Preparatory Course on Aruba
The Preparatory Course lasts for 30 weeks. The programme will be given by various lecturers from Rietveld Amsterdam and will comprise three modules plus theory. The Preparatory Course year is an introduction programme to the Bachelor’s programme in Fine Arts and Design at the Rietveld Academie. Candidates wishing to enrol for the preparatory course are required to complete an admission procedure. This admission procedure consists of interviews and homework assignments. Candidates must at least have a secondary school diploma: HAVO (senior general secondary education), MBO (senior secondary vocational education), or equivalent.
The admission interviews will be held:
In the first week of October exact dates will be announced a.s.a.p.
How to apply
Download and complete the application form and send it, together with two passport photos and a copy of your passport to:
Gerrit Rietveld Academie Student Office Fred. Roeskestraat 96 1076 ED Amsterdam The Netherlands or Julienne Paskel J.E.Irausquinplein 2a Oranjestad Aruba
If you would like more information and/or have any questions:
- send an e-mail to Judith van den Akker: firstname.lastname@example.org (Amsterdam)
- or mail to Julienne Paskel: email@example.com (Aruba)
Aruban students: 1200 florin
Dutch students: 1728 euros
Students from the Carabic region and the United States: 1200 dollars
Download here: the application form
First module: body
Design disciplines such as fashion and jewellery design, but also fine arts such as video and performance, focus on the human dimension, the human body.
The assignments, given by two lecturers, a designer and an artist, will give you insight into the many possibilities the theme “Body” offers. Fashion, photography, video and sketching/drawing will be your focus during these weeks.
The theory will be given immediately afterwards.
This module will be concluded with a presentation in the form of a public show at a yet to be determined venue.
Second module: Domestic Affairs
Product designers (and architects) are interested in daily life: objects we use in our home environment. Designers not only solve problems, they also develop new shapes and materials. Our day-to-day life is just as interesting to visual artists. A painter who asks himself “how, exactly, is milk poured into a jug “and subsequently wonders “how can I draw or paint that?”, for example. Day-to-day life is your source of inspiration in Domestic Affairs. The lecturers, a 3D designer and an artist, give assignments that focus on day-to-day activities the people around you carry out and/or the environment in which that activity takes place. You will be coached in shaping your sketch ideas (research and documentation are important elements of this module).
A theory programme will be given immediately afterwards.
The module will be concluded with a presentation at one or more venues, e.g. a shop, factory or house.
Third module: Rest of the World
Music or a well-known work of art, such as the Mona Lisa or a good logo, is accessible to everyone. In the module “Rest of the World” you will explore how you can make or design something communicative, in your own way (in a world where everyone can copy and paste practically anything). Any and all media can be used in this module: text, sound, music and film, photography, painting, the Internet, video, drawing, in short: everything is allowed, to explore how communication works in a design, work of art, or project. In this module you will be supervised by an audio-visual / mixed-media lecturer and a graphic designer /artist. Once again, drawing is an important element here.
Theory is an integrated part of this module.
Rest of the World will be concluded with an exhibition with accompanying publication, which will be designed and ultimately produced and presented by the students during this period.