Hogeschool Rotterdam / Rotterdam University Willem de Kooning Academy

mission statement

“It is our mission to help our students become the creating pioneers the economy is looking for, and to prepare them for their international professional careers.”

Right at the heart of the design city of Rotterdam is the Willem de Kooning Academy. Its striking complex of buildings houses many workshops and studios (‘stations’) where students can work on a very wide range of challenging projects. Students work individually or in teams and are supervised by tutors and visiting tutors. The Willem de Kooning Academy runs technical workshops from beginners to advanced level.

international role

One of 55 Dutch Universities of Professional Education. Actively involved in 4 major international networks for art education. Bilateral agreements with well over 70 international partners institutions.

national role

One of 16 regional Universities of Professional Education.

main focus

“Creating pioneers” is Willem de Kooning Academy’s mission. Pioneers – because the academy is not there to reproduce what already exists, but to put the applications and techniques available in the near future into practice right now. Our students themselves are the creative pioneers the creative sector so badly needs. Willem de Kooning Academy’s role is to help our students to become pioneers.

faculties and departments

Willem de Kooning Academy (BA degree course)

Piet Zwart Institute (MA degree courses)

bachelor level programs

BA Fine Art, BA Graphic Design, BA Advertising, BA Illustration, BA Fashion Design, BA Lifestyle, BA Spatial Design, BA Product Design, BA Animation, BA AudioVisual design, BA Photography, BA Fine Art & Design Teacher Training. All courses: 4 year duration. Master of Design (2 year parttime)

master level programs

MA Fine Art, MA Media Design and Communication (Networked Media, MA Media Design and Communication (Lens-Based Digital Media),MA Interior Architecture & Retail Design, MA Education in Arts. All courses: 2 year duration.

research activity and main areas

Yes, we have a special research programme at Master's level: Communication in a Digital Age.

subject areas for exchange students

All subject areas are open to exchange students, subject to portfolio review.

application deadlines

Autumn: 1 June

Spring: 1 November

teaching languages

Dutch & English

semester dates

Autumn: 1 September – 31 January

Spring: 1 February – 15 July

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Monthly rent: from €350

Food, transport, materials, etc.: €300 - €500

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