Admission International Students

The admission procedure of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two rounds: the admission consultation and the entrance examination. If you do not live in the Netherlands, and are unable to come to Amsterdam for a consultation, instead, you can submit your portfolio for assessment by post. If the assessment of your portfolio is positive, you will be required to come to Amsterdam for the second admission round: the entrance examination. NOTE: the entrance examinations for the fulltime Basic Year will take place in March and April 2014!

Applying for 2014-2015

NOTE: Application for the full-time 1st bachelor Basic Year, and for DOGtime (part-time evening program) is closed. For applicants from within the EU/EEA countries, who already completed at least 1 bachelor year of studies at an institute for art/design, there are still a limited number of places available at the departments of: Ceramics, designLAB, Fashion, Glass, Jewellery and Photography. If you want to become eligible for an admission interview on August 21st, please send an e-mail to apply@rietveldacademie.nl as soon as possible, with the following information:

  • your first name, last name, nationality, birth date and address (attach scanned copy of your passport/ID-card), and a short motivation of maximally 350 words;
  • a scanned copy of proof of having completed at least 1 year of bachelor art/design studies;
  • the department you would want to study;
  • a URL on which we can review your portfolio/selection of your art/design work of the past 3 years.
    NOTE: make sure the attachments in your e-mail do not exceed 8 MB in total, otherwise your e-mail will be rejected by our mail server!

Please apply as soon as possible. The application deadline for the extra admission round of August 21, 2014, is August 15, 2014!

1st round

The consultation hour / Submitting your portfolio

For the first admission round, candidates are expected to book an appointment for a consultation. If you booked a consultation, you SHOULD NOT submit your portfolio + registration form for assessment, but will bring your portfolio to the consultation at our academy instead. Find more elaborate information about what to bring to the consultation in the menu option Dutch Students.

Submitting your portfolio

Candidates who are unable to attend a consultation in person at our academy, instead, must submit their portfolio for assessment. On the basis of the portfolio, the admissions committee will determine whether the candidate will be invited for the entrance examination. NOTE: only candidates living outside of the Netherlands are allowed to submit their portfolio.

Portfolios can be submitted by post, but we also offer the alternative to submit your portfolio online instead. If you want to make use of this online option, please contact us at apply@rietveldacademie.nl and you will receive more information.

A portfolio submitted by post must meet the requirements below.

NOTE: Portfolios that fail to meet one or more requirements will not be considered.

  • The portfolio must contain between 30 and 100 pieces of visual work (not on CD!), no more than three years old. Do not just send in final results. Initial sketches, ideas and plans can also provide insight into your work process. What kind of work can you send us? For example: drawings, sketches, design sketches, sketch books, paintings, photographs, collages, graphics, textiles, garments, ceramics, items of jewellery, floor plans, models and texts if applicable. You can send photographs of large or heavy pieces (NB: put a pencil next to your work when you make photos of your work, to give us a better idea of the size of the work). Internet presentations and/or CDs/DVDs will not be considered. Only video work can be included on DVD.

  • The submitted package may not be larger than an A2 size (airbubble) envelope or box mailer (60 x 42 x 10 cm), and NO (insured) value may be indicated on the package.

  • The submitted portfolio must include a printed and completely filled out
    'Registration form – portfolio candidates 2014-2015'.

Download here:
Registration form - portfolio candidates 2014-2015.pdf
NOTE: send this form with your portfolio!

This registration form should include the following:

  • your personal details;
  • details about prior education, courses taken (enclose copies of diplomas);
  • your preference for foundation year or higher course year (be sure to indicate only one of these two possibilities). If your choice is unclear, the portfolio will be assessed by the foundation year committee;

And also include:

  • a copy of your passport/ID-card;
  • a copy of your high school diploma (if completed already);
  • a copy of IELTS certificate or other proof of English proficiency;
  • proof of bachelor art studies (if applicable – required for higher course year applicants);
  • a motivation letter (which covers your reasons for choosing the Rietveld Academie, your expectations regarding the study programme, your future plans, your development so far, your interests). NOTE: we strongly advise you to study our complete website first, and at least take note of our academy philosophy (which can be found at menu option About) before writing your motivation letter;
  • a concise table of contents of your portfolio;
  • a short explanation of the work in your portfolio;
  • sufficient money to have your portfolio returned to you (if you want us to send back your portfolio after completing the assessment).
The submitted package may not be larger than an A2 size (airbubble) envelope or box mailer (60 x 42 x 10 cm).    
NOTE: NO insured value may be indicated on the package, otherwise we will receive an invoice to pay import duties (VAT). As a rule, we NEVER pay for receipt of a package! Packages that we are requested to pay for, are rejected at our reception desk and given back to the courier.

The deadlines to submit portfolios:
January 17, 2014, for application 1st fulltime bachelor basic year (is closed);
March 21, 2014 (extended deadline), for application higher course year.


Candidates who wish to apply for the 2014/2015 academic year (starting in September 2014) can submit their portfolio from 1 November 2013 to mid January 2014. The deadline to apply for the 1st year is 17 January 2014; this is the date by which the Rietveld Academie must have received your portfolio. We extended the deadline for higher course year applicants to March 21, 2014. However, we urge you to submit your portfolio well before the deadline.

Post your portfolio to:

Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Bureau Toelatingen / PORTFOLIO
Fred. Roeskestraat 96
1076 ED Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Also send an e-mail to apply@rietveldacademie.nl to confirm that you have posted your portfolio. The receipt of your portfolio and the results of the assessment will always be communicated by e-mail. Assessment of a portfolio will usually take four weeks, but will probably take a few weeks longer if you submit your portfolio during or after the Christmas holidays.


A portfolio package will only be returned if the package you sent does not exceed the maximum measurements above and if a sufficient amount in euro is enclosed. DO NOT put cash in the packaging material, but with the registration form in your portfolio.


If the package does not include sufficient money, the portfolio will be stored temporarily until September 2014, after which the portfolio will be destroyed!

2nd round

The entrance examination

If you receive a positive assessment for your portfolio, you pass on to the second admission round; the entrance examination. The entrance examinations for the fulltime basic year will be scheduled in March, with an extra exam round in April for candidates who cannot attend in March. The entrance examinations for DOGtime applicants will be scheduled in April (with an extra round of exams in May for applicants who cannot attend in April). The entrance exams higher course year candidates will be scheduled in May. All candidates must come to the academy in Amsterdam to attend the entrance examination.

A few weeks before the examination, you will receive an invitation and two home assignments by e-mail.
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. Candidates for the first year must also show the development and results of the two home assignments. Based on your presentation, the committees will ask you questions, for instance on your work, the home assignments, your motivation, your background, your sources of inspiration and your expectations regarding 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 a month after the examination.

Application for a higher 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:

United Kingdom,

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 apply@rietveldacademie.nl. This way, you skip the first admission round and will not have to attend a consultation, or send in your portfolio for assessment.

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.


Members of the following countries are exempt from MVV visa requirements:

All EU/EEA countries; Austria, Belgium, 
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, 
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, 
Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, 
Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, 
Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, 
Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, 
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, 
United Kingdom; and Australia, Canada, 
Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, 
United States.    

Students from all other countries ARE obliged to obtain an MVV visa to study in our fulltime bachelor program. They cannot study in our parttime program, unless they already have valid visa for the Netherlands!

More information here

Residence permit

If you are not from EU/EEA, you'll need a Residence Permit. More information here