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 Admission interviews on: May 27, 2015, extra round June 10, 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.
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Prep Year 2015 here.
DEADLINE: 28 May 2015!
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.
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 June 10, 2015. Please fill out the application form as soon as possible, but at least before May 28, 2015! NOTE: you have to prepare 3 home assignments for the interview, which you will receive after processing of your application form!
Deadline: apply as soon as possible, but definitely before May 28, 2015!