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 authorized 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-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 our Bachelor Photography programme, you’ll be asked to provide examples of your work (portfolio), explain your motivation to study at the Photography department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and complete various assignments.

Put together a portfolio of your photography and other visual work. Please pay attention: we foremost look at your visual interest, capability and potential. Show us a wide variety of your work; a series of photos with a theme, a subject, experiments, single photos that you are proud of. We are curious to find out what triggers you, what interests you, the 'stories' you want to tell us, which side of photography has your special interest. No holiday pictures! Realize that we will discuss a potential professional future and not the work of an interested hobbyist.

Download and fill in the questionnaire. Keep a copy to bring with you on the entrance examination day.

Select 10 photos from various media channels, like newspapers, magazines, books, the internet and add a small explanation to each of the 10 photos.

- 5 masters: for example, because they show your dream/ambition in the world of photography or find them stimulating for other reasons.

- 5 disasters: photos that really irritate you! You really do not want to be that type of a photographer or do not like that type of visual language

PDF file (max 50MB)

If you get invited to attend one of the entrance examination days, you will be asked to prepare and bring three more assignments.

When preparing assignments, please realize that we are particularly interested in photo series, and we invite you to tell stories from your point of view. Don’t rely too much on single images in your portfolio.

Pay attention to the assignments. We will review how you interpret an assignment. What is your interest in society and which realms of photography holds your interest? What have you seen, who do you admire and what gets you going? Show us that creating images is necessary for you.

As you’ll not always be present during the viewing of your work, make sure your name can always be found on your work, as well as the type of assignment.

Application deadlines

The Bachelor Photography processes applications on a rolling basis from October to May, until all positions in the cohorts are filled. We work with two deadlines:

Priority deadline: 1 March

Final deadline: 1 May

We encourage you to submit your application by the priority deadline. By the final deadline, there is a possibility that a waiting list will have already been formed.

Note: Each application deadline above entails registration via Studielink and submission of required documents incl. portfolio.

How to apply - Check the steps