Job Opportunity - Course Leader Master Design PZI

Tue 16 Jan

At the moment we are looking for:

Course Leader Master Design Piet Zwart Institute (0,5 FTE)
Deadline: Apply before February 2, 2024, here

The Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (WdKA/RUAS), offers a variety of bachelor and master programmes in the field of visual culture, art, design, education in arts, and leisure management. The curriculum of the Willem de Kooning Academy is founded in an interdisciplinary ethos in which Research trough Making, Theoretical Reflection and Participatory Practices form the three pillars of the Institute.

PZI, the Piet Zwart Institute, is part of the WdKA, hosting four full time and two part-time international masters in art, design and art education.

The programmes work experimentally across different media and contexts, offering a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange. And educate professionals who have a critically reflective, innovative, questioning and imaginative approach to their work. The notion of ‘making public’ is core to the activities of the WdKA and PZI. Graduates go on to not only establish themselves in their field, but also challenge and creatively define the parameters of their profession.

Master Design
The programme is a two year part-time international classroom Master of Arts.
At the Master Design students do design research to fulfill a self-defined design goal in the context of their future professional practice. They learn to combine methods of making, gaining in-depth knowledge, reflection, storytelling, and positioning while doing so.

Within current design practices the Master Design chooses a specific position, in which creative forms of design research and working with participants are crucial. The methods that the study programme provides for conducting design and in-depth participatory research support this. The course sees design as an engine for (behavioural) changes and transitions in the context in which its students place their projects.
During the course, they also find their own voice in the convincing and attractive storytelling with which they propagate their design research.


What are you going to do?
The position of the Course Director has two focus areas:

  1. Leading the programme from an organisational and administrative perspective, including implementation of curriculum, tutor team development and task decisions
  2. Continuously developing the knowledge base of this master in relation to developments and research in the field of tutors, students, and partners



  • Take on the responsibility of leading and organising all education that takes place in the context of the Master Design
  • Vision and experience in fostering a pedagogical environment of study for and with students and tutors
  • Lead, compos, inspire and engage the tutor team in institutional development, representing and continuously contributing to WdKA’s core mission: to reform Art & Design Education to current needs
  • Further develop and represent (internally and externally) the Master Design’s programme & research focus
  • Strengthen the Master Design by increasing its amount of students, by alignment with the bachelor programmes of the WdKA and beyond, and the development of a fulltime course next to the part-time
  • Collaborate with MA course directors, BA course leaders, the research professors and the leadership team to build and ensure the integration/conversation of the Master Design curriculum with other learning and research trajectories at WdKA
  • Coach and teach students
  • Reporting to the WdKA's leadership team for quality assurance, reporting and further advancement


The team and the workplace
You will work closely with the Master Design Tutors, the responsible educational manager, the PZI course directors, the bachelor course leaders and support staff.

You work at our location on Wijnhaven 61. The location is in the city center and close to the metro- and train station Blaak. The academy has approximately 2500 students and everything we do revolves around their educational needs and successes.


Are you who we’re looking for?
We seek a practitioner engaged in both working with, and researching the themes and directions taken by the Master Design profile, having the ability to translate this to educational programmes with a sound didactical base. And to forward the programme in the current design and education landscape, and if needed reprofile to ensure future relevance.



  • Experience and knowledge in the field of participatory/social design research
  • Practical experience in design research, storytelling and new practices
  • Teaching experience within formal education, with a focus on transformative pedagogies on master’s level
  • Leadership experience in education
  • Master-level or PhD degree in design research, or a related field
  • Experience in networking in the design sector
  • Fluency in verbal and written Dutch and English
  • EU/ECC work authorization required at time of application


What do we offer?
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers you a temporary (D4) contract of 0,5 FTE.

The salary ranges from € 5.122,09 minimum to € 6.698,88 maximum per month before taxes, according with HE-CAO salary scale 12, for a fulltime appointment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Secondary benefits include professional training opportunities and an attractive pension scheme.


Do you want to apply?
Enquiries about the position and the selection procedure can be directed to Roger Teeuwen Head of Education and Research,

We warmly welcome applicants from underrepresented, minority, or non-conforming communities in the Willem de Kooning Academy/Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Our staff is diverse in terms of professional profiles and in terms of culture, gender, age and ethnicity.

All staff members of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences must be able to submit a Certificate of Conduct Good Behavior (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) issued by the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security.


Application procedure
When applying, please submit your motivation and CV in English and add a link to your portfolio of work in your CV.

The selection procedure will take place in two phases. A short list of applicants will be drawn based on CV, letter of motivation and portfolio, followed by interviews.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Closing date: February 2, 2024. Apply here.