Home Assignments 2020

 

 

 

 

For up-to-date information regarding admissions and assessments under COVID-19 measures please consult this page.

We ask you to pick one home assignment*, as part of the Willem de Kooning Academy’s admission procedure. We hereby present 10 assignments for you to choose from. All of these assignments have in common that they will allow us to see how you work, how you think and what fascinates you. We’d like to see your visual skills and your feeling for colour, form and materials. Try to be original. All assignments also have in common that they evoke some form of the artistic process. Most of them require a series of works or a series of experiments.

We are interested in everything you do, so please document your steps. Also, the things that did not work out, because that will allow us to assess your ability to reflect critically.

If you cannot choose, or if you feel inspired, you may, of course, pick more than one assignment. 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 one assignment, but you can do more.

*Please note: Candidates that apply for remote admission, need to pick two home assignments to do and upload because regular candidates that do another assignment during admission day. Only candidates living outside of the Netherlands may apply for the remote admission procedure. Everyone is welcome to attend the admission day in person.

For questions please contact WdKA Information Desk:
t. + 31 (0)10 794 4631
Admissions: wdka.admission@hr.nl
All questions: wdka.informationdesk@hr.nl

Pick your assessment date

After you have applied for admission and uploaded all the required documents, you will receive a confirmation of your registration. After we process your request you will receive an invitation by email to schedule your admission day.

Through your personal intake page, you can schedule your assessment date yourself. There are four assessments/interview weeks per year. If you are a non-EU country resident, please allow some time for your letter to arrive, as it takes longer to evaluate and confirm the diplomas from outside of the EU.

Important: it is not allowed to apply for more than one study programme at the same time (with an exception of a combination with Fine Art & Design Teacher Training and Leisure & Events Management). In case of doubt, please apply for the study programme you prefer the most and write in the remarks section: "I am also interested in (name of the programme)" and inform the assessors about it on your assessment day.

1

Observe and shout!

Explore your direct environment. What attracts your attention? Do people attract your attention, perhaps your family or strangers? Or is it nature or animals? Or perhaps you notice man-made things, like streets, buildings etc? Are you angry? Are you worried? Are you in love with your environment? Perhaps you are bored and want to shake things up?

What story would you like to tell? Is it fictive or non-fictive? Or do you have a message for your environment? Visualise your story or message in any medium: print, 3D, film, photograph, drawing, etc. And present this story or message in your environment.

Don’t forget to also present your inspiration and your design process by writing down thoughts, sketching, drawings, using materials.

2

Add-On

Design and create an ‘add-on’, addition or adaptation to your own body, with which you are able to do something, that is impossible without the adaptation or addition. You could call this a prosthesis, or artificial body part. But it could also be considered a personal human enhancement. It could be something visual, mechanical, or digital. Everything goes.

Test the addition or adaptation in real life (!), make improvements when necessary, and document this, making drawings, photos and/or video.

Present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course your final working (3D) model.

 3

Visual answers

Answer each of these ten questions, and reply with an image, a movie, animation, object, product or ‘thing’. Do not use any words, to answer the questions, but use only visual information.

  • Who are you?
  • What will you look like when you are grown up?
  • What part of you do other people like best?
  • What inspires you most?
  • What do you normally never take a picture of, make or depict?
  • What can art or design do?
  • If you weren’t an artist or designer, what would you be?
  • What is the first thing you touch in the morning?
  • What is your favourite piece of art or design, by someone else?
  • What is the meaning of life?

Present to the admission committee the 10 visual answers, in any way you want.

Also present your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course your final series of answers.

4

Lost and found in translation

Take a random item or image from in or around your house.

Take a map of the whole world, and draw a straight line across the world map, on a random angle, with your house positioned on the line.

Make an imaginary journey around the world, along that line.

Translate or adapt the chosen item or image to any country you visit. What colours are used around the world? What materials will your translations be made of? Take, for example, into consideration the culture, traditions, climate, available materials, means of production, degree of economic development, political situation, etc. in order to arrive at an adaptation or translation.

Design and make an exhibition of these new translations that you found on your trip around the world. Find the perfect spot for this exhibition and the perfect way for exhibiting the translations. You could even design a poster and flyer or a website for the exhibition.

As in all assignments: present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course show your final results.

5

Thingness

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. Even a photo, a film, an animation or a book have these qualities.

Take three things*, and analyse their ‘thingness’. Document this in pictures, drawings, film, models, samples, etc. Perhaps look for synonyms, copies, fake versions, representations, etc.

Then use their physical qualities to create one new ‘thing’. What can you do with that ‘thing’?

Use the new ‘thing’, make improvements when necessary, and document this, making drawings, photos and/or video. You need to study the effect that your thing has.

As in all assignments: present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course demonstrate your final results.

* Things can be everything: objects, clothes, accessories, spaces, buildings, products, art pieces, photos, animations, films, posters, books, etc.

If for instance, you create an autonomous image, the use might be to exhibit the piece, if it is a film, you show the film, if it is a poster, you hang it somewhere specific, etc.

6

Six degrees

‘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 object, movie, story or image.

Present to the admission committee:

  1. the six separate objects, places, movie, stories, people or images.
  2. the connection, or connecting element, the journey, the link, etc.
  3. the newly created object, place, movie, story or image.

As in all assignments: present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course show your final result.

7

100 times you

Collect 100 things, objects, materials, sounds, images, flavours, etc. each with its own form or shape, colour, material, all telling something about you.

Organise and present this collection of 100 things in an original way.

Make and design a catalogue of this collection of these 100 things, with short descriptions. Write an introduction and a conclusion for the catalogue.

As in all assignments: present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course show your final result.

8

An extra-ordinary week

During 7 consecutive days, you make 5 images or objects per day, resulting in 35 images or objects that describe your extra-ordinary week.

You can make these images at fixed times, or not.

You may depict your actual and factual happenings, but you could also merge fantasy and reality, or abandon reality altogether.

You can use all media and materials.

These 35 images or objects tell your story, so be aware of the story and think of a way to show the 35 images or objects.

As in all assignments: present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course show your final result.

9

Online-Offline

Design a daily online situation or tool in an offline version or vice versa.
Which of your favourite daily activities online is interesting to let take place in a physical offline situation? What kind of connection is it? What kind of people does it connect and how? What elements are interesting for an offline connection (the physical real world) and what elements would you like to adjust. Create an offline connection for at least two people. It could be either an object or a service. Test this offline version and adapt it when it does not work immediately. Keep trying until you make one that works well.
Present in your portfolio your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course your final (3D) result.

10

Try, Error and Overcome

Sometimes you have an idea in your head, but when you try to make or visualize it, it doesn’t look that great. Sometimes an idea looks better in your imagination. But what if…?

What if you just tried, and failed. Don’t be afraid. You can observe your failure, and use that as a starting point for a new idea, or a new direction!  Explore your creative expressions. Do you want to create dresses, houses, stories, a message? You can do anything and go anywhere.

Make a series of 24 mistaken drawings, designs, forms, shapes, stories. Create one and react in the next on the one before and so on.

Present a series of 24 trials, tests, failures, that clearly react on the previous one. This is, in fact, your process.