Piet Zwart Institute

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy: Fine Art, Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Media Design (Lens-based Media or Experimental Publishing), and Education in Art. All four are dedicated to promoting study and research in art, design, and art education, and share an interest in the complex social, cultural and political contexts of their respective fields.

The Piet Zwart Institute is 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, the programs cultivate strong connections to the city, its history and urban environment.

Through uniquely tailored curricula combining collective learning, individual tutorials, practice-based research and theoretical enquiry, our programs educate professionals toward critically reflective, innovative, questioning and imaginative approaches to their work. Our graduates establish themselves in their fields, but also challenge and creatively define the parameters of their fields.

The notion of ‘making public’ through exhibitions, programming, conferences and publications is key, and serves as a means of sharing and testing the research and practice fostered at the Piet Zwart Institute.



All Masters are two year full time programmes. 

The Master Education in Art is our only part time course, and for this reason unfortunately it is not open for students outside the EU, due to the Dutch VISA application and residence permit requirements.

The academic year officially begins September 1 and ends August 31.

Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design

Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing

Master Media Design: Lens-Based

Master Education in Art

Master Fine Art
Binder MFA