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Fine Arts: Drawing Dimensions



Participation in the admission for Drawing Dimensions consists of writing a motivation letter, completing an assignment and presenting a portfolio. These three documents must be uploaded before August 15 during the registration process in Osiris. If these are of sufficient quality, the student is invited for the second round. This is an online admission interview with the lecturer.
At the end of August you will be informed whether you are invited for the admission interview.
The application deadline is August 15, 2021.
The online admission interview for Drawing Dimensions will take place September 2, 2021.

More information about the entrance requirements of Drawing Dimensions:

  • Prepare a portfolio with at least 10 drawings. Please focus on a large scale of variety in subject matter, size and use of materials. This portfolio (max. 20 mb) should be uploaded as a PDF during the online application process.

  • Make a work (with the use of drawing) that could be considered a self-portrait. No camera or mirror can be used. This assignment (max. 20 mb) should be uploaded as a PDF during the online application process.

  • Additionally, students write a motivation letter of max. 500 words in which they explain why they would like to participate in this elective.


The classes of Drawing Dimensions are constructed around the use of perception, creating a personal perspective, developing a conceptual context and a social dimension. In this class the medium of drawing can be explored and extended into performative, sculptural and digital or cinematic directions. By introducing different drawing practices, students will get familiar with different techniques and materials, drawing compositions and methodologies. You will be expected to do research on how to intensify the quality of your work while working with assignments. The final product isn’t the actual cause, the process towards it is equally important. During the classes there will be both group discussions about the works of all students, as well as individual conversations with the teacher about individual works and your artistic process. These discussions will be on a material and formal level (what do you see) and on a conceptual and social level (what is the reach of the work and what relations are being made?)
Within the classes there will be a set of assignments that stimulate experimentation and the development of a personal perspective. Towards the end of the semester each student will work on an individual project.

Course objectives

The objectives are to learn how to apply different drawing materials, different techniques and concepts. Understanding the interaction between the visual elements of an image, material, perspective and context. Learning what your work is about, being able to recognize core elements and emphasize them. Developing a drawing practise that is really your own.
If you are intersted in viewing the works of this year's students, please visit the online exhibition Reef of Art here.


Application deadline: 15 August 2021
Interview date: 2 September 2021 - the date of the interview is not negotiable -
Lessons: Wednesday from 19:00 – 21.30 hrs.
Period: This course takes place during the full academic year; 14 lessons in Semeser 1, and 14 lessons in Semester 2. Start date: 15 September.
Location: all classes take place at KABK, Prinsessegracht 4, Den Haag, unless the COVID19 situation demands otherwise
Room: PC.001

Mode of instruction

Life classes with individual guidance and collective analysis.

Mode of assesment

Attendance to the lessons is mandatory for 80% Individual assessment of work at the end of the course. All assignments should be completed and present. At the end of the course there will be an exhibition. Participation in that is required.


Books and texts about drawing and art.


Liza Swaving


For 2021-2022 the deadline for appliation is 15 August 2021.
NB: This course is NOT available in Usis. Registration via Osiris: link will be published here.


This course is part of Practicum Artium. These courses are exclusively intented for students of Leiden University.

For other courses in the domains of fine arts and music, please visit: Elective courses music and fine arts