Admission requirements

Application and portfolio deadline

For all candidates: 1 May
In order to apply, you must first register via Studielink and then gain access to our application system where you will be asked to submit documents such as your portfolio, CV & motivation letter.

The deadline for submitting your portfolio & required documents for all candidates is May 1.

Read about the general eligibility requirements, the specific requirements regarding your portfolio and other required documents further below.

General requirements

  • High school diploma
    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.

  • Proficiency in both spoken and written English
    Non-EU/EEA candidates are required to provide proof of English Language proficiency.
    EU/EEA candidates' English language level will be assessed during their interview/entry examination day.

Portfolio requirements

As part of the admission and selection procedure for the Bachelor Fine Arts programme we ask you to demonstrate your artistic talent, intellectual curiosity and affinity with a wide range of artistic disciplines. You’ll be asked to show examples of earlier work and explain your motivation to study at the Fine Arts department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK). Shortlisted applicants will be invited to come to the KABK or to an online appointment to present their portfolio to a selection committee and to participate in an interview. Students from outside the Netherlands, will be able to present their portfolio and be interviewed online.

Your digital portfolio should include a wide selection of your work, e.g. dummies, sketches, visuals and annotations of ideas. It should give a good overview of your past artworks and/or artistic activities. We’re interested in all art forms.

Format: PDF (max 20MB, max 25 pages)

In the letter of motivation we want you to give an overview of your current artistic activities and to describe your artistic ambitions:

  • describe the main topics you are interested in concerning art and culture and explain the reasons for your interest. Illustrate your description by using works and concepts of others. (this can include specific art forms, subcultures, genres, styles, artists that inspire you, philosophical ideas, scientific research topics, developments in society etc.)
  • explain why you want to study Fine Arts
  • give an outline of what you hope to achieve during your studies
  • describe the kind of art that you want to develop during your studies
  • describe what you imagine yourself doing after finishing your study

Format: PDF (max 2 pages)

This should cover:

  • your full name, current address, phone number and email address
  • your nationality, date and place of birth
  • your previous education
  • your artistic past (see also portfolio)
  • relevant specialisms / mastered techniques
  • your work experience
  • your language skills

If invited for a physical visit at the KABK, you’ll be asked to take with you an extensive collection of work: a large number of paintings, drawings, sketches, dummies, but also (documentation of) sculptures, videos, photos, etc. We are particularly interested in works that you’ve made from your own initiative. The selection committee will consist of members of teaching staff from the department, the head of the department, the coordinator, and possibly alumni.


The deadline for submitting your portfolio & required documents for all candidates is May 1.

How to apply - Check the steps