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Admission requirements

If you want 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 about whether you will be able to meet the diploma requirements at the start of the course, please get in touch with us before applying.  



Applications for the Fine Art course at AKI ArtEZ should be made in Studielink. Once you have applied, you will receive an e-mail from the Student Affairs department and the course will send you information about the entrance exam. You will also receive assignments to do at home and a questionnaire.    

During the entrance exam, we will assess whether Fine Art is the right course for you and whether you have sufficient talent and motivation to succeed on the course. 

We will test: 

  • Your creative ability: your ability to express yourself visually, to work based on observation and concept. We will also be looking for things like 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 art and culture. 

The entrance exam takes place at our academy on a Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and consists of:  

1. Showing work you bring with you 
We expect you to give us an insight into your talent, interests and motivation with the selection of your work. So bring everything you have made in the past. Draw, paint, cut, paste, photograph, make films and show us what you can do! Don’t just bring finished products but also designs and sketches that provide insight into the creative process. Work that cannot be transported may be photographed or filmed and presented online or using a USB stick.   

On the day of the entrance exam, you will have an interview lasting about twenty minutes, during which you will look at the work you have brought with you together with the lecturers. Be proactive and make sure you can explain your work. The lecturers will ask you about your motivation and will be curious about your knowledge of design and the visual arts. The decisive factors for admission are visual ability, creativity and talent for translating ideas into images.  

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2. Working on a creative assignment 
During the day of the entrance exam, you will work on a creative assignment. You don't need to bring any materials with you. The end product will remain at the academy and will be assessed by the admissions committee.  

Online Admission for International Students

For international students we offer the possibility to do online admission. After registration, you will receive an email from the AKI explaining - step by step - what you need to do for your online admission and access to a calendar in which you can determine the date and time of your online admission.
During the online admission interview, a lecturer judges whether the course will be the right fit for you. In a conversation of about 20 minutes you give us an insight in your online portfolio and you can tell what you dream of.

Admission dates

All entrance exams for our AKI courses Crossmedia Design, Fine Art and Moving Image will be held between February and May 2022.

Deadlines for admission

EU students: 1 June 2022
Non-EU students: 1 April  2022

Result and validity 

The admissions committee will advise the Board of Examiners whether or not you should be admitted. Only after the decision has been approved by the Board of Examiners is the admission final. You will be notified of the result within three weeks of the entrance exam. If you are rejected, we will try to explain the reasons why. 

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 exam.  

Arrive for the entrance exam properly prepared  

Do you want to go to art school after secondary school? Then take the Art & Design preparatory course at AKI ArtEZ in Enschede