Students of the Illustration department at the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) learn to work and study together as a community. Within this community, the department actively encourages the broad range of learning opportunities made possible by contributions from individuals of various backgrounds and various approaches to illustration. We aim to avoid constraining students within specific branches of illustration. We believe that by embracing diversity, we are in a position to create a flexible environment in which students can discover their own direction. The focus within the department is on three specific areas of the profession: narrative, informative, and authorial illustration. We want students to be able to share stories, provide information and express opinions through visual works. We focus on products such as publications, animations, installations, events, identities and games. During the four-year study programme, students progress from an initial focus on their major specialisation of Illustration, toward becoming skillful interdisciplinary practitioners active within either commercial, social or autonomous professional practices.
We prepare our students for career opportunities in the creative industries. Our alumni work as freelancers, within collectives, or for commercial or institutional employers.
Students also have the opportunity of participating in an exchange programme with partner institutes in: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Clients of WdKA alumni include: Artbox, the Ambassadors, De Correspondent, Elle, Funky-E, Guerilla Games, Jora Vision, Trouw. Our extensive network of distinguished partners includes: The Dutch Professional Organisation for Designers (BNO), Flow Magazine, HEMA, H&M, In60Sec, Metropolis festival, Mirabeau, Loulou & Tummie, Paladin, Playground festival, De Volkskrant, Worm, Shop Around, Villa Zebra.
Opportunities for exchange with partner institutes in: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Cover project: Box by Reinier Landwehr (photo Gert-Jan Pos).
Knowledge & skills
- Narrative, informative and authorial illustration
- Relevant research
- Ability to work independently and in collaboration
- ...and more
- Interdisciplinary image maker
- Comic artist
- Image maker for game industry
- ...and more
Next to 13 majors and three Practices WdKA offers its students high-tech meeting interdisciplinary spaces - Stations.
Stations are the place for creating prototypes, experimenting, remixing and improving your ideas. All of the Willem de Kooning Academy’s students and staff members are welcome to work in our Stations, regardless of their major specialisation, minor, elective module or study year. The Stations are where you can explore the viability of your ideas and find out how to turn them into fully-functioning creations.