The Honours programme ART and RESEARCH consists of a collaboration between the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the University of Amsterdam. The programme aims to combine the best of both institutions in a programme that allows art students the opportunity to engage with theory on a deeper level than what is offered in the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s regular courses, while on the other hand, it involves university students in creative processes absent in the scope of the University of Amsterdam’s courses.
Departing from the idea that there are certain overlaps between the practices of science and art, it provides students with the incentive to link different perspectives and methodologies, as well as challenge traditions, in order to create and develop new modes of research, while learning from each other’s fields of study in the process.
Another characteristic feature of “ART and RESEARCH” is the extremely wide range of disciplines it brings together, with participants from departments such as the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s “Audiovisual”, “Fine Arts”, “Glass”, and “Graphic Design”, the University’s “Future Planet Studies”, “Theatre Studies”, “Philosophy”, “Art History” and “Literature Studies”
Previous programmes have shown us that these very motivated students have better chances of being selected for Master’s programmes abroad, and several of them have won awards in past years, such as the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Award for Best Thesis. In the words of one of the programme’s former students:
'It’s like being given new ears to listen to things that you thought you knew'.