Graduation Show 2020 & 2021

Oct 27 2021 Oct 30 2021

It is on!

Graduation Show WdKA 2020 & 2021

For four days, the Academy will show the work of over 150 students that graduated in 2020 and 2021. This exceptional group of young artists, educators and designers had to wait till we could offer them a safe environment to show their work…now we are finally able to do so!  A programme of Artist Talks, Performances, Film Portraits and Screenings by the graduates complete the Graduation Show.

We welcome Rotterdammers and art lovers from all over the world, as well as family and friends, art critics and artists to discover the work of this fresh generation of creative professionals. They graduated in a turbulent and sometimes worrying period and we are so very proud of their resilience, resourcefulness, and artistic development. The students (now graduates) have taken the pandemic crisis head on and continued in their artistic journey to create thoughtful, critical, wonderful, relevant, and spectacular work. The Graduation Show will showcase updates on their final exam work, and will be grouped within Practices, the contexts they position their work in: the Autonomous, Commercial, or Social Practice that guided their professional education at the WdKA.

Graduation Catalogue

The graduates have uploaded (and will continue to upload) their work to the online Graduation Catalogue. Check out their work, before, during or after the show. It’s definitely worth a visit!

Film portraits - Zoom In

At the WdKA, research is central within our curriculum. With the Project Zoom in we investigate the scope and meaning of research within the Academy.
In the past two years, we followed a group of students with different backgrounds who were about to graduate. We interviewed them about the way they conduct research. In addition, we asked them to document and film their research and to share their moments of making, doubting and reflecting on their work.
These interviews and their 'vlogs' resulted in these film portraits.

Come and check out the Zoom-In installation at the main entrance of the Graduation Show at Wijnhaven 61.

Programme Graduation Show 27 – 30 October

Wednesday October 27, 2021 

11.00-22.00 | Ongoing

19.30 -22.00 | Evening programme

Thursday October 28, 2021

11.00-22.00 | Ongoing

19.30 -22.00 | Evening programme

  • Artist Talks on Material and Craftsmanship

Extra: Film Festival LantarenVenster Audiovisual Design - Zwarte Gat from 18.30 - 24.00 hrs (more information here)

Friday October 29, 2021

11.00-22.00 | Ongoing

19.30 -22.00 | Evening programme

  • Artist Talks on Heritage and Identity

Saturday  October 30, 2021

11.00-18.00 | Ongoing

15.30-16.30 |  Award Show

17.00-18.00 | Award Show

18.00-00.00 | CLOSING PARTY (closed event – invitation only)


Visual Identity
This year’s Graduation Show Identity is designed by third year students Tijmen Buskermolen (Graphic Design), Bobbie van Leeuwen (Graphic Design) and Sanyu Fernandes (Advertising & Beyond), guided by Tutor Renate Boere, Carmen de Groot and Lauren Brand.

Thank you
The WdKA would like to thank all students, graduates, tutors and supporting staff (and their friends and families) for their ongoing patience and resilience.


Practical information

Graduation Show October 27 - 30, 2021
Location Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam
Opening hours | Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11.00 - 22.00 hrs | Saturday 11.00 - 18.00 hrs