Do I have to take an entrance exam?
Yes, in the Netherlands it is normal to do an entrance exam before starting at an art academy. The goal is mainly to establish if we are the right academy for you. Being accepted means that you have enough talent and motivation to succeed in our programmes.
Please check our website under the “Admission” sections, for up to date information on our entrance examination.
What does an entrance exam entail?
We want to meet you in person and get a full perspective on your talent, motivation and skills. We also find it important that you get to know us and our academy. ` The admission exams takes place at our academy on a Tuesday from 10.00 until 16.00 (please check our website for actual dates).
During the day you will work on a visual assignment. The necessary art material is provided for. The end result of the assignment will remain at the academy and will be evaluated by the admission committee.
You will also talk to our teachers about the works you brought along. You will give us an insight into your talent and interests and you will have the opportunity to explain the works. In this talk you can show us what you are able to – and tell us what your dreams are.
Do I have to do a home assignment?
No, you do not have to do a home assignment, but we do have an entrance exam at the academy. During the entrance exam day you will work on a visual assignment. The necessary art material is provided for. The end result of the assignment will remain at the academy and will be evaluated by the admission committee.
You also get to bring an overview of earlier work/a portfolio, this will give us an insight into your persona, talent and interests and you will have the opportunity to explain the works.
When will the entrance exam(s) take place?
The entrance exams takes place at our academy on Tuesday from 10.00 until 16.00, please check our website under the “Admission” section of the programme of your interest, for actual dates.
Can I do a long distance/Skype/Video entrance exam if I do not live in/near the Netherlands?
No, we do not offer Skype, video or other long distance type entrance exams. Because we want to meet you in person and get a full perspective on your talent, motivation and skills. At the same time, we also find it important that you get to know us and our academy. The exams will take place on Tuesday from 10:00 – 16:00 hrs (please check our website for actual dates).
It is possible to visit the academy the day before the entrance exam, to meet with our students, get a tour and ask all your questions.
What should be included in my Portfolio?
Bring as much as you want: drawings, paintings, photographs, videos, mockups, and objects but also sketchbooks and rough outlines of ideas.
You may take photos/videos of objects which you cannot transport and bring those instead of the objects itself. Also check out this video with Portfolio tips:
Can I bring (digitalized) pictures of my work, instead of the actual work itself?
Yes, you may take photos/videos of objects which you cannot transport and bring those instead of the objects itself.
Are there other entrance requirements I have to meet, besides passing the entrance exam?
In order for you to be enrolled as a student at AKI ArtEZ, your previous education must be equivalent to the Dutch HAVO, VWO or MBO4 diploma. You can do a quick online check here. Furthermore, you need to submit proof of your English language proficiency. Please check the ArtEZ Student Affairs website for up to date information on accepted language proficiency tests and who can possibly be exempted from taking a language test.
Does my diploma/previous education meet the entrance requirements?
You can check if your diploma meets our entrance requirements at the website of Nuffic, a Dutch governmental organisation for internationalisation in education.
Can I get an exemption from taking an English language test?
Detailed and up to date information on language requirements and who can be exempted, can be found on the ArtEZ Student Affairs website.
Please note! If you need to take a language test, be sure to start well in advance!
You’ll need to obtain an approved certificate at the required level before 1 September.
If you need a residence permit to study at AKI ArtEZ, the deadline is even earlier, 31 May.
Which English language proficiency tests are accepted by ArtEZ?
Detailed and up to date information on accepted language proficiency tests can be found on the ArtEZ Student Affairs website.
Please note! If you need to take a language test, be sure to start well in advance! You’ll need to obtain an approved certificate at the required level before 1 September. If you need a residence permit to study at AKI ArtEZ, the deadline is even earlier, 31 May.
1. Please check if your diploma meets our entrance requirements at the website of Nuffic, a Dutch governmental organisation for internationalisation in education;
2. Apply for admission at www.Studielink.nl;
3. You will be asked by ArtEZ Student Affairs to submit documents proving you meet the entrance requirements, e.g. copy of diploma, transcripts, language certificate;
4. You will receive an invitation from AKI ArtEZ to come to our academy and participate in our entrance examination;
5. You will be informed about the result of your entrance examination within three working weeks after the entrance exam. You will receive the admissions decision by e-mail; 6. If you need an entry visa and/or residence permit to study in the Netherlands, ArtEZ Student Affairs will apply for your visa as soon as they have received all necessary documents and the financial guarantee; 7. You can complete your registration in Studielink if you meet all requirements in time, and you can start your studies at AKI ArtEZ.
What are the application deadline(s)?
To apply for admission, go to Studielink and create an account. This is possible from the beginning of October until 1 April.
Can I visit AKI on a day other than the AKI Open House day? Yes you can, please e-mail AKIbalie@artez.nl to make an appointment for a personal tour and a chance to show your portfolio for a preview.
What are the tuition fees?
Please check the ArtEZ Student Affairs website with up to date information on tuition fees.
What other expenses/living costs can I expect during my studies?
You can find an estimation of your daily expenses here.
Does ArtEZ offer Scholarships?
You can check the ArtEZ website with up to date information on available scholarships.
Please note! It is advised to arrange for funding in your home country. While ArtEZ does offer scholarships, we want you to be aware that we do not have many to offer and they do not cover your full tuition fees and living expenses.
Am I allowed to work in the Netherlands, while I am studying at AKI ArtEZ?
Yes you are, but if you are not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, there are some restrictions if you want to work alongside your studies. You can either work for a maximum of 16 hours a week during the year, or you can work fulltime during the months of June, July and August, but only with a work permit.
Please note! We would not recommend working alongside your studies. Especially during the first year of your studies the workload of your studies will be 40 (+) hours per week. There will not be a lot of spare time left for you to work. Further information can be found on the Study in Holland website.
Will I be living on campus or does AKI ArtEZ provide housing for students?
AKI ArtEZ is not on a campus and we do not offer housing for our (international) students.
We will, however, inform you on how to arrange a place to live in Enschede after you have been admitted into one of our programmes.
Do I need a visa and/or residence permit to study in the Netherlands?
Please check the ArtEZ website for up to date information on rules and regulations concerning visa and residence permit.
Where can I find further information on living and studying in The Netherlands?