Introduction to the Orientation Course

The Orientation Course consists of 15 classes intended for those who want to become familiar with the mentality, methodology and research approach required to study at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).

This preparatory course focuses on process-based working methods and the discovery and development of one’s own artistic ambitions. You will build on your portfolio and find out whether studying at an art academy is the path you would like to pursue.

In the video below, students, the coordinator and the head of the department tell you more about the Orientation Course:



Proof of participation

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Course duration

4-months: 17 Sep-21 Jan or 4 Feb-3 June
[15 Saturday classes incl. excursion (70 hrs)]


on Saturdays 10:15-15:30

Start dates

September or February


€736 per term (including excursion)

Head preparatory courses

Zanne Zwart

Please note: The KABK cannot arrange a residence permit for non-EU/EEA Orientation Course candidates.


Watch back the recording of the Orientation Course presentation during the Open Day in January 2022

Course information

The Orientation Course at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) offers you the opportunity to get acquainted with our various art and design programmes and the way students work at the academy. All classes focus on the capacity to transform experiences and observations into images. Home assignments are given on a regular basis and reinforce the emphasis given on the artistic process as opposed to the final result. Through techniques and exercises offered during the Orientation Course, you will be challenged to develop an inquisitive and expressive attitude.

You will work in a studio setting at the academy and make use of various workshop facilities. While working on your portfolio, you will build upon your skills, explore your artistic ambitions, and investigate sources of inspiration in the context of and in reflection upon your relationship to society.

The Orientation Course is offered twice a year (once in the fall and once in the spring) and is taught by teachers of the KABK. Classes take place over 15 Saturdays, including one excursion day.

Course dates academic year 2022-2023

Course 1: 17 September 2022 until 21 January 2023
Admission date: 10 September 2022 (10:15-15:30 hrs)

Course 2
: 4 February 2023 until 3 June 2023
Admission date: 28 January 2023 (10:05-15:30 hrs)

Practical information

Registration for the admission day is only possible via the apply button on this website.

Upon submission of your application, you will receive an e-mail with more information about the admission day and a questionnaire to fill in and bring with you.

Course fees & payment: The cost of the course is €700 for 15 Saturdays, including a day excursion. Provided you have been admitted to the course, the full amount must be paid before the start of the course. You will automatically be informed by the financial administration. No course fees will be returned in case of illness, absence or early departure from the course.

Residence permit: Please note that we cannot arrange a residence permit for non-EU/EEA Orientation Course candidates.

Materials: Students are expected to provide their own materials for the classes. The KABK’s art supply store has compiled a special package for participants of the Orientation Course, which is offered at a reduced price.

Interested in our Orientation Course? Check the admission requirements.