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 or TOEFL 83-internet based test.

Specific Requirements

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). If you get invited to attend the admission examination day, you will be asked to prepare a home assignment and on the day itself, complete an assignment at the KABK.

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 deadline

Priority deadline for all EU and Non-EU/EEA students: 26 March 
Final application deadline (for EU students only): 27 May 

Apply to the Bachelor Graphic Design