Minor Event

Apr 4 2024

On Thursday 4 April, there will be a minor fair on site (Kralingse Zoom 91, 3063 ND Rotterdam) from 16:00 to 20:00. At the minor fair, over 90 minors of Hogeschool Rotterdam will be represented, including 14 of WdKA. Scroll down to see what minors will be represented here.


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Would you like to attend the minor fair? Please register in advance via this link! To spread the crowds as much as possible, you can choose a time slot from 16:00 to 18:00 or from 18:00 to 20:00.


Autonomous Practice Minors:

Critical Studies

Critical Studies is where artistic practice and critical analysis of society meet. They may seem alien to each other at first. But whereas philosophers critically analyze culture with words, politically engaged artists, designers and educators do so with objects, actions and images. During this minor you will learn how society is grounded in ideologies, norms, and beliefs, and how you can critically engage with them, in your work as an artist, designer, or educator.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143965/

Public & Private

Public space is a political place that is under constant pressure of many agendas. Privately owned “public” space abides to the rules of neoliberal market economy and not to public interests. Private spaces therefore enforce the economic, racial, and gender hierarchies of that system. As a student you will carry out research into public and private space, but first and foremost: you will engage with it. The goal of this minor is to reclaim public space, by interacting with it. You will use your skills and knowledge as a maker to intervene in public space and subvert or challenge the norms that govern it.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143963/


In the minor Hacking we explore unintended uses within systems. We can all recognize how the world doesn’t work for everyone. But how can we hack systems, create alternatives, and ask critical questions? Think about ‘reverse-engineering’, a method we use within Hacking: by opening and analyzing how a device is made, you not only understand how it works, but you have also created the possibility to redesign it. But how do we redesign or subvert social, economic, and political systems?

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143964/


Social Practice Minors:

New Earth

New Earth questions sustainability paradigms like the circular economy and researches equitable development in the wake of climate change, looking towards design and cultural production as political acts.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143959/


In Powerplay we work on formulating counter-narratives: stories that subdue and deconstruct assumptions, stereotypes, one-sided histories and beliefs. Counter-narratives are used here as a way of acknowledging, making space for, and listening to those whose stories are marginalised and silenced, while also finding new arrangements where they could be heard, seen, felt, and made sense of.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143951/

Cultural Diversity

With increased mobility and mixing of cultures, growing up among a diversity of people is now the norm in many cities of the world. Differences related to gender, generation, religion, sexuality, etc. which add to the complexities of people living together in urban areas. "Hidden diversity” is also a relevant factor in this minor: a diversity of experiences shape a person’s life and world views but are not readily apparent on the outside, unlike the usual markers of diversity such as race, nationality, gender, ethnicity through their embodied experience and knowledge.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143967/


Commercial Practice Minors:

Contexts & Situatedness

Do you want to challenge the status quo, create innovative tools, and shape our shared future in ways you never imagined? Are you seeking for meaning and value in your work? Do you wonder what it means to make a living from art and design practices in these times of transition? This minor equips you with tools and methods to navigate the interconnections of technology, culture, identity, and community.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143955/

Materials & Systems

Students in the minor Materials & Systems are first and foremost makers: they get their hands dirty; love spending time in the stations and explore all the technologies and skills available there; they are curious and enjoy tinkering and experimenting. This minor allows you to fully explore that side of art and design. You will dive into materials, how and to what use they are made, but you will also explore the social and economic systems in which they

circulate. Through making, we question in this minor why we make, how we make, and the impact it has on the world.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143952/

Futures & Presence

Do you want to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable way of living? Do you have a positive attitude and want to you use art and design to speculate on a better future? Join us in in the Futures & Presence minor and help create provocative visions and ideas that can trigger debates and new ways of thinking regarding the problems the world is facing today.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/144024/


Honours Practice Minors:

Visual Culture+ / WdKA minor+

(This programme is only taught in person, not online—unless specified differently).

Visual Culture is a term used to describe the combination of all visual expressions within culture. Ranging from pop culture to governmental surveillance, visual culture is present within society at large. It is this omnipresence that is subjected to critical analysis and speculative reimagination in the minor Visual Culture at the WdKA.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143962/


Re-imagining Tomorrow through Arts & Sciences (RASL)

(This programme is only taught in person, not online—unless specified differently). How can we learn to approach the complex issues of the 21st century (such as the waste problem, climate crisis, global poverty, etc.)? These issues are of such a different size, complexity, and scale, that dealing with them has to contend with methods, attitudes, and expertise that transcend disciplinary confinements. Alternative futures have to be imagined and visualized, and this can only be achieved through the combination and validation of different bits of knowledge (societal, artistic, academic), through which we can start to create, to re-imagine, and to decompose and recompose.

For more information: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143954/


Leisure- en Events Management Minor:

City Branding

Waarom worden mensen verliefd op sommige steden en zijn andere steden veel minder populair? Hoe kan het dat Rotterdam de afgelopen jaren is uitgegroeid tot een van meest hippe citytrips van Europa? Wat is de reden dat veel mensen zeker weten hun eigen thuisstad nóóit te willen verlaten? Oftewel: wat maakt steden populair en aantrekkelijk en hoe kan je dat beïnvloeden? Dat is citybranding.

Voor meer informatie: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143958/

Events Strategisch Design

Events strategic design; klinkt leuk, feestjes organiseren! Maar bij deze minor leer je niet hoe je een sweet sixteen-feestje of een simpele club-avond organiseert. Je leert op welke manier events ingezet kunnen worden als middel om strategische doelen te bereiken. Steeds meer bedrijven gebruiken het event bijvoorbeeld als marketingmiddel om een product te promoten. Bij overheden wordt het event bijvoorbeeld ingezet als communicatiemiddel om een bepaalde doelgroep te informeren. Het nationale vuurwerk op de Erasmusbrug is een voorbeeld van een strategisch ingezet event: het zet Rotterdam op de kaart, is veiliger dan individueel vuurwerk en zorgt voor minder troep in de stad. In deze minor komen veel voorbeelden van strategisch ingezette events voorbij, sterker nog; je gaat er zelf ook aan meewerken en organiseren!

Voor meer informatie: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143960/

Kunst- en Cultuurmanagement

Tijdens deze minor ga je een visie ontwikkelen aan de hand van kritische vragen over het kunst en cultuur werkveld, werken aan een project waarin al jouw kennis samenkomt en jouw persoonlijke ontwikkeling. Dit doen we aan de hand van een drietal eigenschappen waarmee we werken. We dagen je uit te werken aan een autonoom innovatief en strategisch karakter, waarmee in de kunst en cultuur sector verandering te weeg kan brengen. Dit doen we door zo veel mogelijk gebruik te maken van faciliteiten van de Willem de Kooning Academy, om creativiteit in te zetten om vraagstukken te beantwoorden.

Voor meer informatie: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143968/



Kunsteducatie Minor:

Making Art in Education

Deze minor is specifiek ontwikkeld voor studenten die een beeldende kunst of vormgeving opleiding volgen en interesse hebben in kunsteducatie. Daarbij werken we samen met experts van de WDKA en kunsteducatieve instellingen in de stad Rotterdam. Je leert je eigen makerschap te verbinden aan educatie en het actuele maatschappelijk debat (wij richten ons op ecologische duurzaamheid, nieuwe technologie, onderwijs, scholing en inclusiviteit). Je gaat aan de slag vanuit het perspectief als maker-pedagoog. Een maker-pedagoog is een kunstenaar/ontwerper die het makerschap als uitgangspunt neemt voor educatie.

Voor meer informatie: https://www.kiesopmaat.nl/modules/hro/WdK/143957/