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Study load and credits (EC)

Study load is expressed in terms of European Credits (ECs) in a system known as the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

The EC is the unit of measurement used to calculate the study load. The latter includes all the activities that a student typically undertakes within the framework of a specific study component in order to complete that component successfully. In addition to contact hours and classes, the measurement also includes hours of independent study. One study year has a total of 1,680 hours. One EC is equal to a study load of 28 hours. One year of a fulltime programme thus amounts to 60 ECs (60 x 28 hours = 1,680 hours).

A Bachelor’s programme covers four years, each amounting to 60 ECs. The propaedeutic phase comprises 60 ECs, with the main phase covering the remaining 180 ECs. Students must obtain a sufficient number of ECs each year in order to continue the programme, and they must receive all of the programme’s 240 ECs in order to complete the Bachelor’s degree.

The Master’s programme in Type and Media covers one year, amounting to 60 ECs. The Master’s programme in Interior Architecture covers two years, amounting to 120 ECs.

Credit allocation

All study components in one semester have a combined study load of 30 ECs. During the collective assessments, the assessment committee decides which components have been completed successfully (or not) and awards credits for each of these components, or for clusters of strongly related components, accordingly. This means that no grades are given or pass/fail decisions made during the individual reviews.

Please note that due to the different structure of the study programme in the ArtScience department, the allocation of credits takes place after the collective assessment that is linked to the final presentations made each semester.

Credit allocation for international exchanges

Royal Academy of Art The Hague students participating in foreign exchange programmes receive their credits according to the system used by the host institution. Many countries currently use the ECTS, and for those that do not, a way to convert the credits is formulated. Prior to the exchange, the policy officer for internationalisation determines the study load of the exchange programme, in cooperation with the head of the department. Credits allocated by the host institution must be formally verified and registered by the assessment committee of the student’s department at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague.

International exchange students studying at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague fall under the protocol of the Academy. Individual arrangements are made in the event that the credit systems differ.

Credit allocation for guest students

Students from other institutions (e.g., Leiden University) who wish to take classes at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague require approval from their own institutions, as well as from the Academy. After a positive assessment, these students receive statements specifying the study load of the programme followed in ECs.

Credit allocation for internships

Prior to the internship, each student draws up an internship plan. Evaluations form part of the internship, and each student is expected to make a presentation and/or write a report at the end of the internship. Credits are allocated once all conditions have been met. Please also refer to the department’s internship coordinator, who can provide more information on the internship process.

Credit allocation for individual study tracks

Credits are reserved for the Individual Study Track (IST). The work carried out within the framework of the IST is not always addressed in the collective assessment (e.g., electives at Leiden University or external projects). In such cases, the students are assessed by external parties, but the credits involved must be formally verified and registered by the assessment committee of the student’s department. The department and the IST coach concerned can provide more information on the credit allocation process. As with all other credits, any credits earned through activities in the IST are not allocated until after the collective assessment.

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Last updated: 2016-09-06

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