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.

  • 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.

Specific Requirements

As part of the admission and selection procedure for the Bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design programme, you will be asked to provide examples of earlier work (portfolio), and explain your motivation to study at the Interior Architecture & Furniture Design department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK). You will also be asked to prepare two assignments and submit together with your portfolio and motivation letter.

In your portfolio, we would like to see relevant work of your own and / or commissioned work you have made. Make a selection and present the portfolio in an organised and structured way. Your portfolio should demonstrate your working process and your conceptual design skills, which are paramount for studying at our department. We prefer to see work that has been made on your own initiative.

On this page, you can find a booklet with general portfolio recommendations, tips (What is a portfolio? How do I make one?) and relevant information for prospective applicants to our preparatory and bachelor programmes.

Make sure to also include a bio / curriculum vitae (CV) in your portfolio (max. 1 A4).

(portfolio maximum file size: 50MB, PDF)

Next to your portfolio, please write a motivation letter, with a maximum of 500 words. You can use the following questions for inspiration on what to address in your motivation letter:

  • What are the three most important reasons for you to become an interior or furniture designer? And why would you choose our department and the KABK?
  • What do you expect from studying with us, and which subjects are essential for you?
  • Which books, films, artists/architects/designers, exhibitions, experience and/or topics have influenced you and your work, and how can we see this?
  1. Shelter (model and drawings).
    Design a shelter and make a model of it. Give diverse spatial and material impressions of the shelter (interior and exterior) in relation to its surroundings (context).
    Convince us of your talent as a student Interior Architecture and/or Furniture Design. What is special about you and your work? Show all your sketches and (photographs of) models so we can see your work process. You can choose the techniques freely. Please note: a 3D model is required (if you send your assignments digitally, please take photographs of the model).

  2. Drawings, sketches to observation.
    Make a series of 10 drawings relating to the theme of ‘meeting/encountering’. Techniques and format are free of choice.

(assignments maximum file size: 50MB, PDF)

Application deadlines & Admission dates

There are some important dates and deadlines to take into account for submitting your application:
Non-EU/EEA candidates
must submit their complete application before 1 May.
EU/EEA candidates must submit their complete application before 1 June.

A complete application consists of registration via Studielink and submission of portfolio, CV, motivation letter and home assignments.

Selected candidates will be invited for an online admission interview.

EU/EEA candidates:

Applications sent before 1 March 2021 -> Interview: 6 April 2021
Applications sent before 6 May 2021 -> Interview: 2 June 2021
Final deadline: 1 June 2021 -> Interview: 24 June 2021

non EU/EEA candidates

Final deadline: 1 May 2021 -> Interview: 20 May 2021

How to apply - Check the steps