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.

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.





1 year (classes three days per week + extra presentation days, excursions, various projects)

Head preparatory courses

Zanne Zwart


Certificate/Final report


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 the tuition fees or additional fees.

Classes are held on three 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.

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