Call for applications: Master Education in Arts

Call for applications: Master Education in Arts

Piet Zwart Institute

First year students during their thematic seminar Contemporary Developments in Art and Design Education. Photo: Ilse Leenders.

January 25, 2016
Call for applications: Master Education in Arts

First deadline: February 1
Second deadline: March 1
Final deadline: May 15, 2016 (for European applicants only)

Open house: February 13

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

Each Piet Zwart Masters programme is competitive, places are given on a rolling basis and therefore early submissions are encouraged.

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international master’s programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy, part of the Rotterdam University. 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 a vibrant learning environment.

Master Education in Arts
Two year, part-time, 60 ECTS

About the course
The Master of Education in Arts explicitly connects theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues, which span different practices and discourses: education, pedagogy, art, design, digital didactics, philosophy, artistic practices of mediation, et cetera. The course is based on intensive modules and 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. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their practice and teaching methodologies from an engaged and informed perspective. 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. Students are also encouraged to curate a lecture programme and/or symposium in the first year connected to their professional interests.

Student profile
The curriculum is designed for teachers (secondary, 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. Peer review and being part of a vivid 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. Pedagogical methodologies range from active fieldwork to theoretical research, interpretive methods, and the exploration of new and emerging forms of digital didactics. In order to attract and accommodate working professionals seeking to upgrade or enhance their professional practice, the programme is structured as a 60-credit part-time course spread over two years. All modules are taught in English. We regularly work together with cultural and educational institutions and national and international partner institutes.

Tutors include: Kate Brehme (gallery education, informal education), Clare Butcher (educator, member of the Documenta 14 education team), Ingrid Commandeur (Course Director, critic, educator), Elizabeth Graham (gallery education), Sjoerd Westbroek (artist, educator, philosopher), Marike Hoekstra (secondary art education, research methodologies), Michelle Kasprzak (media studies, digital didactics); Elisabeth Klement (design education), Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (critical theory, pedagogy, professor at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), the Netherlands) and (previous) guests a.o.: Florian Cramer (Research Professor, new media and it’s impact on art and design, Creating 010), Priscila Fernandes (artist), Ane Hjort Guttu (artist), Maaike Roozenburg (designer), Barbara Campaner (gallery educator), Jan Masschelein (Professor of Philosophy of Education and Director of the Laboratory for Education and Society, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Netherlands), Dennis Atkinson (Professor Emeritus at Goldsmiths University of London, Centre for the Arts and Learning, United Kingdom), Rick Dolphijn (media-, cultural theorist), et cetera.

How to apply
Please visit the application section of our website. Applicants are requested to submit a motivation letter (with initial idea for a graduation research question and/or project), CV, and portfolio with selected projects (focused on professional experience in art or design education), in English.

Open house
On Saturday February 13, the Piet Zwart Institute will organise its annual open house. See our website for more information about the event, location, and time.

More information and contact
Contact our coordinator Vanessa Tuitel with any questions you might have: [email protected]



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