Vocational Training

The transfer of expertise, know-how and craftmanship is central to the Vocational Training. You will learn to master various techniques and skills. The training has a duration of 3 years and requires an admission exam. The Vocational Training ends with a certificate with which you can move on to the two-year Master Training.

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Registration and admission

Registration for the Vocational Training is possible up to 2 weeks in advance of the entry exams. After registration you will receive the home assignments, the date, place and time of the entry exam by mail. Register throug the red button ‘Sign up’.
The exam consists of one two-hour session life model drawing. This way, the admittance committee gets an impression of your drawingskills. Additionally, the results of the home assignments and an overview of your portfolio will be discussed. The admittance committee consists of 4 teachers from the first and second year of the training. A maximum of 22 students are admitted annually. When the maximum is exceeded, your name will be put on a waiting list. The date of registration applies here.

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During the Vocational Training, our teachers will teach you the secrets of the classical painter’s trade. In the first year you will primarily be drawing and there will be little to no painting. The amphases are placed on the basic techniques, anatomy, the construction of the field, form, tonal values and the suggestion of space on the flat surface. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the graphic techniques such as planographic printing, letterpress printing and gravure printing.
The second year is a deepening and continuation of the first year. We will elaborate on material, painting techniques and painting with a limited palette.
In the third year you will work with colour with watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oil paint. Besides the mandotory lessons, there are optional lessons you can choose. The theoretic programme includes art history (1st and 2nd year) and art criticism (3rd year).

The week prior to the autumn holidays is reserved for excursions. The week prior to the May holidays is a project week in which various projects are organized by (guest) teachers.


Within the Vocational Training you will have 4 practical classes of 2,5 hours and one theory class of 1,5 hour per academic year. These lessons will take place on two consecutive days and are fixed per academic year. If you’re a long distance traveller, you can still follow all classes with just one overnight stay. Necessary arrangements with employers can be made well in advance.


You will be evaluated during the collective evaluation twice a year at the end of each semester. The development process outweighs the shown results during the evaluation.