Admission Dutch Students
The admission procedure of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two rounds: the consultation hour and the entrance examination. NOTE: our last regular consultations were in February, and it is no longer possible to apply for the fulltime foundation year 2013-2104! It is still possible to attend a consultation to apply for DOGtime (parttime program) or a higher fulltime course year directly into a department.
1st round: The consultation hour
During the consultation your possible suitability for our academy will be assessed and discussed during an interview with a teacher. If your work receives a positive assessment, you pass on to the second admission round; the entrance examination, and the teacher will give you the application form to apply for the entrance exam. NOTE: we strongly advise you to study or complete website and at least take note of our academy philosophy (which can be found at menu option About) before attending your consultation.
Bring a wide variety of work to the consultation, as diverse as possible, preferably no older than three years. Do not just bring along final results: initial sketches, ideas and plans can also provide insight and give direction to the interview. Be sure to bring plenty of work to the consultation, at least 20 pieces. These can be drawings, sketches, design sketches, sketch books, paintings, photographs, collages, graphics, textiles, garments, ceramics, items of jewellery, floor plans, models and, if applicable, texts. You can show photographs of heavy or large pieces that are difficult to bring along (tip: put a pencil next to your work when you photograph it). NOTE: when applying for the foundation year, it is important to show work that is not too one-sided, so not only photography or only graphic work, but also 'free work'. Internet presentations will not be considered. CDs and DVDs can only be shown if you bring your own laptop.
To maximise your chances, come to the first consultations before the Christmas break. During the consultation, you will receive recommendations on how to prepare for the entrance examination (second round of the selection procedure). The earlier you come, the more time you will have to prepare for the examination. There will also be more time to answer questions during the earlier consultations. The last regular consultations to apply for the fulltime foundation year of academic year 2013/2014 were on February 14, 2013. In the meantime, we have completed the extra consultations to apply for the fulltime foundation year. This means it is no longer possible to apply for the fulltime foundation year 2013-2014!
2nd round: The entrance examination
All candidates must attend the entrance examination. The entrance examinations for fulltime foundation year candidates will be scheduled in March (and in April for those who cannot attend in March), the examinations for higher course year candidates and DOGtime candidates will be scheduled in April (and May for those who cannot attend in April). A few weeks before the examination, you will receive an invitation by e-mail. Candidates for the first bachelor course year will also recieve two home assignments. The entrance exam consists of an admission interview with one or two separate admissions committees. During these interviews, you will present a large and varied selection of your visual work, no more than 3 years old. Based on your presentation, the committees will ask you questions, for instance on your work, the homework assignments, your motivation, your background, your sources of inspiration and your expectations of the study programme. The interviews will take a maximum of 20 minutes. Before the examination, you will have a little time to set up your work in the classroom in which the examination takes place. You will receive the results by e-mail three weeks after the examination.
Application higher course year
Candidates who have studied at an art academy (at bachelor level), in principle, can apply for a higher course year. If you have completed at least 1 bachelor course year at an art academy in one of the following countries:
Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Ireland
you can send in a request to receive an application form for the entrance examinations. You must provide proof of having completed the first year of an art academy’s bachelor’s programme, by e-mailing it in JPEG or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. This way, you can skip the first admission round and will not have to attend a consultation, or send in your portfolio for assessment first.
If you are still studying in the first bachelor course year at your art academy, or have studied at an art academy in a country that is not on the above mentioned list, you cannot skip the first admission round and are obliged to attend a consultation, or, if that is not possible, send in your portfolio for assessment first.