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 present to answer your questions. Some of our master programmes will hold presentations, and it is also a time when the six WdKA stations (workshops) located throughout the WdKA Blaak 10 and Wijnhaven 61 buildings are open for you to roam in and out of, giving you a better idea of our current facilities.

The Piet Zwart Institute houses four full-time master programmes, 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 programmes, Education in Arts (MeiA) and Master Design.

In addition to this year’s open day at the main WdKa-building, the Master Fine Art welcomes you for open studios in their building at the Karel Doormanhof 45, also from 10am–6pm. Below you will find more specific information per Master Program and their programming during the day. We strongly advise you to visit us during our open day. If you are not able to join us it’s possible to make an appointment for an individual visit. E-mail:

Master Fine Art

Location: Karel doormanhoff 45
(*please note: this location is different from the other Piet Zwart Master programmes)

Open Studio’s from 11:00-19:00 hrs.
Admission info sessions with MFA and admission coordinator Petra van der Kooij:
11.00 – 11.30 and 13.30 – 14.00
Info-session with MFA course director, Danny Giles and tutors:
15:30 – 16:30

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art welcomes the public for the annual Open Studios event. Current MFA students open their doors to share their research and practices. The main event is complemented by a live auction, video screening and an offering of refreshments at the bar. Prospective students are welcome to come and learn more about the MFA curriculum with studio tours and an information session in the afternoon.

Lens-based Media

Location: Wijnhaven 61, fourth floor, Lensbased studios

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 seek to move beyond the conventional narratives of our society and create new impetus in the viewer towards an open-eyed engagement with myriad challenges humans (and non-humans) collectively face in a world saturated with disinformation, increasing polarisation and fragmentations of communities, centuries-old political and social injustices, marginalisation of the most vulnerable, and a rapidly degrading global environment.

Open Studio’s with Staff and Students between 10.00 to 15.00
With a Q&A with the Course Director and tutors at 13.30 – 14.30

Experimental Publishing (XPUB)

Locations: Online and Wijnhaven 61, fourth floor, XPUB studios

Join us, staff and students of XPUB online Tuesday 6 or Saturday10 (IRL). Saturday, we will be around from 10:00 to 15:00. You can find us on the 4th floor in the WdKA/PZI building at Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam.

If online, we’re hosting two sessions, one between 10:00-11:00 (good for people in Europe + going eastward) and one between 17:00-18:00 (good for people in Europe and more westward).

To register for the online sessions, follow this links:

A two-year master focussed on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks.

When do oracles receive bicycles with libraries?
Where can notebooks address protocols on publishing houses?
How can administrators explore interviews in plotter parties?
Why do bots jam with social shelves about festivals?
How can notebooks transmit tools in festivals?
When do oracles hack counter-action strategies about publishing houses?
Why do collectives situate first-aid kits at workshops?
Where can note takers write wikidata on squats?
How can bots gender vernacular tools with publishing houses?
Where can social justice warriors hack radios in archives?
When do bodies write conflicts at media labs?
How can gardeners read vernacular tools on public benches?
Where can social justice warriors read conflicts about telecom musea?

Interior Architecture: Research + Design [MIARD]

Location: Wijnhaven 61, fourth floor, MIARD studios

We are pleased to invite you to join us during our annual Open Day at MIARD. Our Open Day this year is in-person. During the day you have a chance to learn about the program, ask questions, and speak with the Course Director and Coordinator, tutors, students, and alumni. 

program 10:00-15:00 
MIARD presentation and circle conversation
by the course director with visitors starting at 11:00 
talk about their courses and professional practice 
talk about their study experience and life after graduation 
Extraction, A trans-scalar inquiry, Spatial Folders 
book publication conversation with the editors 
Open Studios 
first-year students are present to talk about their work
Spatial Tales of Unearthly Critters 
zine publication, studio conversation with second-year students 
Research and Reading 
a community table and library 
Facilities Tour 

visitors visit the many production stations and design studios 

Coffee, tea, and snacks are served throughout the day.

Education in Arts

Location: 4th floor in the WdKA/PZI building at Wijnhaven 61

Join us on Saturday 10th of February, 2024 at the Master of Education in Arts project space: we will be around from 10:00 to 15:00. You can find us on the 4th floor in the WdKA/PZI building at Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam.

During the Open Day, the course presents itself by means of a small ‘exhibition’: course material as well as graduation research will be on display providing a detailed insight in the content and profile of the programme. There is ample time to talk to the course director, tutors and students and ask any questions you might have about the course! There is also time and space to discuss your possible application.

In the morning from 11.00 to 11.45am, we will give a presentation about the course, make sure to be in time if you’d like to attend! Is this date not working for you? Please visit one of our Open Information Meetings.

Research in Art & Design Education and Collective Practice

What is the significance of material practices and embodiment for artistic research and education? How can we develop an art-driven, interdisciplinary pedagogy within secondary education? What are the main challenges when it comes to forging transdisciplinary connections between the arts and sciences in education? What are the current developments with respect to art mediation in museums? How do pivotal topics like the climate crisis, intersectionality and decolonialization – influence our view on education in the future?

A learning community

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 curriculum is designed for educators in the fields of secondary, vocational and higher arts and design education, educators in museums and community arts, as well as artists and designers with an interest in pedagogical practices. The course prepares graduates to engage with formal educational structures as well as with informal learning environments or collective practices. Peer learning and being part of a learning community is a key feature of our programme.

Master Design

Location: You can find us on the 4th floor in the WdKA/PZI building at Wijnhaven 61 – Room WH4.139

Based on their own design questions, students within the Master Design learn to do designerly and in-depth design research. They constantly reflect on what they discover and convey their work and expertise through storytelling. They combine and integrate this part-time master with their design practice, renew their own role and in this way that of creative professionals in society and organizations. They contribute to social, environmental and technological change. The combination of participatory work and authorship is fundamental.

Join us in our second Open Day to find out more on our course and get your questions answered.

Where: Willem de Kooning Academy

Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam / 4th floor – room WH4.139

When: Saturday 10 February 2024


10.00 am

> Room WH 4.139 open

11.00 am – 11.45 am

> Keynote on Master Design with general Q&A

11.45 am – 13.30 pm

> Q&A with Students & Tutors

12.45 pm – 13.15 pm

> Academy Tour with Tutor

13.30 pm – 14.30 pm

> Keynote on Master Design with general Q&A

15.00 pm

> Room WH 4.139 close