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BEAR is looking for contrary thinkers and makers, who long for an environment in which they can experiment freely and radically. 

Jan Kuhlemeier
Jan Kuhlemeier

Exchange opportunities

An exchange is an excellent opportunity to broaden your horizons, work with people from different cultural backgrounds and practise your language skills. Would you like to study at the Bachelor of Base for Experiment, Art and Research (BEAR), Fine Art at ArtEZ in Arnhem for a short period? Our course curriculum is offered in both English and Dutch. Discussion in which English speaking students participate are always conducted in English.

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Admission requirements

If you wish to apply for the Fine Art bachelor course, you must meet the following conditions:

  • pre-university education (VWO), upper general secondary education (HAVO), secondary vocational education (MBO: level 4) or equivalent;
  • this course is subject to language requirements;
  • you must successfully complete an admission procedure. 

If you are in any doubt as to whether you will be able to meet the diploma requirements at the start of the course, please get in touch with Student Affairs before applying.


Applications for BEAR Fine Art course in Arnhem can be made in Studielink. After applying, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to an online questionnaire. After submitting the questionnaire, you can download the home assignment which contains 6 mandatory assignments. After receiving your filled out questionnaire, the course will send you information about the online entrance examination and where and how to submit your home assignment and portfolio (max. 40 pages). If you wish to be scheduled for another entrance exam date you can send an e-mail to toelatingenArtDesign.Arnhem@ArtEZ.nl with your request.


Admission dates

  • 29 November 2022 (on site, see below)
  • 28 February 2023 (online)
  • 28 March 2023 (on site)
  • 16 May 2023 (online)
  • 14 June 2023 (on site)
  • 04 July 2023 (online)

Admission day 29 november, 10:00 t/m 16:30 o'clock at Oude Kraan 74 in Arnhem. 

This year once again we’re happy to see the return of onsite application days. The first of these is the 29th of November. It’s a chance for prospective students to experience a day at BEAR and its a chance for us as a team to assess if it’s a good match between the applicant and the department. 

The day begins at 10am with a welcome and brief introduction. Between 10:30 and 16:00 there will be a day long collective assignment given by tutor Josifin Arnell and student Jamell Saman. The workshop will focus on storytelling, play and collectivity. At 16:00 the results of the workshop will be presented to the admission team. All materials needed for the workshop will be provided. 

Over the course of the day each applicant will be taken out individually for an interview with one of the two admission teams. The interview lasts roughly 20 minutes during which we will discuss your motivation, home assignments and portfolio. Applicants must therefore bring with them their portfolio and their home assignments physically. Applicants will only be considered if they’ve completed the home assignments. 

Besides bringing the home assignments and portfolios physically we ask you to upload them into OSIRIS for reference. 

Entrance examination

After applying for the selection, you will take the entrance examination. There is no charge for this. During the entrance examination, we assess whether Fine Art is the right course for you and whether you have sufficient talent and motivation to succeed in the course. We test:

      • Your creative ability: your ability to express yourself visually, to work based on observation and concept.
      • We will also be looking for things such as understanding of and feel for colour, form and material and the individuality expressed by your work.
      • Your motivation and ability to communicate. How good are your communication skills? To what extent are you able to share your fascination and inspiration? How much decisiveness and discipline do you display?
      • Your ability to reflect critically on images. Here we will be looking for an inquiring and experimental attitude, curiosity and a genuine interest in contemporary art practice.

Selection day

The entrance examination is online and consists of an interview about your portfolio and your home assignments.


  • You will be interviewed by our tutors and you present your 6 home assignments as well as a portfolio of your own work (max. 40 pages). You explain your process and talk about ideas behind your work. The interview will be via a video call.

    You can include in your portfolio any medium such as drawings, paintings, photos, videos, animations, websites, furniture, clothes, posters, etc. For videos, add links so we can watch them. Show not only finished products but also sketches that provide an insight into your way of thinking.


Result and validity

The admissions committee will advise the Board of Examiners whether or not to admit you. You will be notified of the result within three working weeks of the entrance examination.

An admission is only valid for the course for which you have applied. If you want to audition for a course or specialisation at a different location, you must register for that separately. The admission is only valid for the academic year immediately following the entrance examination.

Arrive for the entrance examination properly prepared

Do you wish to enrol on the BEAR propaedeutic year after secondary school? Then take the preparatory course in Art & Design in Arnhem first.
This preparatory course prepares you thoroughly for the entrance examination.