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Orientation Course

Orientation Course at the Royal Academy of Art

The Orientation Course is primarily intended for those who are considering entering a study programme at the Academy. This course introduces students to the mentality, working methods and study attitudes required for a programme at the Academy. The course takes place over 14 Saturdays (including one day excursion).

First course: 30 September 2017- 27 January 2018

From 10:00 – 15:00 (break from 12:30 until 13:00)

Second course: 10 February 2018 – 2 June 2018

From 10:00 – 15:00 (break from 12:30 until 13:00)

Orientation Course at the Royal Academy of Art

The Orientation Course at the Royal Academy of Art offers students the opportunity to develop themselves and familiarise themselves with the various study programmes. The emphasis lies on both process-based working methods and the discovery and development of the students’ own artistic ambitions. Societal orientation plays an important role in this regard.

Students can expect a voyage of discovery that challenges them to develop an inquisitive, visual attitude. The techniques and exercises that are offered are tools to this end; they do not constitute ends in themselves. The emphasis is more on the process than it is on the final product. Students regularly receive homework assignments that reinforce this process. During the classes, students develop their own portfolios that demonstrate what they are capable of, but also what inspires them: the source of their ideas and the artists with whom they feel an affinity (i.e. their ‘artistic families’. To create a better overview of the subject area at the end of the cycle of classes, it is important to address societal orientation in addition to the classes.

The course is taught by lecturers from the Academy.

Orientation Course at the Royal Academy of Art


Participation in the course is subject to an admissions procedure. This admissions procedure consists of several components:

  • Presentation of a portfolio.
    This is a collection of drawings, sketches, designs, models, images, photographs, paintings, 3d, works in textile/wood/metal, movies and other works that individual students have created on their own initiative. The addition of a visual journal in which students record their sources of inspiration and their ideas, plans, experiences and insights is also important. Please contact the undersigned if you have questions about this.
  • The questionnaire
    Students should take this with them to the work day.
  • The work day and the admissions interview
    Students receive assignments and work under the supervision of various lecturers at the KABK for one day. During this day, the student and a member of the admissions committee discuss the results, along with the portfolio.

The work day and the subsequent admissions interview for the first course of the 2017/2018 academic year will be held on:

Saturday 16 September 2017 10:00 – 16:00 (all registrations from before 16 September 2016)

The work day and the subsequent admissions interview for the second course of the 2016/2017 academic year will be held on:

Saturday 3 February 2018 10:00 – 16:00 (all registrations from after 16 September 2016) 

Orientation Course at the Royal Academy of Art

Registration and tuition

Registration is only possible by using this registration form. Tuition for the 2016/2017 academic year amounts to €550 (including a day excursion) per course. The amount must be paid in advance for the entire course. No tuition will be refunded in case of illness, absence or premature withdrawal from the course. After registering using the admissions form, students are automatically notified of the admissions day and the question form.

Students must provide their own materials for the classes. A shop located within the Academy building has compiled a package especially for participants in this course. This package can be purchased at a reduced price.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Zanne Zwart (Chief Coordinator for Preparatory Tracks)
Willem Goedegebuure (Coordinator)

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss the Preparatory Courses during the dedicated consultation hour, or you have a question regarding the online registration for the admission, please contact the Student Administration office: +31 (0)70 3154770.

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Last updated: 2017-07-18

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