Master of Fine Art: call for application

Master of Fine Art: call for application

Piet Zwart Institute

Olivia Dunbar, Breathing all the things is like a void, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Ghislain Amar.

November 18, 2013
Master of Fine Art: call for application

Priority deadline for Non EU and EU applicants: January 31, 2014
Results: February 28, 2014

Institute for Postgraduate Research and Studies in Art and Design
Willem de Kooning Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam

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

Application deadlines
The Piet Zwart Institute will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. International applicants (without EU citizenship) must submit their materials, and will be accepted in the first and second application rounds due to time constraints for completing enrollment requirements and processing residency permits.

Priority deadline for Non EU and EU applicants: January 31, 2014
Results: February 28, 2014

Second deadline for Non EU and EU applicants: March 3, 2014
Results: March 28, 2014

Final deadline for EU applicants only: April 1, 2014
Results: June 2, 2014

The two-year Master of Fine Art (MFA) program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, foregrounds the reciprocal articulation of research, practice, and professionalization. It considers critical reflection, debate, and action as integral to self-directed artistic research and practice, and fosters professional development for emerging artists through exposure to key actors and influences in the field of contemporary art, professional guidance and workshops, and exhibition and public programming opportunities for presenting ideas and work to wider audiences.

The MFA program seeks to educate artists toward the fulfillment of their own creative and professional autonomy, and encourages its students to see themselves as agents who have the potential to shape the field of international contemporary art. In keeping with the dynamic and hybrid nature of contemporary art production and distribution today, students in the MFA program work individually, collaboratively and collectively, with and across a range of traditional, analog, and digital mediums and experimental formats. Just as the contemporary art world promotes interdisciplinary cross-pollination, students enrolled in the MFA program do not always define themselves solely as visual artists, but also as artist-writers or artist-curators, artist-performers, artist-designers, or simply as cultural producers. Such variety leads to an especially rich and productive research culture that allows students to pursue their practice to a professional level.

Accepted students are offered ample studio space and a dynamic milieu comprised of peers and leading practitioners from various fields. The MFA program cultivates a stimulating and engaging environment in which students, tutors and guests can engage their respective interests together in meaningful ways. The curriculum offers considerable time and space for self-directed research and practice, which is enhanced by individual tutorials, group critiques, interdisciplinary thematic seminars and projects, a reading, research and writing methodologies seminar, as well as self-organized and extra-curricular activities.

Our tutorial team is comprised of international artists, writers, curators, and theorists from the Netherlands and abroad. Vibrant public program and publications contribute to the visibility of our achievements. In addition, the MFA program strives to reach out and build relationships outside the academy via institutional partnerships and through individual initiative. The MFA program evolves every year—it is the combination of students, tutors and guests, as well as occurrences, events and critical debates in the art world and in the wider culture, that help define who we are and what we do within the field of contemporary art.

MFA programme core tutors: Liesbeth Bik, Bernd Krauß, Steve Rushton, Jan Verwoert, Lisa Robertson and Katarina Zdjelar.

Recent and future guest tutors include: Nana Adusei-Poku, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Eric Baudelaire, Ruth Buchanan, Kate Briggs, Beatrice Gibson, Antonia Hirsch, Pamela M. Lee, Matteo Lucchetti, John Menick, Ieva Miseviciute, Nicolás Paris, Arnisa Zeqo, and more.

The Piet Zwart Institute is an international postgraduate programme dedicated to study and research in the fields of art and design. There are four Master courses: Fine Art, Interior Architecture and Retail Design, Media Design and Communication, and Art Education.

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