Graphic Design



For the Graphic Design course at the 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

As of the 2016-2017 academic year, students starting the formative phase of the Graphic Design course in Arnhem will be taught in English.

  • Applicants must have completed vwo, havo, mbo (level 4) or the equivalent.
  • Certain language requirement apply for this English-taught course.
  • 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 Graphic Design before September 1st is:

  •  IELTS 5.5 
  • TOEFL Paper 525
  • TOEFL internet 70
  • TOEIC 620
  • Cambridge FCE-C

 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.

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. A great deal of drawing practice will help hone your drawing skills, which is an important foundation for this profession.

Admission exam

The Arnhem Graphic Design admission day begins with a 15-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. This need not exclusively be finished products, but may also include sketches and designs that offer insight into your creative process.
  • 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.

Depending on the outcome of this interview you will receive an invitation to take part in the practical part of the entrance examination the following day from 10.00 to 16.00. This practical part consists of two assignments you will complete at the academy. The admission committee will advise the examination committee on whether or not to admit you.

Admission dates

15 and 16 February 2019
22 and 23 March 2019
7 and 8 June 2019

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).