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.  

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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.

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Six Academies is the kick off for a series of annual exhibitions, hosted by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie/Amsterdam, ZHDK/Zurich, ENSAD/Paris, FH/Bielefeld, Fondazione Fotografia/Modena and RCA/London.

Since 2004, these Academies have been working together, discussing art education in the field of Photography. Annual meetings resulted in a professional exchange of professors about their variety of teaching strategies and programmes, and a prize for the best student’s work. As of 2018, the prize has been transformed into an exhibition of selected student’s works, rotating between the respective cities and institutes.

6 Academies at UNSEEN provides a live view of an interactive, visual transformation throughout the whole duration of the festival. More information on unseenamsterdam.com

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