The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS). Since 1999 it has been dedicated to promoting study and research in the fields of art, design and art education.
The Piet Zwart Institute is part of the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA), an art school that can be found right at the heart of the design city of Rotterdam. The Academy’s origin dates back to 1753, and now — with over 2,000 students — it is one of the largest art academies in the Netherlands, offering both Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Fine Art and Design. The Academy is part of the multi-sectoral Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS), a dynamic knowledge institute for higher professional education with a variety of programs across all educational sectors and closely connected to developments in the metropolitan region of Rotterdam. Although part of the RUAS, Willem de Kooning Academy is autonomous in realising its goals and positioning its national and international profile.
WdKA’s Master’s programs are positioned within the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI), which currently hosts a little over 120 students. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, the Institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange within an intimate learning environment. The programs of the Piet Zwart Institute are located in Rotterdam’s city centre, at Karel Doormanhof 45 and Wijnhaven 61. Students and staff come from around the globe and bring with them a variety of cultural influences and international connections. In addition to these international ties, the program maintains strong local connections to the city of Rotterdam, its history and ever-changing urban environment.
The Piet Zwart Institute houses four full-time Master programs, Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD); Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, which encompasses Fine Art (MFA) Lens-Based Media (LB) and Experimental Publishing (XPUB) and two part-time Master programs, Education in Arts (MeiA) and Master Design. Through uniquely tailored curricula combining collective learning, individual tutorials, practice-based research and theoretical inquiry, the programs 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 parameters of their profession.
As an educational institute and cultural centre, the notion of ‘making public’ is core to the activities of PZI. Exhibitions, programming, conferences and publications on a national and international level are a means of sharing and expanding our research beyond the confines of academia. At the same time, the program provides the very necessary speculative space for reflection and knowledge-building that is only made possible through an academic framework like the Piet Zwart Institute.
The two-year Master of Fine Art (MFA) program at the Piet Zwart Institute is an HBO Masters offered by the Willem de Kooning Academy, which is part of the Hogeschool Rotterdam (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences). The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art (Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, option Fine Art) educates […]
Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, MIARD at the Piet Zwart Institute is an international post-graduate program that is part of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. MIARD is a two-year multidisciplinary course with a focus on practice-based research and spatial strategies in the field of interior architecture. We invite you to visit our […]
The Experimental Publishing master course (XPUB) focuses on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks. XPUB’s interests in publishing are therefore twofold: first, publishing as the inquiry and participation into the technological frameworks, political context and cultural processes through which things are made public; and second, how […]
The Master of Arts in Fine Art & Design: Lens-Based Media program focuses primarily on artistic and experimental lens-based practices (both still and moving image/animation) that embrace the use of artifice, formal and technical innovation, fictional strategies and other unconventional visual approaches to create new and meaningful visions of the world. We support visions that […]
Experimental and engaged practices in art and design educationThe MEiA programme is called ‘Education in Arts’, but in essence it is multidisciplinary. We pay attention to contemporary developments in art and design education, considering it to be an expanded and interdisciplinary field that also includes socially engaged practices in art. The programme pays attention to […]
Within current design practices we choose a specific position, in which creative forms of design research and working with participants are crucial. The methods that the study programme provides for conducting design and in-depth participatory research support this. We see design as an engine for (behavioral) changes and transitions in the context in which our […]
It’s with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Vanita Monk. Part of the lifeblood of Rotterdam’s artistic community, Vanita has been a frequent presence and supporter of the PZI; In 2011 Vanita made the following interview + film during the Media Design graduation show; it’s a time capsule and a generous gift […]
MONDAY 12.FEB 6PM*@Xpub Studio WH 4.f* exciting news everyone: To kick of the new plotting-year there will be a PEN PLOTTING PARTY* on Monday feb 12. Save the date, and get ready for the launch of the PEN PLOTTING TABLE, PEN PLOTTING ZINE alongside various PEN PLOTTING ACTIVITIES*. Not close to Rotterdam this day? Don’t […]
Deadlines:March 4, 2024: Priority deadline Dutch and EU applicants.May 8, 2024: Final deadline Dutch and EU applicants. We review applications and accept candidates on a rolling basis from January until May 2023, until all positions in the cohort are filled. We encourage early applications. Learn more? Please visit our Annual Open Day on February 10, or one of our Open Information Meetings. Research in Art & Design […]
Kunstinstituut MellyBOOKS: Spatial Tales of Unearthly CrittersPerformance by Gaia D’ArrigoFriday 19 January 2024, 6–8 pm Join us for a BOOKS presentation, together with students of the Master Interior Architecture: Research and Design [MIARD] program at the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy. This event launches Spatial Tales of Unearthly Critters, a publication emerging out of […]
A Few Mornings, an Evening, by Astrid van Nimwegen at IFFR Bright Futures The documentary ‘a Few Mornings, an Evening’ invites a meditative look at the daily routine on a small farm in the Czech countryside. With great patience, the camera observes how domesticated animals and humans inhabit the place and draws attention to their […]
Date: 7 DecemberLocation: Wunderbar & Pirate Bay WORM, RotterdamOpen doors: 18:00Duration: 19:00–22:00More information: https://issue.xpub.nl/22/ Join us IRL on 7 December in the efforts of scavenging and resurrecting a sonic archive.It is only a question of time until all will be lost. Lend an ear as we collectively explore,activate and transmit the archive of Worm community […]
You, the public have been chosen by the Experimental Publishing second year (XPUB2) students! The evening aims to make their graduation proposals public and open for fair judgement! Feel free to join us on Tuesday the 7th of November at De Leeszaal West. Best wishes, XPUB2 https://xpub.nl/2023/the-trial/ De Leeszaal West Rijnhoutplein 3, 3014 TZ Rotterdam […]
https://zinecamp2023.hotglue.me/ XPUB is at Zine Camp 2023! Publications in diverse forms will be available from current and past projects (Special Issues and Graduation works) — Meet and talk with tutors and students from the program! Come and find the XPUB stall on both Saturday 4 + Sunday 5 November! And join us in person or […]
Join us for the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) online open day which will take place on Saturday February 10, from 10am–3pm. Throughout the day, both the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) and the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) master studio spaces will be open to the public. It is a day when many PZI staff and students are […]
Master of Education in ArtsEmbodiment, Activism, and the Arts Workshop by Rae Johnson Date: Wednesday 4 October 2023Time: 10am – 1:00pmLocation: Tent Auditorium, Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, NetherlandsNo. of participants: Maximum 30 Hereby the Master of Education in Arts of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, warmly invites you to take part […]
Master Interior Architecture Research + Design: Maya Kumari Statement from the artist: The Thar Desert, situated in northwest India’s Rajasthan, stands as one of the world’s significant hot deserts with a dense population. The geography of the desert villages becomes a site for spatial inquiry, or rather enquiry into what is spatial and how it […]
29 June – 2 July 2023
Graduating students of the Piet Zwart Institute’s Lens-Based Media Master’s program, invite you to their graduation exhibition 54 BPM, held at two locations in Rotterdam and curated by V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Garvan Corr, Aitan Ebrahimoff, and Shannon Liang.
A graduation shop and, a space to continue conversations on how we sell and distribute published matter as independent makers. Graduating XPUB students invite you to Making Things Bubblic in Slash Gallery, Rotterdam. Opening Thursday 29th June 18:00 Presentation 20:00 Commencement speech by Erica Gargaglione and Kimberley Cosmilla Performance 21:00 by mitsitron (mitsa chaida)* Expo […]
Graduation Presentation 2023, Master of Education in Arts TENT Auditorium Witte de Withstraat 50 Friday July 7, 3 – 8 pm Saturday July 8, 1 pm – 6 pm @meiapietzwartinstitute With: Ellis Bartholomeus, Femke Dekker, Eleonora Geortsiaki, Jesse Greulich, Hannah Goldstein, Louise Kleijweg, Felicitas Lenz, Jesse van Oosten, Leah Sands, Natalia Amelia Saied and Maaike […]
Anything that is alive cannot be in the gallery spaceMIARD’23 graduate exhibitionJuly 6–12, 2023 Nieuwe InstituutMuseumpark 25,3015 CB RotterdamThe NetherlandsNieuwe Instituut miard.pzwart.nlInstagram / Instagram Public opening: July 6, 19:00 – 22:00General opening hours: Daily from 10:00 – 17:00 (closed Mondays)Events program: read belowMusic: princess.k.dj / central.diskoDrinks: Nieuwe Café With works by: Isabella Fiorante, Ruth Gonzalez, […]
Marie Caye, Anna Kieblesz, Yezi Lin, Maia Liu, Lilian Ptacek, Johannes Hugo StollWith Cannach MacBride Image credit: poster by Yezi and Maia working with a zine compiled by Anna from materials made by all [Image description: A graphic black and white poster with various sizes and styles of handwritten typography overlaid on a collage of […]
From June 29–July 14, 2023 all the Master programs will be exhibiting a wide variety of work from students of Master Design, Education in Arts, Experimental Publishing, Fine Art, Interior Architecture: Research + Design, and Lens-based Media. The Graduation Shows will take place at various venues through the city of Rotterdam. See below for the […]
This group exhibition by first year students brings a selection of works and works-in-progress to the Polderland Garden of Love and Fire. Emerging from “Domestic Territories,” an intensive 6-month research project carried out across Flevoland and led by Studio Ossidiana. The exhibition explores the post-natural condition of the Netherlands’ youngest province. Join us and discover […]
Congratulations to Lens-Based Media student Sam Koopman who received an EYE ResearchLabs award for Most Urgent Work with his short film Dear Moritz. The hybrid form short film invites us to observe and reflect at a chance encounter between humans in public space. An unplanned story exploring power, privilege, colonial pasts and present realities. Screened […]
Time: April 11, 18.00hr / 6pmLocation: Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art, Karel Doormanhof 45, RotterdamLanguage: English Reenactment and the lost object: documentary, art and restaging reality This lecture will be prefaced by a brief introduction to British artist John Keane’s elliptical portraits of real subjects (politicians, public figures). Keane’s subjects, pixelated, blurred and buried under layers […]