Jurgen Bey Opening 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.
Critical Studies presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Kitchen Conversations
The Sorcerer
Q: How many students are selected for the master of fine arts?
A: We accept around 12 students, per department, per year.
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Propositions for post-disciplinarity
Absence, twice removed
An Outline of Things, Sounds Cartography
Design Department 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.
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
Si puedo y es facíl, estoy cansada
Untitled (ongoing night light series)
Hosting Air
Si puedo y es facíl, estoy cansada
Supplement to the Future Dictionary
Mushroom Dreams
Access modes for encountering large industrial bodies
Shuffering and Shmiling

On-going Open Day programme:


The Fine Arts Department retains a focus on autonomy and making, while addressing the social and economic roles of art production. During the Fine Arts Master’s, our students become more of themselves, stronger in who they are and what position they intend to take on in society. They reflect on their own practice, and what it might mean on a grander scale, especially in relation to understanding one’s position in the world. The department helps to create and test a student’s individual parameters, helping them to gauge the effect of their work, and challenging them to be able to critically support a piece in the context of its exhibition.

At the core of the programme are the consistent conversations held with the main tutors throughout the two-year period. Alongside these regular dialogues, guest tutors are invited for seminars and tutorials both in the first and second year. Studio time thus alternates with an extensive series of workshops, seminars, and one-off events that also steer the student to less familiar areas within their practice. In addition to these guests and activities, an annual group exhibition is held early on in the year and research excursions abroad take place twice annually. These trips are subdivided in focus and aim: for second-year students, an intense winter thesis writing and reflection period is organized abroad (in the past to the Arctic Circle, The Isle of Lewis, and Delphi), while the first years partake in a shorter programmed excursion outside of the Netherlands. All students join in a department-wide spring research trip (in the past to Glasgow, Athens, Naples, and Sharjah).

Several times a year, students come together with staff and tutors to discuss common interests that have emerged and can be addressed with the help of experts who, following these sessions, are invited accordingly. Student-led activities, such as group crits, film nights, and Monday lunches are encouraged, while internal platforms are in place to promote small-scale try-outs and experimentation in presentation. In short, the Sandberg Instituut functions as a base for the Fine Arts students, while encouraging participants to develop and test their practice both within and beyond the school.


Candidates should be motivated to question their existing practice. An extreme curiosity is essential, as well as a willingness to enter into deep conversation with tutors and peers. Perhaps most crucially, students need to be able to work and think independently—and not be afraid to critically reflect on their work. Prospective students will be evaluated on their motivation, previous experience, and portfolio. The admissions committee will focus on the authenticity, artistry, and autonomous visual quality of the work presented.

Studio for Immediate Spaces presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
In Medias Res
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.
If you knew time as well as I do
Ghostly Voices, Noise and Static
Fabulous Future
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.
Artificial Times presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
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).
The Apple Pie
Peach Tree, Ambiguous
Input Party
Monarchy Energy
p.i.a. services
The Window
Your Future
Graduation project
Q: Is there an age limit for candidates?
A: There is no age limit.
 wait, I thought I was supposed to be a generous cook in a greasy kitchen - true stories told
A smokers theatre
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).
Konzert fur Spielzug und schwimmbad
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.
The Pendant
The Pendant
Bracing Bodies
How to Read a Spread with The Pendant Tarot Deck
Hier praten we liever niet over
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.
Places of Belonging
Places of Belonging
This Window is A World
Unsettling presents Sydney Lowell at Open Sandberg 2023
Asian Union
Asian Union
Open Sandberg 21