The first year of the Major consists of three terms:

  • Term 1Navigation, focuses on introducing Fine Art major. You explore new ways of making art and study contemporary art's relation to society. The focus is on methods and processes of thinking and doing, necessary to develop ideas conceptually and to translate these into images in various media (performance, video, photography, drawing, interactive media, etc).
  • Term 2 focuses on the on introducing to the content and methodology of WdKA's three graduation profiles (Practices). You will be introduced to the approach, context, professional roles and methodologies associated with the three graduation profiles. 
  • Term 3 will further focus on the Fine Art major. You will start to establish, (temporarily)define and operate your artistic vision, based on individual conditions: methods, materials, platforms. You will be encouraged to claim responsibility for the making processes, progress of the project and for the collaboration within the group. This is what we mean by Autonoom - to be self-directed.

The second year of the Major consists of two terms:

  • Term 1, focuses on further development within the Major. This term is about contextualisation: art in relation to (a) public space. You continue to explore specific Autonoom (self-directed) learning styles and attitudes that are important for your growth as an artist. You do this in relation to a specific working environment and contexts where you do your research. Focusing on what your artistic role is, you further define your artistic identity.
  • Term 2, you further define your artistic positioning and working methods that conform your artistic vision - in research, making and presenting.

Term 3, Practices, provides you with an in-depth introduction to two of the three graduation profiles (Practices). This learning experience will help you decide upon your graduation profile in the third and fourth academic years.
On top of the major, WdKA adds elective projects. You can choose from a wide range of contemporary subjects and issues. These projects introduce students to our three graduation profiles or Practices. We call them the Autonomous, Social and Commercial Practices. Within the Practices, you focus on new challenges in the fields of technology, the use of public space, the need to engage the public and a challenging international context, and work on real-life, practical assignments which transcend the boundaries of the chosen professional discipline.

Click on the chart on the left to view the Practices and their elective projects.

Autonomous Practices focus on the artistic and expressive possibilities of the (individual) artist, teacher or designer; who work from the perspective of their personal vision of the world and the human condition, and give shape to this vision. Within Autonomous Practices, students can specialise in one of four issues: Critical Studies, Digital Craft, Hacking, and Public & Private. Each issue has its own specific courses, tutors with relevant professional backgrounds, and external partners with whom students can collaborate.

More (in-depth) information about the Autonomous Practices

Commercial Practices are oriented towards our “next” economy. Our world is changing rapidly fused for example by technological disruptive innovations. This changing world creates new opportunities and roles for prospective designers and artists. Within Commercial Practices, students can specialise in one of four issues: New Frontiers, Branding, Data Design, and Service Design. Each issue has its own specific courses, tutors with relevant professional backgrounds, and external partners with whom students can collaborate.

More (in-depth) information about the Commercial Practices

Social Practices focus on art and design that impacts societal issues by designing or redesigning processes, interactions and relationships, and by involving participants or stakeholders in the design process. The issues currently addressed by Social Practices are Cultural Diversity, Open Design, Powerplay and New Earth; four domains in which systemic change is particularly relevant.

More (in-depth) information about the Social Practices

You will further concentrate on making own work based on self-directed research and making processes, in relation to exploring existing professional contexts. Besides working in a group studio, preparing for a professional practice as an artist, you are encouraged to connect to professional platforms outside the academy and consult different tutors on different artistic practices and forms of publication. Collaboration projects with partners outside the academy (Codarts, TENT, etc) are offered to you to choose from for further professional growth.

On top of the major, WdKA adds elective projects. You can choose from a wide range of contemporary subjects and issues. These projects introduce students to our three graduation profiles or Practices. We call them the Autonomous, Social and Commercial Practices. Within the Practices, you focus on new challenges in the fields of technology, the use of public space, the need to engage the public and a challenging international context, and work on real-life, practical assignments which transcend the boundaries of the chosen professional discipline.

Click on the chart on the left to view the Practices and their elective projects.

Autonomous Practices focus on the artistic and expressive possibilities of the (individual) artist, teacher or designer; who work from the perspective of their personal vision of the world and the human condition, and give shape to this vision. Within Autonomous Practices, students can specialise in one of four issues: Critical Studies, Digital Craft, Hacking, and Public & Private. Each issue has its own specific courses, tutors with relevant professional backgrounds, and external partners with whom students can collaborate.

More (in-depth) information about the Autonomous Practices

Commercial Practices are oriented towards our “next” economy. Our world is changing rapidly fused for example by technological disruptive innovations. This changing world creates new opportunities and roles for prospective designers and artists. Within Commercial Practices, students can specialise in one of four issues: New Frontiers, Branding, Data Design, and Service Design. Each issue has its own specific courses, tutors with relevant professional backgrounds, and external partners with whom students can collaborate.

More (in-depth) information about the Commercial Practices

Social Practices focus on art and design that impacts societal issues by designing or redesigning processes, interactions and relationships, and by involving participants or stakeholders in the design process. The issues currently addressed by Social Practices are Cultural Diversity, Open Design,Powerplay and New Earth; four domains in which systemic change is particularly relevant.

More (in-depth) information about the Social Practices

The Internship period is a temporary placement in which you, as a future professional, will become acquainted with the professional practice, including the scope and range of work activities and various practical aspects of the profession. The goal is to combine the learning process and the professional practice. Within Fine Art, the form of the internships is open, and ranges from deepening your independent practice in dialogue with an external partner to more traditional internships within a platform. You can also choose to do a personal project, e.g. an international study travel.  It is also possible to do an internship abroad.

Exchange. By studying abroad, you have the opportunity to study in a foreign country and take in the allure and culture of a new environment. WdKA offers you this opportunity as an integral part of your study. During your study exchange you gain credits that can be transferred against your degree at WdKA.

Minor allows the students to broaden or deepen their knowledge and skills. You complete it within one semester. Minor includes practical research, visualisation and presentation. You can one of the current issues within the Practices - Critical Studies, Digital Craft, Hacking, and Public & Private; New Frontiers, Branding, Data Design, and Service Design or Cultural Diversity, Open Design,Powerplay and New Earth - or follow a minor at another institute or abroad.

 

In the final phase of the studies, you will graduate in the Major and with the Practice profile that best suits you as an artist.

Autonomous Practices focus on the artistic and expressive possibilities of the (individual) artist, teacher or designer; who work from the perspective of their personal vision of the world and the human condition, and give shape to this vision. Within Autonomous Practices, students can specialise in one of four issues: Critical Studies, Digital Craft, Hacking, and Public & Private. Each issue has its own specific courses, tutors with relevant professional backgrounds, and external partners with whom students can collaborate.

More (in-depth) information about the Autonomous Practices

Commercial Practices are oriented towards our “next” economy. Our world is changing rapidly fused for example by technological disruptive innovations. This changing world creates new opportunities and roles for prospective designers and artists. Within Commercial Practices, students can specialise in one of four issues: New Frontiers, Branding, Data Design, and Service Design. Each issue has its own specific courses, tutors with relevant professional backgrounds, and external partners with whom students can collaborate.

More (in-depth) information about the Commercial Practices

Social Practices focus on art and design that impacts societal issues by designing or redesigning processes, interactions and relationships, and by involving participants or stakeholders in the design process. The issues currently addressed by Social Practices are Cultural Diversity, Open Design, Powerplay and New Earth; four domains in which systemic change is particularly relevant.

More (in-depth) information about the Social Practices

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Profession and Concept

The first year focuses on the introduction to skills, knowledge and attitudes that we regard as necessary for the profession. At the same time you will learn to think conceptually, explore, experiment and to ask yourself questions regarding the discipline.

Profession and Concept

This year will focus on further developing of skills, knowledge and attitudes within the Major and further introduction to Practices. As you progress through the study programme, the projects will keep on increasing in complexity. You will be working with more advanced instruments and tools, further developing within a professional field of own choosing.

Profession and Concept

The third year is divided between your Major, internship/exchange and graduation profiles (Practices). Upon completing, you will be able to choose the graduation profile that best suits your ambition.

Profession and Concept

The fourth year consists of two terms: Minor and Graduation.

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