Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is a University of Applied Sciences for Fine Arts and Design. We offer two Bachelor Degree programs and four Master Degree programs. Within the Bachelor we offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Design. Within these two programs there are various specializations. Following a general first year, called the Foundation Year, the student chooses one of these specializations. This is followed by three years of in-depth study within the specialization. The Rietveld Academie also offers a part-time program, in that case the Foundation Year takes two years, followed by three years of in-depth study.


Specializations within the Bachelor Degrees:


Bachelor of Design:
Architectural Design
Graphic Design
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Bachelor of Fine Arts:
Fine Arts
Image and Language
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The Rietveld Academie aims to support talented young people in such a way that they can operate independently in the field of visual arts or design. We want to enable them to sustain their work on their own and become sources of artistic inspiration in their area of specialization. We want to optimally develop the capacities and creativity of the individual. We respect the individual and his freedom to develop a personal approach and develop his own future. We value research, experimentation and authorship, and stress the importance of maintaining an open attitude towards the environment, while supporting involvement with others and society. The Rietveld Academie has a strong individual vision of what art education should be, which is mediated through the inspiring teachers, students and alumni that are connected to this academy.


The Gerrit Rietveld Academie has a strong international focus. With 45% of our students coming from outside the Netherlands and representing more than 60 countries, we reflect the global character of the world of arts & culture today. All these different cultures brought together in our academy challenges the students and teachers to take different perspectives on both art and themselves.


To be accepted to the Rietveld Academie a student is expected to have an open mentality, to be capable of critical self-reflection and to possess a willingness to exchange ideas. The academy aims to further develop these abilities, constantly trying to question the way things are. In order to stimulate this mental flexibility, the academy regards excursions as a vital part of the education. To travel together to another environment forces the student to relate in new ways to each other and their surroundings. The experiences they undergo will change their point of view and can be an impulse to work differently.


May 2, 2011