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Core Writing Tutor, Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art, Willem de Kooning Academy

Willem de Kooning Academie


The Master Fine Art is hiring a writing tutor for a position ranging from 0.2 FTE - 0.3 FTE.

We are looking for a practitioner-teacher with an established writing or research practice who desires to work within an international cohort of students, artists and colleagues. You will be teaching in collaboration with another writing tutor to advise year-2 students on writing their graduate theses. You will also be working with year-1 students to develop their understanding and approaches to research through the Proseminar: Research Practices curriculum.

We warmly welcome applicants from underrepresented, minority, or non-conforming communities. The staff at the Willem de Kooning Academy is diverse, not just in terms of practice profiles but also in terms of culture, gender, and ethnicity.

About the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art

The Fine Art curriculum and its credit structure places emphasis on the student’s self-directed research and practice, and is devised to provide students with the time and space to experiment and take risks, refine their research and working methods, and critically contextualize their motivations and positions as artists. It offers opportunities for students to explore presentation methods and modes the work might need or the artist might invent to reach desired audiences, such as the first-year self-organized project, public programs, our annual Open Studios and the Graduate Exhibition. The structure of the curriculum allows for the flexible adjustment and development of course content according to contemporary developments in the field and the (often diverse) research interests of individual students. The content of the taught program of thematic projects and seminars and the initiatives we take together vary from year to year according to what we collectively consider is of vital relevance to the community.

Fine Art considers education a highly social process within which we hone and acquire a range of skills and gain new knowledge. It emphasizes self-directed and peer learning, research and making, and stresses the complexity and scope of issues raised in and by artworks and their presentation

About Graduate Research and Practice

Year two of the MFA program offers students a concentrated period of self-directed study devoted to the conceptualization and completion of the Graduate Research Project, which consists of a body of work for public presentation and a written text of up to 6000 words. Each trimester in year two corresponds to a phase in the graduate research project: Proposal Phase, Project Phase, and Completion Phase.

The ability to articulate the critical concerns of artistic research and practice, and to contextualize the relevant contemporary and historical contexts related to one’s practice is essential. Writing in the MFA is conceived of as a critical and imaginative practice that relates meaningfully and productively to studio research and practice. As such, the writing component should take a form appropriate to the broader concerns of a student’s research and practice, as well as their aesthetic, contextual, and theoretical references and frameworks.

About Proseminar: Research Practices

Proseminar is conceived as a provision for the first year Master Fine Art Students. It is an invitation to share and discuss, speculate on and test out various definitions of and activities pertaining to research in the context of an artistic practice. What is research for an artist? What forms or actions does research consist of? When and how is research productive for an artist - and what exactly can it be productive of? The primary aim of the seminar is to enable students to identify, question, articulate and affirm the value of their existing approaches to research, as well as to test out new ones. As well as engaging with the activities assigned in each session, students work towards a public presentation of their response to these questions in the summer, as well as a written statement on their research practices which they submit for their Year 1 Assessment in May.

Core duties

  • Support year-2 students in researching and writing their graduate theses
  • Teach year-1 Proseminar: Research Practices
  • Participate in the development of curriculum for the program
  • Participate in assessments
  • Respond with flexibility to a workload that varies over the course of the academic year.


Working knowledge of contemporary critical and literary theories and contemporary artistic practices, with emphasis placed on intersections of artistic research, practice, and writing.  Preferred applicants will have clear interest in de-centering established cultural norms and canons, be well-versed in critical theories pertaining to the role of the contemporary artist, artistic research, cultural identity, and critical social issues.

The candidates would be required to start teaching in September 2021.


  • A master-level degree in either creative (or nonfiction) writing, art history, or critical theory
  • A commitment to developing research and writing practice with graduate fine art students;
  • An interest in project-based education and a willingness to participate in team teaching;
  • A strong critical perspective in which cultural identity and other shifting paradigms are explicitly present;
  • Organizational ability;
  • Experience teaching graduate-level education
  • EU/ECC work authorization;
  • An excellent command of verbal and written English.
  • Familiarity and an ability to engage with arts and writing communities in Rotterdam is a major asset.

We encourage applications from individuals who have a broad view of what writing and art practice can be, what forms they can take, and what tools they can use. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and thoughtful teacher who is interested in supporting students to find their unique writer’s voice, define and deepen their research, and find connections between language, ideas, and artistic practice..


WdKA likes to invest in motivated and well-trained employees. Working at WdKA means that you can use time and facilities (via unlimited access to our Stations) for professionalization. To further your pedagogical development you will be encouraged to undertake pedagogical courses i.e. BKE (Basis Kwalificatie Examinering) and Competency Assessment Course.

You may avail of a Hogeschool Rotterdam discount on your healthcare via Achmea and participate in a solid pension scheme.

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences works with a limited travel reimbursement (maximum of 20 km).


Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers a temporary contract, from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022, with the possibility for extension into a permanent contract. The salary ranges from €3,658.64 to €5,026.85 gross per month (salary scale 11) based on full-time employment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Secondary benefits include an attractive pension scheme.

All staff members of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences must be able to submit a Certificate of Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) issued by the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security.

Application Procedure

Please apply by uploading your including your CV combined with portfolio of writing samples (no more than 5 pages) and or curatorial/artistic work, letter of motivation,. All documents must be written in English.

The selection procedure will take place in two phases. A short list of applicants will be drawn followed by interviews. Interviews will take place via Zoom July 20-23.

Informal enquiries about the position can be directed to

Deadline for applications: July 16, 2021

Please do not use this vacancy as an acquisition opportunity.

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