Open house & call for applications

Open house & call for applications

Piet Zwart Institute

Nan Wang, Dust (detail). View from Unlinked, graduation exhibition at TENT, Rotterdam, 2014. Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn.

January 6, 2015
Open house & call for applications

Open house: Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10am–3pm

Priority deadline:January 31, 2015
Second deadline:March 3, 2015
Final deadline (for European students only): April 1, 2015

Piet Zwart Institute
Karel Doormanhof 45 & Vasteland 96-104
The Netherlands

[email protected]

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Hogeschool Rotterdam. 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 an intimate learning environment.

The programmes of the Piet Zwart Institute are located in the heart of Rotterdam’s city centre. While students and faculty come from across the globe, bringing with them a variety of cultural influences, there are also strong connections to the city, its complex history and dynamic urban environment.

We have four Master programmes: Fine ArtInterior Architecture & Retail Design, Master Media Design and Communication, and Education in Arts. All are founded on a shared interest in the complex social, cultural and political underpinnings of each discipline. Through a uniquely tailored curriculum combining collective learning, intensive individual tutorial support, practice-based research and theoretical inquiry, our programmes educate young professionals who have a critically reflective and imaginative approach to their work.

As an educational institute the notion of “making public” is core to our activities. These public moments are an important resource for students, faculty members and guests, serving as a bridge to the city, a framework for exploring timely and relevant issues, and building a community around areas of interests. Exhibitions, symposia, conferences and publications expand our research beyond the confines of academia, while simultaneously valuing the very necessary speculative space for reflection and knowledge building that is only made possible through the rigorous academic framework of the Piet Zwart Institute.

Teaching staff
Fine Art: Liesbeth Bik (artist), Kate Briggs (translator, writer), Bernd Krauß (artist), Vivian Sky Rehberg (Course Director, critic), Lisa Robertson (poet), Steve Rushton (writer, artist), Jan Verwoert (theorist, critic), Katarina Zdjelar (artist)

Media Design and Communication: Simon Pummell (Course Director, filmmaker, research professor), Annet Dekker (curator, writer, technology, media), David Haines (artist, drawing, video) Aymeric Mansoux (research professor, code, art, politics, free culture), Michael Murtaugh (computer programmer), Steve Rushton (writer, artist)

Interior Architecture and Retail Design: Alex Suarez (Course Director, architect, designer), Sander Boer (architect, design technologies), Max Bruinsma (writer, critic, editorial design), Chris Luth (architect, curator), Catherine Somzé (art historian, media critic), Füsun Türetken (architect, visual artist)

Education in Arts: Ingrid Commandeur (Course Director, critic, researcher), Clare Butcher (curator, educator), Barbara Campaner (gallery educator), Elizabeth Graham (curator, educator), Marike Hoekstra (artist, teacher, PhD candidate), Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (Chair, Literature and Society at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam; professor at LUCAS), Levien Nordeman (teacher, researcher on new media), Maaike Roozenburg (research through design practices), Sjoerd Westbroek (artist, educator), Bart Witte (artist, concept management).

Interdepartmental: Prof. dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (Chair, Literature and Society at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam; professor at LUCAS), Nana Adusei-Poku (research professor in Cultural Diversity at Creating 010; Witte de With’s Curatorial Fellow 2015), Reneé Turner (Director of the Piet Zwart Institute, artist, writer).


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Application guidelines

Priority deadline is January 31, 2015.
The second deadline is March 3, 2015.
The final deadline for European students only is April 1, 2015.

Piet Zwart Institute
P.O. Box 1272
3000 BG Rotterdam
The Netherlands



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