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Quality Assurance

Obviously, the Royal Academy of Art The Hague is continuously striving to warrant and improve the quality of its education in the broadest sense of the term. Students, teachers, supporting staff and management are expected to get the best out of themselves, in order to create an optimal environment for higher art education. The Academy is characterised by a quality culture. By quality assurance, we refer to all measures that the institution systematically applies to define, monitor and further improve the quality of our education and of the organization as a whole.


Accreditation is a designation indicating that an educational programme meets the requirements set by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Achieving accreditation is a precondition for the recognition of diplomas, for the funding of programmes and for grant applications. An external committee reviews and evaluates the programmes and reports to the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), the body that also grants accreditations. A list of accredited programmes is available on the NVAO website:

An important part of the accreditation process, quality assurance involves continuous monitoring of the performance of an organisation and its education. This is achieved by holding interviews and evaluations (see below). If the outcomes of the assessments are negative, improvements are made.

The Royal Academy of Art’s Bachelor’s programmes and the Master’s programme in Type and Media were accredited in 2014. The Bachelor’s programme in Autonomous Fine Arts (ArtScience and Fine Arts) was assessed as ‘good’, while the Bachelor’s programme in Design (Graphic Design, Interactive/Media/Design, Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, Photography and Fashion and Textile) and the Master’s programme in Type and Media were assessed as ‘excellent’.

The Master’s programmes in ArtScience and Artistic Research were accredited in September 2013 as ‘excellent’. ‘Internationalisation’ was identified as a distinctive quality feature of the programmes (as a specialisation in the Master’s programme in Music).

The Master’s programme in Interior Architecture was accredited in 2015. The NVAO will announce the results of the accreditation in the autumn of 2016.

Quality assurance at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague

The staff, students, alumni and professionals of the different departments are actively involved in internal quality assurance at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague. Great importance is attached to having high-quality policies, both throughout the Academy and within the departments. The Academy gathers opinions on the programmes and the programme results. Opinions are gathered internally, with students and staff members, as well as externally, with alumni, committee members, key figures in the art and design worlds, internship companies and professional art institutions. These opinions are voiced through dialogue, discussions and surveys.

Examination Board

The Examination Board is legally required (Article 7.12 Dutch Law on Higher Education and Scientific Research) and is the independent and competent body to certify that students fulfil all final qualifications required to obtain the diploma. It is responsible for the quality of the assessments and examinations, and it appoints the assessors/examiners. It is also responsible for decisions on requests for exemptions. All Bachelor's and Master's programmes share one Examination Board, which consists of teaching staff and at least one member external to the programmes concerned.

Satisfaction surveys

Written and digital surveys are used to ask students about their level of satisfaction with the educational programme in general, as well as with regard to specific parts of the programme. Aspects addressed in the surveys include the level of the course, assessment and the study load.

Participation in national satisfaction surveys

The Royal Academy of Art The Hague regularly participates in national satisfaction surveys concerning students’ evaluation of content and organisational practice in institutes of higher education in the arts.

Student panels/class representative meetings

Within each course, regular meetings are scheduled (at least once a year) between the head of department and class representatives, thus functioning as student panels. The class representatives also meet at least once a year with the director of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague.

Departmental meetings

Teachers and heads of departments meet regularly to discuss how the courses are run and the quality of the education. This information is then used to develop the programmes.

Study days

The director, heads of departments and other staff members participate in study days several times a year, in order to discuss current developments within the academy and to develop new ideas.

External assessors

Each year, renowned experts, artists and designers are involved in the final examinations as external assessors. They are asked about their experiences and findings in relation to the department. The departments use this information to develop their programmes.

Professional advisory committees

A professional advisory committee (in Dutch, werkveldcommissie) has been established within each department to ensure compatibility with the professional field. There is also a professional advisory committee for the academy as a whole. These committees consist of respected individuals from the professional field who advise the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and comment on the content of the programmes, the final objectives and the final level, as well as on developments in the field and what these mean for the Academy and its education.

Internship companies

The companies at which students complete their internships are asked about their findings regarding the level of the students and their needs in the professional field.

Alumni studies

For the past few years, alumni have been invited to complete a digital questionnaire or to talk to the alumni coordinator and/or the quality assurance department about their experiences and recommendations.

Exit surveys

All students leaving the Royal Academy of Art The Hague without a diploma are asked to complete a questionnaire. The information obtained from these surveys can prove useful for the development of the Academy’s education.

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Last updated: 2016-09-08

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