Orientation Course

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: 04 October 2014 – 31 January 2015
From 10:00 – 15:00 (break from 12:30 until 13:00)

Second course: 21 February 2015 – 13 June 2015
From 10:00 – 15:00 (break from 12:30 until 13:00) 

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. Other lecturers, students and former students are regularly invited to talk about their subject areas and to share their experiences concerning programmes at the Academy and career possibilities with the course participants.



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 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 2014/2015 academic year will be held on:

Saturday 20 September 2014 10:00 – 16:00 (all registrations from before 19 September 2014)

The work day and the subsequent admissions interview for the second course of the 2014/2015 academic year will be held on:

Saturday 07 February 2015 10:00 – 16:00 (all registrations from after 19 September 2014) 


Registration and tuition 

Registration is possible only using the registration form on the KABK website. Tuition for the 2014/2015 academic year amounts to €500 (including the registration fee and 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, please contact the Student Administration office: +31 (0)70 3154770.