Graduation 2017, Outstanding Performances/Awards

Willem de Kooning Academy
Tue 27 Jun
This Friday June 30, the awards for highly talented graduates will be handed out.

Research Award

The Willem de Kooning Research Award was established by the Willem de Kooning Foundation in 2015 to emphasize the central role of art and design research within the newly introduced curriculum.   The Willem de Kooning Research Awards are not prizes for just theses or research documents but for projects merging theory and practice where art or design work is a vital part of the research.  The Awards are granted to graduation projects that combine theoretical and field research with artistic research and which provide new insights to broader audiences of experts and the public at large. Valuing art and design research, the Willem de Kooning Academy will grant three awards instead of just one starting from 2016. Next to the prize money of € 1500, € 1000 and € 500 respectively, the first winning project will also be honoured with a publication by WdKA. This publication is not a conventional research book or catalogue, but an experimental publication to be developed within WdKA’s Hybrid Publishing Practices. It can take any form that is best suited to each project: electronic and print, performative, presentational.

Autonomous Practices

Critical Studies Ioana Tomici (Product Design)

Digital Craft Arthur Boer (Graphic Design)

Hacking Esmay Wagemans (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Public & Private Corlieske Visser (Fashion Design)

Commercial Practices

New Frontiers Marten van Middelkoop (Product Design)

Data Design Amy Guijt (Graphic Design)

Social Practices

Cultural Diversity Kaoutar Gadir (Advertising)

Open Design Sophie Dirven (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Gamification Lily Higgins (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Sustainability Elise Marcus (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Honours Programme

Visual Culture Lisa Reith (Lifestyle Transformation Design)



The Drempelprijs has been awarded annually since 1962 by the Municipality of Rotterdam (Gemeente Rotterdam) to one or more graduates of the Willem de Kooning Academy. Originally, the prize was awarded only to fine art graduates; since 1968 applied arts graduates have also been eligible. The prize is an incentive award, with a nice sum of money: € 5,000. In the WdKA’s new curriculum, the traditional distinction between fine art and applied work is no longer considered relevant. Since 2014, the Drempelprijs awarded to students within the three graduation profiles: autonomous, social and commercial practices.

Autonomous Practices

Esther van Brakel (Fashion Design)

Kotryna Buruckaite (Audiovisual Design)

Isabelle Griffioen (Advertising)

Judith van der Heiden (Graphic Design)

Lisanne Lambregts (Photography)

Leendert van der Meer (Photography)

Zonna Menes (Animation)

Emma Panini (Spatial Design)

Pip Passchier (Fine Art)

Rens van Pinxteren (Graphic Design)

Bente Schouten (Illustration)

Noa Silver Veldhuijsen (Fine Art)

Charlotte Stijns (Fine Art & Design Teacher Training)

Ella Elisabeth Theunissen (Photography)

Ioana Tomici (Product Design)

Esmay Wagemans (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Dave van Toor (Spatial Design)

Commercial Practices

Maddy Ekkelkamp (Advertising)

Amy Guijt (Graphic Design)

Thomas Heidstra (Audiovisual Design)

Marten van Middelkoop (Product Design)

Carly Muller (Fashion Design)

Justin Vermeulen (Spatial Design)

Rutger Wijnhoven (Illustration)

Yvette Wit (Advertising)

Social Practices

Kaoutar Gadir (Advertising)

Charlotte Jansen (Fashion Design)

Funs Jansen (Illustration)

Jamie de Jonge (Animation)

Folkert Koelewijn (Photography)

Joran Koster (Fine Art & Design Teacher Training)

Elise Marcus (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Astrid Martirossian (Animation)

Lisanne Meester (Product Design)

Lisa Reith (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Mijke Star (Fine Art & Design Teacher Training)

Bachelor Award Hogeschool Rotterdam

Elise Marcus (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Lisa Reith (Lifestyle Transformation Design)

Jochem van Schip (Advertising)

Marten van Middelkoop (Product Design)