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 course.

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 course successfully.

Language requirements

All our courses 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 course (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 course. They are exempt from the entrance examination and only attend an intake procedure.

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 programme. 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 course through Studielink. You will also receive a homework assignment from the course and a questionnaire (CV).

Entrance examination

You spend a day working at the academy and have an interview with the admissions committee (lecturers and students from the course).

Spending a day working at the academy means completing a visual arts assignment, under the supervision of the lecturers from the course. This will give us an impression for instance of you are as a student, how you approach an assignment like this, what materials and techniques you use, and how you deal with feedback.

During the interview, you will present the homework assignments and a portfolio of your own work, for instance drawings, paintings, a photo series, animations, websites, posters, etc. You will explain these and talk about the ideas behind your work. Also bring designs and sketches that provide insight into your creative process.During the interview, you will have the opportunity to explain your work and the creative process behind it. We will, of course, also discuss your motivation and suitability for teaching. Can you communicate about artworks and do you know why you think art education is important?

The result of the entrance examination is determined based on the set criteria and these are based on the homework assignments, the interview, your portfolio and the day spent working at the academy. The admissions committee advises the Board of Examiners whether or not you will be given a place.

Admission dates

9 February 2019, 6 April 2019, 8 June 2019.

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 course is valid for both the Zwolle and Arnhem locations. If you wish to apply for admission to a course 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.