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.

During 23 April - 01 May David Bennewith edits the front page.

1st year graphic design workshop, April 2018: 'Wat men weet [That We Know]'. Over the week of 16-20 April 2018 the 1st year students of the graphic design department worked with artist Hinrich Sachs and a collection of 45 international editions—sourced by students, teachers, parents and friends of the department—of the March 2018 issue of ELLE magazine. Their workshop lead up to a public discussion at Amsterdam bookstore San Serriffe, with expert guests from different backgrounds, and a public presentation the next day revealing more specifically the students findings. The speakers at the public event were Joke Robaard, Jesse van Oosten, Linda van Deursen, and Hinrich Sachs.

'Wat men weet [That We Know]' promises a debate about the dynamics of globalization, focussing on both photography and typography as signifiers of cultural climate, as well as on the dissemination and appropriation of visual codes as social codes, based on the global range of ELLE magazine editions present. And what about the influencers and the migrant laborers in the business? Originally conceived and initiated by artist Hinrich Sachs in 1994, 'That We Know' adapts to the cultural context of each edition, thus launching and challenging the local critical perception of the global commodity ELLE, each time anew.

Poster for this edition of 'Wat men weet [That We Know]' by Victoria Allakhverdyan. Workshop and public event photography by Kirill Zakomoldin. Public event supported by the Goethe-Institut Niederlande.

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