Fine Art and Design in Education



Besides having entrepreneurial skills and artistic talent, you have to meet certain qualifications and language requirements in order to be admitted to the Fine Art and Design in Education programme.

Fine Art and Design in Education admission criteria

  • Applicants must have completed VWO, HAVO, MBO (level 4) or the equivalent. The Culture and Society specialisation is not required, but could be a pro.
  • International students must meet certain language requirements.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the entrance examination. During the entrance examination, we assess your chances of completing the study programme successfully.

Language requirements

All our study programmes have language requirements. You will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level. The level for Fine Art in Education is:

          • B2, before 1 September 

Check exemptions and language courses.

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.

Note! Graduates from a HBO Fine Art or Design programme (Kuo) and graduates from a second degree teacher training programme in Drawing, Crafts or Textile Arts can take a customised Fine Art and Design in Education programme. They are exempt from the entrance examination and only attend an intake procedure.

Portfolio and homework assignment

To be admitted to the programme, 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. This will be discussed during the admission day. You will receive information on the date that you are expected at the academy after enrolling for the programme through Studielink. You will also receive a homework assignment from the study programme and a questionnaire (CV).

Entrance examination

An interview with members of the admission committee. This committee consists of lecturers and students from the programme. During the interview you will present your homework assignments and a portfolio of your own work. This could include drawings, pictures, photographic series, animations, websites, posters, etc. You will explain these and discuss the ideas behind your work. Also bring designs and sketches that provide insight into your creative process. During the interview you will have ample time to explain your work and process. Naturally we will also discuss your motivation and suitability for the position of teacher. Are you able to discuss artwork and can you express why you find art education important?

The admission committee with whom you have the interview will advise the examination committee on whether or not to admit you.

Admission dates

10 February, 14 April and 9 June 2017 

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.

You are only permitted to take part in the enrolment process in one location. Once you have been admitted, you still have the option of switching locations, as your admission to the Fine Art and Design in Education programme is valid for both the Zwolle and Arnhem locations. If you wish to apply for admission to a study programme or specialisation (other than Fine Art and Design in Education) at another location you must enrol for this separately. The admission is only valid for the academic year directly following the entrance examination.