Piet Zwart Institute
The Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) is a postgraduate school for Fine Arts, Media Design, and Critical Studies located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Founded in the year 2000, PZI is part of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. The Institute offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines research, design, and critical thinking.
The Fine Arts program at PZI allows students to develop their artistic practices through a range of disciplines including painting, sculpture, performance, installation, and video. The Media Design program focuses on the intersection of design, technology, and culture. It offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in the areas of interaction design, game design, and visual communication. The Critical Studies program allows students to engage with contemporary issues in society, culture, and politics through a range of disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, and cultural studies.
The PZI community is made up of students, teachers, researchers, and alumni from around the world. The diverse group of people creates a dynamic and stimulating learning environment. The Institute encourages interdisciplinary collaborations and fosters a culture of experimentation and risk-taking. The PZI also has strong ties with the broader cultural community in Rotterdam and the rest of the Netherlands, as well as internationally, through its collaborations with other institutions, artists, and designers.
The Piet Zwart Institute’s postgraduate programs are designed for students who have completed their undergraduate studies and are looking for an intensive and challenging education in the fields of fine arts, media design, and critical studies. The programs are highly selective and attract students from all over the world, who are looking for a challenging and stimulating learning environment. Graduates from PZI have gone on to successful careers as artists, designers, curators, and researchers, and many have also continued their studies at prestigious universities and art institutions worldwide.