[artinfo] Call for applications: Piet Zwart Institute MA

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Call for applications 2017-18

Application deadline: May 15, 2017
(for European applicants only)

Piet Zwart Institute
Master Education in Arts
P.O. Box 1272
3000 BG Rotterdam
The Netherlands


  Each Piet Zwart Masters programme is competitive. Applicants are 
accepted on a rolling basis and therefore early submissions are 

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programmes 
of the Willem de Kooning Academy, part of the Rotterdam University. 
Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked 
experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute 
offers a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and 
interdisciplinary exchange in a vibrant learning environment. 

Master Education in Arts 
Two year, part-time, 60 ECTS

A learning community for innovative research in art and design education
The Master of Education in Arts focuses on art and design education, 
participatory and public practices, curriculum design, audience 
advocacy, museum education, maker education, design activism and 
socially engaged practices. The programme explicitly connects theory 
and practice, focusing on contemporary issues which span different 
practices and discourses: education, (critical/feminist) pedagogy, 
politics, trans-disciplinary research, cultural theory, digital 
cultures, philosophy, et cetera. 

The course is based on intensive seminars led by a highly qualified 
international staff of educators, theorists, artists and designers. 
Through a uniquely tailored curriculum combining collective learning 
with individual tutorials, practice-based research and theoretical 
inquiry, our programme is built around the concept of the critically 
reflective practitioner. Participants are encouraged to reflect upon 
their practice and teaching methodologies from an engaged and 
informed perspective. Every student graduates with an extensive 
research project, presented to the public in a graduation 
presentation at the end of the second year. 

Knowledge production
We invite international guest tutors and speakers on a regular basis. 
Lecture series in the past were: "Art and Design Education in Times 
of Change", "Making Things Public", "Cartographies of Acting 
Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic" and most recently: 
"<https://www.anthropoceneagents.nl/>Agents in the Anthropocene. 
Trans-disciplinary practices in art and design education today", 
which received a large international interest. Students are also 
encouraged to curate a lecture programme and/or symposium in the 
first year connected to their professional interests.

Student profile
The Master Education in Arts programme reflects the expansion of the 
field of art/design education by preparing candidates for careers in 
BA or MA art and design programmes, educational institutions, 
museums, galleries, universities, cultural centres, community-based 
organisations and informal learning sites. The curriculum is designed 
for teachers (higher art and design education, secondary education, 
university level) and museum educators, but also for cultural 
workers, artists and designers with a profound interest in education 
and/or pedagogical strategies. Peer review and being part of a vivid 
learning community to exchange knowledge is a key feature of our 
programme. The course prepares graduates to engage with formal 
educational structures as well as informal learning environments, 
such as skill-sharing workshops and community-based projects. 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. All 
modules are taught in English. 

Tutors include: Ingrid Commandeur (Course Director), Kate Brehme, 
Jolande Bosch, Elizabeth Graham, Michelle Kasprzak, Frans-Willem 
Korsten, Irina Shapiro, Anthony Schrag, Renee Turner and Sjoerd 

Previous guests speakers are a.o.: Peter Kraftl, Jack Halberstam, 
Alistair Fuad-Luke, TJ Demos, Marijke Steedman, Anna Santamouro, Mel 
Jordan, Melanie Buhler, Jan Boelen, Adelita Husni-Bey, Joost de 
Bloois, Jan Masschelein, and many others.

How to apply
Please visit the 
section of our website. Applicants are requested to submit a 
motivation letter (with initial idea for a graduation research 
question and/or project), CV and portfolio with selected projects 
(focused on professional experience in art or design education), in 

More information and contact
Please address any questions to our coordinator Susana Pedrosa: 
<mailto:pzwart-info at hr.nl>pzwart-info at hr.nl.

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