Graphic Design



ArtEZ For the Graphic Design Arnhem course at the faculty of Art & Design Department, ArtEZ is looking for students with a critical attitude who are not afraid to experiment and push the boundaries of their field.

Graphic Design Arnhem admission criteria

Students will be taught in English.

  • Applicants must have completed vwo, havo, mbo (level 4) or the equivalent.
  • Language requirements for this English-taught course: 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, 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 of critical graphic design. To be admitted to the course, we feel it is important that you can demonstrate your ability to translate your visual and creative capabilities into unique and communicative images. But also, you need to show us that you have the potential as a cultural activist who uses graphic design as your means of expression in an ever changing landscape of arts, culture, media, technology, politics, philosophy, literature, social issues, diversity, etc.

At Graphic Design Arnhem, we are looking for makers who think and thinkers who make

Admission exam

The Graphic Design Arnhem admission day begins with a 20-minute interview with an admission committee consisting of one or two lecturers and two students.

The admission interview consists of:

  • A discussion regarding your motivation and general interests.
  • An assessment of your own work you have brought along. We are not only interested in seeing work you have done for school but also personal creative projects. The works need not exclusively be finished products, but may also include sketches, process books, designs and prototypes that offer insight into your creative process. Both traditional and digital media is welcome.
  • An assessment of the results of the homework assignment. This is a design assignment which you will receive after enrolling through Studielink. Complete it at home and bring it along to the entrance examination.

If you pass the admission interview,  you will receive an invitation to take part in the practical part of the entrance examination the following day from 9.00 to 17.00. This practical part consists of two assignments you will complete at the academy. The admission committee will then advise the examination committee on whether or not to admit you.

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.

Result and validity

You will be notified of whether you have been admitted within three working weeks.Admission is only valid for the study 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 for the Bachelor of Design – of which Graphic Design is a part – is done through Studielink. You will then receive information on the date that you will be expected at the academy. You will also receive a homework assignment and a questionnaire (CV).