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Applications will be processed in rounds. Every round has its own upload date. You can submit your application anytime you are ready, before one of these dates.
After you have applied for admission and uploaded all the required documents before the upload date that comes up, our admission assessors will start to evaluate your application when the upload date has passed. You will receive the result by email within 15 working days. Uploads of applications arriving later than the round application date, will be assessed in the next round.
Assessment rounds remote exam - Upload your exam before one of these dates:
|1st||17 January 2021||NON-EU + EU applicants (all programmes)|
|2nd||21 February 2021||NON-EU + EU applicants (all programmes)|
|3rd||28 March 2021||NON-EU + EU applicants (all programmes)|
|4th||25 April 2021||EU applicants (all programmes)|
|5th||6 June 2021||EU applicants (all programmes)|
|6th||11 July 2021||EU applicants (Leisure & Event Management only )|
|7th||15 August 2021||EU applicants (Leisure & Event Management only )|
We ask you to pick two assignments, as part of the Willem de Kooning Academy’s admission procedure. We hereby present 7 assignments for you to choose from.
They all have in common that they allow you to show how you like to work and what fascinates you. We’d like to see how you use colour, form and materials to create visual images. Or use visual images to communicate or to find things out. Do not bother much about technical matters. We do not expect you to be a master!
All assignments evoke some form of artistic process. They usually require a series of works or experiments. We are curious about this artistic path and its visual evidence and not only in your ‘end result’. So please document all your steps.
In the event that you have only a small portfolio, you can use these assignments to build a portfolio. So we need to see at least two assignments, but you can do more.
Please pay attention: for all assignments: present us your entire process: your research, your ideas, sketches, models, steps and choices and if applicable your final results. Choose any form you like to do this: a series of photo’s, a video, scanned documents, a lecture with pictures, a digital folder or booklet etc.
Observe and shout! The world around you
Explore your direct environment. Based on what you see or hear: what do you feel in this time and place? Anger? Worries? Affection? Perhaps you are just bored and want to shake things up…
What story would you tell? Or maybe you have a message for your environment? Visualise your story or message in any medium: print, 3D, film, photograph, drawing, etc. And present this in your environment. Document what happens.
The human body, extended
Design and create an ‘add-on’, an addition to the body, that enables a person to do something, that would be impossible without it. You can call this an artificial body part, or a personal human enhancement. It can be something visual, mechanical, digital. Everything goes.
Build the add-on and let someone else test your addition or adaptation in real life, make improvements when necessary
Find a person you trust and ask the following 9 questions. Transform each reply into an image, a movie, animation, object, product or ‘thing’. Do not use any words, just stick to visual information.
- Who are you?
- What part of you do other people like best?
- What inspires you most?
- What do you normally ignore?
- What is impossible to resist?
- Who would you be, if not you?
- What do you touch most often?
- What is the meaning of life? (it is not 42)
Make up the 9th question yourself. Show us the visual answers, in any way you seem fit. Repeat with the next person, if you want to. This is not mandatory, but can be fun.
Lost and found in translation
Choose a random item that belongs in or around your house.
Take a map of the world, and draw a straight line across this world map, at a random angle, with your house positioned on the line.
Now make an imaginary journey around the world, along this line. Translate or adapt the chosen item to any country you visit. What colours are used around the world? What materials will your translations be made of? Take into consideration local cultures, traditions, religions, climate, available materials, means of production, economic development, political situation (not all at once of course!) in order to arrive at an adaptation or translation.
Propose a way to exhibit the new translations that you found on your trip around the world. How will this look like? Where will it be? Visualise this.
The material world
All things have physical qualities. Everything has a colour, a texture, a shine, a dullness, a materiality, a weight, a size, a smell, a touch, a hardness, a meaning, a function, a value.
Take three things and analyse their ‘thingness’. Document this in pictures, drawings, film, models, samples, etc. Perhaps look for synonyms, copies, fake versions, representations...
Then use the physical qualities you found in your ‘things’ to create a new ‘thing’. What is it’? Use the new ‘thing’, providing it with a context, making improvements when necessary. Document this, making drawings, photos and/or video etc. to explain, but don’t use text.
Connections and their shape
‘Six degrees of separation’, ‘six degrees of freedom’, … apparently, it is possible to connect everything or everyone, in only six steps. Connect six objects, places, movies, stories, images or people to prove this principle. The connected objects, stories, images or people result in a new constellation, object, movie, story or image.
- the six separate objects, places, movies, stories, people or images.
- the connection, or connecting elements, the journey, the link, etc.
- the newly created constellation, object, place, movie, story or image.
Make a tool to work on a problem that is currently unknown
This assignment has no further instructions but you might save the world in the process…