Study profile Preparatory Year

The Preparatory Year introduces young art enthusiasts to the various disciplines covered at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) and is the perfect preparation course for those interested in applying to one of the bachelor programmes offered by the academy. Students can apply to one of the KABK’s bachelor programmes following the final assessment.

Read more about the course description and check the admission requirements for the Preparatory Year.

In the video below, students, the coordinator and the head of the department tell you more about this one-year programme:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications from non-EU/EEA students will not be considered, since the KABK cannot arrange a residence permit for non-EU/EEA applicants for the Preparatory Year course.



Certificate/Final report

Language of instruction


Course duration

1 year


three to four days per week + extra presentation days, excursions, various projects)


Start date 2023/24

last week of August

Head preparatory courses

Zanne Zwart


Maartje Lammers

Insights in this study programme

Are you wondering which department would be the best fit for you or were you advised to do a Preparatory Year before applying for a bachelor programme? Listen to Agata and Emily, two Preparatory Year students talking about their experiences of the course, getting to know KABK and finding their direction for the future!

Did you miss the online Open Day on 22 January 2022?
Watch back the recording of Preparatory Year

General information

Participants in the Preparatory Year are not registered as regular students, and they do not receive financial assistance for students.

Students who withdraw from the Preparatory Year after 1 November of the academic year cannot claim a refund of (part of) the tuition fees.

Classes are held on three to four days, in order to allow students sufficient time during the week to create work and to visit cultural sites and events and, where relevant, for part-time employment to help support themselves. In addition to these class days, students are expected to be present on five presentation days, as well as for excursions, cultural visits, projects, and the open day.