Second call for applications for European and Dutch students only.
European and Dutch students who wish to apply for the Master in Fine Art course of the Piet Zwart Institute, have until June 1st 2013 to apply.
For more information about our application procedure, please see our application section of this website.
The Master of Fine Art course at the Piet Zwart Institute is a postgraduate course offered by the Willem de Kooning Academy, which is part of the Hogeschool Rotterdam (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences).
The interdisciplinary programme is grounded in the belief that contemporary art is embedded within a larger field of cultural, social and political practices and discourses. It encourages critical reflection, debate and action while nurturing independent research and practice, as well as an awareness of the importance of professional development for emerging artists.
The international students accepted into the Master of Fine Art programme are offered studio space and a dynamic milieu within which they encounter a diverse network of peers and leading practitioners from various fields, enter into lively discussions with them and each other, and explore current issues in art, theory and society. The Piet Zwart Institute encourages its community to reach out and build productive relationships outside the academy via institutional partnerships and through individual initiative, to organize events at Piet Zwart Institute and elsewhere, and to present ideas and work to wider audiences.
The students’ and tutors’ own interests and practices are central to their involvement at the Piet Zwart Institute and strongly determine the character of the yearly programme. The Master of Fine Art provides a stimulating and engaging environment in which artists and tutors can pursue their respective interests together in meaningful ways. The curriculum combines a variety of approaches: it offers time and space for independent research, which is enhanced by individual tutorials, group critiques, interdisciplinary thematic projects, self-organized projects. Our tutorial team is comprised of international artists, writers, curators, and theorists from the Netherlands and abroad. Vibrant public programmes and substantial publications contribute to the visibility of our achievements.
An art school is a place in constant flux, where various currents of thought meet, intertwine and disperse, where the stability of meaning is disrupted and firm beliefs are unfixed, and where individuals meet to engage in creating a new, ever shifting, shared space of dialogue. Thus, our programme is different every year – it is the changing combination of students, tutors and guests that determines who we are and what we do within the field of contemporary art.