2013-02-18

Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam: Call for admission

INSIDE THE WHITE WHALE. Temporary spaces for young entrepreneurship, the Work Shop. Photo: Corneel de Wilde – Kogelvis Fotografie. © Sandberg Instituut/Vacant NL.

The Sandberg Instituut offers Master’s programmes in Fine Arts, Applied Arts (Dirty Art Department), Design (Think Tank for Visual Strategies), and Interior Architecture (Studio for Immediate Spaces).
Since September 2011 the institute offers temporary two-year programmes. 


The Sandberg Instituut is named after Willem Sandberg, former director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, designer, and charismatic champion of all things new and different in art. Established in 1990 by former Rietveld director Simon den Hartog, it was originally concerned mainly with the organisation of post-academic activities such as seminars and exhibitions. It was the first director Jos Houweling, who developed it into a fully recognised educational institute with several renowned masterprogrammes. Jurgen Bey, director since 2010, is making the institute even more outward-looking by starting up new programmes and strengthening the institute’s position within the international Art and Design practice.
Where other master programmes emphasise isolation and contemplation, their philosophy is based on the lure, distraction and practical lessons of an active artists' practice. If graduates have to be able to work and exhibit and also to deal with criticism and questioning independently after just two years, they need plenty of hands-on experience. It has been practically demonstrated that artists who exhibit while studying can make a huge leap forward. For this reason several projects are offered in a wide range of disciplines. But the two year programme is more than a succession of projects. The studio and the department are the home base to which students return to evaluate their experiences, to sharpen and hone the content of their work and to make preparations for new steps into the unknown.
Although a great deal of activities is presented, your own efforts and self-motivation largely determine your success. "We are not looking for obedient, dutiful students. If you are afraid of uncertainty, success, confusion and adventure, don't bother applying."

Main programmes:

Fine Arts (MFA); course director: Krist Gruijthuijsen—tutors: Nicoline van Harskamp, Raimundas Malašauskas, Jason Dodge
The programme retains its focus on the notions of autonomy and creation, while addressing the social and economical roles and implications of these traditional parameters of art production. The programme is structured around modules exploring the realms of language, image, object, performance and representation.

Design / Think Tank for visual strategies (MDes); course director: Annelys de Vet—tutors: Nina Folkersma, Jan-Kees van Kampen, Dimitri NIeuwenhuizen, Rob Schröder, Daniel van der Velden
The department functions as a cultural think tank for visual strategies. Students commit themselves to various cultural, social and political research-based visual projects, putting together their own programme with an open curriculum and creating hybrid forms of communication that draw on their skills as writers, editors, visualizers, programmers, conceptualizers and designers.

Applied Arts / Dirty Art Department (MDes); course directors: Jerszy Seymour and Catherine Geel—tutors: Clemence Seilles, Stephane Barbier Bouvet
This programme provides an open space for all possible thought, creation and action. Acting as a designer is seen as a dynamic paradox, flowing between the pure and applied, the existential and deterministic, and the holy and profane. It explores the relationship between the built and natural world, between the collective and the individual. The programme is open to designers, artists, bankers, sceptics, optimists, philosophers, thinkers, farmers, anarchists…anyone with an inquiring mind.

Interior Architecture / Studio for Immediate Spaces (MIA); course director: Anne Holtrop—tutors: Bas Princen, Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, John Lonsdale, Sophie Krier, Lucy Cotter, Tom Vandeputte
This programme welcomes all those who are eager to experiment and explore the spaces around us, to examine how these are made up, what they consist of and how people use and relate to them. The course is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in Design, Interior Design / Spatial Design or Architecture or in related fields, as is anyone that can show comparable work experience.

Vacant.nl (MIA) our first temporary programme on vacancy in buildings and public space will end in the summer of 2013. Course directors Eric and Ronald Rietveld will then present the results in a publication.

Two new temporary Master programmes will focus on urgent questions in art, design and society. Please check our website for the latest information. We anticipate to open the programmes for application mid-January 2013! 

Material Utopias (MFA); course director: Louise Schouwenberg—tutors: Folkert de Jong, Jens Pfeifer, Bastienne Kramer a.o.
The programme aims to exploit the making process to the fullest. Experimentation with both traditional and new materials, and reflection on their characteristics and inherent meanings, will play a major role. The student is expected to possess highly developed craft skills in working with a specific material, and the openness to expand and push its borders, as well as develop expertise with new materials and media.

Art and Learning / School of Missing Studies (MFA); course directors: Bik van der Pol—tutors: Ayreen Anastas, Samira Ben Laloua, Maria Boletsi, Ernst van den Hemel, Rene Gabri, Maria Lind, Sarah Pierce, Praneet Soi a.o.
"While public space is being transformed beyond recognition, art education has never been so close to, yet so far away from cultural production. Education has fallen behind, as political and economical forces have come to shape the perception of culture. Education and learning need to reclaim space, as they are means to participate in politics, creating forms of political socialization."

Closing date applications: April 1 2013

Sandberg Instituut
Master programmes of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Fred. Roeskestraat 98
1076 ED, Amsterdam 
T +31 20 5882400