Jurgen Bey Opening 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.
Critical Studies presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Propositions for post-disciplinarity
An Outline of Things, Sounds Cartography
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Absence, twice removed
Propositions for post-disciplinarity
The Sorcerer
Q: Is it possible to apply without a bachelor in arts?
A: Yes, anyone with a bachelor's level degree or equivalent can be accepted. A convincing portfolio and practice related to art and a clear idea of what you would like to achieve in two years are as important.

Notes to Future Students — Student Ladipo Famodu & Tutor Anja Groten in conversation with Public Sandberg



The Design Department is a two-year Master’s programme that provides a collaborative environment for students to develop their projects and practices.

As the design discipline is increasingly hard to define, the Design Department reserves space and time for critical reflection on how to relate and contribute to—as well as problematize—contemporary design discourse.

The open structure of the curriculum allows the tutors and students to reflect on, and respond to, urgent topics and current discourses. Considering design as a practice of “making things public,” we attend to the politics inherent in design, through actively opening up, sharing, and reviewing design in progress. Modes of expression range from print work, digital interfaces, films and videos, network infrastructures, games, performances, writing, educational platforms, audio tours, and more.

Studying at the Design Department

We are looking for students from a variety of backgrounds such as visual and performing arts, spatial design and architecture, philosophy, and computer programming. More important than prior education is a curious and self-determined research attitude and an openness to transgress predetermined disciplinary boundaries and collaborate. The Design Department furthermore welcomes students that are underrepresented in the field of design, art, education, and beyond. Students of the Design Department apply to the programme with a project proposal, which might become the starting point for a deeper investigation of a subject matter or method. However, as students are expected to critically reflect on their own positions and assumptions, they often find themselves challenging and reformulating the very foundation of their practice. The department sees its role in stimulating and nurturing this process, supporting students in tackling their challenges and in opening up toward new discoveries. With some exceptions, regular classes are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursdays and Fridays are usually kept open for students to work independently and further develop their projects.

Next to individual guidance and collective meetings with tutors, the writing trajectory for both the first and the second year students accompanies the ongoing research and making process. The practice of writing helps students to work through obstacles, gain new insights, develop their own voices, and learn how to articulate their work. We furthermore plan a manifold of extracurricular activities throughout the year, such as field trips, visits to exhibitions, festivals, and conferences. Specifically invited artists, designers, and researchers contribute to the programme with their expertise by means of lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Dirty Art Department presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Mushroom Dreams
Trapped in a glaze like in fossilised amber
Shuffering and Shmiling
Access modes for encountering large industrial bodies
escribas modernas
Trapped in a glaze like in fossilised amber
st Anthony's Wilderness
The Most Glorious Day On Earth
Fine Art performance at Open Sandberg 2023
Tools for Dispersion and Techniques for Accumulation
They said- ‘I’ was never an island
Metabolic Intuition
Screaming in a similar key
Cruel Summer Camp
Sow reaper
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Studio for Immediate Spaces presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Do What You Love
Scenario 02
find me a house
If you knew time as well as I do
Food Architecture
Every Object tells many stories
Q: Is there an age limit for candidates?
A: There is no age limit.
Artificial Times presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
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.
Input Party
Your Future
The Window
The Apple Pie
Peach Tree, Ambiguous
Monarchy Energy
p.i.a. services
Graduation project
Q: Do different departments collaborate?
A: There are some occasional collaborative workshops and seminars across departments, but generally each department follows their own trajectory. There are also a number of student initiatives which collaborate across departments.
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).
 wait, I thought I was supposed to be a generous cook in a greasy kitchen - true stories told
Konzert fur Spielzug und schwimmbad
A smokers theatre
The Pendant
Bracing Bodies
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.
The Pendant
How to Read a Spread with The Pendant Tarot Deck
Places of Belonging
Hier praten we liever niet over
Q: How many students are selected for the master of fine arts?
A: We accept around 12 students, per department, per year.
This Window is A World
Places of Belonging
Unsettling presents Sydney Lowell at Open Sandberg 2023
Open Sandberg 21
Choir of Tongue
Asian Union
Asian Union