Admission requirements

Application and portfolio deadline

Applications for the Bachelor Interior Architecture & Furniture Design open on October 1.
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 your documents including a portfolio and admission assignments.

  • The non-EU/EEA deadline to submit your complete application is 1 March 2023.
  • The EU/EEA priority deadline to submit your complete application is 1 March 2023.
    The EU/EEA final deadline to submit your complete application is 1 May 2023.

We encourage EU/EEA applicants to submit their application by the priority deadline. By the final deadline, there is a possibility that a waiting list will have already been formed.

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

General Requirements

  • High school diploma
    High school diploma comparable to a Dutch VWO, HAVO or MBO 4 diploma.
    You can check the equivalent Dutch level of your diploma on the Nuffic website.

  • 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 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?

    The shelter is purposefully an open assignment. The kind of shelter you want to design is all up to you. It can be a shelter for animals or for people, a homeless shelter or a hut, a building, an object or a piece of clothing. A 3D model is required (if you send your assignments digitally, please take photographs of the model).

    If it works better for your concept, you can also use a booklet, a poster or a film to communicate your shelter design. The way you work on the assignment should display your creative ability, your design process and contextual awareness. So, you actually formulate your own assignment and have to make sure that your design answers to the requirements that you have formulated for yourself. Of course, during the process your expectations and requirements can evolve.
  2. 10 Drawings: sketches to observation
    Make a series of 10 drawings relating to the theme of ‘meeting/encountering’. Techniques and format are free of choice.

    With the meeting/encountering assignment you are also entirely free to choose your own interpretation. The assignment is again open to many interpretations; it can be a meeting of people, or materials, forms, colors, concepts, etc. Choose an angle that interests you and makes you curious.

(assignments maximum file size: 50MB, PDF)

Important dates

A complete application consists of registration via Studielink and submission of portfolio, CV, motivation letter and home assignments. We review applications on a rolling basis. This means that you can upload your portfolio, motivation letter and home assignments and this first part of your application will be reviewed within two weeks; then you will hear whether or not you are invited to the admissions interview.

Admission interviews are scheduled on set dates. Based on the dates below, you can determine when you would like to submit your complete application.

Deadline to submit your applicationAdmission interview Location
1 March 2023 (Non-EU/EEA deadline)22 March 2023 (Non-EU/EEA candidates)KABK/online
1 March 2023 (EU/EEA priority deadline)22 March 2023 (EU/EEA priority candidates)KABK/online
1 May 2023 (EU/EEA deadline)24 May 2023KABK/online
25 May 2023KABK/online

Please note: The admission interviews for non-EU/EEA candidates take place on Wednesday, 22 March 2023.

How to apply - Check the steps