Basic Year (1st bachelor course year)

The Basic Year of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is a general formative year. It offers a broad and coherent programme in which all subjects are compulsory. During the Basic Year, you will be introduced to various professional disciplines. You will receive a lot of assignments; it is an intensive year in which you will spend five days a week working at the academy. In order to complete this year successfully, you must have an adventurous, receptive and inquisitive attitude. A critical eye and the willingness to cooperate with others are also essential for optimal participation in the programme.

The focus of the programme is on becoming intensively acquainted with numerous views, concepts and working methods, to provide a foundation for working independently and autonomously as an artist or designer. You will work on the basis of assignments. The purpose of these assignments is to help you on your way and to encourage you to use your talents in the most concentrated and focused way possible. In order to be able to make a well-founded choice of specialisation, you will be introduced to the different departments and workshops in the course of the year. Course results are tested twice a year on the basis of a small presentation of your work. Written or verbal tests are taken for the theoretical part of the study programme. At the end of the foundation year, you and your lecturers will determine whether a sufficient foundation has been laid to pursue the study programme. Sometimes students will be advised to retake the foundation year with different lecturers and thus with different assignments. Students may also sometimes be given the binding advice to discontinue the study programme. Occasionally, students may be encouraged to transfer to an academy that emphases different subjects.

Courses Offered


Drawing is an important skill, which enables us to look at things more closely, put down thoughts and ideas, gather sources and express our imagination. Drawing forms the basis of all the disciplines. Every conceivable drawing and painting medium is used.

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The three-dimensional form is the main focus in this discipline. Attention will be paid to work in relation to space, time, volume and motion, and the expression thereof using mouldable materials.


These classes address all stages of the design process, such as assignment and problem analysis, and idea development and execution. Subjects covered include: Clothing/Textile, Jewellery/Household Objects, Furniture/Tools, House/Environment, Text/Language, Translation/Communication. Attention will also be paid to design research.

Mixed Media

The use of every conceivable technique, such as photography, audio visual media and installations, is addressed in the Mixed Media classes. It is an interdisciplinary subject that combines the various techniques. You must use one medium or more when carrying out the assignments. A lot of attention and time will be spent on reflection of your own and other people’s work. The class lasts all day and the lecturer is also the mentor.


Theory classes are held on the same day each week, with part of the day taught by the theory mentor. The subjects covered include art history and contemporary art theory. Theory classes include the Studium Generale, a programme of lectures and films by theory or guest lecturers. For more info go to Studium Generale


At the beginning of each academic year, an excursion is organised for all Basic Year students. This is an important part of the programme, aimed at helping the students get to know one another and reinforcing the mutual bond. The Basic Year also organises the January Project each year, in which all students and lecturers take part. The January Project is based on a general theme, and the final presentation takes place during the Open Day at the end of January. The first year at the Rietveld Academie also includes regular visits to museums, exhibitions and symposiums.

Silkscreen printing workshop / Zeefdrukkerij


Hansje van Ooijen
Niels Albers (assistent). Email: niels[at]nielsalbers.nl


Alena Hudcovicová
André Klein
Bert Taken
Dyveke Rood
Elmo Vermijs
Frank Tjepkema
Hewald Jongenelis
Joram Kraaijeveld
Juul van den Heuvel
Liesbeth Pallesen
Matthias Kreutzer
Mónica de Miguel Rubio
Rustan Söderling
Ruth van Beek
Selina Parr
Sonja Bäumel
Ton Zwerver
Wouter Klein Velderman


Alan Bolumar
Aleksandr Kornukh
Aleksi Marjamaa
Alex Breze
Alice Ashton
Amanda Theilsgaard
Angélique Farge
Anna Lenartowska
Antonia Nannt
Asia Kiselev
August Rønne
Belén Pérez Campos
Benedikte Hindstedgaard
Bodil Schinkel
Camilla Kövecses
Carl Herner
Carla Cohen
Cato Benschop
Celeste Perret
Céline Jouandet
Charlotte Flotho
Christian Kingo
Clarisse Pillard
Daria Nakov
David Grønlykke
Eeli Saaristo
Eleftheria Kalogianni
Ellie Wright
Eloise Dieutegard
Emile Weisz
Emma Torsteinsrud
Enrico Garzaro
Etienne Clerc
Ewa Perlinska
Felicia Ljusteräng
Felix Schiffman
Freja Björnberg
Frida Karlsdóttir
Giulio Angeli
Gleb Maiboroda
Hélène Daelmans
Helmer Stuyt
Hyeonju Lee
Hyo-Jung Choi
Hyojin Jung
Ignas van Rijckevorsel
Ingrid Blix
Isabel Mooij
Isla Park
Jan Wester
Jeanne Viviès
Jelle van Houten
Jesse Asselman
Jet van der Touw
Jiwon Shin
Johan Roelofs
Joris Benjamins
Josefina Anjou
Juliette Delarue
Karin Iturralde Nurnberg
Karis Lindelien
Katrin Naftz
Klara Graah
Krystian Sokolowski
Laetitzia Campbell
Lejla Verheus
Lii Chong
Liza Ekimova
Luca Penning
Lucia Köhn
Lucile Haefflinger
Maé Bouquillon
Maren Fluri
Margot Domart
Marguerite Bonneil
Maria Kozlitina
Maria Nolla Mateos
Marie-Louise Schmidlin
Marijn Swildens
Mathilde Lalouette
Maxi Pfeil
Mees van Amesfoort
Meike Legêne
Menno van Winden
Mika Perlmutter
Moa Holgersson
Munu Dhakal
Myrto Christou
Naomi Lamdin
Nathalie Sørensen
Nikki Swarts
Niklas Büscher
Parel Strik
Patrycja Beliniak
Pauline Gabert
Pernille Pedersen
Philip Ullman
Piet Kolkman
Poppy Paulus-Nicolas
Raven Kiss
Rik Koster
Rosa Vilaça Mesquita
Roxane Mbanga
Ruben Raven
Sara Milio
Sergey Moskalev
Seulgi Choi
Sien van Look
Stepan Lipatov
Sumin Lee
Suni Suni Satoinong
Suzanne Jensen
Teun Grondman
Thibault Froissant
Tiltan Aroyo
Tim Neutel
Tjacco Bakker
Tomas Dudley Baker de Castro Feijó
Valeri Naumova
Vera Laarakker
Veronika Abrahamsen
Viktor Holst
Vincent Ludwig
Wanda Thormeyer
Wessel Rossen
Xanthi Partsakoulaki
Yiyi Chen
Yurika Kon
Zaid Al Aubaide