Join us for the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) online open day which will take place on Saturday February 11, from 10am–3pm.

Throughout the day, both the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) and the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) master studio spaces will be open to the public. It is a day when many PZI staff and students are present to answer your questions. Some of our master programmes will hold presentations, and it is also a time when the six WdKA stations (workshops) located throughout the WdKA Blaak 10 and Wijnhaven 61 buildings are open for you to roam in and out of, giving you a better idea of our current facilities.

The Piet Zwart Institute houses four full-time master programmes, Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD); Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, which encompasses Fine Art (MFA) Lens-Based Media (LB) and Experimental Publishing (XPUB) and two part-time Master programmes, Education in Arts (MeiA) and Master Design.

In addition to this year’s open day at the main WdKa-building, the Master Fine Art welcomes you for open studios in their building at the Karel Doormanhof 45, also from 11am–6pm. Below you will find more specific information per Master Program and their programming during the day. We strongly advise you to visit us during our open day. If you are not able to join us it’s possible to make an appointment for an individual visit. E-mail:

Fine Art

Location: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam*
(*please note: this location is different from the other Piet Zwart Master programmes)

Open Studios from 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Info-session – Admissions process:
Session 1: 11.30 – 12.00 
Session 2: 14.00 – 14.30 
Info-session – Curriculum structure:
15:30 – 16:30

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art welcomes the public for our annual Open Studios event. From 10:00 – 18:00, current MFA students will open their doors to share their research and practices. The main event is complemented by a video screening and an offering of refreshments at the bar. Prospective students are welcome to come and learn more about the MFA curriculum during an information session hosted by course director, Danny Giles and core tutor Katarina Zdjelar. Master Fine Art and Admission Coordinator Petra van der Kooij will hold admission sessions for prospective students as well. Please join these sessions if you want to know more about our admission procedure or if you have specific questions about how to apply to our programme.



Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD)

Location: Wijnhaven 61, fourth floor, MIARD studio’s.

We are pleased to invite you to join us during our annual Open Day at MIARD. Our Open Day this year is in-person. During the day you have a chance to learn about the program, ask questions, and speak with the Course Director and Coordinator, tutors, students, and alumni. 

Open studios
Students open their studio spaces to welcome visitors. First and Second year students will be present and can answer questions that visitors might have about the program and our community.

Round table
An area is dedicated to small conversations. Visitors can sit and ask questions about the program to the course director, coordinator, staff, and alumni.

Version 2.0, MIARD Archive
Book publication, Spatial Folders: Extraction, a trans-scalar inquiry (forthcoming, March 2023)

Please let us know if you will join us. 
Send us an email at to confirm your attendance by February 11. 
We kindly ask you to provide us with your name, background (discipline), and a short description of what interests you about MIARD.

To know more about us, you can visit our online MIARD archive here and look at the work of our students and alumni, review the recent program announcements and see a list of the exhibitions, scholarships, and publications.

If you are not able to attend on February 11, email us at to schedule an online or in-person meeting and to visit the facilities. If you would like to visit and meet members of the program in person send us an email to make an appointment.

The Stations and building tour begins at 13:00.

We look forward to seeing you soon, on behalf of the MIARD community.


Experimental Publishing (XPUB)

Join us on Saturday 11th of February, 2023 at the XPUB studio: we will be around from 10:00 to 15:00. You can find us on the 4th floor in the WdKA/PZI building at Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam.

Or join us on Monday 6th of February, 2023 for the online open day: we will host two online sessions at 10:00 (UTC+1) and 17:00 (UTC+1). You can register by writing to More info….

Location: Wijnhaven 61, fourth floor, XPUB studios

A two-year master focussed on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks.

Calling all entrepreneurs interrupting anti-open dictionaries, robots uploading semi-version-controlled vinyls, presidents feeling raw maps, AI leaking centralised startups, architects writing anarcho-syndicalist LaserDiscs, individuals screening ante-libre games, adults playing multi-complex codes of conduct, doctors vandalizing micro-organic warez, dogs portraying marxist privacy, victims cooking closed source viruses, book binders criticizing craft radio, students controlling binary screensavers, authors provoking infra-vertical vandalism, nations shouting on entangled canvases, librarians lying about deep corruption, governments spamming federated memes, artists sending ex-encrypted futures, politicians parodying digital PDFs, readers obscuring shared epubs, makers mediating non-authoritarian wikis, viruses screaming xeno-contradictory music, designers echoing hyper-capitalist newspapers, tourists listening to uni-communist dances, networks translating proto-apolitical forums, editors debating trans-online graffitis.


Lens-based Media

Location: Wijnhaven 61, fourth floor, Lensbased studios

The Master of Arts in Fine Art & Design: Lens-Based Media program focuses primarily on artistic and experimental lens-based practices (both still and moving image/animation) that embrace the use of artifice, formal and technical innovation, fictional strategies and other unconventional visual approaches to create new and meaningful visions of the world.

We support visions that seek to move beyond the conventional narratives of our society and create new impetus in the viewer towards an open-eyed engagement with myriad challenges humans (and non-humans) collectively face in a world saturated with disinformation, increasing polarisation and fragmentations of communities, centuries-old political and social injustices, marginalisation of the most vulnerable, and a rapidly degrading global environment.

NB: There will also be a further online Q&A sessions – dates and times to be announced.


Education in Arts

Location: Wijnhaven 61, fourth floor.

During the Open Day, the Master of Education in Arts presents itself by means of a presentation: course material as well as graduation research will be on display providing a detailed insight in the content and profile of the programme. There is ample time to talk to the course director, coordinator, staff and students and ask any questions you might have about the course! There is also time and space to discuss your possible application. From 11am to 11.30am the course director will give a presentation about the course. If you would like to attend it, please make sure to be in time.

Is this date not working for you? Please visit one of our Open Information Meetings. For detailed information and how to subscribe click here. Please let us know if you will join us. Send us an email at to confirm your attendance by February 11. We kindly ask you to provide us your name, background (discipline) and a short description of what interests you about MEiA.

Research in Art & Design Education and Collective Practice

What is the significance of material practices and embodiment for artistic research and education? How can we develop an art-driven, interdisciplinary pedagogy within secondary education? What are the main challenges when it comes to forging transdisciplinary connections between the arts and sciences in education? What are the current developments with respect to art mediation in museums? How do pivotal topics like the climate crisis, intersectionality and decolonialization – influence our view on education in the future?

A learning community

We pay attention to contemporary developments in art and design education, considering it to be an expanded and interdisciplinary field that also includes socially engaged practices in art. The curriculum is designed for educators in the fields of secondary, vocational and higher arts and design education, educators in museums and community arts, as well as artists and designers with an interest in pedagogical practices. The course prepares graduates to engage with formal educational structures as well as with informal learning environments or collective practices. Peer learning and being part of a learning community is a key feature of our programme.


Master Design

Location: Wijnhaven 61, fourth floor, room WH4.139

Based on their own design questions, students within the Master Design learn to do designerly and in-depth design research. They constantly reflect on what they discover and convey their work and expertise through storytelling. They combine and integrate this part-time master with their design practice, renew their own role and in this way that of creative professionals in society and organizations. They contribute to social, environmental and technological change. The combination of participatory work and authorship is fundamental. Join us in our second open day to find out more on our course and get your questions answered.

10am –> room WH 4.139 open
11–11:45am –> Keynote on Master Design with general Q&A
11:45am–1:30pm –> Q&A with students & tutors
12:45–1:15pm –> academy tour with tutor
1:30–2:30pm –> Keynote on Master Design with general Q&A
3pm Room –> WH 4.139 close


Image credit: Steven Maybury