Admission requirements

General requirements

  • High school diploma comparable to a Dutch VWO, HAVO or MBO 4 diploma*

  • Level of English: equal to IELTS 6 average, TOEFL 80 (internet-based test) or TOEFL 550 (paper-based test). Candidates are not expected to provide proof of their English language level by means of certification; their English language skills will be assessed during their interview/entry examination day.

* Students holding a VWO, HAVO or MBO 4 diploma can apply to the Preparatory Year. If you do not meet this admission requirement, there is an option of taking a special test to demonstrate that your academic capacity is equivalent to the HAVO level. If the outcome of this test is positive, you can be admitted to the Preparatory Year. In case of a negative outcome it is still possible to have a meeting with the coordinator of the Preparatory year to discuss other options.

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.

Specific requirements

Participation in the Preparatory Year requires completing the admissions procedure. You will be assessed on the following: whether you have the abilities needed to follow one of our regular professional art programmes and whether you are motivated enough to complete the Preparatory Year track. An open and experimental attitude is essential.

How to prepare for the admission day

For the entrance examination day, you will be asked to bring your portfolio and, present your work and complete an assignment at the KABK.

Find below some tips and advice to help you prepare for the admission day:

This is an overview of your own creations and the sources of inspiration. You can show your collection of drawings, sketches, designs, models, images, photographs, paintings, 3d, works in textile/wood/metal, movies and other works that you have created on your own initiative. Also unfinished works, rehearsals, material experiments, examples, ideas and try-outs belong to the process of your works and are presented in your portfolio. The addition of a visual journal in which you record your sources of inspiration (artists, artworks, designers, designs, themes, stories, images etc.) and your ideas, plans, experiences and insights is also important. We expect recent work (three years old maximum) and we will be judging your creative skills, motivation, ideas, work processes, originality, prospects of growth and learning, diversity and use of materials.

In your motivation letter answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to follow the Preparatory Year?
  • What do you expect from the Preparatory Year?
  • What is your dream?
  • Which artists/designers and artworks/designs inspire you and/or you admire?
  • Which cultural activities did you visit/experienced recently (such as exhibitions, dance- or theater performances, movies, concerts, festivals etc.)?
  • What is important in your life? Which values and w for you in society?
  • Which magazines/newspapers/blogs do you read in order to keep up?
  • How did you find out about the KABK/Preparatory Year?

You will have the opportunity to give a short verbal explanation of the works you have selected to bring with you and show during the admission day.

There is the possibility that after the interview the decision is made to give an individual assignment. You will be informed when necessary by the student administration about this assignment, deadline and content after the admission day.

What to expect

The conclusion of the admission can be one of the following:

- the applicant is admitted to the Preparatory Year
- the applicant is not admitted to the Preparatory Year
- the applicant receives an individual assignment with a deadline and a postponed conclusion.

Admission days 2020

The admission days will be organised at the KABK on the following dates:

  • 19 February 2020
  • 26 March 2020
  • 22 April 2020
  • 11 June 2020
  • 15 July 2020

Skype session

In case you are not able to be physically present during the admission days, a Skype interview may also be arranged. You will be able to indicate this during the application process.

Related preparatory courses