an informal meet & greet on a Wednesday in September 2022 (still to be determined), 2 days later followed by the first class.

Course fee

The 2022-2023 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.

More information 

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