Jurgen Bey Opening presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
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.
Critical Studies 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.
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Short Worlds for Halftime - A reading
The Sorcerer
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Absence, twice removed
Propositions for post-disciplinarity
An Outline of Things, Sounds Cartography
Design Department presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Future Crystals of the Anthropocene
Nuet är där mina kroppar möts (Presence is where my bodies align)
Una película sin película A film without a film
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.
Dirty Art Department presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
The Most Glorious Day On Earth
escribas modernas
Mushroom Dreams
Trapped in a glaze like in fossilised amber
Spatial Installation
Trapped in a glaze like in fossilised amber
Si puedo y es facíl, estoy cansada
Fine Art performance at Open Sandberg 2023
The Onset Of Fever
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).
Tools for Dispersion and Techniques for Accumulation
Cruel Summer Camp
Sow reaper
Fluffed Occupations
Studio for Immediate Spaces presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Dream of desert land x1
prop nr. 1
Bucolic Gang
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.
Graduation project
Fabulous Future
Fabulous Future
Ghostly Voices, Noise and Static
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.
Artificial Times 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.
Input Party
Your Future
p.i.a. services
Graduation project
The Window
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.
Monarchy Energy
The Apple Pie
 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
Q: Is there an age limit for candidates?
A: There is no age limit.


“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible” Toni Cade Bambara. In this period of political uncertainty, Sandberg Instituut’s new Temporary Programme: Ecologies of Transformation will research how we can integrate art and embodiment to develop paths towards social change.

The course will research and develop artistic practices rooted in care and pleasure as an antidote to the burn out that is common to activism cultures.

Ecologies of Transformation is underpinned by the idea that learning about the past allows us to vision and grow new futures. Aspects of postcolonial theory, intersectional feminism and disability justice will be explored, alongside core texts including Rae Johnson’s Embodied Social Justice, Mary Watkins & Helene Schulman’s Towards Psychologies of Liberation, as well as adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy series. The intention is to spend more time growing solutions than dismantling problems, while maintaining a generative critical lens to create work which facilitates community change.

Ecologies of Transformation will support participants to confront the self, live the lessons and research their own embodied journeys. The first year will explore body-based practices to manage stress in order to sustain social change work. Interdisciplinary research will be analyzed to understand the political moment and how to create bridges across difference. In addition to the writing of the thesis and developing of final works, the second year is focused on partnering with Netherlands based organisations to bring trauma informed research and artistic practice into community contexts. Throughout the programme transformational theatre tools, such as Theatre of the Oppressed, will be used to hold multiple narratives and move beyond the victim - perpetrator binary, to acknowledge ways we can be harmed and simultaneously be a source of harm in a variety of roles, including bystander or witness.

The programme consists of lectures, embodiment workshops, co-created content and reflective group discussion. International guests from the intersections of art and activism will share practices that are helpful in creating transformation, such as Pleasure Activism. Independent work will be encouraged, alongside collaborative projects within the course group and wider school. Participants will present new work at the end of each semester.Performance or movement artists, experience designers, curators, art therapists, filmmakers, visual artists, interdisciplinary practitioners with curious minds and compassionate presence, are warmly invited to apply. We encourage applicants from the global south or those with ancestry from outside of Europe.

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.
Hier praten we liever niet over
This Window is A World
Places of Belonging
Places of Belonging
Unsettling presents Sydney Lowell at Open Sandberg 2023
Open Sandberg 21
Asian Union
Choir of Tongue