December 14, 2021

MA programmes

Piet Zwart Institute

Image by Urte Baranauskaite, 2021

The Piet Zwart Institute is open for new applications. Due to the quantity of applications the Piet Zwart Institute master programmes receive, regulations regarding immigration, and international opportunities to apply for study funding, we strongly encourage you to apply early.

Priority deadline for completed applications of Dutch, EU applicants and final deadline non-EU applicants. (This deadline does not apply for the Master Design) is March 16, 2022. Final deadline for completed applications of Dutch and EU applicants is April 28, 2022. Join us for our annual open house: Saturday, February 12 2022, 10am-3pm.

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 research, 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 six master programmes. Full-time programmes: Fine Art, Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Experimental Publishing, Lens-Based Media and our two part-time master programmes, Education in Arts and the Master Design. 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, individual tutorial support, practice-based research and theoretical inquiry, our programmes educate young and/ or mid-career professionals who have a critically reflective and imaginative approach to their work.

As an educational institute the notion of “making public” is core to our activities. These public moments are an important resource for students, faculty members and guests, serving as a bridge to the city, a framework for exploring timely and relevant issues, and building a community around areas of interests. Exhibitions, symposia, conferences and publications expand our research beyond the confines of academia, while simultaneously valuing the very necessary speculative space for reflection and knowledge building that is only made possible through the rigorous master framework of the Piet Zwart Institute. For more information about our teaching staff please check here.

Apply to the Piet Zwart Institute and/or contact: Piet Zwart Institute, P.O. Box 1272, 3000 BG Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pzwart-info [​at​]

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