Course Director – Master Fine Art (0,8 fte)

Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (WdKA/RUAS), offers a variety of bachelor and master programmes in the field of visual culture, art, design, education in arts, and leisure management.

The academy prepares its students for core professions within the creative industries. The art education programmes play a key role in various knowledge domains including communication & technology, and art & social engagement.

These education programmes prepare students for a career in the cultural making industry: as artists, as designers, as makers and producers, as educators, as researchers, and as organisers.

About the Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Fine Art

The Master Fine Art at Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) is a two year English-taught Master of Arts in the Fine Art and Design programme at Willem de Kooning Academy/Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

The programme fosters the professional development of emerging artists through exposure to key actors and influences in the field of contemporary art, professional guidance and workshops, and by offering opportunities for presenting ideas and work to wider audiences. Our collective ambition is to provide our students with a challenging, supportive and responsive learning environment, as well as a curriculum that offers the creative structure and committed resources they need to develop their individual and collective senses of artistic purpose and agency.


The Course Director is responsible for advancing the research and teaching missions of the programme, and leading on curriculum and assessment development, faculty and student recruitment, and the management of organizational resources and structures with the needs of our international community in mind.

  • Maintains an inspiring teaching and learning environment for staff and students.
  • Leads the MFA with vision, and advances the research, teaching and professional missions of the MFA programme in alignment with broader institutional agendas at PZI and WdKA.
  • Works as a team with other Course Directors of the PZI and Major and Practice leaders at the WdKA.
  • Participates in the development of artistic research.
  • Promotes the programme, students, faculty, alumni on national and international level.
  • Fosters relations with national, international and Rotterdam-based cultural and education organisations, including the Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL).

We are looking for a resourceful and innovative international arts professional, who has imaginative visions for promoting excellence in artistic research and practice, in the context of arts education, but also in the professional field.


  • a Master’s Degree or PhD in a relevant field;
  • a genuine enthusiasm for working with and mentoring contemporary artists;
  • a collegial attitude towards administrative and collaborative work across the PZI/WdKA;
  • EU/ECC work authorization;
  • fluency in English, and a willingness to learn Dutch.

He/she/they is an excellent communicator who excels at sharing expertise and facilitating exchange within and outside of the MFA programme, in particular with the bachelor programmes of WdKA.


Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers a temporary contract, from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, with the possibility for extension into a permanent contract. The salary ranges from €4,326.54 to €5,564.23 gross per month (salary scale 12) for a full time appointment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Secondary benefits include excellent professional training opportunities and an attractive pension scheme.

All staff members of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences must be able to submit a Certificate of Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) issued by the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security.

Additional information

Informal enquiries about the position or the selection procedure can be directed to:

Deadline for applications: October 1, 2019

Online applications through here

Please do not use this vacancy as an acquisition opportunity.

Introducing Binder

Binder is an initiative of the Master Fine Art (Master of Fine Art and Design, in Fine Art) at the Piet Zwart Institute, which houses the international Master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Hogeschool Rotterdam. The Piet Zwart Institute is dedicated to promoting study and research in the fields of art, design, and art education.

Binder was founded in 2017 as a web publication dedicated to the research, practice, and writing produced by the Master Fine Art community. It serves as site for documentation of past and present work, writing, exhibitions, and educational projects. Each issue of Binder will be filled on an ongoing basis by the students, staff, and guests of the MFA program.


Head of PZI Media Design Masters has retrospective screening at the EYE Film Museum

Simon Pummell in Focus
Shadow Drawings, Trick Films and Science Fictions
EYE Film Museum Amsterdam
TUESDAY 17th January 2017, at 19.30

Tonight the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam is focusing a retrospective program on the head of The Piet Zwart Media Design Program: Simon Pummell.

A screening of several of Simon Pummell’s early short animations will be followed by the screening of his latest feature film Identicals.  The screening marks the acquisition by the EYE Film Museum of his working archive and film negatives and prints.

As part of the short film program he will also be in conversation with Patricia Pisters, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, about the links between animation and science fiction, and the relationship between experimental and genre cinema.

Tickets are still available through this link



Time: Saturday October 22, 19.30 – 21.00 hrs
Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam
Admission: Free

The Master Education in Arts cordially invites you to the lecture series: “Making Things Public”.

As our second speaker we welcome Anna Santomouro, independent curator and researcher based
in Birmingham (UK), who will be lecturing about “Micropolitics and Soutern European Socially Engaged Art Practics”. Looking at artistic and curatorial processes that incorporate some of the methods and languages that the American art historian Claire Bishop identified as a “social turn” in contemporary art practice, Santomouro seeks to redefine such collective processes through the lens of the theories of micropolitics. Drawing a genealogy of micropolitics since the 1960s in Europe, her lecture looks specifically at Italian theorists like Antonio Negri, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Maurizio Lazzarato (who have incorporated the notion of micropolitics as a conceptual and operative tool in their work). Herewith she tries to generate a productive framework to conceptualize the artistic and curatorial strategies of intervention in the Southern European and Mediterranean context and the austerity climate in which they emerged.

Anna Santomauro is an independent curator and researcher currently based in Birmingham (UK). She is the Co-Founder and Chief Curator of Vessel in Bari, Italy, a non-profit arts organization devoted to developing critical discourse around pertinent contemporary social, political, and economic issues. In 2015 Santomauro was ESP and Public Programmer at Eastside Projects (Birmingham). She has developed several projects and curated multiple exhibitions such as: The Pacifist Library – Sarajevo (2013); Giant Step, a collaboration between Vessel and the Van Abbemuseum, Mostyn Gallery, and Galeria Labirynt (2012); For an Ecology of the Museum at the Museum of Villa Croce in Genoa, Italy (2012). In 2013 Santomauro and her colleague Viviana Checchia were the recipients of ICI/Dedalus Research Award. She is PhD candidate at the University of Wolverhampton (UK).

Save the date: November 4, Making Things Public – Talk # 3 with Marijke Steedman:
“What Happens When Art Exits the Gallery?”. Marijke Steedman is a curator working in the field of art in the public sphere with an interest in the political and social conditions for producing and receiving art. She worked at Tate Britain and then Whitechapel Gallery in the frame of gallery education where she developed projects such as The Street, Reclaim the Mural and edited the book Gallery as Community: Art, Education and Politics.

Public Talk: Jan Boelen about art and design education

Lecture #4
Time: Friday September 16, 19:00 – 21:00 hrs.
Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam
Admission: Open

Within his work Jan Boelen connects various fields and disciplines: design education, theory and curating, thereby placing the debate on art and design education outside a regular institutional context. He critically questions: ‘Should learning be methodologically or individually based? Which counts most: form or content, product or process, today or tomorrow? Should teaching focus on design or the designer? Are schools the appointed places to develop new politically- and socially-led teaching methods? In order to foster debate he started the platform: ‘Re-Inventing School from A to Z33’, offering a space to discuss educational developments in today’s schools.

Jan Boelen graduated as a product designer at the Media and Design Academy (KHLim). He now works as a curator, educator and artistic director. He currently holds the position of artistic director of Z33, house for contemporary art in Hasselt (B) and is Head of the Masters Department Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL).  Z33 has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday matters in a novel manner. Under the guidance of Jan Boelen Z33 has developed itself into a laboratory and a meeting place for experiment and innovation. In 2014 Jan Boelen curated BIO50, the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana (SI) and lead a series of international debates on the future of design.

How do you position yourself or act in what are always complex pedagogical situations? As part of last year’s program the students of the Master Education Art self-organized a series of lectures/events. They mapped out four areas most relevant to their current interests: #1 Embodiment/Interaction with theatre maker and artist Lotte van den Berg; #2 Institutional Public Programming with educator and curator Belinda Hak; #3 Education Innovation with media artist and educator Michiel Koelink and #4 Design Education with Jan Boelen.

V2_ Test_Lab: The Graduation Edition 2016

Featuring recent PZI MMD&C graduates
Manetta Berends and Ruben van de Ven

date: Thursday, 07 July
time: 20:00 – 23:00
entrance fee: €3,- (this includes one free drink)

And, join beforehand the workshop i-could-have-written-that
time: 14:00 – 16:00
to subscribe & for more info:
Location both events: V2_ Institute For The Unstable Media Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 Xl, Rotterdam

Young people are the innovators and change agents of society, revealing the future to us by creating it. Therefore, at the end of every academic year, V2_ takes a close look at a selection of outstanding art and design work created by young artists and designers graduating in emerging arts across Europe. In this special edition of V2’s Test_Lab you will discover which topics are being addressed by this new generation of artists and designers, and find out what their motives, positions, methodologies, and media of choice are.
This year’s graduation edition of Test_Lab will showcase another remarkable and thought-provoking selection of installations, demonstrations, prototypes and experiments.
in the company of other current graduates
Calum Bowden (RCA, London)
Katarina Petrovic (ArtScience, The Hague)
Stefan Bandalac (ArtScience, The Hague)
Yoonji Kim (KHM, Cologne)
Long Wu (Sandberg Institute Designing Democracy, Amsterdam).

Come and join the workshop i-could-have-written-that for a a sneak preview and help critically examine the reading power of text mining software. The workshop dismantels how large sets of written documents are transformed into useful/meaningful/truthful data. A process that is presented by text mining companies as “the power to know”, “the absolute truth”, “with an accuracy that rivals and surpasses humans”. This workshop introduced by Manetta Barends challenges the image of this modern algorithmic oracle, by making our own.

Choose how you feel; you have seven options – Ruben van de Ven

What does it mean to feel 47% happy and 21% surprised? “Choose how you feel; you have seven options” is a video work that revolves around this question, as it looks at software that derives emotional parameters from facial expressions. It combines human accounts and algorithmic processing to examine this intersection of highly cognitive practices and ambiguous experiences. Interrogating the discursive apparatus that is being erected.

Click here for the Facebook-event.

Graduate Exhibition Master Fine Art

Opening: Friday July 1st 2016
Exhibition: July 1 – July 10 2016
Locations: ramfoundation, MAMA, TENT Rotterdam


Featuring: Niels Bekkema, Clara J:son Borg, Madison Bycroft, Seecum Cheung, Raluca Croitoru, Mat Do, Michael FitzGerald, Daniel Fogarty, Tracy Hanna, Mitchell Kehe, Katherine MacBride, Kari Robertson, Natalia Sorzano, and Angharad Williams.

Guest curator: Maaike Gouwenberg

Fourteen international artists cordially invite you to Assemble Relatives, a temporary assembly across three contemporary art spaces in Rotterdam. The conversations, relationships and practices these artists have developed over two years, at the Master Fine Art of Piet Zwart Institute, coalesce in this single moment before they disperse into a new constellation. Three local contemporary art institutions—MAMA, TENT and ramfoundation—provide the stage for a guided script in which the artworks at first speak for themselves, then shift positions toward each other and the audience over the course of the ten-day event. There will be collaborations, artworks distributed en route, changes in the installations, bursts of songs, and performances inside and outside the three venues. Assemble Relatives is a collective array of singularities.

Programme Opening: Friday 1 July 2016

  • 18.00 – 22.00 ramfoundation (Van Vollenhovenstraat 14)
  • 20.00 – 22.00 MAMA (Witte de Withstraat 29-31)
  • 20.00 – 22.00 TENT (Witte de Withstraat 50)

Graduation Presentation Master of Education in Arts

July 7– July 10 2016
Thursday July 7, 17:00 – 22:00 hrs.
Open Hours: Fri July 8, 14:00 – 22:00 hrs.
Sat / Sun July 9-10, 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.

Location: Dansateliers, s’Gravendijkwal 58, Rotterdam

Graduating educators/artists/designers: Karin Arink, Juan Beladrich, Clare Breen, Mariana Fernandes, Rick Fingal, Sita de Kam, Katinka van der Laan, Annelies de Leede, Erica Volpini, Bien van der Voorden, Mascha van Zijverden.

The Master of Education in Arts programme, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, warmly invites you to join our Graduation Presentation 2016. During three days, the graduation research and education projects of 11 students will be represented within the labyrinthine studio setting of the Dansateliers, activated by conversations, workshops, games and eating together.

As a two-year, part-time course, which explicitly connects theory to practice, the research conducted and education projects tested by the graduates require a deviation from a usual exhibition format. Staying true to the original conditions afforded by the classroom, the academy, the gallery, the design modeling workshop, the fashion master class, the Group Critique, the drawing game, the dinner, or the theatrical setting, the students disclose and draw the contours of their research and pedagogical practices.

In cooperation with an intimate curator/artist/designer-team and supported by a set of structures designed especially for the occasion, as well as a website, each project is drawn together in open forms of negotiation, conviviality and “making public”. For detailed information about the activities during the presentations and the individual projects please visit:

Graduation Presentation co-curated by: Clare Butcher and Eloise Sweetman, Scenography: Nikola Knežević, Graphic Design: Mirte van Duppen, Technical installation: Geert van Mil, Cooking: Doran Schmaal.

Graduation Supervisors: Clare Butcher, Ingrid Commandeur (course director), Marike Hoekstra, Frans-Willem Korsten, Renee Turner, Sjoerd Westbroek.

Priorities: The Talk Show

Please join us for: PRIORITIES: THE TALK SHOW

Any one of us could have done this, but we chose to do it together. We met for coffee: so, what are our priorities? We floated these words: agency, queer politics, materiality, artistic sustainability, ethics, ecology, normativity, and the position of the artist today. Priorities: The Talk Show is an exhibition and symposium initiated and produced by artists in year one of the Master of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute. We approach learning through conviviality and deep hanging out. Let’s have three days of fika! Comfortable seating doesn’t make lazy listeners. We want scholars to be present and the ignorant schoolmasters in the audience to interrupt. Questions?

We work well together. Let’s see if our works do the same. It will be a great exhibition! Featuring the artists Connie Butler, Angelica Falkeling, Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin, Anni Puolakka, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Eothen Stearn, Viktor Timofeev and Daniel Tuomey.

Based on the format of a live TV talk show, we are hosting workshops, talks, screenings, performances and meals across several spaces in the Piet Zwart Institute. We managed to come up with some shared territories. Even if we didn’t use a voting process, the outcome seems to be the same as if we did: a bit of compromise, and something for everyone. Joining us on the show with their own priorities are Florian Cramer, Egon Hanfstingl, Alex Martinis Roe, Sofia Stevi, Jan Verwoert, and Louwrien Wijers.

SCHEDULE (subject to modification)
The exhibition in the PZI MFA studios will be open for viewing throughout the weekend, during the event times listed below.

Friday 3 June
– 10am-4pm ‘Our Future Network: Workshop on trans-generational collective politics’, a workshop led by Alex Martinis Roe (reservation required:
– 5pm-7pm PRIORITIES Exhibition opening
– 9pm till late at Performance Bar, Boomgaardsstraat 69, 3012 XA Rotterdam

Friday evening Priorities: The Talk Show takes over Performance Bar for one night featuring live acts by Raluca Croitoru, Angelica Falkeling, Tracy Hanna, Katherine MacBride, NIKA MÚSICA, Anni Puolakka, Eothen Stearn, Daniel Tuomey, Angharad Williams, and Daniel van den Broeke.

– 9:15pm Daniel van den Broeke
– 9:45pm Raluca Croitoru, A demonstrative session of Art History Aerobics perfect for both beginners and advanced
– 10pm Katherine MacBride
– 10:15pm The Post People, Sculptural Grunge and Live Song Writing
– 10:30pm Angharad Williams
– 11:00pm Making Sense of the “Ah” verse/A cult to the dead, by Nika Música
Wall works, drawings, songs, printed images and stories found in real and imagined landscapes, tropical regions and space

– 12am Dear Fear, by Angelica Falkeling, Anni Puolakka, Eothen Stearn
A performance collective working around improvisation.
Composed into three chapters: emotions, rules and fears

Glass breaking onion eating komono; Slapping ass in white wig; Alien in hotpants

Until 2am DJ Piet

Saturday 4 June
– 11am Cooking Together/Eating Together, preparing lunch with Egon Hanfstingl
– 1:30pm Talk and Q and A, with Louwrien Wijers
– 3pm ‘On Criminal Energy: and forces like hate, love or jealousy which give us a clear sense of priorities, but which are difficult to acknowledge openly and may cause us to never learn’, by Jan Verwoert
– 5pm PMS: Piet Monthly Screening, with Erika Roux and Anni Puolakka

Sunday 5 June
– 11am A walk together, with Sofia Stevi
– 1pm Spinozist lunch (It might not be art but at least we can eat off it)
– 2:30pm ‘A Critique of Total Automation and of Folk Politics
and Priorities Poetry Lesson’, with Florian Cramer
– 4pm-6pm Two Yeahs! Live radio broadcast and wrap-up drinks, with Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin and special guests

Piet Zwart Institute-Master of Fine Art
Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam


Artist Talk by Hedwig houben

Time: Wednesday May 25, 19:00 hrs.
Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam
Admission: free

Hedwig Houben (b. 1983, Boxtel, The Netherlands) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
Through performance, installations and video, she reflects on the value of art, her objects, and ways of working. Her practice emphasizes the process of creation and questions the infinite possibilities before an image or object is made.Houben studied at the Art Academy Breda (The Netherlands), the Art Academy Düsseldorf, and was a resident at HISK in Ghent, Belgium. In 2015, Houben was nominated for the Prix de Rome. She has had recent solo exhibitions in Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2015) and 1646, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2013) and her work was included in UnScene III, Wiels Brussels, Belgium; LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival) Lofoten, Norway and Parashopia, Kyoto Japan (all 2015).