Piet Zwart Institute

Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Master Education in Arts

The Master of Education in Arts programme explicitly connects theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues, which span different practices and discourses (education, pedagogy, politics, art, design, cultural theory, digital didactics, philosophy, museum education and ‘community arts’). Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own position and teaching methodologies within social, cultural and political contexts, and are offered a close insight in the newest developments in art education, contemporary art and design. Through an intensive study process they strengthen their professional and personal position in the field. Although the general focus is interdisciplinary the programme specializes in art and design education. Next to a national, it also focuses on an international orientation towards the field of art education.

How can educators help to define the role of art and design in society? Which pedagogical methodologies are appropriate for specific audiences and contexts? What do developments such as ‘education-as-art’ and ‘the educational turn in curating’ mean for curricula within schools or for educational programmes in museums and galleries? How can art education help children grow up to become self-confident and emancipated adults? Can art education play a decisive role in developing creative, collaborative and entrepeneurial skills, or should it be protected against a one-sided neoliberal economical agenda?

These are but a few of the questions that are at the core of the Piet Zwart Institute’s Master of Education in Arts programme.

The course is mainly based on intensive seminars and workshops led by a dedicated group of educators, artists, designers and theorists. Through a uniquely tailored curriculum combining collective learning with individual tutorials, practice-based research and theoretical enquiry, our programme focuses on educating professionals with a critically reflective, innovative, questioning, and imaginative approach to their work.

The curriculum is designed for teachers (primary, secondary, as well as higher education) who operate within an institutional framework or with an educational practice within the cultural sector, but the programme also opens up to cultural workers, artists and designers interested in education, pedagogy and/or the public dimension of their work. Depending on a student’s particular background, interests and educational qualifications, the programme prepares graduates to engage with formal educational structures as well as informal learning environments, such as skill-sharing workshops and community-based projects. Pedagogical methodologies range from active fieldwork to theoretical research, interpretive methods, and the exploration of newly emergent forms of digital didactics.

In order to attract and accommodate working professionals seeking to upgrade or enhance their professional practice, the programme is structured as a 60-credit part-time course spread over two years. Upon fulfilling credit requirements, students graduate with a Master of Education in Arts (M Ed).

All modules are taught in English, written work may be submitted in either English or Dutch, depending on the individual module requirements.

CROHO code: 49117 M – which stands for Master Education in Arts.