Call for applications
Piet Zwart Institute
Above: Javier Lloret, Special Issue # 3 Interfacing the Law, 2017.
Above: Javier Lloret, Special Issue # 3 Interfacing the Law, 2017.
Piet Zwart Institute
Wijnhaven 61
3011 WJ Rotterdam
the Netherlands

Open house: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10am–3pm
First review: February 1 (international and EU applicants)
Final review: March 1 for non-EU applicants, second review for EU applicants
Last deadline: May 15 (EU applicants only)

Piet Zwart Institute
Master Education in Arts, Master Fine Art, Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Master Media Design: Lens-Based and Experimental Publishing

Mauritsstraat 36 / Karel Doormanhof 45 & Wijnhaven 61
The Netherlands

The Piet Zwart Institute admits candidates on a rolling basis from December 2017 to May 2018, until all positions in the cohorts are filled.

We strongly encourage you to apply early.

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 Art, Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing and Lens-Based, and the Master 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.

Exhibitions, symposia, conferences and publications expand our research beyond the confines of the academy, while simultaneously valuing speculative spaces for reflection and knowledge building that is made possible through the rigorous academic framework of the Piet Zwart Institute.

Teaching staff (see the website for detailed biographies of the teaching staff)
Fine Art: Liesbeth Bik (artist), Kate Briggs (translator, writer), Bernd Krauß (artist), Vivian Sky Rehberg (Course Director), Mike Sperlinger (writer, curator), Jan Verwoert (theorist, critic), Katarina Zdjelar (artist) and Nina Wakeford (artist, annual visiting tutor, 2017–18 academic year).

Media Design—Experimental Publishing: Aymeric Mansoux (Course Director, artist, writer, WdKA research professor), Delphine Bedel (artist, lecturer, curator and publisher), Andre Castro (media artist), Michael Murtaugh (independent computer programmer), Steve Rushton (writer, editor), Marloes de Valk (artist, writer)

Media Design—Lens-Based: Simon Pummell (Course Director, filmmaker, WdKA research professor), David Haines (visual artist), Ine Lamers (visual artist), Javier Lloret (artist, researcher), Aymeric Mansoux (research professor, code, art, politics, free culture), Barend Onneweer (independent visual effects and animation artist), Steve Rushton (writer, editor), Marloes de Valk (artist, writer)

Interior Architecture: Research + Design: Andrea Bagnato (editor, researcher), Max Bruinsma (writer, critic, editorial design), Daphne Heemskerk (graphic designer), Ephraim Joris (architect, interiors), Olivier Otten (interaction designer), Selina Parr (designer), Alex Suárez (Course Director, architect, educator), Marta M Roy Torrecilla (architect), Lara Tolman (designer), Füsun Türetken (architect, visual artist)

Education in Arts: Ingrid Commandeur (Course Director, research professor), Jolande Bosch (artist, educator), Kate Brehme (researcher, curator, educator), Elizabeth Graham (museum educator, curator), Michelle Kasprzak (educator / media and digital cultures), Fianne Konings (researcher, educator), Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (educator / researcher critical theory and pedagogy), Barbara Mahlknecht (cultural researcher, curator, educator), Irina Shapiro (designer, design educator), Renee Turner (artist, educator higher art and design education), Sjoerd Westbroek (artist, educator).

Apply to the Piet Zwart Institute
Application guidelines

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

[email protected]


December 14, 2017


Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam