Online Open Days

Sep 1 2020 May 1 2021

Want to know about life at WdKA? Visit our Online Open Days. 

Welcome to our round the clock Online Open Days.
Here you'll find an extended programme, full of online events and interaction with our students and tutors.

Please scroll down for more information about our events and exact dates.

Keep in mind: These events will run until May 1, 2021.

In the mean time... We offer Portfolio Talks on:

Thursday April 15, from 19.00 - 21.00 hrs
Thursday April 29, from 19.00 - 21.00 hrs

(CET - Central European Time Amsterdam)

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Practice All Practices
Major Bachelor & Master Programmes
Year 2020-2021
Type event

We are WdKA.

Due to the COVID-19 measures, we have decided to temporarily shift to an Online Open Days. Although online activities can not entirely replace real-life interactions, still, a lot is possible. And the big advantage is that neither the academy nor the visitors are dependent on a single day event.

Willem de Kooning Academy invites aspirant students who want to study in Rotterdam to our Online Open Days. You can get general information about the programmes and ask every question you have to Student Ambassadors and recruitment experts and get an impression of student life.

Online Open Day Programme

During our Online Open Days we will host various live events through Instagram and offer personal advice through online webinars until May 1, 2021. What can you expect?

1. Remote Admission Q&A 

Do you have questions about our Remote Admission procedure?
Join us on April 22 for a Live Q&A on our WdKA Instagram Stories at 16.00 hrs.

In the meantime please visit this page for more information on Remote Admission and check out Home-Assignments.


2. Student Talks

Join our Student Ambassadors for an one hour Live Q&A though Zoom. Ask them anything you want to know about their WdKA Life.

Student Talks | Friday April 16 from 19.00  - 20.00 hrs (CET - Central European Time Amsterdam) through Zoom. Click here for the link.

If you have any questions about this event please contact us through

3. Portfolio Talks

Join us for our Online Portfolio Talks and show your portfolio. Meet our professionals and receive advice. Improve your portfolio, get confident and ready to apply.

Thursday April 15, from 19.00 - 21.00 hrs
Thursday April 29, from 19.00 - 21.00 hrs

(CET - Central European Time Amsterdam)

How does it work?

  • The first round of talks will start at 19.00 hrs. Every half hour, a new round will start. 19.00/19.30/20.00 etc.

  • You can subscribe for one round here.

  • On the day of your portfolio talk you will receive an online link to the Portfolio Talks (which will be in Zoom)

  • The sessions are with two ambassador students or a teacher and an ambassador student and two other admission applicants. The sessions last 30 minutes, so about 7 minutes per person.

  • You will receive feedback, not only for your own work but also that of others.

  • Make sure you have all your work ready, it’s possible to show it via your camera or by sharing your screen.

These talks are focused on receiving inspiration and feedback but it is a short time frame so please keep that in mind when preparing.

If you have any questions about this event please contact us through

What is a Portfolio? 

This could be different works, for example: designs, objects, photos, films, games, animations, fashion (accessories), furniture, models, drawings, posters, campaigns, paintings, usable artifacts and sculptures. Read more.

Portfolio Tips and Tricks

If you want to know more about assembling and presenting your portfolio, please visit our Portfolio Checklist page.

No idea where to start? Get your answers about building up and expanding your portfolio during our online Portfolio Tips & Tricks on Instagram with one of our Student Ambassadors. You are welcome to ask them all your questions.

Check our Instagram IGTV where you can (re)watch several video's on Portfolio Tips & Tricks.

4. Student Take Overs 

Student Ambassadors will Take Over our Instagram Stories. They will show you more about their WdKA life in- and outside the Academy. New this year: they will also visit other WdKA students, tutors and alumni at school, at their homes or their studios.

Do you maybe have a request on a place you want to see in Rotterdam or a specific tutor or alumnus? Send us an email with your request to 

5.  Preparatory Courses

Looking to expand your portfolio? Not sure you’re quite there yet? Explore your talent and get to know our Academy by doing.
Subscribe now for our  Portfolio XS.

Portfolio course XS | three times on Saturday from 09.00 till 16.00 hrs. (AMSTERDAM time)
Starting from Saturday April 17 /May 15/ and May 29 2021.

Please note: individual educational coaching is provided in Dutch or English. All communal lectures design and study advice sessions, are in English.

Click here for more information on each course and register now.


6. 24/7: WdKA Life: Students, Tutors, Alumni

We want to let the world know what makes us tick through the Work and various Stories shared by our students, tutors and alumni. Browse through this site's online ever-growing magazine, a dazzling display of WdKA's talent diversity.


7. Online Station Tour

Join us for our  Online Station Tours on our Instagram IGTV. Our Student Ambassadors will show you around and tell you about all kinds of impressive machines and gadgets available at the Stations. You can watch them on our WdKA Instagram. Check out our YouTube account for a 30 minute tour of our Academy with our Student Ambassadors Ilse and Peter.


Why join WdKA? What Makes WdKA Unique?

In all our majors, we help students to gain the competencies essential for the future profession: attitude, knowledge, know-how and skills.

On top of their own major, WdKA students choose from a wide range of elective projects. These projects will introduce them to our three graduation profiles: Autonomous Practices, Commercial Practices and Social Practices. Next to 13 majors and three Practices, WdKA offers its students high-tech meeting interdisciplinary contemporary workshops - Stations. Read more about WdKA's education philosophy here.

Want to know more about our Leisure and Events Management programme, please click here.


Watch 'Studying at WdKA, General Presentation'


Curious about what to expect during our regular Open Days?

Visit this page for the programme of our last Open Day February 1, 2020, or check the photo reports on our Facebook page. Photography Joyce de Vries.

COVID-19 Updates

All admissions days for the Bachelors in Fine Art, Design and Teacher Training will only take place through 'remote admission'. You can apply for this option through our online application tool. This applies to all nationalities. Please visit this page for further details.

WdKA Recruitment Campaign, the Makers

WdKA recruitment campaign has come to life thanks to Hunted Design Studio  (Job Taks, Graphic Design, 2014).

Concept / edit / direction: Job Taks

Concept / styling: Britt Roubos, alumna Lifestyle Transformation Design

Camera: Steven van de Vorm

Light: Arthur vis

MUA: Minou Meijers, alumna Lifestyle Transformation Design

Music: Willem t’ Hart

Sound designer: Bram van de Giessen (student Audiovisual Design)

Assistent: Melani Kaitalidi

Keep an eye on this website and social media (Instagram, Facebook) for more images and stories.

For questions please contact WdKA Information Desk:
t. + 31 (0)10 794 4631
All questions: