Structure of the Art & Design Component

Students of the School for Young Talent following the Art & Design Component, take art classes at the KABK, which is a 10-minute walk from the Royal Conservatoire. The classes in the first phase of the Art & Design Component programme will introduce you to various materials and techniques, while you will learn how to express and elaborate on your ideas.

This will provide you with a solid foundation needed in the second phase, where you are expected to make informed decisions and choose your preferred path in relation to an advanced study in art education. During the final phase, you build up a broad portfolio, also appropriate for admission to one of the bachelor programmes offered at the KABK.

Art & design classes at the KABK

Courses in the curriculum of the art component include:

  • Drawing/painting
  • Photography
  • 3D techniques
  • Concept development
  • Interdisciplinary techniques
  • Art theory

while, supplementary modules provide orientation to the diverse art and design programmes offered at the KABK.

Part of the curriculum draws attention to field trips, cultural trips and exhibitions, while you will also participate in various projects. You may work independently in the ‘Atelier SvJT’, the academy’s own studio for the School for Young Talent, and make use of the library and all the workshop facilities of the KABK. Customised curricula are possible in consultation.

Students following the art component of the SvJT take classes at the KABK at least four times a week (including a Saturday class from 10.00 to 13.00). Students receive guidance from our teachers, who are familiar with both secondary education and professional art educational training. All our teachers are practicing artists themselves.


Collective assessments are conducted twice a year. For the so-called ‘Christmas’ and ‘Summer’ assessments, students create displays of their past semester work in designated locations within the KABK building. These presentations are viewed by the art component team of teachers. They ask questions about each students’ work and process, and issue an assessment.

If the Christmas assessment is unsatisfactory, the student is allowed to work further and improve her/his presentation for the next assessment in the summer. If the final assessment of the school year is unsatisfactory, the student will not be allowed to continue the study programme. In special cases, students may be allowed to retake the art component, to perform a task or to receive a conditional pass for the art component.

Atelier SvJT

Students of the SvJT have their own class room. The "Atelier SvJT" has been operating since the school year 2014/2015 in the form of one large shared studio.

Secondary education at the School for Young Talent

The education is offered in the framework of the HAVO and VWO subject clusters Culture and Society. Other profiles or subject choices are possible through the KABK's intensive partnership with the Rijnlands Lyceum in Wassenaar. An administrative partnership exists between the SvJT and the Haagsche Schoolvereniging and the Rijnlands Lyceum in Wassenaar.