Admission to the HKU Fine Art programme is based on your entrance examination. You need to demonstrate sufficient visual-expressive talent, perseverance, a critical attitude and an ability to work independently.

How does it work?

The entrance procedure consists of the following steps:
• Online application via Studielink
• Upload your portfolio and motivation letter
• Invitation for a Skype interview or rejection
• Skype interview
• Positive or negative result from the admissions committee

You will be provided with the necessary details and upload instructions after HKU has received your application request.

Your portfolio should be a collection of your best and most recent work. It should demonstrate your expressive capacity, the ability to work from perception and imagination, your sense of colour, form and material and originality and self-expression. The portfolio should consist of:
• a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 pieces
• divided based on theme or media
The portfolio can not be larger than 20 MB.

Requirements for the motivation letter:
• 1 A4 maximum
• Start by introducing yourself: who are you, where do you come from, where do you live.
• Why do you want to study at HKU Fine Art.

Based on the work in your portfolio and your letter of motivation the admissions committee will decide whether they invite you for an interview through Skype or not.
If you are invited for an interview through Skype, HKU will inform you about the details and will tell you the exact time and date.

The criteria on which the admission committee bases their decision are:
• Artistic Skills: Are you able to visualize your ideas.
• Research/Experiment: Do you dare to experiment with media and materials and research visually.
• Originality: Are you able to visualize your personal point of view and opinions.

Read more about what should be in your portfolio.


Once the admissions committee has judged your work, the results will be communicated by mail. You are either admitted or not, we do not maintain a waiting list. You admission is valid for one year. Admission is based on available space.

Check availability

There is a limited capacity for the admissions. Here you can find more information regarding availability.

Read more

Visa and other practical matters

Once you have been admitted to the Fine Art, you will need to arrange your visa and residence permit.

Language requirement

If either Dutch or English is not your native language, you need to be able to demonstrate sufficient command of the English language through a TOEFL or IELTS test.
Read more about the language requirement


If you have questions after reading all the information online, you can contact a student advisor at the HKU Service Desk Student Affairs via +31 (0)30-2091540 or