During their studies at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, students are assessed in a specific, extensive and very thorough manner. Because of the nature of artistic development and artistic work, the assessment methods used in art education differ from those used in other forms of higher education.

Within the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, assessments are intended primarily for didactic purposes: they should provide students with insight into the progress of their development as artists or designers. This focus on the individual development of students places special demands on the method of assessment. In addition to addressing the form of the work, assessments focus on the strength of the concept, the way in which the result has been achieved, the process and the student’s theoretical knowledge. This analysis of the students’ work and designs is carried out during the individual reviews and collective assessments.

In the individual reviews, students receive specific feedback and advice on the basis of their work and progress in each individual course from the respective teachers.

The collective assessments focus on the overall development of the student, combining the conclusions from the individual reviews and discussing the total body of the student's work with the student. These discussions are led by (or on behalf of) the head of the department in order to clarify the specific issues at hand. Information on the various assessments, the composition of the different committees and their authoritative reach are specified in the Education and Examination Regulations (See Articles 18 through 21 of 'Education and Examination Regulations' in Study Guide 2016/17 ). It is particularly important for first-year students to read the rules on propaedeutic assessment and the binding recommendation on continuation of the study, which is issued at the end of the first year.

At the department of Fine Arts and in some cases also in other departments’ programmes, the individual reviews and collective assessments are combined in a single assessment.

Individual reviews

Individual reviews aim to give students feedback on their achievements to date and make recommendations for the next steps in their studies. The main focus is thus not on grading and assessing, but on discussing with students how they are developing artistically, professionally and personally, and on that basis, giving students useful guidance on how to get the most out of themselves. Individual reviews can either be given for all modules simultaneously during the assessments, or by individual teachers in each of the separate classes.

Collective assessments

The collective assessment evaluates the integral development of the students, as well as their processes, products and skills. In addition to having an evaluative purpose, the assessment has the didactic objective of providing feedback to students on their attitudes, their work and the way in which they have approached the work or assignment, as well as the strength of the concept and their theoretical knowledge.

The collective assessment is based on the presentation of the student’s work, as well as on its development in comparison to previous assessments, taking into account the feedback from the teachers of the various study components. Additional information is provided in the ‘Credit Allocation’ section of 'Study load and credits' .

Each year, the competencies as described for that year in the specific discipline are taken into account during the collective assessments of the students and their work.

Registration and archiving

  • The Royal Academy of Art The Hague has an assessment system known as Osiris. All assessments, reviews and credits are registered and archived in this system.  
  • Feedback texts by individual teachers are uploaded in Osiris after the individual reviews and subsequently made available to students.  
  • The outcomes of the collective assessments are entered electronically in Osiris and archived using this system. 
  • All collective assessments are authorised by the head of the department, on behalf of the assessment committee. 
  • Each student has access to Osiris (see Student Portal for more information on how to access and use Osiris) and can check the results of the collective assessments and their credit overviews online. The deadline for the publication of results is 15 working days after the collective assessments.

Last updated: 2016-09-06