Master of Education in Arts

Master of Education in Arts

Piet Zwart Institute

Concept: Jeroen van der Heijden. Design: Kristin Metho. Piet Zwart Institute. Photo: Mireille Wieggers.

February 9, 2023
Master of Education in Arts
Open day: February 11
Priority deadline: March 7
Final deadline: May 10
Piet Zwart Institute
Master Education in Arts
P.O. Box 1272
3000 BG Rotterdam
the Netherlands

Call for applications 2023–24 Master of Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute. We’ll be evaluating applications from February 2023 onwards; early submissions are therefore encouraged; we accept students on a rolling basis. Master of Education in Arts: Two years, part-time, 60 ECTS.

Annual open day and open information meetings
Our annual open day will take place on February 11, 2023. We warmly welcome everybody interested in the programme to visit us. In addition to our annual Open Day, we organize frequent open information meetings. Check our website for the latest information how to participate.

Research in art and design education & collective practices
The Master of Education in arts programme at the Piet Zwart Institute is called “Education in Arts”, but in essence it is multidisciplinary. We pay attention to contemporary developments in art and design education, considering it to be an expanded and interdisciplinary field that also includes socially engaged practices in art. The programme pays attention to education inside schools as well as outside of them; the curriculum is designed for educators in the fields of secondary, vocational and higher arts and design education, educators in museums and community arts, as well as artists and designers with an interest in pedagogical practices. The course prepares graduates to engage with formal educational structures as well as with informal learning environments or collective practices.

Learning community
Peer learning and being part of a learning community is a key feature of our programme. Our uniquely tailored curriculum combines collective learning with individual tutorials and practice-based research with theoretical inquiry. The seminars are led by a team of tutors who combine their passion for education with professional grounding in the cultural scene. In our current and future society, transgressing boundaries and collaborating is key; therefore, we have founded a learning community in which participants learn from each other, no matter whether they are teaching at a secondary school, working in museum education, engaged in activist workshops or affiliated with a design academy.

Theory & practice
How can educators help to define the vital role of art and design in society? Our programme explicitly connects theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues that span different practices and discourses: the artist as educator; critical and feminist pedagogy; transdisciplinarity; decolonialization; embodiment; the ecological crisis; art, science and technology; et cetera. Unlike any other discipline, art education is bound to societal challenges, cultural urgencies and ethical questions. How do these play out on a micro and macro level within pedagogical practices? Participants are encouraged to reflect upon their practice and teaching methodologies from an engaged and critical perspective.

We are a part-time programme, designed for students who combine their study with their working practice. The programme has a modular structure of seminars that take place every two weeks on Fridays and Saturdays. During the two-year study, participants develop a research project that deepens their existing educational, artistic practice or opens new directions within it.

Our course is taught in English and accepts students from the Netherlands and abroad (within the EU). For an overview of our programme, staff and guest teachers, please visit our website.

Institutional context
The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. The institute is named after the Dutch designer Piet Zwart who worked experimentally across different media and contexts. The different programmes offer a rich combination of in-depth specialization.

General information and contact
If you have any questions, please contact us at: demsm [​at​]

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