Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

The Piet Zwart Institute: Master Studies in Art, Design and Art Education

The Piet Zwart Institute: Master Studies in Art, Design and Art Education

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Hogeschool Rotterdam. Since 1999 it has been dedicated to promoting study and research in the fields of art, design and art education.

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Named after the pioneering Dutch designer, Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across media and contexts, the Institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange within an intimate learning environment.

The courses of the Piet Zwart Institute are located in the heart of Rotterdam’s city centre at Karel Doormanhof 45 and Blaak 10. While students and faculty come from across the globe, bringing with them a variety of cultural influences, there are also strong connections to the city, its history and ever-changing urban environment.

All four Master courses – Fine Art, Interior Architecture and Retail Design, Media Design and Communication, and Art Education – share an interest in the complex social, cultural and political underpinnings of each discipline.

Through a uniquely tailored curriculum combining collective learning, individual tutorials, practice-based research and theoretical enquiry, our courses educate professionals who have a critically reflective, innovative, questioning and imaginative approach to their work. Our graduates go on to not only establish themselves in their field, but also challenge and creatively define the perimeters of their profession.

As an educational programme and cultural centre, the notion of ‘making public’ is core to our activities. Exhibitions, programming, conferences and publications are a means of expanding our research beyond the confines of academia, while simultaneously valuing the very necessary speculative space for reflection and knowledge-building that is only made possible through an academic framework like the Piet Zwart Institute.

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    18Lecture, Precarious Pedagogies: Knowledge Production in the Age of Cognitive Capitalismmore information here
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    20Media Cabaret: Tempted by Tomorrow (Nervous About Tonight)more information here
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    26An Encyclopedia of Media Objectsmore information here
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    27An Encyclopedia of Media Objectsmore information here
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    03HIGH-RISEWelcome by HIGH-RISE curator Maaike Gouwenberg and MFA course director Vivian Sky Rehberg. Champagne service provided by Susanna Browne in conjunction with her work I Dream of a Wedding. Three actions take place within Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube. For the first action, please find Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki during the opening to hear the story, or to read it yourself. For the second, please return on July 9. For the third, please return on July 12. Publication release HIGH-RISE, edited by Maaike Gouwenberg, with contributions by Alberto Toscano, Sriwhana Spong, Susan Gibb, Michael FitzGerald, Jan Verwoert, Alice Mendelowitz, Francois Steenhuis, Jenn Jackson, Susanna Browne, Sabrina Tarasoff, Claire Biddles, Liz Howard, Philemon Tilianakis, Vincent Rietveld, Jennifer Teets, Hunter Longe, Maaike Gouwenberg.
    03Masters 2015more information here
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    09Public Debate: Art Education in Times of ChangeThe lecture series at TENT explored the potential of a ‘cartographies of acting pedagogically’, by investigating the role of art education in relation to societal circumstances and change. The topics that were explored form the starting point for a debate about Art Education in Times of Change. With: Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, Priscila Fernandes & invited guest speakers
    09Public Seminar: Working with Liquid LogicMaster Education in Arts presents: Public class/seminar in which ‘the practice of mapping and unraveling pedagogical structures’ will be taken into practice together with the students and participants. During the previous seminars that took place at TENT, the students explored the potential of a ‘cartographies of acting pedagogically’. They actively mapped their own force field, ranging from the artistic, economic, cultural and technological context, to their direct educational working environment, professional situations and their individual commitment, choices and actions. With: Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten & 1st year students
    09Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, The Fold of the CubeLocation: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam 11:00 Three actions take place within Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube. For this one, the second, by reflection a portrait is made in which the background and the theme are merged into one picture. Materials: Water.
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    12November Complex, Super in PositionLocation: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam 15:00 November Complex, Super in Position is an event exhibition and performance to be viewed from the 18th floor of the Hofpoort Building, organized by Ghislain Amar, Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, and Hunter Longe, guided by Sol Archer.
    12Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, The Fold of the CubeLocation: Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam 11:30 Three actions take place within MFA Graduate Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki’s The Fold of the Cube. For this one, the third, the presence of two women composes another side of the object, revealing another part in a continuous process of the sculpture, which is becoming. Duration: 1 hour  
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