Call for applications 2017–18 and Agents in the Anthropocene Symposium

Call for applications 2017–18 and Agents in the Anthropocene Symposium

Piet Zwart Institute

The Rodina, 2016. Courtesy of Piet Zwart Institute.

January 13, 2017
Call for applications 2017–18 and Agents in the Anthropocene Symposium

Symposium: January 27–28, 2017
Application deadlines: March 1 and May 15

Piet Zwart Institute
Master Education in Arts
P.O. Box 1272
3000 BG Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Each year the course receives more applications than the number of available study places. Places are given on a rolling basis and therefore early submissions are encouraged.

Master of Education in Arts
Two years, part-time, 60 ECTS

About the course
The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy, a part of Rotterdam University. The institute is named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts. The Master of Education in Arts explicitly connects theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues that span different practices and discourses: education, pedagogy, art, design, digital didactics, philosophy, participatory practices, and so forth. The course is based on intensive seminars led by a dedicated group of educators, artists, designers and theorists. Through a uniquely tailored curriculum combining collective learning with individual tutorials, practice-based research and theoretical inquiry, our programme is built around the concept of the critically reflective practitioner. Every student graduates with an extensive research and education project, presented to the public in a graduation show at the end of the second year.

The curriculum is designed for teachers (secondary and higher art and design education) and museum educators, but also for cultural workers, artists and designers with a profound interest in education and/or pedagogical strategies and public practices. Peer review and being part of a vibrant learning community to exchange knowledge, is a key feature of our programme. The course prepares graduates to engage with formal educational structures as well as informal learning environments, such as skill sharing workshops and community-based projects. In order to attract and accommodate working professionals, the programme is structured as a 60-credit part-time course spread over two years. All modules are taught in English. For an overview of our staff and guest tutors please visit our website.

January 27–28, 2017
Symposium Agents in the Anthropocene 
The Master of Education in Arts warmly welcomes you to the symposium Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today, which takes place at the end of January 2017. With this symposium we intend to explore the role of the art and design fields as active agents within the discourse about the so-called “Anthropocene.” Special focus will be given to the notion of trans-disciplinary research—with its cross-pollination of art, science, design, media, ecology and different cultural disciplines—arising as part of the (critical) discussion about the Anthropocene.

Confirmed keynote speakers include: T.J. Demos (Professor History of Art and Visual Culture, UCLA, Santa Cruz; founding Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies); Alistair Fuad-Luke (educator, writer, activist, and Professor of Design Research at the Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano); Frauke Huber & Uwe H. Martin (artists, part of the collaborative art and research project World of Matter); and the artists Joshua Portway & Lise Autogena, among many others. In addition to keynote presentations, the symposium will include open call presentations (of exemplary practices and research from students, tutors, artists, designers, scientists, collectives and the like) and participatory brainstorming sessions.

Admission is free, but due to the limited number of available seats (80), registration is necessary. To register and for detailed information about the programme, please visit the symposium website.

Additional questions can be directed to: [email protected].

Open house
On Saturday February 11, the Piet Zwart Institute will organise its annual open house. See our website for more information about the location and time.

General information and contact
Please contact us with any questions you might have: [email protected].


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