The Basicyear is the first year of the four-year bachelor’s degree programme. At the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, students complete the Basicyear before starting to specialise. It is a general, formative year that offers a broad and coherent programme, all the components of which are compulsory. The programme focus is to get thoroughly acquainted with many different views, concepts and working methods, with the aim of linking these to your own interests and potential.

A joint first year provides insight into the diversity of talents and potential among students, leading up to the extensive academy-wide exchange and collaboration of the later years. The Basicyear lays the foundations for working independently. From the outset, the required level and pace are high, demanding serious effort. At the same time, this year offers the appropriate amount of stimulation and encouragement for up-and-coming artists and designers who have an adventurous, receptive and inquisitive attitude. A critical eye and a willingness to collaborate with others are essential preconditions for ensuring that you get the most out of the programme.