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STUDENTS’ CHARTER

GERRIT RIETVELD

ACADEMIE

FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

ACADEMIC YEAR 2010-2011

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Gerrit Rietveld Academie Students’ Charter for Fine Arts and Design

2010-2011


STUDENTS’ CHARTER GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMIE

FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

ACADEMIC YEAR 2010-2011

1. GENERAL PROVISIONS .................................... 4

2. DEFINITIONS ........................................... 4

3. ADMISSION ............................................. 8

4. ENROLMENT ............................................ 13

5. TEACHING ............................................. 18

6. PROPAEDEUTIC YEAR .................................... 21

7. SPECIALISATION PHASE ................................. 25

8. EXAMINATIONS ......................................... 41

9. STUDENT RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS ....................... 46

10. PROTECTION OF STUDENT RIGHTS ......................... 47

11. PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING ..................... 50

12. STUDENT FACILITIES ................................... 51

13. HOUSE RULES .......................................... 53

14. MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS ................................ 59

15. FINAL PROVISIONS ..................................... 60

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Introduction

This Students’ Charter stems from the Higher Education and

Research Act (Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk

onderzoek (the Act)). Article 7.59 of this act obliges the

executive board of the institute to define the education and

educational facilities and the students’ rights and

obligations in a students’ charter and to issue this charter

to each student on enrolling. The charter is also available

via the academy intranet.

The student’s rights and obligations are partly regulated by

law, such as the amount of the statutory tuition fees, for

example, and which study programmes require students to sit an

entrance examination. In addition, the Act also requires the

higher education institutions to arrange certain matters, such

as how the graduation fund works. Finally, there are certain

matters the academy is legally required to arrange as part of

its own policy, such as regulations regarding the use of

workshops and studios.

This charter offers clarity to students as regards what they

can expect from the academy and what will be expected of them.

It is important that rights and obligations are well defined

and documented. It is even more important that all members of

the academy community treat each other with due respect and

understanding for each other’s position so that formal

agreements need be drawn on as little as possible.

The Executive Board

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1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1 Application of the charter

This Students’ Charter is applicable to the Autonomous Fine

Arts and Design study programmes provided by the Gerrit

Rietveld Academie (GRA) in Amsterdam. The charter is

applicable for the academic year 2009-2010.

1.2 Relation to the Law

If any provision of this charter no longer complies with or

becomes contrary to the (amendments to) the Act or collective

regulations and ministerial circulars applicable to higher

professional education, such provision(s) shall become invalid.

In such event, the provision(s) concerned shall be deemed to

be replaced by the provision(s) of the aforementioned law or

regulation.

1.3 Contents and publication

This charter publishes the rights and obligations of both the

Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the students of the Gerrit

Rietveld Academie. The Executive Board shall bring the charter

to the attention of newly enrolled students and shall inform

the students of how to consult the charter.

Students shall receive notification of any amendments to the

charter, and how to consult the revised charter, upon

enrolling for the following academic year(s).

2. DEFINITIONS

The Act

The Higher Education and Research Act (Wet op het Hoger

onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek)

University of Applied Sciences/Institution

Stichting Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) University of Applied

Sciences for Fine Arts and Design, a higher education

institution as referred to in Art. 1.2 of the Act.

The Executive Board

Members who pursuant to Art. 7 of the Articles of Association

of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie are responsible for the

everyday management of the institution.

Institutional plan

Policy plan for the years to come.

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Master’s degree programmes

Higher education following the Bachelor’s degree programme.

These programmes are provided at the Sandberg Institute and

come under the responsibility of the Stichting GRA.

Study programme

A cohesive set of units of study, aimed at achieving the

defined objectives in terms of knowledge, insight and skills

the person completing the study programme is deemed to possess

as referred to in Art. 7.3 Section 2 of the Act.

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie offers two study programmes: The

study programme Autonomous Fine Arts and the study programme

Design.

Duration of the study programme

The length of time allowed for a study programme pursuant to

the law. The duration of the full-time study programmes Fine

Arts and Design is four years. The duration of the part-time

study programme is five years.

Academic year

The period commencing on 1 September and ending on 31 August

of the following year.

Curriculum

The course of study that constitutes the study programme

Competencies

The set of knowledge, skills and attitude aspects required to

be able to practise the profession of visual artist or

designer.

The study programmes Fine Arts and Design are divided into

four subject clusters:

- Autonomous visual art

- Visual communication

- Product design

- Spatial design

The competencies for each of the four subject clusters are

listed in the appendix.

Study programme study load: credits

The study programmes Autonomous Fine Arts and Design at the

Gerrit Rietveld Academie represents 240 ECTS (credits). The

study load in the propaedeutic phase is 60 credits and 180

credits in specialisation phase; 1 credit represents 28 hours

of study.

Propaedeutic phase

The full-time propaedeutic phase is the foundation year of the

study programmes Autonomous Fine Arts and Design and lasts one

year.

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The part-time propaedeutic phase lasts two years.

Specialisation phase

The phase that follows the propaedeutic phase. During this

phase, the student will be trained based on the competencies

of the subject cluster the chosen specialisation comes under.

Departments

The various fields of specialisation within the study

programme that follow the propaedeutic phase. These fields of

specialisation are part of the specialisation phase.

Specialisation year

Year of study within the specialisation phase of the study

programme.

Student

The person accepted to and enrolled with the University of

Applied Sciences.

Department coordinators

Those at the University of Applied Sciences responsible for

the coordination of the departments or specific units of study.

Lecturers

The teaching staff at the GRA.

Interim examination (assessment)

An assessment as referred to in Art. 7.3 Section 3 of the Act;

an assessment comprises an evaluation of the student’s

knowledge, attitude and skills and the results of such

evaluation. There are two assessments in each year of study:

the mid-year assessment and the final assessment.

Examination

An examination as referred to in Article 7.3 Section 3 of the

Act(the propaedeutic examination as referred to in Art. 7.8 of

the Act and the final review (of the student’s academic record)

as referred to in Art. 7.10 of the Act).

Title of Bachelor

A student who passes his/her final examination shall receive

the diploma from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Upon achieving

the degree, the graduate shall be entitled to use either the

title Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or the title Bachelor of

Design (BDes).

Examining Board

The board, as referred to in Article 7.12 of the Act,

responsible for holding examinations and organising and

coordinating the interim examinations. The Examining Board is

chaired by the Dean of Bachelors consists of the Department

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Coordinators and the Admissions Coordinator. The Examining

Board appoints a committee of examiners for the interim

examinations.

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie has a joint Examining Board for

the study programmes Autonomous Fine Arts and Design.

Admissions Committee

The committee, appointed by the Examining Board, is

responsible for the entrance examinations.

Study Programme Advisory Committee

A committee as referred to in Article 9.18 of the Act,

responsible for advising on and annually assessing the

execution of the Education and Examination Regulations, and

advising on any other education matters.

Education and Examination Regulations (OER)

Regulations as referred to in Art. 7.13 of the Act. The OER

constitute part of this Students’ Charter.

Examination Appeals Board (COBEX)

The Examination Appeals Board as referred to in Art. 7.60 of

the Act.

Higher Education Appeals Board

The Higher Education Appeals Board as referred to in Art. 7.64

of the Act.

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3. ADMISSION

3.1 Educational entry requirements and dispensation

To be admitted to the study programme you must have a diploma

that satisfies the entry requirements for Higher Professional

Education: at least HAVO (senior general secondary education)

or MBO (senior secondary vocational education) at level 4, or

equivalent qualifications.

Contrary to the above, candidates with exceptional visual

potential and who can demonstrate suitability for the study

programme, may be eligible for admission. (Art.7.29 of the

Act). The assessment is conducted by means of a two-stage

admission procedure, the first selection being made based on

an admission interview. The second selection is made based on

an admission examination.

The Rietveld Academie has a Preparatory Course. Successfully

completing the Preparatory Course will satisfy the entrance

requirements for the propaedeutic phase at the Gerrit Rietveld

Academie.

3.1.1 Subject package

No specific subject package is required.

3.1.2 Entrance in a later year

In some cases, it is possible to start the study programme in

a later year. Such cases are:

- If the candidate is able to submit a propaedeutic

certificate or a study certificate of a higher year issued

by a University of Applied Sciences in the field of Art and

Design;

- If the Admissions Committee decides, based on the work

produced and submitted during the entrance examination, to

grant the candidate dispensation for the previous years of

study. Dispensation from certain units of study is only

possible with the express (written) consent of the

Department Coordinator.

3.1.3 Entrance in a later year in the event of relevant prior

(MBO) education

If the candidate has completed relevant prior (MBO) education,

entrance in a later year is possible but not automatic. This

is assessed by the Admissions Committee based on the

specialisation concerned and the work submitted.

3.1.4 Admission in the case of inadequate prior education

In accordance with Article 7.29 of the Act, candidates with

inadequate prior education may be admitted if they can

demonstrate good visual potential and general suitability for

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the study programme. This is assessed by the Admissions

Committee(s).

3.1.5 Criteria for not allowing dispensation

Criteria for not allowing a candidate to enter in

specialisation phase following relevant prior education or

inadequate prior education are:

inadequate visual potential

inadequate general suitability

This is assessed by the Admissions Committee(s).

3.2 Admission procedure

To be admitted to the full-time study programmes Autonomous

Fine Arts or Design, additional requirements are imposed on

the candidates (in accordance with Art. 7.26a of the Act).

These additional requirements are summarised in the admission

procedure. The admission procedure comprises two elements: the

admission consultation and the entrance examination.

The admission procedure consists of an assessment of the

candidate’s general suitability and visual potential. During

the examination, the work brought in is carefully examined but

attention is also paid to the explorative and experimental

approach, the degree of openness and receptivity, to interest

in the world of art and culture, and to the candidate’s

critical and communicative abilities.

The specialisation Image & Language has a slightly different

admission procedure (see 3.3).

3.2.1 Admission consultation

The admission consultation is intended for people enrolling

with the academy for the first time who are not following

and/or have not followed a visual arts or design study

programme elsewhere. During this admission consultation a

recommendation is given, based on the work brought in, as to

whether or not the candidate should sit the entrance

examination. In the event of a positive recommendation, a

registration form will be issued and an instruction for the

use of Studielink is provided.

Candidates who have taken the entrance examination before,

within the past two years, will not be obliged to attend the

admission consultation. They can request a registration code

in writing or by telephone. This also applies for candidates

studying at a different art academy in any of the following

countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France,

Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Great

Britain. These students are to enclose a copy of their

registration at the art academy.

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3.2.2 Procedure for candidates living abroad

Candidates for either the foundation year or a later year of a

full-time programme who are unable to attend the admission

consultation are required to send in their work or slides,

photographs or video recordings of their work. Work submitted

through the Internet will not be considered, unless the work

was produced specifically for this media.

The Admissions Committee shall decide, on the basis of the

work submitted, whether or not to invite the candidate to take

an entrance examination.

3.2.3 Entrance examinations

There are entrance examinations for the full-time foundation

year and for the later years of the different full-time

specialisations.

Propaedeutic phase

The examination consists of the presentation of the work

brought in and a discussion of such with one or two Admissions

Committees. The entrance examination seeks to gain insight

into the suitability and visual potential of the candidate.

Three weeks before the examination takes place, candidates for

the propaedeutic phase are sent two assignments to be

completed at home and presented at the examination. During the

examination, the candidate presents himself or herself before

two Admissions Committees, made up of three lecturers and one

student, who each form an independent opinion.

If the candidate passes the examination, he or she will be

admitted to the propaedeutic phase of the study programmes

Fine Arts or Design.

Later year

Candidates for a later year will usually only be examined by

one committee. This committee consists of lecturers and lateryear

students from the relevant specialisation.

The entrance examination seeks to gain insight into the

suitability and visual potential of the candidate. If the

candidate passes the examination, he or she will be admitted

to the specialisation phase of the study programmes Fine Arts

or Design.

3.3 Admission procedure Image & Language

Candidates for the specialisation Image & Language are first

required to attend the admission consultation. During the

admission consultation, the candidate presents the work

brought in and submits a varied collection of text for a

global assessment. The candidate will receive written

notification of whether or not he or she can sit the entrance

examination.

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Prior to the entrance examination, the candidate will submit

several texts for assessment.

During the entrance examination, the candidate will be

assessed by an Admissions Committee for both visual and

writing talent.

3.4 Result

The candidate will receive the result of the entrance

examination in writing within three weeks after the

examination. Candidates who have not been admitted may request

an explanation of the reasons for this decision by telephone

during several weeks after receipt of the result.

3.5 Admission validity period

Candidates who, during the two years prior to the admission

procedure, have already taken the entrance examination, need

not attend the admission consultation and may directly request

a registration form for the entrance examination.

Admission will be applied to the first following and the

subsequent academic years. Following that, a new entrance

examination will have to be taken.

3.6 Dutch/English language

The lessons at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie are given in Dutch

or English. Students at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie are

therefore required to have both a passive and active knowledge

of either the Dutch or English language. Students who speak

neither English nor Dutch cannot be admitted to the Gerrit

Rietveld Academie.

Candidates from countries outside the EU where English is not

the official language must be able to submit an IELTS or TOEFL

certificate with a satisfactory score. The minimum scores are

specified below. The TOEFL or IELTS certificate should be

submitted together with the entrance examination registration

forms. Candidates without such a certificate or a satisfactory

score cannot enrol as student.

Candidates from countries outside the EU where English is not

the official language may be exempt from the IELTS/TOEFL

requirement if English was taken as an examination subject and

a pass was achieved. Proof of this must be enclosed with the

registration forms. All other candidates from countries

outside the EU where English is not the official language must

submit an IELTS or TOEFL certificate.

Minimum scores

Minimum scores IELTS:

Bachelor’s degree programme: 6.0

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Master’s degree programme: 6.0

Minimum total score TOEFL*:

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 64

TOEFL Computer-based test (CBT): 180

TOEFL Paper-based test (PBT): 507

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4. ENROLMENT

4.1 General conditions for enrolment

To be able to enrol for the first year of one of the study

programmes, the candidate must have been admitted for the

study programme and meet the educational entry requirements or

have been granted dispensation in writing.

To be able to enrol for a study programme later than the

propaedeutic phase, the candidate must have certification of

completion of the propaedeutic phase of that study programme

or an equivalent certificate or have been granted dispensation

in writing.

4.1.1 Foreign students

Candidates of non-EU/EAA nationality registering with the

Academy for the first time will be obliged to provide proof

that they will be legally resident in the Netherlands on 1

September of the academic year concerned. Acceptable as proof

of such will be a Provisional Residence Permit sticker (in the

candidate’s passport) or (an application for) a Residence

Permit.

To be able to enrol for the part-time study programme, the

candidate must have EU/EAA nationality or hold a residence

permit allowing the candidate to take a part-time study

programme.

4.1.2. Registration in Municipal Personal Records Database

To be able to enrol as a student, the candidate must be

registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA).

4.1.3. Reasons for refusing or cancelling enrolment

Candidates who do not meet the requirements stipulated in

Article 4.1 and subsequent articles will not be enrolled or,

if the enrolment procedure has already been commenced, have

their enrolment cancelled.

4.2 Enrolment procedure

Anyone who, on the basis of a positive decision by the

Admissions Committee, is admitted to a study programme at the

GRA will be required, in compliance with Art. 7.32 of the Act,

to enrol as a student before using the educational,

examination, or other facilities.

Such enrolment shall be for the whole academic year. In the

event that the student enrols in the course of any academic

year, the enrolment will apply for the remainder of that

academic year.

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The Student Administration Office is responsible, on behalf of

the Executive Board, for the enrolment at the GRA of

candidates who successfully completed the admission procedure.

Enrolment will not take place until all the forms provided

have been duly completed in full and returned and, by 1

September at the latest, the tuition fee has been paid or a

direct debit mandate signed for the tuition fees to be paid by

instalments (before August 15).

In the first month after the start of the academic year, a

student card will be issued to all students correctly enrolled

and registered.

The student must notify the Student Administration Office of

any changes to his/her contact details.

4.3 Enrolment in the course of the academic year

A first-time enrolment in course of the academic year is only

possible in very exceptional cases and with the written

consent of the Executive Board. A request to this effect may

be submitted in writing to the secretarial department of the

Executive Board and must be accompanied by a recommendation

from the student dean.

4.4 Enrolment following a binding advice to discontinue the study

programme

Any student who, during the propaedeutic phase, received a

binding advice to discontinue a study programme may not enrol

for the same study programme for the next two years. Following

this period of two years, the student will again be eligible

to participate in the appropriate admission procedure.

4.5 Cancelling enrolment and refund of tuition fees

Students may request to cancel their enrolment as of the month

following the request. Cancellation of enrolment only takes

place after submission of a fully completed enrolment

cancellation form. This form can be downloaded from the

website or requested from student administration.

The student card should be enclosed with the request to cancel

the enrolment.

For students with a non-Dutch nationality, the IND will be

informed of the cancellation of the enrolment if applicable.

Refund of tuition fees will be proportionate to the number of

months the student had been enrolled. This amount is

calculated on the basis of instalments already paid.

It is not possible to withdraw from a study programme in July

or August. The Student Administration Office will arrange the

financial aspects of withdrawal from a study programme.

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4.6 Interrupting a course of study

In the event that a student is forced to interrupt his/her

study in the course of the year, the following procedure shall

apply:

The student notifies his/her Department Coordinator of the

interruption.

The student cancels his/her registration at the Student

Administration Office.

Student reregisters with his/her Department Coordinator and

the Student Administration Office no later than the May

prior to the academic year in which he/she expects to

continue his/her course of study.

If the interruption has lasted no longer than a year, the

student will be able to resume his/her studies without any

further requirements being imposed. If the interruption has

lasted more than one year, the student will be required to resit

the entrance examination.

4.7 Payment of tuition fees

Payment of tuition fees is by transfer of the full amount or

by direct debit to Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 8 instalments.

Lump-sum payment must have been credited to the Gerrit

Rietveld Academie bank account no later than 1 September (the

beginning of the academic year). Students of non-EU/EEA

nationality enrolling for the first time must have paid the

tuition fee in full by 1 September. For them it will not be

possible to pay by installments.

The mandate for direct debit in instalments must be received

by the student administration department no later than 15

August, as the first debit takes place in August. No mandates

will be processed after this date.

Payment by instalments will be subject to an administration

charge of €24.

For payment by instalments, the student must already have a

valid Dutch bank account (not a savings account) activated and

with a sufficient balance before the beginning of the academic

year. The bank account may not be closed or blocked in the

interim. Should the account be blocked due to theft, the

student must notify Accounts Department immediately and submit

proof of reporting the theft to the police.

Any student whose bank account is blocked due to an

insufficient balance or problems with the bank must pay the

remainder of the tuition fees as a lump sum.

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4.8. Consequences of arrears in payment of tuition fees

The student is obliged to maintain a sufficient balance in the

account to enable the instalments to be collected. Should

arrears nevertheless occur, the student, after three reminders,

may be invited for an interview. If the student fails to

respond to this interview without due reason and/or the

interview does not lead to the student meeting his/her payment

obligations without further delay, the Executive Board may

deny the student access to the classes or proceed to de-enrol

the student.

Students in their final year of study who are in arrears may

not graduate until the tuition fee has been paid in full.

4.9 Statutory and non-statutory tuition fees

Full-time and part-time students with the nationality of one

of the countries within the EU/EEA, Surinam and Switzerland

without a Dutch bachelor’s degree pay the statutory tuition

fees.The amount is annually set by the Minister.

Other students pay the non-statutory tuition fees set annually

before 1 March by the Executive Board of the academy.

For students who started their course at the Gerrit Rietveld

Academie before the 20102011 academic year, a transitional

scheme has been set up due to changes in the level of tuition

fees.

4.10 Penalty provisions and/or payment of tuition fees in arrears

If it is established that a student had not been registered or

not correctly registered in a particular year but has made use

of the educational facilities, the payable tuition fee must

first be paid before the student will be allowed further

access to tuition or allowed to graduate (Art. 15.2 of the

Act).

4.11 Exemption from and reduction of the tuition fees

Students who are already enrolled at a different University

(WO) or University of Applied Sciences (HBO) on commencement

of the enrolment need only pay the difference between the

tuition fee already paid and the tuition fee payable to the

Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Such students should contact the

Accounts Department about this before commencing the course.

The student will be required to provide proof of enrolment and

proof of payment of the tuition fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Students pay the full tuition fees to the

establishment where they first started studying. It is not

possible to switch between the first and the second enrolment

in the interim.

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4.12 Refund of tuition fees

Withdrawal from a study programme can, in some cases, lead to

an entitlement to a (partial) refund of the tuition fee (Art.

7.42 of the Act):

If the student passes the final examination in the course of

the academic year: any refund of the tuition fee will be

paid through the Accounts Department.

If the student was enrolled at GRA for the first time for

the propaedeutic phase: the student need not substantiate

his/her reason for withdrawing from the study programme. The

procedure will be completed through the dean.

If the student wishes to withdraw owing to illness or

special family circumstances: in this case, a medical

statement will be required. The procedure will be completed

through the dean.

If a student passes away: the dean will arrange the refund

of the tuition fee and the cancellation of the enrolment.

One twelfth of the tuition fee will be refunded for every

month after the death of the student.

The refund will be proportionate to the number of months the

student had been enrolled. It is not possible to withdraw from

a study programme in July or August.

4.13 Student card

The student card will be issued upon receipt of the tuition

fee or upon collection of the first instalment in the event of

an appropriate direct debit mandate. The student card is

strictly personal and grants the student access to

specifically designated areas. Use of the card by anyone other

than the (registered) holder is strictly forbidden. In the

event of loss or theft of the student ID card the student will

be required to pay an administration fee of €20 before

receiving a new one. This administration fee will not be

charged if the student can provide a police report.

Actions and transaction performed using the access card are

registered and stored in a central database. The Dutch Privacy

Law (Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (WBP)) restricts the use

and registration of these data. The information will only be

passed to the competent authorities in the case of urgency,

such as an emergency, burglary, fire, etc.

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CHAPTERS 5 - 8: EDUCATION AND EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

5. TEACHING

5.1 Objective of the study programme

The Gerrit Rietveld Academy aims to help talented people

develop sufficient competencies to enable them to

independently establish a professional practice in visual art

or design. The teaching is aimed at the graduate, once he/she

is working, being able to keep his/her own art production

going, under his/her own steam, and developing to become a

source of artistic inspiration in his/her specific field.

The competencies a graduate is required to possess are listed

in the appendix.

5.2 Structure of the study programme

The teaching programme is aimed at enabling the student to

complete his/her study within the duration of the study

programme.

5.2.1 Structure of the full-time study programme

The full-time study programme lasts four years and may include

both daytime and evening classes.

In principle, every student starts in the general foundation

year (propaedeutic phase). Once the student has successfully

completed the propaedeutic phase, he/she will be admitted to

the specialisation phase. The second year offers a general

introduction into the chosen specialisation. From the second

year onwards, the student will be offered a programme that

also focuses on the business aspects of a professional

practice. In the third year, or at the beginning of the fourth

year, students will have an opportunity to undertake a work

placement or spend some time studying abroad. In the final

year, the student will complete the study programme with one

of more chosen final projects on which he/she will have worked

independently, supervised by at least two lecturers. The final

review comprises a public exhibition and the delivery of a

theoretical work, in the form of a lecture, reading,

presentation or thesis. In the event of a positive result, the

student will be awarded the Gerrit Rietveld Academie diploma.

5.2.2 Structure of the part-time study programme

The part-time study programme lasts five years and has a twoyear

propaedeutic phase in the evenings. Once the student has

successfully completed the propaedeutic phase, he/she will be

admitted to the specialisation phase.

The student will have the choice of continuing the study

programme with a specialisation of the full-time programme or

for a part-time study programme in Autonomous Fine Arts or

Design (Interaction Design – Unstable Media). The part-time

curriculum is currently under development.

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In the fourth year, or at the beginning of the fifth year,

students will have an opportunity to undertake a work

placement or spend some time studying abroad. In the final

year, the student will complete the study programme with one

or more chosen final projects on which he/she will have worked

independently, supervised by at least two lecturers. The final

review comprises a public exhibition and the delivery of a

theoretical work, in the form of a lecture, reading,

presentation or thesis. In the event of a positive result, the

student will be awarded the Gerrit Rietveld Academie diploma.

5.2.3 Year groups

The study programme is divided into year groups. This means

that it is only possible to progress to a higher year once a

year. The progression to the next year takes place at the end

of the academic year.

5.3 Teaching activities

There are several teaching activities, such as: assignments,

working independently in workplaces and workshops, individual

supervision and progress discussions, study groups, projects,

workshops, lectures, readings and excursions.

The study programme consists of joint projects on the one hand,

while being individually focused on the other. The programme

draws on the students’ own contribution and sense of

responsibility. Insofar as is possible, the programme will

focus on each student’s individual abilities and interests.

With due consultation, students will have the freedom to

determine the contents of the study programme. However, that

freedom also demands personal commitment and discipline of

each student. Student supervision is intensive during the

foundation year and is adapted to the student’s individual

requirements as much as possible in the course of the study

programme.

5.3.1 Theory

Studium Generale

The theory in the propaedeutic phase and in the second and

third years is, in part, provided centrally through the

Studium Generale. Every year, there are two series of lectures

on one or more themes. Participation in the Studium Generale

is obligatory for students in the full-time propaedeutic phase

and the first specialisation year. Participation is optional

for the other specialisation years and the propaedeutic phase

of the part-time programme.

Studium Generale Seminar

Inherent to the Studium Generale are Seminars. These are study

groups that pursue the themes of the Studium Generale lectures.

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The Seminars are only open to students in the first

specialisation year.

Students in the first specialisation year are obliged to

participate in and successfully complete one Seminar (study

group). This is assessed by the Seminar moderator (supervisor)

in various forms, such as a reading, presentation or essay.

Students who fail to participate in and/or successfully

complete the Seminar will be offered an opportunity to repeat

the test before 1 September of the following academic year in

the form of a project. The academy will assign the student the

project before 1 July.

A satisfactory result for the Seminar or the repeat assignment

is one of the requirements for admission to the final year of

study.

Department–related theory

In addition to the Studium Generale, department-related theory

is also provided. This theory is provided in the form of

lectures, discussion groups, readings, workshops and films.

5.3.2 General Extra(curricular) programme

The extra(curricular) programme includes the Drawing Lab and

the Practicum Generale. Students have the option of enrolling

for drawing and technical courses held in three periods a year.

Participation is not obligatory. This programme is available

to all students in the post-propaedeutic phase.

5.4 Environmental lessons

The government strictly controls the use of hazardous

substances. As part of their preparation for professional

practice, it is also important that students know how to

handle materials and substances. Several times a year, socalled

environmental lessons are given to this end.

Participation is obligatory.

5.5 Examinations

The study programmes include two examinations: the

propaedeutic examination and the final review of a student’s

academic record.

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6. PROPAEDEUTIC YEAR

The propaedeutic year is the first year of the study programme.

Students in the propaedeutic year of the study programmes

Autonomous Fine Arts and Design follow the same programme. At

the end of the propaedeutic year, they choose a specialisation

in either Autonomous Fine Arts or Design. During the

propaedeutic phase, the student should gain insight into

content and possibilities of the study programmes and into

his/her own interests and abilities. This is a phase of

orientation, reference and selection. Students who have

successfully completed the propaedeutic phase will be deemed

able to also complete the specialisation phase successfully.

6.1 Structure of the full-time propaedeutic phase

The full-time propaedeutic year is a general foundation year.

Spread over several blocks in the course of the year, the

students receive an introduction to the various professional

disciplines. The focus of the programme is on becoming

intensively acquainted with numerous views, concepts and

methods, and to provide a foundation for working independently

and autonomously as an artist or designer. The curriculum is

assignment-based. Twice a year, the students’ progress is

evaluated by means of an assessment. These assessments are

held halfway through and at the end of the academic year.

At the end of the foundation year, the lecturers will

determine whether a sufficient foundation has been laid to

pursue the study programme. In some cases, students will be

advised to retake the foundation year with different lecturers

and thus with different assignments. The students make a

definitive choice for a specialisation in Fine Arts or Design

at the end of the foundation year.

6.1.1 Curriculum of the full-time propaedeutic phase

1 st semester: introduction to the various features of the study

programme

Mixed Media

Sculpture

Design:

Clothing/textile

Jewellery/Household objects

Furniture/Tools

House/Environment

Text/Language

Translation/Communication

Design History

Drawing/Painting

Theory:

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Art History

Contemporary Art Theory

Studium Generale

Total

30 ECTS

2 nd semester: preparation for specialisation

Mixed Media

Sculpture

Design:

Clothing/textile

Jewellery/Household objects

Furniture/Tools

House/Environment

Text/Language

Translation/Communication

Design History

Drawing/Painting

Theory:

Art History

Contemporary Art Theory

Studium Generale

Total

30 ECTS

6.2 Structure of part-time propaedeutic phase

The part-time propaedeutic phase lasts for two years and is

given on four evenings a week in the first year and three

evenings a week in the second year.

The first year consists of six blocks. Each block focuses on

one aspect of a profession. At the end of the block, each

student designs and delivers a presentation of his/her own

work. Halfway through the year, the students work on a project.

Art history is an important element of this. As well as

visiting museums and galleries, the programme also includes an

excursion abroad in the first or second year.

Students also have the option of participating in the Studium

Generale, the general theory programme.

Twice a year, the students’ progress is evaluated by means of

an assessment. These assessments are held halfway through and

at the end of the academic year.

In the second year, the students are divided into two groups

with two different programmes, which may alternate per

semester. These programmes prepare the students for their

choice for Autonomous Fine Arts or Design.

6.2.1 Curriculum of the part-time propaedeutic phase

1 st semester: introduction to the various features of study

programme 1

Drawing

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Autonomous

Communication

Text & Image

Sculpture / Object development

Public spaces

Total

15 ECTS

2 nd semester: introduction to the various features of study

programme 2

Communication

Graphics

Design

Fashion

LAB

LAB is a combination of the aforementioned subjects and may

also incorporate additional subjects such as painting, film,

photography, etc. Its theme is experiment & failure.

Total

15 ECTS

3 rd and 4 th semester: introduction to the various features of study

programme 3

Student chooses between programmes 1 and 2

Programme 1

Fine Arts

Communication

Theory

Programme 2

2D Design

3D Design

Communication

Theory

Total per semester 15 ECTS

6.3 Choice of specialisation

In the course of the propaedeutic phase, the students become

acquainted with the various specialisations the Gerrit

Rietveld Academie offers. At the end of the propaedeutic phase,

the students choose a specialisation. The various

specialisations are listed in chapter 7.

6.4 Compulsory attendance

Compulsory attendance applies during the propaedeutic phase.

In general, it is not possible to complete the propaedeutic

phase without adequate lesson attendance. This is determined

by the appropriate lecturers.

6.5 Binding advice in respect of full-time study

Article 7.8b of the Act stipulates that at the end of the

propaedeutic phase students are to be given advice on whether

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or not to continue their study. In some cases, this can be a

binding advice to discontinue the study. This is subject to

the following rules and agreements:

If a student is not expected to be able to successfully

complete the study programme, the student will be notified

of such in writing. This written warning will be issued to

the student before 1 February of the current academic year;

• This must be based on the conviction that the student would

not be able to successfully complete any one of the possible

specialisations.

• At the end of the propaedeutic phase, the student will

receive a written statement explaining, as clearly as

possible, the reasons for the negative decision and advice

on other (study) possibilities;

• The student dean is consulted before a binding advice is

issued.

The binding advice will be given no later than 8 July of the

appropriate academic year. The student may appeal against this

advice through the Examination Appeals Board (Cobex, see also

chapter 11).

Any student who, after the propaedeutic phase, has received a

binding advice to discontinue a study programme may not enrol

for the same study programme for the next two years. Following

this period of two years, the appropriate admission procedure

will again apply.

Binding advice in respect of part-time study

At the end of the propaedeutic phase, part-time students will

receive an advice on whether or not to continue their study.

In some cases, this can be a binding advice to discontinue the

study. This is subject to the following rules and agreements:

If a student is not expected to be able to successfully

complete the study programme, the student will be notified

of such in writing. This written warning will be issued to

the student before 15 June of the first year of DOGtime.

• This must be based on the conviction that the student would

not be able to successfully complete any one of the possible

specialisations.

• At the end of the second year of the propaedeutic phase the

student will receive a written statement explaining, as

clearly as possible, the reasons for the negative decision

and advice on other (study) possibilities;

• The student dean is consulted before a binding advice is

issued.

The binding advices will be given no later than 8 July of the

appropriate academic year. The student may appeal against this

advice through the Examination Appeals Board (Cobex, see also

chapter 11).

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Any student who, in the second year of the propaedeutic phase,

has received a binding advice to discontinue a study programme

may not enrol for the same study programme for the next two

years. Following this period of two years, the appropriate

admission procedure will again apply.

6.6 Propaedeutic examination

The last assessment of the propaedeutic phase shall constitute

the propaedeutic examination. Students who pass this may

progress to the specialisation phase.

7. SPECIALISATION PHASE

7.1 Specialisations

The post-propaedeutic phase is divided into various

specialisations; the departments. These departments are part

of either the study programme Fine Arts or the study programme

Design.

7.2 Full-time study programme Autonomous Fine Arts

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts programme focuses on developing students’

expressive capacities, with an emphasis on thinking and acting

as a visual artist. In this department, the students study

individually, in groups of no more than 20 students, under the

supervision of a set team of lecturers and a mentor. Each

student is given a communal workplace per group per academic

year.

During the programme, the students will learn to set up their

working procedure and to draw their own inspiration. They will

also follow a programme consisting of compulsory and elective

subjects. If this is beneficial to his/her development, the

student may participate in incidental projects.

In the third year of study, students will have the option of

participating in an exchange with a foreign academy.

In the final year, the student will concentrate on producing

work for the final examination exhibition, creating

presentations and compiling a theoretical work.

Courses offered:

Drawing/painting

Graphic techniques

Sculptures and installations

Video/film/sound

Photography

Performances

Art history

Art view

Philosophy

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Studium Generale

Practical projects

Photography

The Photography department trains students to work as an

autonomous photographer. New imaging techniques using video,

film and other media will be tested according to photographic

traditions.

The first phase of the programme investigates the different

techniques in connection with the development of the students’

own solutions and vision. Attention will be paid to special

techniques with regard to both old and new developments in

photography. During the last phase, the students follow their

own individual programme, working towards and determining

their examination subjects. The diploma is equivalent to the

professional diploma in Photography.

Courses offered:

Autonomous art photography

Visual research

Visual design

Image manipulation

Technical skills

Work evaluations

Philosophy

Art history

Studium Generale

Practical projects

Audiovisual

Within the Audiovisual department, the focus is on the

development of ideas, expressive capacity and the ability to

think conceptually. Students are encouraged to have an

independent attitude and to experiment, through assignments as

well as through individual development. Work is carried out

based on a belief in the relationship between the different

disciplines. Apart from the assignments, projects both within

and outside the school are important as exercises in

collaboration, organisation and confrontation with the outside

world. During the first specialisation year, the lessons are

given in classes or small groups within the various

disciplines. These subjects are compulsory. During the second

and third specialisation years, the students will register for

individual or group discussions with lecturers, and have an

opportunity to take part in projects.

In the final year, the student will seek two thesis

supervisors to supervise the student in his/her specific

graduate programme. In the course of the year, the final-year

students deliver a lecture on their work. These lectures are

attended by students from all years, providing an opportunity

for discussion between students from the various years.

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Courses offered:

Fine arts

Video/animation/film

New media

Sound

Performance

Art history

Film history

Studium Generale

Practical projects

Ceramics

Ceramics is a specific medium within the autonomous fine arts,

covering a broad and diverse area, ranging from

sculpture/installations/work in public spaces to the design

and production of household objects.

The study programme focuses on autonomous art, design and the

areas where the two overlap. Students are encouraged to

experiment to find and adopt positions between these extremes.

A willingness to work independently will be expected of the

student, together with an interest in the complex technical

process of ceramics. The essence of the supervision is the

development of the student’s expressive capacity: formation of

ideas, technical knowledge and conceptual thinking.

Specific assignments and your own initiative will be used to

create plans for which an appropriate material translation

will be sought. Individual supervision and group discussions

will be used to share knowledge of the medium.

In the second specialisation year, students may complete a

work placement or take part in an exchange programme with an

international artist/workshop/academy in another country.

During the final examination year, the students will

concentrate on producing their own work to be exhibited at the

final examination exhibition. Setting up a theoretical

statement about a self-selected study, resulting in a thesis,

is part of the final examination.

There is also a compulsory programme of theory lessons,

excursions and projects for students in all years. Some of the

lessons are held collectively with Fine Arts students.

Courses offered:

Sculpture/installation

Design

Material research

Concept development

Ceramic techniques

Reproduction techniques

Glaze theory

Art theory

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Art and ceramic history

Thesis

Studium Generale

Work placement

Glass Design

The specialisation Glass Design is unique in the Netherlands.

In this specialisation, students learn to become Autonomous

Glass Designers.

The students are approached individually and encouraged to

develop their own visual language using techniques and

materials they choose themselves. They have the choice of

training to become an Autonomous Visual Artist or to work in

Applied Design.

Besides developing a sense of design, this specialisation also

attaches importance to the knowledge and command of the basic

hot and cold techniques.

Courses offered:

Glass blowing

Glass casting

Techniques

Drawing

Work evaluations

Art history

Thesis

Studium Generale

Image & Language

In the Image and Language department, students learn to draw,

paint, write and work with video, photography and digital

media. They create booklets and installations, prepare

performances and publications, and publish online.

In the first specialisation year, the Image lessons focus on

working with direct and indirect media, manually or by machine,

or a combination of both. In the Language lessons, the

emphasis is on producing short stories, poems or visual poems.

The Animation lessons focus on working with image or language

in motion, using different digital techniques. The Typeface

lessons examine the relation between typography and message.

The specialisation Film naturally combines language and image.

In Art History, the course examines artists who combine image

and language in their work. Interviews and theses are also

included in the course.

Once a year, there is a thematic project. All lecturers focus

on one and the same subject, examining all the possible idioms

of that subject.

In the second specialisation year, the students explore how

design and content can strengthen each other. Various

assignments consider the relation between ‘making something’

and ‘conveying something’.

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The third specialisation year focuses on the final examination.

The first semester concentrates on students designing their

own project, which they then work on and complete in the

second semester. This may be made up of a range of works in

different media or a single major piece of work. It is

possible to choose between a combination of image and language

or artwork with a literary angle.

Students will also write a thesis relating to their own work.

In the Salon is a bookcase and a computer, which may also be

used outside the lessons. Guest performances and special

projects are also held here. The ‘Werklokaal’ is a collective

studio where students can work at any time.

Students also regularly work on projects outside the academy

for institutes or events that focus on visual images or

literary output.

Courses offered:

Image

Language

Animation

Typeface

Film

Art history

Studium Generale

Work evaluations

Practical projects

7.3 Full-time study programme Design

Graphic Design

The objective of the Graphic Design department is to train

students to become autonomous designers who can relate to

current developments in design.

The general aim is to develop an understanding of the role,

purpose and possibilities of design. And more specifically,

the department focuses on teaching students how to organise

and shape information within a social and cultural context.

This can be specified as follows:

- Learning how to address a question or issue.

– Analysing the question and adopting a stance towards it.

Students learn how to take a critical approach to the

content and to take responsibility for their chosen points

of departure. Students enhance and develop their ability to

think in terms of concepts and learn to give form to their

ideas.

- Developing their own visual language, enabling them to make

conscious and effective use of images and text. Analysing,

developing and applying image and language in relation to a

set problem. Students will have extensive opportunities to

explore the various possibilities of expression available to

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them as a designer.This will include the specific

possibilities and applications of a range of media.

- Encouraging discussion and debate.

– Providing a context for in-depth discussion by learning

about the history of design and the latest developments in

the field. Providing theory and information relating to our

field, from a cultural, sociological, philosophical and

rhetoric perspective. Developing a broad cultural and sociopolitical

interest.

- Developing preferences for specific areas within the field:

such as designing printed matter, typefaces or interactive

media.

- By means of critical reflection, students will develop a

personal approach and stance towards the practice of design.

Courses offered:

Design: editorial design, interactive design, typography,

typeface design

Image: photography, drawing, video

Theory: design history and media history

Technique: several printing techniques such as book printing,

silk-screening and offset, digital technique

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Fashion Design – Fashion Context

At the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the fashion specialisation

explores people and fashion in their ever-changing context.

Every new approach forms a challenge for the lecturers. The

department has an open structure and focuses on a student’s

individual abilities. In the first specialisation year, the

foundation is laid for the student’s further study. In the

second specialisation year, the students expand their

knowledge in a more individual programme based on their

individual interests and abilities.

During the study programme, students will also be able to

undertake a work placement.

During the graduation project, attention will be paid to both

the student’s autonomous vision and his/her ability to apply

this in practice.

Courses offered:

Design

Experimental design

Research and concept development

Textile design

Fabric development

Realisation: classical and experimental techniques

Pattern drawing

Moulding and draping

Sewing, knitting and printing techniques

2D visual communication

Model drawing

Fashion drawing

Technical drawing

Art and fashion theory

Studium Generale

Design and collection development

Studium Generale

Fashion theory and thesis

Graduation project

Jewellery design

During the Jewellery design study programme, in addition to

developing a basic knowledge of traditional gold & silver

smithing, students will learn to apply these and other

techniques and individually develop their own visual language.

Students can experiment freely while receiving individual

supervision. This will enable them to develop their own

personal perspective on jewellery. The student’s inspirational

foundation is his/her own cultural baggage.

During the first and part of the second specialisation year,

the student will work primarily on assignments, thus gaining

content-related, formal and technical experience. During the

final examination year, the students will work on a concept

they have chosen themselves, the iconographic, philosophical

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and technical qualities of which will be evaluated by the

public.

The students are supervised by a multidisciplinary team of

lecturers, who also compile the programme. This programme is

supplemented with information from the world of visual art,

architecture, film, fashion, design, and life itself. Another

goal of the study programme is that students learn to present,

explain and account for their work.

Courses offered:

Jewellery design

Visual research

3D design

Gold and silver smithing techniques

Studium Generale

Work evaluations

Practical projects

Profession aspects

DesignLAB

DesignLAB focuses primarily on design research. The design

profession is seen as applied creativity, which can be used in

a wide range of fields; from interior design to care to

environment. The prospective DL designer is flexible and

environment-focused.

During the first specialisation year, students carry out short

assignments to become acquainted with the discipline and learn

the basics regarding conceptualisation and realisation. The

second specialisation year focuses on reflection and

integration: the student will be confronted with complex

design assignments and learn to direct the design process

independently. The student will also learn to deal with the

economic, social, cultural and/or ecological implications of

his/her designs. A two to three-month work placement is a

compulsory part of the study programme. During the final

examination year, students will work on a thesis and on two

final projects: one self-formulated project and one assigned

project.

The department works with assignments that elucidate certain

aspects of the design discipline: the design process itself,

research & experimentation, realisation & production,

communication & representation.

In their daily practice, the lecturers work in several sectors:

industrial design, art in public spaces, exhibition design,

graphic design, strategic design, fine arts.

Courses offered:

Design research

Technical research

Social research

Design critique / design reflection

Visual communication / presentation

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Material, shape, technique

(3D) Drawing

Design research

Technical research

Social research

Design critique / design reflection

Visual communication / presentation

Editorial design (exhibition / publication)

Graduation Project # 1 (self-formulated)

Graduation Project # 2 (collective research assignment)

Studium Generale, Seminars

Work placement (minimum 500 hours)

Textile Tactile Theory (TXT)

In the Textile department – TXT – students learn to become

specialised designers who create two-dimensional and spatial

designs for textile and other materials. The beginning of the

study programme consists of a general introduction to the

techniques and materials, a phase in which experiment plays an

important part. In the course of the study programme, the

emphasis is placed on one specific aspect of textile: students

can opt to specialise in the technological aspects of the

discipline (a); in developing materials for specific

customers/fashion, architecture, interior design (b); or in

the representation of research into textile and its users (c).

A work placement outside the academy is a compulsory part of

the study programme. The TXT department has an exceptionally

well-equipped textile printing and dyeing workshop, knitting

machines and flocking equipment. In addition, there is also a

specialised computer workshop for textiles and a weaving

workshop with computer-controlled weaving looms. Some of the

lessons are held collectively with students from the Rietveld

DesignLAB, and the Fashion and Jewellery design departments.

Courses offered:

Textile design

Knowledge of textile commodities

Material investigations

Weaving/knitting

Concept development

Visual representation

Textile techniques

Product design

General culture view

Studium Generale

Work placement

Architectural design

The specialisation Architectural design trains students to

become independent interior designers.

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The study programme focuses on the design of interior spaces

and the elements in those spaces. There are links with the

whole field of architectural design and the overlapping areas:

urban development, landscape architecture, architecture,

interior design and furniture design.

The study programme is organised in such a way that graduates

may be listed in the Architects’ Register as interior

architects.

During the first specialisation year, the students work on a

wide range of assignments.

The development of spatial understanding, expressive capacity

and conceptual thinking are the focus of this phase. During

the second specialisation year, the student has more freedom

to determine his/her own study programme.

They are will be able to choose where they want the emphasis

to lie during their study, eventually resulting in a selfformulated

project in the final examination year.

A work placement of at least three months is a compulsory

part of the study programme.

Courses offered:

Architecture history - writing essay

Art History – research

Theoretical research

Architectural appreciation

Film

International workshops

CAD-Cam vectorworks/form-z

Form and Colour study

Perspective/Projection drawing

Spatial design/ interior

design/architecture/urbanism/landscape

New Media Applications

Studium Generale

Practical Generale

Material research

Sustainability issues

Work placement

Design on scale variations:

-One to one

-Building

-City

-Landscape

Interdisciplinary/in-between

Different lectures about ‘architecture on the side’

Work placement

Architecture history

Art history

Architectural appreciation

Thesis

2 graduation projects

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7.4 DOGtime (part-time study programme)

On completing the DOGtime propaedeutic phase, students may

choose to follow a study programme in Autonomous Fine Arts or

Design.

7.4.1 DOGtime Autonomous Fine Arts

The DOGtime specialisation Autonomous Fine Arts focuses on

developing students’ expressive capacities, with an emphasis

on thinking and acting as a visual artist. The study programme

trains students to become Autonomous Visual Artists.

In the first year after the propaedeutic phase, the students

work on two projects, each lasting 14 weeks. One project

focuses on the new media and the other on mixed media.

The projects are coordinated by DOGtime lecturers. The

implementation of the projects involves lecturers from several

disciplines of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Together, they

choose which guest lecturers to invite to cooperate with the

projects.

Theory has an important part in the project and the study

programme involves participation in the Studium Generale.

The projects are concluded with a presentation. The half-year

assessments take place during this presentation.

Courses offered:

Digital film

Photography

Performances

Concept & Image

Concept & Painting

Research & Projects

Graphic techniques

Art history

Thesis

Autonomous portfolio

Study excursions

Practical projects

7.4.2 DOGtime Unstable media

This specialisation trains students to become Autonomous

Interactive Designers, which enable them to work as a designer

in such areas as web design, gsm design and interaction design.

The student will learn to be a keen observer who develops

his/her vision and is able to convert it into a communicative

product.

The first phase of the programme investigates the different

techniques in connection with the development of the students’

own solutions and vision. The student learns to define

structures, make choices and to place or shift the emphasis.

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The programme will involve a lot of assignments, which may or

may not be conducted in groups.

During the last phase of the study programme, the student will

undertake a compulsory three-month work placement and work on

his/her final presentation, which will include a portfolio.

Theory has an important part in the curriculum and the study

programme involves participation in the Studium Generale.

Courses offered:

Communication

Interaction design

Animation

Dynamic typography

Choreography: sound & image

Concept development

Technical skills

Projects

Assignments

Unstable Media Theory

New Media & Art

Thesis

Anatomy of presentation

Study excursions

7.5 Student counselling

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie aims to develop talents into

independently working artists and designers. Good individual

supervision is extremely important in this respect. This

supervision is provided primarily by the department lecturers.

In some cases however, a student may need specific supervision.

The academy has set up a student counselling service, which

students can contact if they are getting bogged down.

Mentors

Most departments have mentors. Each group of students has a

lecturer as their designated mentor. The mentor is the first

person the student should contact in the event of (study)

problems and whose job it is to observe and refer. The mentor

can refer the student to the student dean or a coach. In

exceptional cases, the mentor can submit an application for a

special study programme.

In departments that do not have mentors, the coordinator

fulfils this role.

Student dean

Students who are having personal and/or study problems can

contact the student dean. The student dean can offer support

and advice in relation to study skills, such as planning,

learning to communicate and to adopt a reflective approach.

The mentor can also refer a student to other people or bodies

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who could help the student more specifically. Supervision by

the student dean will last as long as is necessary.

The student dean has regular consultation with the coach.

Coaching

Students who get bogged down in terms of their development and

whose lecturer or mentor cannot provide adequate help, can

receive coaching. This coaching is provided in the form of

consultations to discuss the student’s work and help him/her

get back on track. The coach coaches the student on the basis

of the work and his/her attitude towards work. The coaching

ends as soon as the student is out of the rut.

At the beginning of the academic year, the coach will contact

any students who have to retake a year. In the course of the

academic year, students can be referred to the coach by

lecturers or the student dean. The earlier a student is

referred, the greater the chance that he/she will be able to

receive coaching.

There is an appointed coach for the study programme Fine Arts;

we are currently seeking to appoint a coach for the study

programme Design.

Special study programme

In certain cases, it can be desirable for students to follow a

special study programme. Students who have talent but

encounter problems developing them, can receive individual

supervision. This may be provided in the class, but also

outside the class with supervision from lecturers asked

specifically for that student. These lecturers receive

additional payment for the separate supervision.

Students who clearly have difficulties keeping up with the

standard study programme, even with coaching, may be eligible

for a special study programme.

An application for a special study programme is submitted to

the Director of Education by the mentor or, in the case of

smaller departments, by the coordinator in consultation with

the student dean.

Besides supervision by specific lecturers, the student may

also be supervised by the coach and the student dean. If this

is the case, the coach and student dean will maintain

intensive contact with regard to the student.

If an application is honoured, the student dean will draw up

an agreement between the academy and the student, defining the

study programme, who the supervising lecturers will be, when

the assessments will take place, and what the consequences

will be if the student’s development stagnates. The department

coordinator shall be responsible for this procedure. There is

regular consultation with the student dean with regard to the

student’s development.

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The responsibilities of the supervisors

The task of the specific lecturers is to supervise the student

from his/her own perspective; it is the coach’s responsibility

to offer the student general, substantive support; the

responsibility of the student dean is to supervise and support

students with regard to their study skills.

7.6 Compulsory attendance

Compulsory attendance applies during the specialisation phase.

In general, it is not possible to complete the year of study

without adequate lesson attendance. This is determined by the

appropriate lecturers.

7.7 Work placement

As a mandatory element of the study programme Design, the

student will be required to undertake a work placement outside

the academy or to carry out a practical assignment. The work

placement is undertaken at the end of the third year of study,

or the beginning of the fourth, and lasts for three months.

Access to a work placement is only possible with the express

consent of the department coordinator. On the basis of a work

placement plan, the student sets out the objective of his/her

placement and the relevance of the placement to his/her study

development. The work placement is concluded by delivering a

report and a presentation.

A work placement is not mandatory for the other

specialisations but the opportunity is provided. This will

require the express written consent of the department

coordinator.

7.8 Exchange programme with an academy in another country

It is possible, in both the applied and the autonomous arts

departments, to spend a period studying abroad as part of an

exchange programme with an academy in another country.

Exchange is only possible in consultation with the exchange

coordinator.

An exchange period requires the express written consent of the

department coordinator.

7.8.1 Exchange period/placement within the Gerrit Rietveld Academie

It is also possible to spend up to six months studying at

different department within the academy. This is only possible

in consultation with the coordinator of the student’s own

department and the coordinator of the receiving department.

Upon return, the student is to render an account of the

placement/exchange period in accordance with the appropriate

assessment criteria.

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7.9 Exchange students from another country

Students from an academy in another country participating in

an exchange programme will, for the duration of their exchange

period, be based at the department to which they have been

accepted. During their exchange period, they will be entitled

to study supervision and to use the academy facilities. The

department at which the student follows the exchange programme

is responsible for student’s introduction at the department

and for a lecturer supervising the student.

During the exchange period, the students will be obliged to

attend the lessons and to take part in the assessment. If the

result of the assessment is positive, the student can obtain a

certificate to that effect.

An extension of an exchange period is only possible with the

express written consent of the department coordinator.

7.10 Business aspects of professional practice

The academy considers it important that the students are

prepared for the business aspects of professional practice.

From the first year in the specialisation phase, the students

are therefore offered a programme that focuses on professional

practice. This programme is provided partly in the extra

(curricular) programme and partly at the department itself.

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7.11 Credits full-time specialisation phase

2 nd year of full-time study

subject-specific components

projects

development of an individual visual language

theory

1 st semester 30 ECTS

2 nd semester 30 ECTS

3 rd year of full-time study

subject-specific components

projects

development of an individual visual language

exchange/work placement

theory

1 st semester 30 ECTS

2 nd semester 30 ECTS

4 th year of full-time study

subject-specific components

work placement

development of an individual visual language

30 ECTS

examination work and presentation

theoretical work

30 ECTS

For all years of study: progression to the following year of

study is possible only if the assessment in the 2 nd semester is

satisfactory, and 60 ECTS hence obtained.

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8. EXAMINATIONS

8.1 Interim examinations

There are two interim examinations (assessments) per academic

year. For this assessment, the student presents to the

assessment committee the work he/she has produced in the

preceding period. The assessment committee is made up of the

supervising lecturers.

The assessments consider the visual capacity, commitment,

presentation, technical aspects, development, communication in

relation to the work and the student’s ability to reflect on

and analyse his/her work. The results of the assessment and

any additional comments and agreements are recorded in writing.

The student will receive a copy of this. The written

assessments are also forwarded to the Student Administration

Office.

8.1.1 Dispensation

Dispensation from certain units of study is only possible with

the express (written) consent of the Department Coordinator.

Applications for dispensation are to be submitted in writing,

enclosing the relevant supporting documents, to the department

coordinator.

8.1.2 Interim theory examinations

The theory is assessed in accordance with the departmentspecific

criteria.

8.2 Interim examinations for disabled students

Disabled students may take an (interim) examination adjusted

to their disability.

The student and the coordinator agree upon arrangements

regarding an appropriate study programme and the related

examinations and assessments. These agreements are laid down

in writing and regularly evaluated and amended.

8.3 Result/access

Students will receive a written report of an assessment within

four weeks of the assessment. This report will also be

accessible to the student concerned at the Student

Administration Office.

If the assessment after the 1 st semester is doubtful, the

student will be given the benefit of the doubt. This means

that the student will be awarded the number of credits that is

equivalent to a satisfactory assessment.

8.4 Repeat assessments

A student who was unable to attend an assessment will only be

permitted to make up for this if there was a valid reason for

his/her absence. This reason will be deemed valid if the

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student was absent due to circumstances beyond his/her control,

at the discretion of the department coordinator. In the event

of illness, the student will be required to provide a

statement from the attending doctor.

A student who failed an assessment in the first semester, will

be permitted to repeat this by taking the assessment in the

second semester.

A student who fails an assessment in the second semester will

not progress to the next year of study.

In exceptional cases, a student will be permitted to repeat

the final assessment in the first semester of the next year of

study (provisional promotion). This is only possible with the

express written consent of the department coordinator, which

clearly sets out the criteria to be met by the student must

for the promotion to become final.

8.6 Validity of credits

The credits obtained in an academic year concluded with a

failed assessment will become invalid.

In the event of a study programme that has been interrupted

for more than a year, the Admissions Committee shall determine

whether the credit points obtained remain valid.

The Examining Board is entitled to extend the validity of

successfully completed assessments.

8.7 Promotion requirements

Students will only be permitted to progress to the next year

of study if they have passed the 2 nd semester assessment.

8.8 Changing specialisation

Completion of the propaedeutic phase entitles students to

study in one of the fields of specialisation the academy

offers. Within the first few months of the first

specialisation year, students sometimes realise they have made

the wrong choice. These students will be permitted to switch

to a different department. Departments may only refuse

students if there is insufficient capacity. In this case, the

dean, and possibly the Executive Board, will consult with the

student concerned to seek a solution.

A. Students wanting to switch to a different department may do

so either within in the first month of the academic year or

after the first assessment.

B. Students entering a new department do so provisionally; at

the end of the academic year, it will be determined whether

the student may progress to the next year of study, or that

he/she is required to repeat the year, or that he/she is

advised to discontinue the study.

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C. Students wishing to switch after the first assessment will

only be entitled to switch to a different department if that

assessment was satisfactory. If the student has not yet

taken or has failed the assessment, the decision of whether

to permit the student to switch will be at the discretion of

the department the student wishes to switch to.

8.8.1 Switching from full-time to part-time and vice versa

Switching from full-time to part-time and from part-time to

full-time is only permitted in consultation with the

coordinators of both departments.

8.9 Monitoring, registration and storage of student progress

Pursuant to Art. 7.9a and 7.9b of the Act, the academy

registers the credits obtained by students and issues them a

written statement of this by 1 November of the following

academic year at the latest.

The academy keeps the registration of a student’s academic

achievements for a period of 10 years.

8.10 Final examination

The final examination is conducted by a committee of examiners

made up of the lecturers who supervised the student during

his/her last year of study and one or two external examiners.

The committee elects one of its members as chair. Committee

decisions will be taken on the basis of a majority vote. If

the votes are equally divided, the Chair’s vote will be

decisive. The final examination may only be held if the

following requirements are met:

8.10.1 Admission criteria for final examinations

Students wishing to take a final examination must meet the

following criteria:

Progression from the penultimate year to the final year of

study.

The successful conclusion of the Seminar in the second year

of study or dispensation from the Seminar.

The successful conclusion of the work placement, if

compulsory.

The submission of a theoretical work.

The student is required to have made sufficient progress

during the final year of study, such to be substantiated by

a satisfactory assessment at the end of the first semester

of the final year.

The student must have been given the ‘green light’ during or

after the first assessment.

Should the student fail the (‘green-light’) assessment they

must be notified of such in writing by 15 March!

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Repeating the first assessment

If a student fails the first assessment, he/she will be able

to repeat the assessment as follows:





The student takes a repeat assessment at the end of the

current academic year.

If the student passes the repeat assessment, he/she will

sit the final examination in the December of the

following academic year.

During the second semester of the current academic year,

the student will be supervised by the same lecturers as

during the first semester; from the September of the

following year, the student will be supervised by the

lecturers then teaching the final year students.

The final examination exhibition is held at the academy,

depending on the number of students concerned, either in

the gymnasium, the pavilion or the exhibition area in the

new building.

Examination

The study programme is concluded with a public exhibition of

the student’s work. The work displayed at this exhibition must

at least include the examination project defined in

consultation with the supervising lecturers, possibly

supplemented with work produced at earlier stages of the study

programme. This exhibition takes place, in principle, at the

end of the academic year. Alternative arrangements may be

mutually agreed upon.

Repeat examination

A student who has failed an examination will be entitled to

take a repeat examination. This will be taken in consultation

with the department coordinator and the supervising lecturers.

8.11 Certificate/Diploma

Students who pass the final examination will be awarded the

Gerrit Rietveld Academie diploma together with the Diploma

Supplement specifying the study programme and specialisation.

8.11.1 Title

All students graduating since 1 September 2002 have obtained a

Bachelor’s degree. Fine Arts graduates may consequently use

the title BFA and Design graduates may use the title BDes.

8.11.2 Graduating cum laude

Should an examining committee be of the unanimous opinion that

a student may graduate cum laude, they will notify the

Executive Board accordingly, in consultation with the

department coordinator.

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8.12 Certificate

Students who prematurely end their studies after passing their

propaedeutic examination will be entitled to the Gerrit

Rietveld Academie certificate. This certificate will at least

specify the study programme concerned, the number of years of

study completed, the credits obtained and the curriculum.

8.13 Master’s degree programmes

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie offers Master’s degree programmes

in the following fields:

- Fine Arts

- Design

- Applied Arts

The Master’s degree programmes are provided by the Sandberg

Institute.

Graduates seeking admission to a Master’s degree programme

will be required to take an entrance examination. For more

information on the Sandberg Institute visit: www.sandberg.nl.

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9. STUDENT RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

9.1 Registration of personal data

Every student is entitled to access his/her personal data as

registered in the GRA administration. Personal data will not

be issued to any third party without the prior written consent

of the student concerned.

A copy of the Personal Data Protection Regulation is available

for reference at the library.

The names of lecturers and students are listed at the Gerrit

Rietveld Academie website. That way, visitors gain access to

work placed on the website by students and lecturers. Students

who object to being listed at the website can notify the

webmaster (webmaster@rietveldacademie.nl).

9.2 Student rights

A student who has been admitted to the GRA and has fulfilled

the appropriate financial commitment will be registered for

either the study programme Autonomous Fine Arts or the study

programme Design.

A registered student shall have the following rights:

participation in the study programme within the

specialisation to which the registration applies;

participation in the general programme of the Studium

Generale;

participation in the general programme of the drawing and

painting lessons (Drawing Lab) and the Practicum Generale;

supervision from lecturers;

the use of the facilities of the department at which the

student is studying;

access to the library, general workshops, equipment loan

pool;

access to and use of the student facilities such as the

services of the Dean’s office and the Student Administration

Office.

The arrangements in respect of each of the aforementioned

student rights have been laid down separately in writing.

Students are to acquaint themselves in advance with these

arrangements.

The regulations that apply for each specialisation may differ.

The department coordinator is responsible for each student

being issued a copy of the department regulations at the

beginning of his/her study programme.

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9.3 Student obligations

Registering as a student will always give rise to the

following obligations:

participate in the tuition insofar as set out in the

specialisation study programmes;

appropriate behaviour in the buildings and premises of the

GRA in accordance with Chapter 11 of the Students’ Charter.

10. PROTECTION OF STUDENT RIGHTS

10.1 Dispute procedures

The policy aims for any disputes to be resolved by the persons

concerned wherever possible. This means that the persons

concerned (students and lecturers) first endeavour to resolve

the situation in a way that is satisfactory to all parties.

The student dean could play a mediating role in this. If no

satisfactory solution is found, the Executive Board will

investigate the matter or have the matter investigated and

give a decision. The student may appeal to the appointed Board

if he/she continues to oppose the decision taken.

10.2 Objections and appeals

For every decision taken by the academy in respect of which

the law provides for an appeal procedure, the applicable

objection and appeal procedure must be specified together with

the applicable time within which objection and/or appeal is to

be lodged.

The objection and appeal procedure can be summarised as

follows:

In respect of decisions relating to study progress: appeal

directly to Cobex.

In respect of decisions relating to an objection procedure

as provided in Article 7.66 of the Act (see also 10.4).

The notice of objection should be addressed to the body that

made the decision and is to be submitted to the Executive

Board within six weeks. An appeal against a decision made by

the Executive Board (a notice of appeal) may be lodged,

within six weeks, with the Appeals Tribunal for Higher

Education.

Te academy has an advisory panel (pursuant to Art. 7:13 of

the Dutch General Administrative Law Act) that deals with

the notices of objection directly related to Art. 7.6 of the

Act. The panel shall advise the Executive Board within a

period of ten weeks. The Executive Board will subsequently

make a decision on the objection. If the objection is

disallowed, the student may appeal to the Appeals Tribunal

for Higher Education.

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Appeal against decisions that do not fall within the scope

of the aforementioned boards is only possible through the

courts.

10.3 Examination Appeals Board

An Examination Appeals Board (Cobex) is affiliated to the

academy. The duties of Cobex are laid down in the rules of

procedure, which are available for reference at the library

and the dean’s office.

A student may lodge an appeal with the Examination Appeals

Board against:

• decisions of examining boards and examiners

• decisions in respect of a binding advice to discontinue the

study programme

• decisions regarding the number of credits obtained

• Decisions relating to admission to examinations

• Refusal to make a decision

All decisions in relation to the student’s progress are, in

principle, open to appeal.

The appeal should be lodged in writing within four weeks of

the written notification of the decision. If the appeal is

lodged by post, the postmark date will count as lodging date.

Appeals not lodged within this period of time may be

disallowed.

Pursuant to the provisions of the law and of its own rules of

procedure, the Examination Appeals Board shall investigate the

case and reach a decision. This decision shall be binding.

Address:

College van Beroep voor de examens voor de Gerrit Rietveld

Academie en de Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Kamer

Gerrit Rietveld Academie

p/a Fred. Roeskestraat 96

1076 ED Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)20-5711666

E-mail: sjongejan@grac.nl

10.4 Appeals Tribunal for Higher Education

The Appeals Tribunal for Higher Education deals with any

appeals lodged against decisions made by the academy, in

particular in respect of those laid down in Art. 7.66 of the

Act. These may relate to the following matters, among other

things:

admission requirements

student enrolment

cancellation of enrolment due to illness or special family

circumstances

payment, exemption, reduction or refund of tuition fee

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financial support from the graduation fund

the provision of a statement that the certificate in respect

of an examination pass may be awarded

termination/cancellation of a study programme by the Academy

and the possibility to still complete the study programme

This Board also deals with any appeals against measures taken

by the academy against the student, in respect of the

Academy’s house rules. The fee charged for lodging an appeal

is €38 (legal charges).

No appeal is possible against the decision of the Appeals

Tribunal for Higher Education.

The duties of the Appeals Tribunal for Higher Education are

laid down in the rules of procedure, which are available for

reference at the library and the dean’s office.

Address:

College van Beroep voor het Hoger Onderwijs

Postbus 20302

2500 EH Den Haag

Tel: +31 (0)70-3813044

E-mail: CBHO@sgrarr.drp.minjus.nl

10.5 Complaints procedure undesirable behaviour

The GRA has a complaints procedure regarding undesirable

behaviour. This procedure shall apply to all students and

personnel of the GRA. The procedure relates to any cases of

harassment, sexual and verbal intimidation, aggression and

violence that the other party considers undesirable.

The Executive Board has appointed two confidential counsellors.

The student dean for the students and an employee for the

personnel. Together with these confidential counsellors, who

observe confidentiality and discretion and are independent

contact persons, the person concerned can decide whether it

would be advisable to lodge a complaint.

In the event of a complaint, attempts will initially be made

to reach a settlement. In order to explore the possibilities

in this respect, the Executive Board, or the Remuneration

Committee of the Supervisory Board should the complaint relate

to a member of the Executive Board, will hear both the

complainant and the defendant. If this does not lead to a

satisfactory solution, the complainant may appeal to the

National Complaints Committee for Higher Professional

Education. This procedure is available from the confidential

counsellor and is available for reference at the library.

10.6 Complaints and disputes procedure

The complaints and disputes procedure relates to issues for

which there is no other formal objection, appeal or complaints

procedure, such as the Higher Education and Research Act, the

General Administrative Law Act, or procedures adopted by the

Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

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Moreover, this complaints and disputes procedure relates to

the acts or decisions of bodies, personnel or students of the

academy that directly affect the interests of the person

concerned.

The dean is to be consulted before a complaint is lodged. If

the dean considers there is a possibility of such, he/she will

endeavour to mediate between the parties.

If such mediation is not possible, the complainant should

lodge a written complaint addressed to the Executive Board.

The Executive Board will submit the complaint to the

Complaints and Disputes Committee. This Committee is made up

of one member of staff, one student and an independent dean.

The committee will investigate the complaint and reach a

decision within three weeks. The Executive Board will

subsequently base its decision on the Committee’s decision.

This complaints and disputes procedure is available from the

confidential counsellor and is available for reference at the

library.

10.7 Study and disability

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie shall make every effort – within

reason - to give a student with a functional disability the

same chance of a successful course of study as students

without a disability.

Students who, at the beginning of their studies, have a

chronic illness or disability, which they expect will impede

their study progress, should contact the student dean.

Together they will examine what adjustments could be made to

remove the impediment.

Students who develop a chronic illness or disability during

the course of their studies should contact the student dean as

soon as possible, so that the necessary adjustments can be

made to prevent them from falling behind with their studies

where possible.

The study and disability scheme applies to such cases. This

scheme is available from the confidential counsellor and is

available for reference at the library.

11. PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING

11.1 Participation regulation and subjects

The law requires that every University of Applied Sciences has

a participation council (PC). The PC is a participation body

made up of representatives of both the personnel and the

students. These representatives may concern themselves with

and advise the Executive Board on any matters relating to the

academy. In certain cases, the PC also has right of consent,

which means that the PC must approve certain decisions before

they can be implemented.

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For its part, the Executive Board may ask the PC to advise on

certain matters or to exercise its right of consent.

The procedure and powers of the PC are laid down in the PC

regulation. This regulation is available for reference at the

library and on request from the secretary of the PC at

MR@grac.nl.

11.2 Study Programme Advisory Committee

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie has a joint Study Programme

Advisory Committee for the study programmes Autonomous Fine

Arts and Design. This committee has the task of:

advising on the Education and Examination Regulations

annually assessing the implementation of the Education and

Examination Regulations

advising the Executive Board and the Participation Council,

on request or otherwise, on matters concerning education.

The Study Programme Advisory Committee has six members, three

students and three lecturers elected by the PC.

The procedure and powers of the Study Programme Advisory

Committee are laid down in a regulation. This regulation is

available for reference at the library and on request from the

secretary of the PC at MR@grac.nl.

12. STUDENT FACILITIES

12.1 Student Dean

A student dean is affiliated to the GRA. The dean has an

independent role within the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The

dean’s office promotes the interests of Academy students in

the broadest sense of the word. The dean offers students

information and support, and also has the task of advising,

supervising, and sometimes referring students.

12.2 Berlage Fund

The academy fund is a facility, on a moderate financial scale,

intended for GRA students. The Fund’s money benefits the

student population both directly and indirectly.

Each year, €5,000 is made available for final examination

projects.

The student dean has an amount from the school fund at her

disposal, which she can use to provide a small amount of

financial support to individual students. Students can also

arrange small (interest-free) loans through the Berlage Fund

for unexpected expenses. Such requests are assessed in

consultation with the Accounts Department and the dean.

All lecturers, employees and students are asked to make an

annual voluntary contribution to maintain the fund.

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12.3 The Au GRAtin foundation

This foundation enables students to carry out incidental or

minor work at the GRA. The students are remunerated for their

work. Students wishing to work in a fixed pool for one or more

mornings, afternoons or evenings a week are employed by the

foundation.

12.4 Student facilities

Students have the use of the following material facilities:

the library, canteen, workplaces, equipment loan pool,

department workshops, wood and metal workshops, silk-screen

printing room, graphics workshop and computer workshop.

Separate house rules apply to the use of most of these

facilities, which will be explained to the student beforehand.

a. Library

The library is for the use of students and lecturers of the

Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Institute. It has

been located on the ground floor of the new building since

mid-2007.

There are approx. 8,000 titles in an open set-up. The purpose

of the book collection is to have the most elementary

information on fine arts and design ‘within reach’.

With its magazine collection and catalogues, the library aims

to provide the very latest information in the field of art.

The collection includes such categories as: philosophy, art

history and various visual arts and design disciplines, as

well as photography, architecture, applied arts, artists’

studies, catalogues and periodicals.

The standard borrowing period is 1 day. (Longer borrowing

periods and more specific books are available at various other

libraries in Amsterdam).

Finally, the library has a reading table and six workstations

for students. Two computers and an AirPort provide access to

the student network and the Internet.

b. Department workshops

Certain departments at the GRA have workshops designated to

that department. The workshops are managed by workshop

managers. Different rules and opening hours apply for each

workshop. Students who are registered at a department with a

specifically designated workshop are permitted to use that

workshop. Students from other departments wishing to use the

department workshops will require the prior consent of the

workshop manager.

An overview of the workshops can be found on the website.

c. General workshops

In addition to the designated department workshops, there are

also general workshops that all GRA students are permitted to

use. A student wishing to realise a project in the workshop

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should discuss the plans beforehand with the workshop manager

and the lecturer concerned.

d. Academy space

Students may also use the so-called ‘Academy spaces’ during

opening hours of the buildings in Fred Roeskestraat.

The Executive Board determines the allocation of the Academy

spaces among the various departments.

The department coordinator allocates the Academy space to a

student for a certain period of time and the coordinator may

also determine that the space is to be shared during the week

with another student from a different department or a different

study year.

The allocation within the departments applies for the current

academic year only; Academy spaces are reallocated every year.

The coordinator is also the person responsible for allocating

the Academy space during the course of the academic year.

Upon allocation of Academy space, the student signs a contract

with which he/she agrees to the obligations and conditions

imposed in the contract. The student will also be required to

provide a copy of his/her personal liability insurance policy.

12.5 Information provision for students

Student Affairs supplies students with general information of

an administrative and organisational nature by means of a

periodically published electronic newsletter. Information for

specific groups and/or individuals is additionally distributed

by e-mail or post.

Information on the course programme and departmental

activities is distributed by the department in whichever way

it sees fit.

Students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie are also subscribed

on enrolment to a news service provided by the academy

(Tractaat). This channel is used to provide information

relevant to the course about exhibitions and events. Students

can always cancel the subscription to the service if they do

not wish to receive this information.

Students must inform the administration department of any

changes of (electronic) address.

13. HOUSE RULES

Every member of the academy is expected to behave responsibly

towards each other and the environment. This also applies to

the use of the buildings and the facilities. Rules and

instructions may be given both verbally and in writing by the

authorised staff (Facility Services, e.g. the caretakers)and

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workshop managers. Sanctions will be imposed in the event of

abuse or negligence. The procedure is as follows:

– Students who do not behave responsibly will be approached

about their conduct.

– In the event of a second occurrence, the matter will be

reported to the Head of Facility Services.

– If the undesirable behaviour occurs a third time, the

Executive Board will issue an official warning and the

student may be denied access to the buildings and

surrounding area for a certain period of time. Such a

measure will not be taken until the student has been asked

for an explanation.

– Should the student react to a staff warning with verbal or

physical violence, the incident will be reported to the

Executive Board immediately, which will result in a formal

warning or even immediate suspension.

The student may lodge an appeal against the above measure with

the Appeals Tribunal for Higher Education within six weeks of

notification of the decision.

13.1 Buildings and contents

13.1.1 Opening hours

Besides tuition, the student is also entitled to access the

buildings and premises of the academy on the set days and

within the set hours.

The buildings are open from Monday to Thursday from 8.30

(agreed access control) to 21.45, on Fridays from 8.00 to

18.00 hrs and on Saturdays from 12.00 to 17.00.

Exceptions can be made for openings, events and assessments.

Requests for this should be submitted in advance to the Head

of Facility Services.

Lesson times are:

9.00 – 12.30

13.30 – 17.00

18.45 – 21.45

It is not possible to work outside these opening hours. In

exceptional cases, it is possible to work in the workshops

within the general opening hours but outside the opening hours

of the workshops. This is only possible with the written

consent of the workshop manager.

13.1.2 Management and use

Students are obliged to behave in accordance with the

instructions of the personnel responsible for the safety,

management, and care for order and cleanliness of the

buildings and premises. The following rules apply in this

respect:

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General

Treat the academy buildings with due care.

Buildings, equipment and facilities are to be used in

accordance with their intended purpose. Damage to and/or

improper use of the building and/or its contents is not

allowed: walls, curtains, doors, blinds, lights, floors,

display cases, building installations and other

facilities must not be removed and/or painted, or have

graffiti, stickers or posters applied, and must be left

intact. Drilling and/or nailing in floors, ceilings, wall

units and/or walls is not allowed. Any damage resulting

from the misuse or otherwise improper use by a student of

the building and/or furniture will be recovered from the

student concerned.

Faults or defects to the building or facilities can be

reported verbally to reception or by email to

gebouwen@grac.nl.

Requests for adjustments to the building are to be

submitted through the department coordinator, addressed

to the Head of Facility Services.

It is not allowed to stick anything whatsoever on or in

the toilets or the lifts of the academy buildings or in

the stairwells of the new building and the main building

for reasons of fire safety.

The following rules apply for student workplaces: switch

off the lights, close the windows and turn off the

heating before leaving. Do not leave any food/crumbs.

Eating and drinking is allowed in the workshops in

connection with the delicate equipment and the use of

chemicals.

Cleaning/waste disposal

Throughout the academic year, the public areas, sanitary

fittings, general classrooms and ICT workstations are

cleaned by an (external) cleaning service. Students

should put the classroom bins in the corridor to be

emptied. Department-specific areas and workshops are

cleaned during the Christmas and summer periods. During

the academic year, the users are expected to tidy and

clean these areas themselves. Students who have their own

workplace are to clean these themselves. In general, the

following rules apply: any materials brought in must also

be removed or disposed of.

All waste brought onto the premises by the student must

also be disposed of by the student in the appropriate

containers in the grounds. Any bulky/specific waste

brought in by a student, must also be removed by the

student and taken, at his/her own expense, to the

appropriate municipal dump. The costs of the academy

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having furniture and suchlike removed, which had been

brought onto the premises by a student, will be charged

to the student.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in all academy buildings. In the event

that failure to observe the general smoking ban leads to a

penalty for the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, this will always be

recovered from the smoker.

Lockers

There are lockers in the main building for the safe storage of

pieces of work or personal property.

These lockers can be hired from the caretaker.

Parking

No parking is allowed on the premises.

Loading and unloading is permitted by agreement with the

caretaker.

13.2 Equipment and facilities

Students using equipment, objects and facilities belonging to

the academy are to observe due care. The following shall also

apply:

Use of the general classrooms in the buildings is

allocated to lecturers and students by reservations.

Appropriate facilities (digital projector etc.) have been

installed in these classrooms. Classrooms can only be

booked through reserveringen@grac.nl.

Any faults or defects to the facilities should be

reported to the reception or by email to gebouwen@grac.nl.

Requests to purchase facilities can only be submitted

through the department coordinator, addressed to the Head

of Facility Services.

Various (peripheral) equipment can be borrowed from the

caretaker; borrowers will be required to leave their ID

with the caretaker.

In the canteen are three computers, which may be used for

surfing and emailing. Surfing and emailing is not allowed

in the ICT workshops.

13.3 Liability

Students are responsible for their own pieces of work and

property inside the GRA buildings. The GRA foundation cannot

be held responsible and liable for any damage to and/or theft

or loss of any work and/or other property due to any cause

whatsoever.

The academy will inform students promptly (at least one week

beforehand) of any clearing, removal or cleaning activities in

the appropriate storage or working areas. This notification

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will be given through the department coordinator, the

caretaker and/or notices. Work belonging to students must

never be left in general areas, escape routes or emergency

assembly areas and will always be removed and disposed of,

without prior notice.

The Executive Board can hold students liable for any

intentional or unintentional damage to or loss of academy

property and belongings and/or any property of any third party

(temporarily or permanently) in the buildings or grounds of

the academy, which the academy has a duty to maintain (rented

equipment, property of utility companies etc.).

Every student is obliged to hold personal liability insurance.

In the event that, in exceptional situations and only with the

prior written consent of the Executive Board, students are

working outside the normal opening hours of the academy and

without the attendance of a workshop assistant or lecturer,

the academy cannot accept responsibility for the student’s

safety. The academy can therefore not be held liable.

13.4 Health, safety and environment

The GRA has an HSE policy. The objective of this policy is to

optimise the studying and working conditions of students and

personnel with respect to health, safety, and environment.

This means that specific regulations for the use of personal

protection equipment must be observed. Other regulations in

the interests of health and the environment must also be

observed.

Any accidents must be reported to reception and will be

registered by the Personnel Assistant.

General safety

The student is obliged to observe the safety regulations. With

regard to general safety, these are as follows:

Corridors, stairwells and emergency exits must be freely

accessible at all times (with a view to escape routes and

fire safety). Working in these areas and other emergency

assembly areas is prohibited.

All emergency exits have ‘panic locks’. The emergency

exits must remain freely accessible at all times and may

only be used in an emergency.

Fire extinguishing equipment must remain freely

accessible at all times and must not be moved.

No hazardous substances are allowed in the academy

buildings.

No possible sources of fire (electronic heaters, hobs,

paint burners etc.) are to be used without supervision.

In the event of an emergency, all instructions of the

academy’s Emergency Response Team (BHV) must be followed.

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Personal safety

Do not undertake any activities that might endanger your own

health and/or safety or that of others.

All regulations on the use of personal protection equipment

and all health regulations must be observed.

With a view to the harmful effects for the users and anyone

near them, the use of hazardous/irritant substances in the

buildings and grounds of the academy is prohibited(asbestos,

polyester, solvent paints and glues, aerosols, polyurethane

etc.). Although a spray booth is available to work with

solvents and hazardous substances (e.g. epoxy),

environmentally friendly alternatives are to be preferred. If

there is any doubt, contact the workshop manager, the Facility

Services and Occupational Health & Safety coordinator, or Bert

de Waard.

Any accidents must be reported to reception.

RSI

RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is a complaint that can be very

difficult to cure. It can ruin your future. Follow the

instructions given by workshop assistants and lecturers in

respect of RSI.

RSI can be prevented by:

Taking regular breaks;

Avoiding working under stress;

Using hotkeys;

Good posture during computer work.

More detailed information is available in the computer

workshops.

Environment

The GRA has an environmental licence. Inspections are

conducted regularly. Disregard for the environment could

result in the licence being revoked.

The instructions given by the workshop managers and caretakers

with respect to the environment must therefore be observed.

Anyone wishing to undertake environment-impacting activities

is asked to restrict this to a minimum.

Work in accordance with the regulations set out in ‘Materiaal

in de Beeldende Kunst’ (Materials in Fine Art), which can be

downloaded from www.gerritrietveldacademie.nl/milieu/index.htm.

Follow the instructions on the product packaging and in the

safety sheets in the workshops. A book of chemistry safety

cards is available for reference in the library. This contains

the instructions and regulations for the use of all kinds of

materials and substances.

Chemical/physical waste may not be rinsed down the drains of

washbasins or toilets. This means that:

Brushes used for watercolours must be cleaned in the

washing troughs in the corridors.

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Chemical waste must be deposited in the appropriate

containers.

Working with solvent paints is not allowed; for the

options of working with oil paints, contact Bert de Waard

or the Occupational Health & Safety coordinator.

Working with gypsum (plaster of Paris) and cement is not

allowed in the buildings (the plaster workshop may be used by

agreement). Outside in the courtyard are special containers

for gypsum and cement waste.

It is forbidden to bring any hazardous and/or health-risk

substances into the buildings or grounds.

14. MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

14.1 Information for students

The Executive Board shall ensure that all current rules,

regulations and decisions within the academy are adequately

publicised and available.

14.2 Year planning and holidays

In accordance with the Act, the academic year will be from 1

September until 31 August of the following year. The year will

comprise at least 200 teaching days and is divided into two

semesters. The first semester is from 1 September to 1

February and the second semester is from 1 February to 1 July.

A teaching day is a day on which the student has access to the

academy.

14.3 Determination of non-teaching periods

The Executive Board determines annually the periods during

which there will be no teaching and no examinations.

This information will be provided to all students at the

beginning of the academic year.

14.4 University expenses

Besides the tuition fee, additional material, equipment and

study expenses should be taken into account, which will amount

to approximately €700 - €1,000 per year. This amount can vary

greatly for each department.

Material and study expenses include:

- Cost of drawing and painting materials, wood, photographic

paper, photographic equipment etc. Certain products are

available from the academy at reduced prices.

- Excursion costs. These expenses will be kept as low as

possible.

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14.5 Financial scheme for students

The GRA has a financial support facility for students: the

graduation fund. In certain defined cases, students may be

eligible for financial support from the graduation fund. The

application procedure and specific conditions are set out in

the graduation fund regulations. These regulations are

available for reference at the library. Applications for the

graduation fund are to be submitted through the student dean.

15. FINAL PROVISIONS

15.1 Adoption and amendment

This Charter and any amendment thereof shall be adopted by the

Executive Board upon approval by the PC.

15.2 Unforeseen situations

The Executive Board shall decide in any situations not

provided for in this Charter.

15.3 Entry into force and short title

The provisions of this Charter shall enter into force on the

day after the adoption or amendment thereof by the Executive

Board. The Charter may be referred to as Students’ Charter

Fine Arts and Design GRA.

September 2009

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APPENDIX

COMPETENCIES DEGREE COURSES VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN GERRIT RIETVELD

ACADEMY

VISUAL ARTS

The following degree courses fall under the Visual Arts course

program:

- Visual Arts

- Photography

- Audio visual

- Theatre Design

- Glass Design

- Ceramic Design

The competencies of a graduate student of the Visual Arts degree

course are:

1. Creative ability

The student is able to create authentic visual works of art that

emerge from his/her own artistic vision and makes a contribution to

the fulfilment of a personal ambition as a visual artist

the student:

- creates images that represent a personal vision or subject

matter in a to him or her specific fashion and communicates

this to the public

- converts his or her artistic vision into visual work using the

appropriate media

- transforms investigations, experiments and contemplations of

knowledge, intuitions, impressions and emotions into visual

work

- shows insight in the way in which images, forms, materials,

proportions and colors evoke emotions and communicate a certain

meaning

- demonstrates insight into the effects of the techniques used

- uses a method in which experiences with the chosen materials or

media can be used to make a better work of art

2. The ability of critical reflection

The student is able to observe his own work and that of others, to

analyze, interpret and evaluate it

the student:

- evaluates his/her own work on its artistic merits and the

effect it creates

- evaluates his/her own working method and oversees implications

of choices and decisions and can justify these afterwards

- will study in depth:

- art history and art- and artists' theories ( in relation to a

cultural and social context)

- different visions on and approaches of the visual arts as a

profession (art-, and artists' theories), from a historical

point of view as well as from a contemporary point of view

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- philosophical insights (especially from an ethic and an

aesthetic point of view) that might be important aspects of

knowledge for a visual artist

- reflects on the boundaries and possibilities of the profession

and on his/her own

vision, position, special skills

and technical capacities

- selects knowledge and information on the relevancy of his or

her artistic work

3. The ability to grow and rejuvenate

The student develops and gains more in-depth knowledge of his or her

artistry all the time

the student:

- demonstrates the ambition to excel

- demonstrates a critical, investigating attitude and uses his

conclusions to the advantage of a further development of an

oeuvre and of his/her position in the professional field

- has begun to develop a personal artistic vision and

demonstrates the will to develop this vision further

- shows the ability to handle critical comments of others

constructively

- is open to new insights and skills, for instance with regard to

techniques, materials, public approach and the professional

interpretation

4. Organizing skills

The student can make an inspiring and functional working situation

for him/herself and keep it that way

the student:

- oversees the aspects of being a professional artist that are

necessary to achieve a fertile balance between artistic and

stimulating activities

- has made a beginning with the development of his own working

process

- documents and files the work made

- shows he/she is aware of the fact that in order to be able to

work as a professional artist in the long term, it is necessary

to make professional arrangements

5. Communication skills

The student can present and elaborate on his or her artistic vision.

the student:

- demonstrates the ambition to acquaint the public with his/her

own work

- presents his/her own work adequately

- uses oral and written skills to elaborate on his/her own work

- is able to make contacts that are relevant to set up a network

and knows how to maintain this network

- shows that he/she is able to negotiate on organisatorial,

financial and all aspects as regards content that are necessary

for his or her professional practice

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6. Relation between the student and the public

The student is capable to see connections between his/her own work

and that of others and between his/her own work and the public.

- the student:

- relates his/her own work to that of other artists (from the

past and present)

- compares his/her intentions with the perception of the public

- finds connections between visual arts and other art disciplines

- makes use of many different cultural and social sources for

inspiration and can point them out in his/her own work and name

them

- proves to have an overview of the market and the publicity

media

- has views on the function and place of the visual arts in

society

- gives constructive critical comments

7. The ability to cooperate

The student is able, if required, to give an independent artistic

contribution when working on a collective product or process

- the student:

- shows that he or she is capable to reach his/her own artistic

goals in tune with other people

- he or she is capable to use his/her own skills in a cooperation,

when the chosen professional position requires this

- shows that he or she is capable to show understanding, respect

and appreciation for the different responsibilities and

interests of the others when working in a group with which

he/she has to cooperate

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DESIGN

The degree course Design can be classified in three main subjects

- Visual Communication

- Product Design

- Spatial Design

The competencies a graduate student should possess are

1. Creative ability

The student is able to develop a concept for means of communication

from his own ideas and vision and is able to realize that concept

the student:

- develops (concepts for) means of communication/product/space or

methods by visualizing and communicating an idea, a vision or

theme in a for the designer specific manner

- takes his/her artistic vision as a starting point and uses this

constructively, inventively, creatively and with alertness and

puts them in a broader cultural and social perspective

- transforms investigations, experiments and contemplations of

knowledge, intuitions, impressions and emotions into a design

- tackles artistic and technical problems in order to find

integrated solutions to these z

- demonstrates that he or she makes use of:

- knowledge of and insight into the way in which the used images,

forms, materials, proportions and colors evoke experiences and

communicate a certain meaning

- knowledge of and insight into the communicative effects of used

design-, and production techniques

- uses a working method that enables the student to use the

experiences with the chosen

materials or media in

such a way that it results in a better design

- uses a working method which makes it possible to evaluate the

design(-ing process) at several moments, to discuss it and use

the findings to make a better design

2. Ability to critical reflection

The student is able to observe his/her own work and that of others,

to analyze it, to interpret and to assess

the student:

- reflects in images, in speech and in writing on the boundaries

and possibilities of the profession and on his/her own vision,

specialism’s and technical capacities

- follows social, cultural and economic developments, relates

these to his or her work(-ing method) and takes up an explicit

standpoint

- assesses the result on communicative effectivity and artistic

value, oversees implications of choices and decisions and can

justify them in a later stadium

- demonstrates an awareness that there are different opinions in

the professional field

- shows the ability to investigate all matters of a design that

are important for that design

- gains more in-depth knowledge in :

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- traditions and theories concerning the professional field

- the different visions and approaches of the profession of

designer, seen from a historical as well as from a contemporary

perspective

- philosophical views ( especially from an ethic and aesthetic

point of view) that could be important for a designer

3. The ability to grow and rejuvenate

The student is able to develop his or her artistic skills all the

time, develop a personal interpretation of the professional

situation and develop and gain more in-depth knowledge of his or her

artistry

the student

- has begun to develop a personal artistic vision and is willing

to develop this vision further

- shows the ambition to make a contribution to a culture with

high quality standards in form and image

- shows a critical investigating attitude towards his or her

(method of) work(-ing) and uses his or her findings to further

develop a body of works and promote the professional position

of the artist

- shows the ambition to excel

- shows the ability to gain knowledge, new insights and skills

with regard to techniques, (environmental-) law, materials,

processing- and application possibilities, publicity and

professional views

- handles critical comments of others constructively

4. Organizing skills

The student is able to set up an inspiring and functional working

environment for him/herself and maintain it

the student

- surveys those aspects of the profession that are necessary to

create a fertile balance between artistic and conditional

activities

- has begun to develop his/her own working process and shows that

he/she is able to see the mutual coherence between all aspects

of the designing process and the relevant disciplines

- shows the awareness of the necessity to make professional

arrangements in order to assure him/herself of a professional

designer practice in the long term

- shows he is capable to manage the working process well and is

able to find a balance between his/her designer's activities

and the logistic, facilities and advertising activities

- if necessary the student will cooperate with others: designers

as well as specialists of other art disciplines

- documents and files his/her work

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5. Communication skills

The student is able to get an assignment and to interpret it,

present the work effectively and amplify on it and negotiate about

it with the client and other people involved

the student:

- shows he/she is able to present his/her own work adequately and

amplify on it

- shows he/she is capable to negotiate with clients and other

people involved on matters concerning content and financial

conditions of an assignment

- demonstrates the ambition to promote his/her own work

- communicates in images, in speech and in writing on his or her

work (-ing method)

- makes contacts that are relevant for a network and knows how to

maintain this network

6. Relation between the student and the public

The student is able to find connections between his/her own work and

that of others and the public

the student:

- puts the focus of his designs on the user and gains knowledge

that is essential for the adequate anticipation of its users

- shows the ability to investigate all matters that are important

for making a design, he/she gains more in-depth knowledge of

the work and ideas of fellow designers, of visual artists and

of designers from other disciplines in an international context

- is inspired by a wide range of cultural and social sources and

is able to point these out in his/her own work and name them

- shows he/she has insight into the work field

- shows he/she has insight into the professional market and the

publicity media

- has clear ideas on the function and place of "design" and the

profession in society

- gives constructive critical comments

7. Ability to cooperate

The student is capable to make an active contribution, in

cooperation with others, when a product or process is developed

the student:

- shows that he or she is able to reach his/her own goals when

tuned in to others

- shows that he or she is able to use his /her own skills when

cooperating with others if the chosen professional position

requires this

- manages the different roles, responsibilities and interests

purposeful and respectful with regard to the designing- and

production process

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REQUIREMENTS INTERIOR DESIGNER REGISTRATION

An interior designer can only be registered in the register, if the

degree course at least guarantees the obtaining of knowledge of:














the ability to make an interior design that meets the esthetic,

functional and technical requirements departing from insight

into the function and limitations of space as well as dividing

it, the knowledge of what the effect of certain spaces in

relation to each other is, especially where it concerns form

and proportion

appropriate knowledge of the theory and history of interior

design, the history of architecture, the historical development

of social and cultural movements and insight into the influence

they exercise on interior design in general

knowledge of the visual arts in so far as it concerns the

interior design business

knowledge of the designing techniques for architecture and

interior design and the corresponding methods

a designer has the ability when, he/she is in the middle of the

interior designing process to consider the relation between

people and spaces, amongst others by gearing the design on the

human needs and standards

insight into the profession of interior designer and the role

of the interior designer in society

insight into and expertise of the investigating methods used

for interior design and the preparation of a project

appropriate knowledge of and insight into architectural

constructions, the physical aspects of building especially

where it concerns renovations, redecorating and limited

extension of existing buildings, as well as the installation of

technical amenities

appropriate knowledge of and insight into the characteristics

of building materials, especially of the techniques required

for the finishing off of buildings and knowledge of materials,

products and techniques required for the finishing workmanship,

for the design, furnishings and upholstery of the interior, as

well as knowledge of all occurring technical installations that

are used in buildings to fit in the interior

technical skills as a designer in order to be able to meet the

user's demands of the designed interior to keep within the

limits of the budget, building and other regulations.

Appropriate knowledge of the organizing, financial and legal

aspects concerning a design and its spatial realization

Sufficient skills to communicate a plan to other people in

images, through the spoken and the written word as well as the

skill to make drawings and corresponding descriptions

appropriate knowledge of and insight into the procedures and

processes of decision-making

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