Admission requirements

General requirements

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

  • Level of English: IELTS 6, TOEFL 80 (internet-based test) or TOEFL 550 (paper-based test)

* 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Admission days 2019

At the KABK

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

  • Tuesday 19 February 2019
  • Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Friday 26 April 2019
  • Tuesday 14 May 2019
  • Tuesday 11 June 2019
  • Monday 15 July 2019*

*Extra admission day - Monday 15 July

On Monday 15 July an extra admission day will be held to offer all late registrations and candidates who were unable to go through the admission procedure on 11 June, an opportunity to be placed on the waiting list. Until mid-September, the places that will become available will be filled with candidates from the waiting list. You can sign up until 11 July 12:00 noon!

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.

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