“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.
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.
One of 16 regional Universities of Professional Education.
“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 level programs
MA Fine Art, MA Media Design, Experimental Publishing MA Design, Lens-Based, ,MA Interior Architecture: Research + Design, , MA Education in Arts. All courses: 2 year duration. Master of Design (2 year parttime)
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.
Autumn: 1 May
Spring: 1 November
Dutch & English
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