In order to be admitted to the Non-fiction specialisation within the BA programme in Illustration, you need enthusiasm for artistic work and an interest in communicating knowledge content. The full-time study track requires motivation and stamina, and a stable private environment that allows for concentrated and joyful work and study.
The BA programme considers itself to be foundational in nature, but as a tertiary-level programme, it does require prior artistic training.
A university-level education requires the ability to reflect and to express oneself verbally and in writing. Theory therefore plays a significant role in this degree programme, and that requires the willingness to engage with the history of art and design.
To pursue a successful professional career you will need, among other things, the ability to communicate with clients and scientists and a certain entrepreneurial spirit.
Here are some things to consider when compiling the portfolio for your application:
- Show us a wide range of your work, both in terms of technique (paintings, drawing, etc.) and in terms of content. We need to see your artistic-creative foundations to assess your aptitude. Works that visually explore a topic are welcome and in line with our approach. We’re not after perfection—we’re interested in a variety of ideas and techniques and we want to see that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, artistic creation.
- If possible, show us originals. You’ll probably apply for multiple schools, so try to submit a sensible mix of reproductions and originals. If you work with digital media a lot, also show us the processes and sketches behind it. Full sketchbooks can also help us to gain an understanding of who you are.
- Date and label each work and project with a short description of the topic.
- We understand that you will want to show yourself in the most positive light. But bear in mind: what matters to us is a correct assessment of your current skills. To be able to do that, we would like you to submit a portfolio that accurately reflects where you stand as an artist. After all, you apply for an education programme; we don’t expect perfection or professionality.