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Graphic Design Arnhem is looking for thinkers who make and makers who think; critical global citizens who are open to the world. Do you have the guts to experiment and are you not afraid of theory? Do you want to not only learn the rules and boundaries of the subject, but also break them? If so, come and get to know our course.

Admission requirements

Do you want to apply for the higher vocational (HBO) graphic design course at ArtEZ in Arnhem? If so, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You can be submitted with an international diploma, provided that the diploma is equivalent to a Dutch diploma. The Student Administration evaluates this before you are admissible;

  • This course, which is taught in English, 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.

Admission dates

  • 10 February 2023
  • 24 March 2023
  • 26 May 2023 (only EU)


You can apply for the Graphic Design bachelor in Arnhem via Studielink. After you have applied, the course will send you information about the entrance exam. You will also receive an e-mail containing homework and a link to an online questionnaire.

Admission dates

You can apply for the new academic year from 1 October.

Entrance exam

    • 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 capacity for critical reflection. Here we will be looking for an inquiring and experimental attitude, curiosity and a genuine interest in contemporary art practice.

    We also consider it important that you show us you have the potential to be a cultural activist ('agent of change') who uses graphic design as a means of expression in a changing landscape of art and culture, media and technology, politics and philosophy. We are keen to see you actively relating to social issues such as diversity, inclusiveness, ecology, etc.

  • The entrance exam starts with an admission interview with an admissions committee lasting about fifteen minutes. The committee consists of one or two lecturers and two students of the bachelor Graphic Design Arnhem. The admission interview consists of:

    1. A conversation about your motivation and general level of interest
    2. Assessment of the work you have brought with you.
      Show what you have made. For example, drawings, paintings, photo series, animations, websites, furniture, clothes, posters, etc. 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.
    3. Assessment of the homework
      During the interview, you will present the design assignment which you were sent when you made your application. 

    Depending on the outcome of this interview, you will receive an invitation to participate in the practical part of the exam the next day from 9.00 to 17.00. This part consists of two assignments that you will perform at the academy.

    1st round

    Dates and deadlines will be announced soon. Keep an eye on this page. However, you can already apply via Studielink.

Result and validity

The admissions committee will advise the Board of Examiners whether or not you should be admitted. You will be notified of the result within three working weeks of the entrance exam.

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 apply for that separately. The admission is only valid for the academic year immediately following the entrance exam. Exceptions are only possible in consultation with the course management.

Arrive for the entrance exam properly prepared

Are you thinking of applying for the higher vocational (HBO) Graphic Design course at ArtEZ in Arnhem? Besides attending one of our open days, a visit to the finals will also give you a good impression of the course. You can prepare for the entrance exam with the Art & Design preparatory course in Arnhem.