January 22, 2019

Call for applications 2019–20: Master Education in Arts

Piet Zwart Institute

Amy Pickles, 2018. Performance. Image: Michaela Lakova.

Two years, part-time, 60 ECTS

We’ll start reviewing applications from January 2019 onwards. Places are given on a rolling basis and therefore early submissions are encouraged.

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 pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts. Being part of the Willem de Kooning Academy, we offer a rich combination of in-depth specialization and interdisciplinary exchange. Students have access to an extensive range of facilities and workshops offered by the academy.

Research and Experimentation in Art and Design Education
The Master Education in Arts is two-year part-time research master. It has an interdisciplinary focus, allows for experimentation, is taught in English and accepts students from the Netherlands and within the EU at large. The programme explicitly connects theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues that span different practices and discourses: education, pedagogy, art, design, cultural theory, digital cultures, philosophy, museum education, maker education, participatory art practices and so forth.

The course is based on intensive seminars led by a dedicated group of educators, artists, designers and theorists. Our staff shares an interest in critical pedagogy, in viewing art and design education as part of a larger social and societal fabric; in resisting bureaucracy and neo-liberalisation in education and in being closely connected to contemporary research practices in art and design. Our curriculum combines collective learning with individual tutorials and practice-based research with theoretical inquiry. Every participant develops an extensive individual research project (involving theoretical/artistic research as well as hands-on pedagogical experimentation) presented to the public at the end of the second year.

The curriculum is designed for educators in the field of secondary, vocational and higher art and design education, museum educators and artists and designers with an interest in pedagogical/public practices. We also welcome cultural professionals working outside and institutional environment (workshops, labs, et cetera). Peer learning and being part of learning community exchanging knowledge and experiences, is a key feature of our programme. The course prepares graduates to engage with formal educational structures as well as informal learning environments.

For an overview of programme and staff please visit our website.

Previous guest tutors/lecturers included: Mona Jas (artist and art mediator Berlin Biennale 2018), Kirstin Broussard (educator MoMA, Berlin/New York), Rory Pilgrim (artist, Rotterdam), Prof. Jack Halberstam (writer and professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University), Michiel Koelink (coordinator ArtechLAB Amsterdam, MFA Media Teacher Art Design Technology); Prof. Peter Kraftl (Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, author of Geographies of Alternative Education School), Alex Schaub (fab-lab expert, director of maker community Contact Amsterdam), Anna Santamouro (curator, Arts Catalyst, London), and many others.

Open Day
On Saturday February 9, 2019 the Piet Zwart Institute will organise its annual Open Day. See our website for more information about the location and time.

General information and contact
Please contact us with any questions you might have: demsm [​at​]

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