Opening Speech by director Ruby Hoette
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.
Readings by the students of Critical Studies
Propositions for post-disciplinarity
Short Worlds for Halftime - A reading
An Outline of Things, Sounds Cartography
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Absence, twice removed
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.
An Outline of Things, Sounds Cartography
Kitchen Conversations
The Sorcerer
Presentation by Anja Groten, director of Design
Nuet är där mina kroppar möts (Presence is where my bodies align)
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).
Future Crystals of the Anthropocene
Una película sin película A film without a film
Presentation by Jerzsy Seymour, co-director of Dirty Art Department
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).
The Most Glorious Day On Earth
Hosting Air
Si puedo y es facíl, estoy cansada
Paraquita de barrio
Access modes for encountering large industrial bodies
Si puedo y es facíl, estoy cansada
Presentation by Fine Arts director Judith Leysner, coordinator Nagaré Willemsen, and tutor Elio J Carranza
Moss doesn't grow...
Creamsicle Dress with Drippy Collars
Exposure 2020
Screaming in a similar key
Arita Porcelain Industry 有田の陶磁器産業
Tools for Dispersion and Techniques for Accumulation
Q: How many students are selected for the master of fine arts?
A: We accept around 12 students, per department, per year.
Cruel Summer Camp
The Siblings
Presentation by Ludwig Engel and Julian Schubert, directors of Studio for Immediate Spaces
Graduation project
In Medias Res
Do What You Love
Neighbours of Zero
Fabulous Future
prop nr. 1
Dream of desert land x1
Food Architecture
Presentation by Lara Khaldi and Gertrude Flentge, directors of Lumbung Practice
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.
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.
Input Party
Your Future
p.i.a. services
Q: Is there an age limit for candidates?
A: There is no age limit.
The Apple Pie
Peach Tree, Ambiguous
The Window
Monarchy Energy
Graduation project
A smokers theatre
Konzert fur Spielzug und schwimmbad
 wait, I thought I was supposed to be a generous cook in a greasy kitchen - true stories told
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.


Through collaborative efforts various independent Organisations (short and long term) are supported by the Sandberg Instituut. In relation to the two year Masters education, these Organisations consist of projects, programmes, exhibitions, publications and gatherings for both current students, alumni and staff as well as a professional audience and public with an interest in fine arts, design and architecture.


Commissioned Critique is an ongoing series of essays commissioned by the Sandberg Instituut and semi-independently edited by Rosa te Velde and Michelle Kasprzak.

In these essays, various authors reflect on issues specific to artistic MA programmes in general, yet taking Sandberg as their main case study. The series aims to look critically at how to create learning environments that produce a generation of artists, designers and thinkers that can claim spaces in the real world and set their own agendas.

The goal of this series is to encourage deliberation and debate within Sandberg and among art schools more generally.


Extra Intra is a website by the Editorial Board of Intercurricular Programs from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie/Sandberg Instituut & provides an overview of the academy's various intercurricular platforms, student initiatives & their events.

Hear! Here!

Hear! Here! is an experimental listening and dialogue platform that will work to encourage a culture of dialogue for students and staff of Rietveld and Sandberg.

The dialogue platform is co-organised by Sekai Makoni and Rosa te Velde and the editorial team which includes Rietveld and Sandberg teachers: Philip Coyne, Becket Flannery, Jason Hendrik Hansma, Tobias Karlsson, Martine Neddam, Iskra Vukšić & Simone Zeefuik.

Media Lab

The Medialab offers students a place to work, experiment with digital media, and gather knowledge. It is meant for all students to study, concentrate, collaborate, experiment, screenings and generally feel well.

Medialab’s staff organizes and facilitates workshops, lectures and events as well as audiovisual equipment rentals and technical production of exhibited works during the Sandberg Year Opening, Open Sandberg, Sandberg Graduation and various other exhibitions and presentations of the Sandberg students.


Research at Sandberg Instituut is research that opens the possibilities of imagination. This means that questioning dominant paradigms becomes embedded in the way we approach learning, making and creating. Imagination that is not limited to the way things are but rather to the possibilities of what could be. We conceive of the institute as a place for interdisciplinary research and cross-pollination that exceeds the confines of conventional academic disciplines.

This perspective on research is grounded in a broad and encompassing practice that challenges conventional ways in which knowledges are produced. Drawing on critical pedagogy, critical making and emancipatory research, we give space to an environment that opens itself for different ways of producing and approaching knowledge. We believe in emancipatory research that does not require endorsement from institutions either academic or from civil society but research that operates independently and across disciplines driven by the needs of broad developments. No longer bound by canonical practices that dictate what is proper knowledge, we open ourselves up for the possibilities of the uncharted, those paths that have not yet been forged and do not yet have a space of institutional representation. This intentional subversion of canonical knowledge should not be confused with chaotic or non-rigorous research practices. On the contrary, we purposefully foster rigorous research from an emancipatory perspective based on principles of openness, empowerment, accountability and reciprocity.

In our search for new forms of engagement with research we work through de-centering and dislocating the traditional sources of knowledge to give way to what has always been relegated to the periphery. Knowledge, then, not as a top/down resource that is transmitted through authoritative practices but as part of shared experiences where the emphasis is put in searching together rather than in uncritical dominance.

Unsettling and Unions

Can Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut become radically inclusive structures?

In 2018, an intra-curricular initiative begins working actively between and beyond the structures and discourses of the academy to unsettle the Rietveld and Sandberg from the roots up.

Through collaboration, confrontation, conversation and complication, Unsettling Rietveld/Sandberg aims to support existing initiatives, while also developing outreach programs, drawing in new perspectives, and making the context of the academy more inclusive to other voices, minds and bodies — those who are here and those who are not, yet. Together with the dynamic input of students, staff, external advisors and management, Unsettling Rietveld/Sandberg will collectively generate a policy for equity and diversity in our institutes which aims to not only shift the ways we work together but also ask the question: who is the “we” in the first place? It’s one of the first steps towards becoming an academy of the 21st century in Amsterdam — an interdependent space for brave ideas and unlearning.