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.





18 September - 22 January or
5 February - 4 June

15 Saturday classes (70 hours, incl. excursion)

Head preparatory courses

Zanne Zwart


Proof of participation


€700 per term (including excursion)

Preparatory course fees

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). Classes take place over 15 Saturdays, including one excursion day.

For the academic year 2021-2022 the course dates are:

Course 1: 18 September 2021 until 22 January 2022.
Admission date: 11 September 2021 (10:00-16:00 hrs)
Course 2
: 5 February 2022 until 4 June 2022.
Admission date: 29 January 2022 (10:00-16:00 hrs)

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

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

Upon submission of your application, you will receive a question form and an e-mail with more information about the admission day.

Interested in our Orientation Course? Check the admission requirements.

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