Admission International Students

The admission procedure of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two rounds: the admission consultation and the entrance examination. If you live far away from the Netherlands (like in non-EU country), and are really unable to come to Amsterdam for a consultation, instead, you can submit your portfolio for assessment. If the assessment of your portfolio is positive, you are 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 2015!

Application for 2015-2016 started in November 2014.
- Last regular consultations for full-time Basic Year: mid February 2015. There are extra consultations in March 2015!
- Portfolio submission Basic Year: before 20 January 2015.
- Portfolio submission DOGtime & 2nd year full-time: before 21 March 2015.

1st round

In principle, candidates have to attend a consultation and bring their portfolio for assessment to the consultation. If you live outside of the EU and cannot attend a consultation, you can submit your portfolio instead (see below).

During a 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 our 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 basic 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 during the consultation. CDs and DVDs can only be shown if you bring your own laptop.

Alternative 1st round: Submitting your portfolio

Candidates living outside of the EU, 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 online, through a closed section on our website only, between November 2014 and mid January 2015. If you want to submit your portfolio online, send an e-mail request for a login to apply@rietveldacademie.nl, after mid October 2014, with your full name, nationality, living address, information about your educational background, and your choice of application (for the 1st bachelor basic year, or for the 2nd year (in that case, mention the department). We will then create a login in our portfolio machine with your e-mail address and provide you with all the relevant details so you can upload your portfolio and application.

The deadlines to submit your portfolio:
- January 19, 2015, for application 1st fulltime bachelor basic year;
- March 20, 2015 for application DOGtime and full-time 2nd course year.
NOTE: please submit your portfolio as soon as possible!

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

In principle, all candidates who have studied at an art academy at bachelor level for at least 1 year, 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, you can skip the 1st admission round:

United Kingdom,

If you send an e-mail with a scanned copy of having completed the 1st bachelor year of studies at an institute for art/design in one of the above listed countries, with an overview of completed subjects, obtained ECTS credits (at least 60) and your address, you will be sent an application form to officially apply for the entrance examinations. Send your proof in JPEG or PDF format to apply@rietveldacademie.nl between November 2014 and end March 2015 and make sure your attachments do not exceed 8 MB. This way, you can skip the first admission round and will not have to attend a consultation, or submit 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 can still apply for a higher year (assuming that you will complete the 1st bachelor year of studies before starting your studies at our academy), but you cannot skip the first admission round and are obliged to attend a consultation, or, if that is not possible, submit your portfolio for assessment first. After a positive assessment during the 1st round, you would then pass on to the 2nd admission round: the entrance exam.


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