Fine Art Arnhem (BEAR)


All art in the world hinges on the soul (the poetry, the spirit), which is the hardest and most elusive of all and simultaneously the easiest and most accessible. 

Cornel Bierens
(Writer and artist. 'Gave a guest lecture on Craftsmanship)


For the Fine Art Arnhem (BEAR) course, ArtEZ is looking for bold thinkers and makers, who want to work in an environment where they can experiment freely and radically.

Jan Kuhlemeier
Jan Kuhlemeier

Individual portfolio check

Throughout the year you can make an appointment for an individual portfolio check. During this check, of about thirty minutes, you make contact with a teacher and student and we’ll discuss with you your work and the possibilities to study at Fine Art Arnhem (BEAR). We will give you extensive information about the ins and outs of the program and advice on how you can prepare well for the exam. It is also possible to request a portfolio conversation if you want to do one year after admission. There will be written a short report after the meeting that is to be included in the official admission. You can make an appointment by e-mail with Tjoe Fang King Wednesday is the day we have reserved for this purpose.

Fine Art Arnhem admission criteria

  • Applicants must have completed vwo, havo, mbo (level 4) or the equivalent.
  • International students must meet certain language requirements: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.*
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the entrance examination. During the entrance examination, we assess your chances of completing the course successfully.

* You will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level. 
Deadline: before 31 August. If you need a residence permit to study at ArtEZ, the delivery deadline is 31 May.

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 and are able to share your interests and inspiration.
      • 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.

In addition, for the new BEAR course, we feel it is important that you:

      • Engage with the world around you and can work with your encounters, materializing them in a creative and convincing manner;
      • Receive inspiration from the world around you and can communicate it; 
      • Are interested in contemporary art practices, actively visiting museums, galleries, film houses, attending lectures, etc.

Admission dates

You can no longer register for the 2020/2021 academic year. Application dates for the academic year 2021/2022 will be published in October.

Entrance examination

On the admission day you will have an interview with members of the admission committee. This committee consists of lecturers and students from the Fine Art Arnhem (BEAR) 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, furniture, clothing, posters, etc. You will explain these and discuss the ideas behind your work. Also bring along designs and sketches that provide insight into your creative process.The admission committee with whom you have the interview will advise the examination committee on whether or not to admit you.

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 course for which you have enrolled. If you wish to apply for admission to a course 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.

Enrolment and fees

Enrolment for the Bachelor of Fine Art (BEAR) is done through Studielink. You will then receive information about the date that you will be expected at the academy. You will also receive a homework assignment from the course and a questionnaire (CV).