Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Facilities

Facilities

SHARED STUDIOS
All students receive a desk space with an iMac desktop computer equipped with a full host of software packages required for professional image editing and video production.

RENTAL STUDIOS
A wide range of audiovisual equipment available for rent (at no cost), including cameras, projectors, hardware (tripods, stabilisers), microphones, etc. The full inventory of available equipment is available at: rental.mywdka.nl.

FACILITIES (Image & Sound Station)

AV-recording studio
equipped with ARRI LED lights

Photography studios
The four photography studios are all equipped with professional flash and recording facilities. Students are able to work with digital and analogue photography. Equipment includes:
–iMac computer for tethered shooting
–Broncolor studio lights and softboxes
–range of hardware e.g. tripods, light stands, studio stand, light modifiers, reflector boards, etc.

Black and white photographic darkrooms

Scanning workstations
–Hasselblad Flextight X1 scanner
–Epson v850 scanners
–iQ Flex A2 scanner

Editing booths

Green Screen studio

Sound studio
for voiceovers, audio editing and mixing

Selected camera equipment available for use in the Image & Sound Station studios includes:

  • Sony FS7 (SONY PXW-FS7) video camera
  • Fuji GFX 100 camera w/ 60mm, 110mm, 120mm macro lenses
  • Sony A7R Mark IV camera ,w/ 24-70mm, 85mm, 90mm macro,
    50mm macro lenses
  • Hasselblad 503 CX w/ 50mm, 120mm, 150mm lens (analogue)
  • Intrepid 4×5 large format field camera (analogue)

Students also have access to a wide variety of other workshops, stations and technical assistance at the Willem de Kooning Academy.

STATIONS

What is a Station?
Students, instructors and teachers work in and around the Stations: main central hubs which provide students with specific knowledge as well as the necessary high-quality tools and instruments. The opening hours of the academy are defined by those of the stations. Stations are not the exclusive ‘property’ of any specific major or practice: rather, they function as a crossroads, a hub, a meeting space for students and teachers from various disciplines and academic years. In the stations, students can find the expertise and facilities necessary for realising their work; expertise in the field of software, hardware, technique, equipment and machinery. Teachers, instructors and student-assistants are present all day (as well as in the evenings) in the Stations to help you.

The Stations are:

  • Image & Sound Station — studios, editing suites, scanners, analogue darkroom, etc.
  • Interaction Station — electronics, laser cutter, soldering stations, etc.
  • Publication Station — bookbinding, printmaking, typesetting, printing
  • Material Station — wood, metal, ceramics, 3D printing, CNC routing, etc.
  • Fabric Station — textile techniques, sewing machines
  • Drawing Station
  • Business Station
  • Research Station
  • BlueCity Lab
  • Education Station

For more information regarding individual stations please visit the following link: https://www.wdka.nl/stations

What can you do in the Stations?
In your major specialisation as well as your practice, you will be discovering what you can do in the Stations and what they can mean for you. You can take classes and instructions in the Stations in the context of your regular projects. Outside of these projects, you can also work independently in the Stations. It is also possible, at your own initiative, to choose from a broad selection of instructions and modules. This way you can become acquainted with specific technologies and equipment, and apply these in your own imaginative, ‘improper’, independent-minded and/or critical ways. During the course of your studies, you can use the stations to develop specific skills. Skills which you happen to find interesting, or which are related to the projects you wish to realise.

The Station as knowledge domain
The Station is also a place where research is conducted: research of new developments, as well as innovation in the field of technology, art and design, and ongoing exploration of new applications for technologies. Students become familiar with existing techniques and skills, while learning to make well-reasoned choices in the application of these techniques and skills. This is closely linked to the notion that the academy’s education programmes are focused on learning by doing, and then reflecting upon this process. The Stations provide an environment which stimulates and supports this process of making and doing (and of course thinking!). In the Stations, you will be working not only with fellow students and teachers from your own major specialisation, but also with students and teachers of various majors and academic years.