Start your application by looking up your desired programme. From there you will be guided through the various steps of the application procedure.

Steps application

Read below the steps you need to take in order to start your application for a bachelor or master study programme at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).

Studielink is the common registration and enrolment application system for all non-private institutions of higher education in the Netherlands.

  • Create a Studielink account: provide personal details (as stated in your passport or ID card) and previous educational information (studies, diplomas and exam results).

    Official residents of the Netherlands have to use their DigiD to login to Studielink.
    International students create an account with their own username and password.
  • Once your account is created you can ‘add a new enrolment’ by indicating the study programme of your choice under the ‘University of Applied Sciences – Royal Academy/Royal Conservatoire The Hague’. Follow carefully the steps and at the end confirm your application. Detailed instructions are provided on the website of Studielink to assist you with the procedure.

Start your application

After your enrolment via Studielink is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail by the Student Administration of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague with instructions on how to submit your portfolio, motivation letter and in some cases an assignment or other related documents.

PLEASE NOTE: Every study programme has its own specific requirements; related information can be found under the Admission requirements submenu page of each study programme.

Selected candidates are invited to attend an entrance examination day/interview at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK). In most cases this includes presentation of work (portfolio), an assignment and interview.

PLEASE NOTE: Every study programme has its own specific requirements; related information can be found under the Admission requirements submenu page of each study programme.

Diploma entry requirements Bachelors

High school diploma comparable to a Dutch vwo, havo or mbo 4 diploma. If you do not have the required diploma, but are able to prove - on the basis of an assessment authorised by the KABK - that you actually function at the desired level, you can also apply for admission.

Diploma entry requirements Masters

Candidates must be BA or MA graduates of an art or design academy or an equivalent education

English language certificate

All (international) students should have a good level of English. Non-EEA candidates are required to provide proof of English Language proficiency by uploading their official test score certificate during the application process. Minimum required score: IELTS 6 (overall score) or TOEFL 80 (internet-based test) or TOEFL 550 (paper-based test).
Students from countries where English is the official language, e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria etc. are exempted from submitting an English proficiency test.

EEA candidates do not need to provide an English language certificate as long as their level of English is of a comparable level to the minimum requirements mentioned above. This will be assessed during their interview.

Specific requirements

Every study programme has its own specific requirements regarding portfolio, admission assignments, interviews etc; related information and tips can be found under the 'Admission requirements' section on each study programme page.

Application deadlines

Below an overview of the application deadlines regarding submission of required documents and portfolio (Step 2 of the application procedure described above).

Application deadlines bachelors (submission of required documents and portfolio)

Bachelor ArtScience1 May1 May
Bachelor Fine Arts1 May1 May
Bachelor Interactive/Media/Design1 April25 June
Bachelor Interior Arch. & Furniture Design1 April1 July
Bachelor Photography1 March1 May
Bachelor Graphic Design29 March26 May
Bachelor Textile & Fashion6 March29 May

Application deadlines masters (submission of required documents and portfolio)

Priority deadlineFinal deadline
Master ArtScience1 May1 May
Master Artistic Research1 March1 May
Master Industrial Design1 March1 May
Master Interior Architecture (INSIDE)1 March1 May
Master Photography & Society1 March1 May
Master Non Linear Narrative1 March1 May
Master Type Media31 January31 January

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