How does the admission procedure work?
see: admission procedure on our website
Is BEAR only in English?
The course is bi-lingual. The communication between teachers and students is in English or in Dutch, some teachers also are native-speakers in German and French. The lectures are in English, and it is possible to choose for English or Dutch theory-courses.
What’s the number of students in the (tutor)groups?
The average group in the foundation year has around 20 to 22 students. There are two first year groups. There are around 15-18 students in the tutor group
How is the contact with the tutor and teachers?
The tutor is your regular supervisor from the first year until you leave the academy. He is your artistic support and advice, and coach. Students from all years work together in a tutor group. In the Foundation year you’ll meet every week around 8-10 teachers
How many hours a week are students at work?
We assume a full 40 hrs. workweek at the academy. In addition to the lessons, projects and workshops, you also work individually in your studio. We find it important that students take part in other activities, such as student-organisations, theater, culture, and politics.
How much are the study-expences per month?
That differs per student. In the foundation year you have to think about a 50 euro costs for material, such as paper, clay, usb stick. Cameras and machines, ceramics, graphic material can be borrowed and used at the academy. A museum annual card is also important.
How many students drop out?
Do they stop because the study is too difficult or for other reasons?
The study requires a dedicated, disciplined study attitude. A few students, max.10 to 15 percent, stop during or after the first year for various reasons. Sometimes because they have made the wrong choice, or due to personal circumstances.
Is collaboration important?
Yes, teachers and students from Base for Experiment, Art and Research form a dynamic community together, where everyone learns from the other.
Are there certain courses that are difficult?
Theory sometimes seems difficult at first, but our great team of teachers help you to study and to find a balance.
Is there an official assessment and what does that mean?
Yes, the official assessment implies that if a student hasn’t enough European Credits (after redo’s), he has to stop the study. This is preceded by an official warning and a talk with your mentor.
How is it tested?
Are there a lot of exams and do you have to make a lot of assignments?
Your presence and active participation is very important. The theory courses and practical subjects are tested in different ways. The practical subjects are also shown at the final assessment every semester (only pass or fail). You will also receive a written and oral evaluation to gain insight into your work process.
What can you tell about the professional career?
BEAR prepares you for a very broad and diverse work area during the study. Our alumni can be found in many prominent places in the art world and society. You can find more information on our website: students/alumni.
After studying at BEAR, you can choose from various options; a Master in the Netherlands, (DAI, Sandberg, Piet Zwart) or an international Master. You can also choose for the part-time training for Teacher visual arts or to continue a study at the University.
What does student life looks like in Arnhem?
Arnhem is a vivid city, with for example: a great film house, theatre, museums, galleries, sports clubs and clubs. ArtEZ also provides many (often free) activities, performances, lunch break concerts. And BEAR students organize many activities and exhibitions themselves.