The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is an international university of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design in Amsterdam (NL). It is home to a close-knit, international community of students from across the world. Students and teachers jointly create a learning environment that brings together thinking and doing and where unexpected, innovative ideas are born.  

This frontpage is weekly curated by a different student, department or alumnus presenting work in progress or in its final phase. Book the front page.

All full-time students follow a general first year called Basicyear and choose a specialisation for in-depth study during the following three years: Inter-Architecture, designLAB, Fashion, Graphic Design, Jewellery - linking bodies, TXT (Textile), Ceramics, Fine Arts, The Large Glass, Beeld en Taal, Photography or VAV - moving image.

The Rietveld Academie also offers a part-time Bachelor's programme called  DOGtime  with two specialisations: IDUM (Interaction Design Unstable Media) and  Fine Arts. Besides this, we offer two preparatory courses: the  Preparatory Year  and the  Orientation Year.  Master’s degree programmes  are offered at the  Sandberg Instituut.

The academy has twenty workshops at its disposal. Some of these are for general use and others are specific to particular departments. The workshops enable students to experiment with different techniques and materials and provide the opportunity to learn to use professional equipment. They form the very heart of the academy.

During 13 November - 19 November Marek van de Watering edits the front page.

Last summer I spent three months in Warsaw, Poland, integrating in and documenting the educational practices of professor Grzegorz Kowalski and one of his now-famous alumni. It had been a long-time fascination: my graduation thesis from four years ago already pointed out that many of my interests come together in Kowalski’s practices and teaching, which is based upon the tension between group and individual. In the Netherlands, when showing my material to others, most mistook my material and thought that I had embedded myself in a cult. * My three months were made possible by a research residency at the Center for Contemporary Art U-jazdowski in Warsaw, and grants by the Mondriaan Fonds and the City of Warsaw. Now, back in The Netherlands, I am supported by the Research Institute for Art and Public Space (LAPS) here at the academy to refine, sculpt, present and publish my findings.

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