Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

Selection criteria
All applicants for the Piet Zwart Institute need to have a completed Bachelor as a minimum degree. The selection criteria per Master course are:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art and Design: Master Fine Art: Bachelor in Fine Art or equivalent undergraduate education.
  • Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design: Bachelor in architecture, interior design/architecture, spatial design, fine art, product design, media, and graphic design. Talented individuals from other disciplinary fields are welcomed to apply.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art and Design: Lens-Based Media: Bachelor in the field of Film Production, Photography, Animation, Cinema Studies, Audiovisual Design and Fine Art.
  • Master Education in Arts: Bachelor in the field of Art Education, Fine Art, Design or equivalent undergraduate education.

English is our working language, and proficiency in both speaking and writing is a necessity.

Application requirements
All applications should include:

  • portfolio
  • motivation statement
  • resume
  • certified copy of Bachelor diploma (with a certified English translation if your diploma is not in Dutch, English, German or French)
  • certified copy of transcripts
  • copy of passport
  • results of the TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge FCE test (only for international students)

All applications should be in English.

The selection is made on the basis of the visual documentation and the motivation statement. Candidates in the Netherlands may be invited for an interview; candidates from abroad may be asked questions via email or Skype.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Portfolio
Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art and Design: Fine Art.
Requirements:
The portfolio should include a thoughtfully chosen selection of recent work/projects that best exemplifies your current practice and your research interests.
Portfolio submissions are accepted in the following formats:
PDF portfolio (not to exceed 50MB)
Videos: include a Vimeo or Youtube account link

Motivation Statement:
We would like to get to know you, your interests, your study ambitions and orientations, prior to an eventual interview. Remember, we will also be consulting your resumé and your portfolio simultaneously, so your motivation statement can tell your story in more detail, fill in any gaps, or emphasize past accomplishments and hopes and plans for the future. In brief, we are keen to understand: why you, why us, why now? What qualities will you bring with your practice to the MFA program? Why do you think the PZI MFA is the most suitable program for you, at this moment? What attracts you to the Piet Zwart Institute and Rotterdam? What do you expect from a master program and how would you like to see your work develop over the next two years?

Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design.
Requirements:
The portfolio should include a thoughtfully chosen selection of recent work/projects that best exemplifies your creative talent and interests.
Portfolio submissions are accepted in the following formats:
PDF portfolio (not to exceed 50MB)
Website link
ISSUU link
Videos: include a Vimeo or Youtube account link

Motivation Statement:
We would like to get to know you, your interests, your study and professional ambitions, prior to an eventual interview. We will also be consulting your resumé and portfolio simultaneously, so your motivation statement can tell your story in more detail, emphasize past accomplishments and hopes and plans for the future. In brief, we are keen to understand: why you, why us, why now? Why do you think MIARD is the most suitable program for you? What attracts you to MIARD, the Piet Zwart Institute and Rotterdam? What do you expect from a master program and how would you like to see your work develop over the next two years and after your studies?

Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art and Design: Experimental Publishing.
Requirements:

The portfolio should include a thoughtfully chosen selection of recent work/projects that best exemplifies your current practice and your research interests.
Portfolio submissions format: .mov files or links to portals such as VIMEO are both acceptable for moving images.  Other material should be as PDF (not to exceed 50MB) Additionally, and if necessary, feel free to add any relevant URL to personal websites, social media platforms profiles, online documentation of existing works, research logs, code repositories, and collections of audiovisual material.

XPUB Motivation Statement:
We would like to get to know you, your interests, your study ambitions and orientations, prior to an eventual interview. Remember, we will also be consulting your resumé and your portfolio simultaneously, so your motivation statement can tell your story in more detail, fill in any gaps, or emphasize past accomplishments and hopes and plans for the future. In brief, we are keen to understand: why you, why us, why now? What qualities will you bring with your practice to the XPUB program? Why do you think the PZI Experimental Publishing study path is the most suitable program for you, at this moment? What attracts you to the Piet Zwart Institute and Rotterdam? What do you expect from a master program and how would you like to see your work develop over the next two years?

Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art and Design: Lens-Based Media: requirements:
The portfolio should include a thoughtfully chosen selection of recent work/projects that best exemplifies your current practice and your research interests.
Portfolio submissions format: .mov files or links to portals such as VIMEO are both acceptable for moving images.  Other material should be as PDF (not to exceed 50MB) Additionally, and if necessary, feel free to add any relevant URL to personal websites, social media platforms profiles, online documentation of existing works, research logs, code repositories, and collections of audiovisual material.

LENS-BASED Motivation Statement:
We would like to get to know you, your interests, your study ambitions and orientations, prior to an eventual interview. Remember, we will also be consulting your resumé and your portfolio simultaneously, so your motivation statement can tell your story in more detail, fill in any gaps, or emphasize past accomplishments and hopes and plans for the future. In brief, we are keen to understand: why you, why us, why now? What qualities will you bring with your practice to the LENS-BASED program? Why do you think the PZI LENS-BASED study path is the most suitable program for you, at this moment? What attracts you to the Piet Zwart Institute and Rotterdam? What do you expect from a master program and how would you like to see your work develop over the next two years?

Master Education in Arts.
Requirements:
The portfolio should include a careful selection of recent works/descriptions of educational projects that best demonstrate your practice as a creative practitioner as well as an educator. Therefore make sure to provide an inside in your professional educational experience next to a possible artistic/design portfolio.

Portfolio submissions are accepted in the following formats:
PDF booklet (not to exceed 50MB)
Website link
ISSUU link
Videos: include a Vimeo or Youtube account
Master Education in Arts Motivation Statement

We would like to get to know you, your interests, your study ambitions and your idea for a possible individual research thematic, prior to an eventual interview. Remember, we will also be consulting your resumé and your portfolio simultaneously, so your motivation statement can tell your story in more detail. What qualities will you bring with your practice to the Master Education in Arts? Why do you think the Master Education in Arts is the most suitable program for you, at this moment?  What do you expect from a master program and how would you like to see your work develop over the next two years? We also kindly ask you to give a first impression of the research thematic or research question you’re interested in and would like to address within the program. This could also mean formulating the direction of your research interests; in any case it’s interesting for us to know what kind of experiences or questions arise from your current practice that motivates you to develop yourself further in a master study.

Diploma
Students who are in the last phase of their studies (and who have not yet received their diploma and transcripts) have the opportunity to apply now, and send the certified copy of their Bachelor diploma and transcripts before August 1st.

English language test
All International students, not from native English speaking countries, and EU students, who did not complete their Bachelor education completely in English in an EU country, will need to prove their proficiency in English.

To do so, they are required to take one of the following English language tests and the positive results should be in the application:

  • IELTS at level 6.0 (academic)
  • TOEFL paper-based test at level 550
  • TOEFL computer based test at level 213
  • TOEFL internet-based test at level 80
  • Cambridge FCE at Grade B2 scale 173-175

Students will have to arrange and pay for the test themselves.

Please note: arranging one of these English language tests can take up to several months. We strongly advise our students to book and take the test as early as possible.

TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for two years.

Institutional code for TOEFL and IELTS
If the TOEFL or IELTS organisations request an institutional code from you, please use the code of Rotterdam University:

  • For TOEFL this is 7140
  • For IELTS this is 7045

English language test Exemptions
If the student’s first language is English, he/she will be exempt from providing an English language test score. A student is considered to be a native speaker of English if he/she is from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa. Also, these English tests are not required for students who have completed an English-taught (accredited) Bachelor or Master programme.

Dutch nationals who have completed their most recent Bachelor or Master programme abroad are required to take an English test unless the entire programme has been taught in English.

Dutch nationals who have completed their previous Bachelor or Master programme in the Netherlands are exempt from having to take an English test.

For EU students who have studied these certain secondary education exams in English as part of the curriculum, are exempt from taking an English language test. See the Diploma-list here.

If you have doubts about certificates you hold, or whether you may be exempt from proving your proficiency, then you can contact Student Support at SSC-communicatie@hr.nl
They can check current documentation for tests you have already taken, and information regarding your previous studies.

Exchange students
We accept exchange students for the first trimester of the academic year (September – December). Exchange students have to meet the same application requirements as our regular applicants.

Results application
Applicants will be informed about the results of their application within two months after the application deadline they applied for.

Questions?
For questions about the application procedure, please contact us via:
E-mail:wdka.admission@hr.nl
Telephone: 0031 (0)10 794 4631