Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam

Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam

http://www.sandberg.nl

As the postgraduate programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, the Sandberg Instituut offers Master’s programmes in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture and Design. All programmes are officially licensed and funded by the Dutch Government and are leading to the Master of Arts degree (MA).

With an average of 20 students per programme, the Sandberg Instituut keeps their departments relatively small. This allows the institute to make the courses flexible and open to initiatives from students and third parties. The course directors are prominent artists, designers and curators with international practices. They invite (guest) tutors who are able to challenge the students to critically reflect on their profession, their work and their progress.

Jurgen Bey, the director since 2010, has sought to find ways to align the institute with the dynamic of contemporary society. He introduced 2-year programmes that are developed according to urgent world issues. Vacant NL—the first temporary Master’s programme—was launched in 2011 and explored the vast potential of the thousands of vacant buildings in the Netherlands. In 2013, two additional temporary programmes were introduced: School of Missing Studies dealt with art and the public space, whereas Material Utopias investigated the shifting boundaries between materials and techniques. Since February 2017 four different temporary programmes have been running at the institute with two more—Radical Cut-up and Shadow Channel—starting in September 2017. At that time, a new department run by Nelly Ben Hayoun—University of the Underground—will start.

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