Preparatory year

The Preparatory year is meant for people of up to 25 years of age. It is a preparatory study programme for the university of applied sciences bachelor program in Fine Arts or Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. After the final presentation in April 2016, prep year students who successfully completed the Preparatory year, can enter into the Basic Year, the first bachelor course year of the bachelor’s degree programmes of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, but only if they have obtained a high school diploma giving entrance into bachelor education. Classes are in English, 50% of the prep year students are from outside of the Netherlands. NOTE: The Preparatory year is not subsidized by Dutch government, which means that prep year students are not eligible for Dutch study grants.

The Preparatory year 2015 starts with an introduction on Wednesday September 23, 2015, at 4.00 p.m.

Course fee 2015: € 1,848.-
Duration: 25 weeks of 3 to 4 sessions a week
Extra round of admission interviews on: September 2, 2015.    

Required classes
Wednesday: Fine Art; 10.00–13.00 
Thursday: Design; 18.30–21.30
Friday: Theory or Drawing or excursions; 14.00–17.00

Six Monday mornings (extra drawing classes): 09.30 - 12.30.
Six Thursday afternoons (instructions wood, graphics & digital workshops): 14.00 - 17.00.
One Friday morning (instruction metal workshop): 10.00 - 13.00.    
Three Wednesday afternoons introductions to Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign.

NOTE: The workshops of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie: wood, metal, graphics, 3D and digital workshop, are accessible for prep year students by appointment, during opening hours.

The Preparatory year is a serious preparatory study programme for the bachelor programmes in Fine Arts or Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and is aimed at learning how to react independently to assignments and reflect on your work with lecturers and fellow students, within the course programme. Classes are taught by professional artists and designers and study hours amount to a total of 13 hours weekly. The course programme consists of classes in fine arts, 3D & 2D design and getting acquainted with various media. A theory programme is offered, and in the spring prep year students participate in the Studium Generale theory programme. There will be regular visits to exhibitions and museums, and an excursion in November.

There will be evaluations twice a year: one in December/January and a final presentation mid April. Following the final evaluation, prep year students who attended all classes and completed the Preparatory year successfully can directly enter into the Basic Year, the first year of study of the bachelor’s degree programmes of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, but only if they have obtained a high school diploma giving entrance into a bachelor programme.
The Preparatory year offers elaborate information about national and international bachelor art programmes. Discourses about the eventual choice of studies of prep year students will be held in March and April.

Precourse Apply 2015 - 2016  - 3 months ago

Belen 2
Moving Mountain - 7 months ago
"Moving Mountain" a design ass…

1pop-up expo '14 +5 images - 11 months ago
Rietveld pavilion 9 november

Drawing - 1 year ago

tekenen - 1 year ago

Hair, wig


GREYHOUNDSUPPORT / precourse - 1 year ago
A portrait of a minute - 6 years ago

The Preparatory year is preceded by a selection on the basis of the work you bring along and an interview with a lecturer. The work you bring along may consist of sketches, doodles, photographs, videos or three-dimensional work – in short, anything that shows your expressive capacity (at least 10 and no more than 30 pieces). The maximum age for participation in the Preparatory year is 25. You can apply for the admission procedure by filling out the digital application form - through the link in the top yellow balk.

The extra round of admission interviews will be scheduled on September 2, 2015. Please fill out the application form as soon as possible, but at least before August 25, 2015! NOTE: you have to prepare 3 home assignments for the interview, which you will receive after processing of your application form!


André Klein
Eva Pel
Jeannette van Raaij
Tammo Schuringa


Agathe de Klerk
Aleksandra Ivanova
Alessia Ciammariconi
Alexa Funghi
Alice Ashton
Amaryllis Dannetta
Aneta V
Angelika Danaka
Anne Lea Reinders
Antonia Anzilotti
Antonia Nannt
Asia Kiselev
August R
Beate Haije
Berend Brand
Bibi Rietema
Bodil Schinkel
Catharina Vergeer
Cato Baart
Cato Benschop
Charlotte Flotho
Chayinthorn Juthasompakorn
Christian Kingo
David Gr
Dune Carle
Ekaterina Volkova
Eleanore Pitsou
Eleftheria Kalogianni
Elena Reghintovschi
Elisa Terragno Bogliaccini
Elizaveta Ekimova
Elysa Mcguire
Ewa Perlinska
Felix Schiffman
Fien Galama
Gabor Gaerth
Gaby Veldman
Georgia Koutrouditsou
Giulio Angeli
Greta Natkaite
Hyojin Jung
Ida Blichfeld
Ignas van Rijckevorsel
Isabel Mooij
Jana Bjelica
Janne van Ooij
Jesse Asselman
Johan Thorkildsen
Josca Groot
Julian Simonlehner
Juliette Delarue
Juliette Droulez
Karis Lindelien
Karol Jaworski
Katrin Naftz
Kelly Martins
Kristi Tjon-A-Fat
Krystian Sokolowski
Lingyun Cao
Lisa Jongejans
Liv Frederikke Andersen
Lucia K
Lukasz Gula
Magdalena Siek
Manon Runel
Maren Fluri
Margot Domart
Maria Filippa
Maria Nolla Mateos
Maria Reuling
Mariam Azimi
Marloes Schermer
Mateusz Grymel
Mathilde Lalouette
Maxie Spencer
Michael Nota Rita
Mila L
Munu Dhakal
Natalia Czelny
Natallia Paliashuk
Niccolo Rimoldi
Nikki Keijzer
Niklas B
Nikolai Artemev
Nina Liburd
Noud Bruin
Olga Koshelyuk
Olga Permiakova
Patrycja Beliniak
Roza Kooi
Sara Milio
Sarah van der Gugten
Seulgi Choi
Sumin Lee
Tatiana Pimenova
Thomas van der Meiden
Thomas Woltmann
Tiltan Aroyo
Tula Wessels
Valeri Naumova
Vita Sznaider (Amir)
Wiktoria Synak
Xanthi Partsakoulaki
Yu-En Lin
Yurika Kon
Zahra Daneshyar