Jurgen Bey Opening presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Q: Is it possible to apply to more than one program?
A: Yes, you must indicate this on the digital application form.
Critical Studies presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
The Sorcerer
An Outline of Things, Sounds Cartography
An Outline of Things, Sounds Cartography
Absence, twice removed
Propositions for post-disciplinarity
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Propositions for post-disciplinarity
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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.
Kitchen Conversations

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
The Most Glorious Day On Earth
Untitled (ongoing night light series)
Supplement to the Future Dictionary
Shuffering and Shmiling
Mushroom Dreams
Si puedo y es facíl, estoy cansada
escribas modernas
Access modes for encountering large industrial bodies
Out of Service
Mushroom Dreams
Fine Art performance at Open Sandberg 2023
Screaming in a similar key
Tools for Dispersion and Techniques for Accumulation
Creamsicle Dress with Drippy Collars
51.050057 N, 2.197191 W
Exposure 2020
The Siblings
Metabolic Intuition
Studio for Immediate Spaces presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
In Medias Res
Graduation project
Ghostly Voices, Noise and Static
Dream of desert land x1
Bucolic Gang
Q: Is there an age limit for candidates?
A: There is no age limit.
find me a house
Neighbours of Zero
Fabulous Future
Q: How many students are selected for the master of fine arts?
A: We accept around 12 students, per department, per year.
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.
The Window
Graduation project
Input Party
Monarchy Energy
Your Future
Peach Tree, Ambiguous
The Apple Pie
Q: What does a studio look like?
A: All departments, apart from Fine Arts, share a communal space. The Fine Arts students have individual studios within their department space (first years share one studio space, and second years have one to themselves).
p.i.a. services
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.
 wait, I thought I was supposed to be a generous cook in a greasy kitchen - true stories told
A smokers theatre
Konzert fur Spielzug und schwimmbad
The Pendant
Bracing Bodies
How to Read a Spread with The Pendant Tarot Deck
The Pendant
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.
Places of Belonging
This Window is A World
Hier praten we liever niet over
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).
Places of Belonging
Unsettling presents Sydney Lowell at Open Sandberg 2023
Asian Union
Open Sandberg 21
Asian Union