Board our Stations (Workspaces)
Creating prototypes, experimenting, remixing and improving your ideas.
All students and colleagues of the Willem de Kooning Academy are welcome to work at our Stations (Workspaces), regardless of their major, minor, elective or year. The Stations are places for you to explore the viability of your ideas and figure out how to turn them into fully-functioning creations.
Dig in and get your hands dirty! Experiment with, study and explore tools, techniques, materials, and equipment. Get support and inspire others by collaborating with fellow students, tutors, and instructors.
Bring your assignments and independent projects to life at our Stations (Workspaces): Interaction Station, Image & Sound Station, Publication Station, Material Station, Fabric Station, Drawing Station, Research Station, Education Station, Living Station and Business Station.
What is a Station?
Students, instructors, and tutors work in and around the stations: nodes where knowledge and relevant, high-value instruments are collected. Only when lights go out here, the whole WdKA will go to sleep. Stations are not the ‘property’ of any particular major or practice but are rather a meeting place for students and teachers across subjects and years. At the Stations, you can find the facilities and expertise that you need to carry out your work. Their expertise covers software, hardware, technology, equipment, and machinery. Tutors, instructors, and student assistants are present at the stations all day – and in the evening – to help you.
What can you do at a Station?
You take lessons and instruction while working on your regular quarterly projects. Outside these projects, you can work independently at the Stations. You can also choose from a diverse range of instruction sessions and courses. This will allow you to familiarise yourself with particular technologies and equipment and to be able to use them in ways that are uniquely your own. You can learn techniques that are of interest to you and develop the skills that you are interested in or that complement the projects that you have chosen.
A Station as knowledge-domain
Research is done at stations into new developments and innovations in the worlds of technology, art, and design. The application of new technologies is under constant scrutiny, and students learn to be aware of current technologies and how to make well-founded decisions on how to apply these technologies. This seamlessly complements the premise that, during your studies at the Academy, you learn by doing and then reflect on what you have done. The Stations are an environment in which making and doing – and of course thinking – are encouraged and supported. You do not only work with your fellow students and tutors from your major, but also with students and tutors from other majors and years. Here you find state-of-the-art facilities and expertise to carry out your work: software, hardware, technology, equipment, and machinery. You name it!