Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

Selection criteria
All applicants for the Piet Zwart Institute need to have a completed Bachelor as a minimum degree. English is our working language, and proficiency in both speaking and writing is a necessity.

Application requirements
All applications should include:

  • portfolio
  • motivation statement
  • resume
  • certified copy of Bachelor diploma (with a certified English translation if your diploma is not in Dutch, English, German or French)
  • certified copy of transcripts
  • copy of passport
  • results of the TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge FCE test

All applications should be in English.

The selection is made on the basis of the visual documentation and the motivation statement. Candidates in the Netherlands may be invited for an interview; candidates from abroad may be asked questions via a video conference platform, email or live chat.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Portfolio requirements:
We expect to receive your portfolio in a PDF not exceeding 15 MB.
Your portfolio should include a thoughtfully chosen selection of recent work/projects that best exemplify your current practice and research interests.
If you want to share videos please provide a Vimeo, Youtube or self hosted link.

Additionally, and if necessary, feel free to add any relevant URL to personal websites, social media platforms profiles, online documentation of existing works, research logs, code repositories, and collections of audiovisual material.

Motivation Statement:
We would like to get to know you, your interests, your study ambitions and orientations, prior to an eventual interview. Remember, we will also be consulting your resumé and your portfolio simultaneously, so your motivation statement can tell your story in more detail, fill in any gaps, or emphasize past accomplishments and hopes and plans for the future. In brief, we are keen to understand: why you, why us, why now? What qualities will you bring with your practice to our program? Why do you think our master is the most suitable program for you, at this moment? What attracts you to the Piet Zwart Institute and Rotterdam? What do you expect from a master program and how would you like to see your work develop over the next two years?

Students who are in the last phase of their studies (and who have not yet received their diploma and transcripts) have the opportunity to apply now, and send the certified copy of their Bachelor diploma and transcripts before August 31st.

English language test
All International students, not from native English speaking countries, and EU students, who did not complete their Bachelor education completely in English in an EU country, will need to prove their proficiency in English.

To do so, they are required to take one of the following English language tests and the positive results should be in the application:

  • IELTS at level 6.0 (academic)
  • TOEFL paper-based test at level 550
  • TOEFL computer based test at level 213
  • TOEFL internet-based test at level 80
  • Cambridge FCE at Grade B2 scale 173-175

Students will have to arrange and pay for the test themselves.

Please note: arranging one of these English language tests can take up to several months. We strongly advise our students to book and take the test as early as possible.

TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for two years.

Institutional code for TOEFL and IELTS
If the TOEFL or IELTS organisations request an institutional code from you, please use the code of Rotterdam University:

  • For TOEFL this is 7140
  • For IELTS this is 7045

English language test Exemptions
If the student’s first language is English, he/she will be exempt from providing an English language test score. A student is considered to be a native speaker of English if he/she is from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.
Should an applicant be a National of one of the above listed countries but grew up abroad completing both their secondary education and receiving their BA or MA in another language than English, this person is not exempt and will need to take the English language test.

Also, these English tests are not required for students who have completed an English-taught (accredited) Bachelor or Master programme.

Dutch nationals who have completed their most recent Bachelor or Master programme abroad are required to take an English test unless the entire programme has been taught in English.

For EU students who have studied these certain secondary education exams in English as part of the curriculum, are exempt from taking an English language test. See the Diploma-list here.

If you have doubts about certificates you hold, or whether you may be exempt from proving your proficiency, then you can contact Student Support at SSC-communicatie@hr.nl
They can check current documentation for tests you have already taken, and information regarding your previous studies.

Exchange students
The Master Fine Art accepts exchange students for the first trimester of the academic year (September – December). Exchange students have to meet the same application requirements as our regular applicants.

Results application
Applicants will be informed about the results of their application within two months after the application deadline they applied for.

For questions about the application procedure, please contact us via:
Telephone: 0031 (0)10 794 4631