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Exchange Program: Gerrit Rietveld Academy

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The Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Rietveld School of Art & Design) is a Dutch academy for fine arts and design in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  The Gerrit Rietveld Academy has its origins in the 1924 merger of three schools, which then became known as the Institute of Applied Art, or simply the Applied Arts School. From 1939 to 1960, education was strongly influenced by the functionalist and socially critical ideas of De Stijl and the Bauhaus, partly due to the role of the socialist architect Mart Stam as director of education.  Since the 1960s and especially the 1970s, the role and influence of autonomous visual art and individual expression have grown in importance. These influences, combined with a practical focus and a critical mindset, still determine a significant part of the academy’s image. In 1967, the school moved to its current academy building, which was designed by architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld.  In 1968, the school became part of the system of the Higher Vocational Education system, receiving the status of an Academy of Fine Arts and Design, its name was changed to Gerrit Rietveld Academy as a tribute to the recently deceased Rietveld.

Majors Accepted (Fall And Spring Semesters)
  • Digital Arts
  • Communication Design
  • History of Art and Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Photography
  • Fine Arts
  • Jewelry