Interior Design



ArtEZ is looking for ambitious students who want to develop into spatial designers with their own view of the world.

Interior Design (IN__architecture Ba) admission criteria

  • Applicants must have completed VWO, HAVO, MBO (level 4) or the equivalent.
  • International students must meet certain language requirements
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the entrance examination.

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 Interior Design before September 1st is:

  • B1

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.

Take a proactive approach; make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Convey what you wish to research and what inspires you. Make sure that you can explain your work, without going into too much detail. Explain the background of your work, how it came to be and why you use certain techniques.

Portfolio and homework assignment

It is important that you have created a number of spatial works. These could be drawings, paintings, photographic series, animations, websites, furniture, clothes or posters. If you have completed an MBO (level 4) education in a creative field, we recommend that you also complement the work you completed as part of your training with your own work (sketches, drawings, etc.). Even if you have a creative subject in your HAVO or VWO curriculum, it is still a good idea to bring along your own work.

Sketches are an important part of the programme, so start practicing for the admission examination by adding a (observation-based) spatial drawing to your sketch book every day.

It is also important that you immerse yourself in contemporary culture, that you regularly visit exhibitions of contemporary art in museums, galleries and artist initiatives. Regularly browse and read national and international art and design periodicals in the library: MetropolisM, Kunstbeeld, De Architect, Items. Check out the art section of newspapers, especially the Cultureel Supplement of NRC Handelsblad and de Volkskrant.

Aside from this, you will also complete a homework assignment for the entrance examination. This will be discussed during the admission day. You will receive information on the date that you are expected at the academy after enrolling for the programme through Studielink. You will also receive a homework assignment from the study programme and a questionnaire (CV).

Entrance examination

The admission day consists of the following:

  • Two assignments which you will work on during the day; one observation-based assignment and one imagination-based assignment. You can bring your work home with you after the admission day.
  • An interview with members of the admission committee. This committee consists of lecturers and students from the Interior Design Bachelor’s programme. 

During the interview, you will present your homework assignment and your portfolio. This could include drawings, paintings, photographic series, animations, websites, furniture, clothes and posters. You will explain this and discuss the ideas behind your work. Bring along designs and sketches as well which provide insight into your creative process.
The admission committee with whom you have the interview will advise the examination committee on whether or not to admit you.

Admission Dates

14 March 2018
26 April 2018

Result and validity

You will be notified of whether you have been admitted within three working weeks. If you are not admitted, we will attempt to provide you with insight into the reasons for this.

Admission is only valid for the study programme for which you have enrolled. If you wish to apply for admission to a study programme 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.