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Preparatory Year


Rooster 2016-2017

The Preparatory Year is aimed at motivated people who still lack sufficient preparation to be admitted to the regular study programme or feel a need for a broad orientation preparation before starting their regular studies at the Academy. The Preparatory Year prepares participants for all the study programmes offered by the KABK. The objectives of the Preparatory Year are orientation, selection and stimulation. 


Working group Period 1: Amber Beernink / Niels Vis / Marthe Prins and Kim Nuijen.

Working group Period 2: Amber Beernink

Working Group Period 2: Niels Vis

Working Group Period 2: Kim Nuijen

Time/Space/Audience: Nieke Koek

Observing and processing the world around you: Zanne Zwart, Gosse de Kort and Maartje Lammers

Observing and processing the art world: Floris Kruidenberg, Marthe Prins and Channa Boon


If you want to participate in the Preparatory Year you need to undergo an admissions procedure to see if you can develop to be a part of the professional art programme and are motivated to fulfil the whole year. Your skills and knowledge according to the world of art are rated. Your work will be examined for creative capacity, motivation, talent, ideation, originality and capacity for growth (openness), in addition to diversity and the ability to work with different materials and techniques. This consists of an interview and a presentation of work. After the final assessment of the Preparatory Year, and depending on the study outcomes, students may be admitted to the regular study programme at the Academy. In addition to the possibility of applying for direct admission to the Preparatory Year, some students who have registered for the regular degree programme may also be advised to take the Preparatory Year first.

The Preparatory Year is aimed at people who have already earned a VWO, HAVO or MBO 4 diploma. For applicants who do not yet meet this admission requirement, there is also an option of completing the required prior education through a contract with the School for Young Talent (SYT), the Academy’s own secondary school. Information about this option is provided under the heading ‘Special Combined Learning Track’. Applicants can also take a special test to demonstrate that their academic capacity is equivalent to the HAVO level. We therefore advise all Preparatory Year participants who have not completed HAVO, VWO or MBO to take this test as soon as possible. If the outcome of this test is negative, the student is advised against further participation in this preparatory track and encouraged to seek another more suitable study programme outside the Academy.

Additional information may be obtained in a consultation for the Preparatory Courses.
Appointments for the admissions consultation hour can be made through the Student Administration office: +31 (0)70 3154770.


The curriculum consists of a diverse range of classes taught by lecturers affiliated with the KABK. The courses offered could be described as ‘observing and processing the world around you’, ‘observing and processing the art world’, ‘ Time/Space/Audience’ and ‘disciplines’. These courses focus on communication skills and the capacity to transform experiences and observations into images. There is an emphasis on the study attitudes and mentality that are needed to study at the Academy.

The year can be divided into three periods. The period before the Christmas vacation is characterised by a broad orientation and includes assignments with a wide scope, leaving space for individual interpretations and approaches. During the first period, students gain considerable experience viewing exhibitions, films and other cultural expressions, and formulating reactions to these. A subscription to the Filmhuis and Theater aan het Spui is included in the first period. The study programme demands full-time effort, autonomy and active participation from the students.

After the first semester, students choose the directions they wish to pursue further. As a result, the second semester, which runs from January through March, has a more individual character and focuses more specifically on a particular subject area. Students are brought into contact with the Bachelor department of choice at the Academy.

The third part of the programme consists of six weeks, starting from early April, during which students work in the bachelor departments they have chosen, preparing themselves for the admissions procedure that will follow in late May. As the above overview shows, this programme has a tiered structure. Customised curriculums are possible, in consultation, provided that the overall range of education allows for this. It is also possible to work in a variety of workshops, subject to the procedures and rules that apply there. A number of excursions and projects are also organised for students to take part in.


Assessment takes place at two points in the programme. The first assessment is in December (the HODO-presentation), and involves the head lecturers of the various Bachelor departments. The second takes place in late May. This final assessment forms the basis for a report, which also constitutes a certificate of participation for the year.

This final report is connected to an admissions procedure. Individual students present their work and select the department for which they would like to apply. A special committee from this department will then administer a separate admissions procedure. During the year there are three rehearsal presentation days and two mid-term assessments.


We advise all students in the Preparatory Year to create their own workspaces/studios at home so that they can also work at their own pace there, with a sufficient variety of materials at hand.


The materials that are required are specified for each course. The Academy building houses a shop where materials may be purchased; you can pay by cash or PIN. Materials can be obtained at the workspaces, where you can only pay with your student card. A great variety of equipment can be rented for a small fee; more information on the lend out desk you can find on the KABK Workshops website. The ultimate cost of materials will differ and are strongly dependent upon the choices and ideas of individual students.

General information

Participants in the Preparatory Year are not registered as regular students, and they do not receive financial assistance for students. The costs of participating in the Preparatory Year amount to €2050, including a fee of €200 for the theatre and film subscription and the excursions. Classes are held on three days, in order to allow students sufficient time during the week to create work and to visit cultural sites and events and, where relevant, for part-time employment to help support themselves. In addition to these class days, students are expected to be present on five presentation days, as well as for excursions, projects, a Saturday information day and the open day.

Students who withdraw from the Preparatory Year after 1 November 2017 cannot claim a refund of the tuition fees or additional fees.

To register for admission and for additional information, please call the KABK: +31 (0)70 315 47 70, or contact the Student Administration office to make an appointment for an admissions consultation.

Zanne Zwart

Nieke Koek

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Last updated: 2017-08-20

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