Jurgen Bey Opening presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Q: Are the studies collective or individual?
A: Everyone follows their own trajectory and graduates individually. Frequently there are collective projects and collaborative workshops and seminars.

Notes to Future Students — Student Anastasija Kiake in conversation with Public Sandberg


The Critical Studies Department offers a two-year Master’s programme in critical thought and inquiry. The programme provides an open, interdisciplinary environment for the development of an independent research practice while giving students a rigorous grounding in contemporary critical theory and political thought. We are especially interested in forms of study and inquiry at odds with traditional academic frameworks, including practice-led research and experimental approaches to critical and speculative writing.

Over the course of their studies, participants have the possibility to pursue a self-initiated research project with great autonomy, working individually or collectively with our team of supervisors. Research projects are presented in a series of regular colloquia, which serve as spaces for collective discussion and exchange. Additionally, participants are provided with the support and resources for the development of collaborative projects related to their research, such as publications, screenings, or symposia.

Alongside the research trajectory, participants take part in an intensive programme of seminars, lectures, and workshops. This programme provides a thorough introduction to key debates in critical theory and continental philosophy, explores alternative modes of research and knowledge production, and supports participants in the development of a writing practice. In tandem with this, specific themes are addressed in depth during regular lectures and seminars by visiting speakers.


The Critical Studies curriculum is structured around weekly theory seminars, bi-weekly writing workshops, monthly guest talks and research colloquia, and tutorials with supervisors. In each of the three terms that comprise our academic year, the writing and theory courses focus on different themes and are taught by different core tutors. Classes are usually scheduled on three weekdays (currently, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays); alongside the scheduled classes, students work independently on coursework and their own research projects.


Critical Studies welcomes applicants from a range of backgrounds, including writers, theorists, artists, activists, editors, curators, educators, and other cultural practitioners interested in exploring points of convergence between research, practice, and writing. Critical Studies explicitly welcomes applicants who want to diverge from a trajectory that they have previously embarked on, seeking an environment that offers space for further development and experimentation.

Design Department presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Q: What are the expenses of living in Amsterdam?
A: In addition to the tuition fee, costs vary depending on your personal situation and individual choices. Nevertheless, it's advised to count on at least € 1.130 living expenses per month.
Future Crystals of the Anthropocene
Una película sin película A film without a film
Nuet är där mina kroppar möts (Presence is where my bodies align)
Dirty Art Department presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
The Most Glorious Day On Earth
Out of Service
Access modes for encountering large industrial bodies
The Most Glorious Day On Earth
escribas modernas
Supplement to the Future Dictionary
Paraquita de barrio
Untitled (ongoing night light series)
all rights _reserved. © 2011.
Shuffering and Shmiling
Fine Art performance at Open Sandberg 2023
Screaming in a similar key
Exposure 2020
The Middle Station
Creamsicle Dress with Drippy Collars
Arita Porcelain Industry 有田の陶磁器産業
51.050057 N, 2.197191 W
The Siblings
Studio for Immediate Spaces presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Fabulous Future
Food Architecture
Do What You Love
Neighbours of Zero
Every Object tells many stories
Ghostly Voices, Noise and Static
Dream of desert land x1
prop nr. 1
Q: Are study years one and two intertwined?
A: Both study years of the main departments share the same space and follow the same seminars. There isn’t a strict divide between the years across each department.
Artificial Times presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Q: What’s the duration of the study?
A: All programs are full-time two-year courses. You earn 60 ECTS points per year (European Credit Transfer System).
Your Future
Monarchy Energy
Q: Is it allowed to take my dog to school?
A: Unfortunately, dogs or other pets are not allowed, except for guide dogs or similar.
The Apple Pie
Graduation project
The Window
p.i.a. services
Input Party
Peach Tree, Ambiguous
Q: How many students are selected for the master of fine arts?
A: We accept around 12 students, per department, per year.
Konzert fur Spielzug und schwimmbad
A smokers theatre
 wait, I thought I was supposed to be a generous cook in a greasy kitchen - true stories told
How to Read a Spread with The Pendant Tarot Deck
The Pendant
Bracing Bodies
Q: Is it possible to apply to more than one program?
A: Yes, you must indicate this on the digital application form.
The Pendant
This Window is A World
Hier praten we liever niet over
Q: Can I apply to all temporary departments?
A: Temporary departments are two-year programs developed according to urgent world issues. The two new temporary departments starting in 2023 are Artificial Times and Planetary Poetics which are open for applications.
Places of Belonging
Places of Belonging
Unsettling presents Sydney Lowell at Open Sandberg 2023
Asian Union
Choir of Tongue
Open Sandberg 21