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The Basicyear is the first year of the four-year Bachelor’s degree programme in Fine Arts and Design. At the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, students complete the Basicyear before they begin a specialisation. It is a general, formative year that offers a broad and coherent programme, all components of which are mandatory. The focus of the programme lies on becoming intensively acquainted with numerous views, concepts and working methods, with the aim to linking these to the students’ own interests and potential.