Due to the quantity of applications the Piet Zwart Institute Master programs receive, regulations regarding immigration, and international opportunities to apply for study funding, we strongly encourage you to apply early.
March 6, 2020: Priority deadline for completed applications of Dutch, EU applicants. Final deadline non-EU applicants.
April 24, 2020: Final deadline for completed applications of Dutch and EU applicants.
Open house: Saturday, February 1 2020, 10am–3pm.
The Master Fine Art organizes Open Studios on February 8, 11am–7pm. Only at Mauritsstraat 36/ Karel Doormanhof 45
The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Hogeschool Rotterdam. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange in an intimate learning environment.
The programmes of the Piet Zwart Institute are located in the heart of Rotterdam’s city centre. 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 complex history and dynamic urban environment.
We have five master programmes: Fine Art, Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Experimental Publishing, Lens-Based Media, and Education in Arts. All are founded on a shared interest in the complex social, cultural and political underpinnings of each discipline. Through a uniquely tailored curriculum combining collective learning, intensive individual tutorial support, practice-based research and theoretical inquiry, our programmes educate young professionals who have a critically reflective and imaginative approach to their work.
As an educational institute the notion of “making public” is core to our activities. These public moments are an important resource for students, faculty members and guests, serving as a bridge to the city, a framework for exploring timely and relevant issues, and building a community around areas of interests. Exhibitions, symposia, conferences and publications expand 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 the rigorous academic framework of the Piet Zwart Institute.
Fine Art: Liesbeth Bik (artist), Kate Briggs (translator, writer), Bernd Krauß (artist), Mike Sperlinger (writer, curator), Jan Verwoert (theorist, critic), Nina Wakeford (artist, sociologist), Katarina Zdjelar (artist)
Experimental Publishing: Aymeric Mansoux (course director, artist, writer), Clara Balaguer (cultural worker, vernacular designer), André Castro (media artist), Michael Murtaugh (computer programmer), Steve Rushton (writer, artist), Natasha Soobramanien (writer), Marloes de Valk (artist, writer, curator), Amy Suo Wu (artist, designer)
Lens-Based Media: Simon Pummell (course director, animator & filmmaker), David Haines (artist, drawing, video), Ine Lamers (artist), Javier Lloret (artist, researcher), Barend Onneweer (independent visual effects, animation artist), Steve Rushton (writer, artist), Natasha Soobramanien (writer), Marloes de Valk (artist, writer, curator),
Interior Architecture: Research + Design: Alex Augusto Suárez (course director, architect, educator), Golnar Abbasi (artist, architect, researcher), Andrea Bagnato (editor, researcher), Cookies, Federico Martelli & Clément Périssé (architects, designers, researchers), Daphne Heemskerk (graphic designer), Ephraim Joris (architect, tutor), Natasha Marie Llorens (curator, writer), Studio Ossidiana, Alessandra Covini & Giovanni Bellotti (architects, designers, researchers), Olivier Otten (interaction designer).
Education in Arts: Ingrid Commandeur (course director), Kate Brehme (museum educator, public practices), Jolande Bosch (artist, educator), Emiel Copini (educator, secondary education), Elizabeth Graham (museum educator, curator), Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (educator, researcher), Irina Shapiro (design educator, curator), Renee Turner (artist, educator), Sjoerd Westbroek (artist, educator), Thijs Witty (educator, research, writer).