Animation Design



Besides imaginative power and imagination, you have to meet certain qualification and language requirements in order to be accepted onto the Animation Design course at the Design Department.

Animation Design admission criteria

  • VWO, HAVO, MBO (level 4) or the equivalent
  • International students must meet certain language requirements: B2 or equivalent.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the entrance examination. During the entrance examination, we assess your chances of completing the course successfully.

We assess:

  • Your creative capacity: the capacity with which you express yourself visually, working conceptually and perceptively. You have an understanding and sense of colours, shapes and materials. Your work shows innovation and originality.
  • Your communicative capacity: you have good communication skills, can share your interests and inspiration and you demonstrate decisiveness and discipline.
  • Your capacity for critical reflection: you have an inquisitive and experimental attitude, a passion for art and culture and a keen interest in the field.

Portfolio and homework assignment

To be admitted to the course, we feel it is important that you are able to show the work you have done in the last three years, be it at home, at school or as part of a course. This can either be 2D or 3D work. Examples include drawings, paintings, photo series, animations, websites, furniture, clothing, posters, etc. Bring along designs and sketches that provide insight into your creative process. Make sure that you can explain your work effectively.

Aside from this, you will also complete a homework assignment for the entrance examination. You will receive information on the date that you are expected at the academy after enrolling for the course through Studielink. You will also receive a homework assignment from the study programme and a questionnaire (CV).

Entrance examination

The Animation Design entrance examination takes two days. The first examination day last from 9:00 until about 17:00 and consists of the following components:

  • Work on assignments in a teaching situation. Bring along some art supplies, such as a graphite pencil and charcoal, and water-based paint or coloured chalk. The school will provide paper.
  • Interview by members of the Admissions Committee. This committee consists of lecturers and students of the study programme. During the interview you will present your homework assignments and portfolio. The committee will ascertain your motivation for the field of animation and your knowledge of art and design. Your visual abilities and creativity will be the leading factors for admission.

Depending on the outcome of the first admission day, you will receive an invitation to participate in the second examination day which occurs the following day from 9.00 to 16.00. During the second day you will take a few lessons and work on an assignment.

The admission committee will advise the examination committee on whether or not to admit you.

Admission Dates

Friday 13 March and Saturday 14 March 2020
Friday 17 April and Saturday 18 April 2020

Result and validity

You will be notified of whether you have been admitted within three working weeks. If you are not admitted, we will attempt to provide you with insight into the reasons for this.

Admission is only valid for the study programme for which you have enrolled. If you wish to apply for admission to a study programme or specialisation at another location you must register for this separately. The admission is only valid for the academic year directly following the entrance examination.