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
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Absence, twice removed
An Outline of Things, Sounds Cartography
Propositions for post-disciplinarity
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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.
The Sorcerer
Propositions for post-disciplinarity
Design Department presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
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)
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.
Dirty Art Department presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
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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.
Out of Service
Hosting Air
Untitled (ongoing night light series)
Si puedo y es facíl, estoy cansada
Mushroom Dreams
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The Most Glorious Day On Earth
Fine Art performance at Open Sandberg 2023
The Onset Of Fever
Cruel Summer Camp
Arita Porcelain Industry 有田の陶磁器産業
They said- ‘I’ was never an island
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Collecting memories
Studio for Immediate Spaces presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Fabulous Future
Every Object tells many stories
Graduation project
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Scenario 02
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).
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.
Artificial Times presentation at Open Sandberg 2023
Q: Is there an age limit for candidates?
A: There is no age limit.
p.i.a. services
Graduation project
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.
The Apple Pie
Your Future
The Window
Monarchy Energy
Input Party

Notes to Future Students — Director Sjaron Minailo in conversation with Public Sandberg


Lessons in Love and Violence

During the temporary programme Re:master Opera we invite new voices from all disciplines (performing arts, fine arts, film, fashion, design, architecture, etc.) to participate in an examination of the particular strategies of artistic communication that are distinctive to opera—mainly its multidisciplinary structure and the relationships between sound, image, and text within the unique space of unreality. The program is supported by the Dutch National Opera and the Opera Forward Festival. Opera is a time-based artform that is driven by a non-natural progression of time through music, and is therefore by itself a celebration of artificiality: the artificial singing technique, the artificiality of heightened aesthetics, the use of artificial lyrical/poetic language, and the artificial scale of the performance. Bertold Brecht saw in this artificiality a key tool for sociopolitical reflection: “The pleasure grows in proportion to the degree of unreality . . . The irrationality of opera lies in the fact that rational elements are employed, solid reality is aimed at, but at the same time it is all washed out by the music. A dying man is real. If at the same time he sings we are translated to the sphere of the irrational . . . The more unreal and unclear the music can make the reality . . . the more pleasurable the whole process becomes.” Reality, alternative reality, virtual reality, “metaverse,” IRL: our current existence seems infatuated by the distinction between the real and the fictional, and the historical and the virtual. Yet the communicative power of opera is found in the spaces in-between: between music, theater, and visual arts; between complicated ideas and guileless emotions; between love and violence; and between rational and irrational. The public arena which is the opera house is powered by energy that is released through the friction between past and present; between reality and imagination; and between materiality and spirituality. This liminal space is therefore at the core of the course. In this temporary programme we will deep-dive into this operatic in-betweenness and how meaning is created in the spaces between music, image, and text. We will approach opera as concept, practice, and as a recurring and shared point of reference. We will aim at finding original artistic strategies that can imbue this historic artform with fresh impulses. During the two years we will focus on both individual work—in which the participants experiment with different possibilities of applying operatic approach to their own disciplines—as well as group operatic creations, culminating in a larger scale operatic performance to be presented at the Opera Forward Festival 2024.

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 Pendant
The Pendant
How to Read a Spread with The Pendant Tarot Deck
Bracing Bodies
This Window is A World
Hier praten we liever niet over
Places of Belonging
Places of Belonging
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.
Unsettling presents Sydney Lowell at Open Sandberg 2023
Choir of Tongue
Open Sandberg 21
Asian Union