Admission requirements

General Requirements

  • 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.

  • Level of English: IELTS 6, TOEFL 80 (internet-based test) or TOEFL 550 (paper-based test).
    Non-EEA candidates are required to provide proof of English Language proficiency.

Specific Requirements

  • Portfolio & motivation
    As part of the admission and selection procedure, you’ll be asked to provide examples of earlier work and explain your motivation to study at the Graphic Design department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).
  • Assignments
    If you get invited to the entrance examination day, you will be asked to prepare a home assignment and on the day, itself, complete an assignment at the KABK.
  • Basic programming knowledge favourable.

Your portfolio consists of a selection of recent work, not older than three years. Make sure that the work is presented in an organized and structured way, e.g. per theme or categories. Your portfolio should show such a diversity, that it offers insight in your personality, your personal interest, ways of working and your skills.

The following items can be part of your portfolio: drawings and paintings, collages, sketches, pages from a sketchbook, posters, flyers, publications, fanzines, commissioned print work or work made on your own initiative, photos of exhibitions, performances, registrations of 3D work, short films and websites – you might want to adapt some of those items for the presentation.

Make sure your presentation is in a lying format (landscape) since the committee will look at it on a laptop. It is also possible to make an interactive presentation and integrate URLs or other links in the portfolio.

The following questions are just an indication of topics you could elaborate on while writing your letter.

  • Why do you want to study at the Graphic Design department of the KABK?

  • How did you get acquainted with the subject of graphic

  • What do you expect from a Bachelor Graphic Design programme? Which subjects are essential for you?

  • Our department is very international oriented, with students from all over the world. How do you think this can influence your study?

  • Which sources of inspiration are of interest to you? Think of exhibitions, books, news, travels etc. How do these influence the work you make?

  • If you should describe a dream project, how would this project look like?

  • What are your plans and dreams and how do you want to manifest yourself as a designer/artist?

The home assignment changes annually and is used to evaluate each candidate’s approach to a specific question, based on:

  • providing creative solutions
  • being research oriented
  • being sensitive to material
  • being sensitive to one’s surroundings
  • curiosity
  • enthusiasm
  • ability to combine text and visuals

The assignment at the KABK provides insights about each candidate’s

  • technical skills
  • speed in originality
  • improvisational skills
  • switching between different starting points
  • translating content to image or typography
  • imaginative processes
  • abstract thinking

Application deadlines

We encourage students to submit their application as soon as possible.
The final deadlines for application submissions to the Bachelor Graphic Design at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) for the academic year 2019-2020 are as follows:

Non-EU/EEA candidates: 29 March 2019
Non-EU/EEA candidates who require a VISA must have their full set of required documents and portfolio submitted before 29 March 2019.

EU/EEA candidates: 26 May 2019
EU/EEA candidates must have their full set of required documents and portfolio submitted by 26 May 2019.

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