Students in the master programmes of the Piet Zwart Institute, part of the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University, are interested in developing their work through experimentation as well as critical reflection on contemporary culture and society. They are able to formulate questions for independent research, and are ready to engage in collaborative study and work projects within the framework of their programme of choice.
English is our working language and proficiency in both speaking and writing is required. Candidates are required to have studied and received a bachelor (or equivalent) diploma. Not all programmes require a previous degree in the same field of study.
If you would like to apply for one of the master programmes of the Piet Zwart Institute, please follow the link to the online application tool.
Only a limited number of students can be placed in each programme annually. Assessment will take place on the basis of a motivation letter, portfolio of relevant work, résumé, proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) and a diploma from an accredited bachelor (or equivalent) study programme.
All applicants for the Piet Zwart Institute need to have a completed bachelor as a minimum degree. The selection criteria per master course are:
– Master Fine Art: bachelor in fine art or equivalent undergraduate education
– Master Interior Architecture & Retail Design: bachelor in the field of interior architecture, interior design, spatial design or architecture
– Master Media Design and Communciation: bachelor in the field of communication design, interaction design, information design, photography, animation, audiovisual design, fine art or graphic design
– Master Education in Arts: bachelor in the field of art education, fine art, design or equivalent undergraduate education
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline are accepted, but additional deficiency programmes can be made mandatory.
English is our working language, and proficiency in both speaking and writing is a necessity.
Based on merit, places will be filled from the first deadline onwards. Therefore, early submissions are encouraged. Due to the time required to process staying permits and complete enrolment requirements, non-European applicants should submit their materials within the first or second application deadline.
Please note: when the second round fills all positions, the third call for applications will be closed.
We are open for applications, starting from November 1 2016.
First application deadline
February 1 2017
Second application deadline
March 1 2017
Third and final deadline
For European students only: May 15 2017
VISA requirements (for non-European students)
All visa requirements must be met before August 1 2017. Please note: you must be a registered resident within the Netherlands and have paid your tuition by this date.
Start of the academic year
The academic year 2017/18 will start on September 1 2017.
If you would like to apply for one of the master programmes of the Piet Zwart Institute, please follow the link to our online application tool. Via this tool you can register, start your application, safe it and finalise at any given moment before the application deadline. Please read the information below before you start.
All applications should include:
certified copy of Bachelor diploma (with a certified English translation if your diploma is not in Dutch, English, German, Spanish or French)
certified copy of transcripts
copy of passport
results of the TOEFL/IELTS test (only for international students)
All applications should be in English.
The selection is made on the basis of the visual documentation and the motivation statement. Candidates in the Netherlands may be invited for an interview; candidates from abroad may be asked questions via email.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Portfolio requirements for each Master programme are defined in our online application tool.
Students who are in the last phase of their studies (and who have not yet received their diploma and transcripts) have the opportunity to apply now, and send the certified copy of their Bachelor diploma and transcripts before August 1st.
English language test
All international students need to prove their proficiency in English. To do so, they are required to take one of the following English language tests and the positive results should be in the application:
IELTS at level 6.0 (academic)
TOEFL paper-based test at level 550
TOEFL computer based test at level 213
TOEFL internet-based test at level 80
Students will have to arrange and pay for the test themselves.
Please note: arranging one of these English language tests can take up to several weeks. We strongly advise our students to take the test as early as possible.
TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for two years.
If the students first language is English, he/she will be exempt from providing an English language test score. A student is considered to be a native speaker of English if he/she is from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa. Also, these English tests are not required for students who have completed an English-taught (accredited) Bachelor or Master programme.
Dutch students who completed their previous Bachelor or Master programme abroad, should also take an English test if the programme was not English-taught. Dutch students who completed their previous Bachelor or Master programme in the Netherlands do not have to take and English test.
Institutional code for TOEFL and IELTS
If the TOEFL or IELTS organisations request an institutional code from you, please use the code of Rotterdam University:
For TOEFL this is 7140
For IELTS this is 7045
We accept exchange students for the first trimester of the academic year (September December). Exchange students have to meet the same application requirements as our regular applicants.
For questions about the application procedure, please contact us via:
Telephone: 0031 (0)10 794 4716
More important information
To get more detailed information about the English language test, application deadlines, the possibilities of an exchange, health and insurance issues, housing, term dates and living expenses, make sure your visit the Piet Zwart Institute website.