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Deadline approaching for entries to Piet Zwart Institute's postgraduate programme

Dezeen promotion: the application deadline for the Piet Zwart Institute's interior architecture postgraduate programme in Rotterdam has been announced.

Applicants wishing to study the Master in Interior Architecture: Research and Design (MIARD) programme have until 1 March 2017 to apply.

The Piet Zwart Institute, which is the centre for postgraduate study and research of the Willem de Kooning Academy, offers state-of-the-art facilities and spacious design studios.

Students with a bachelor's or master's degree in any discipline are encouraged to apply to the postgraduate MIARD programme, which starts September 2017.

Piet Zwart Institute MIARD students
Berlin Talk with interdisciplinary studio Aristide Antonas

Led by Alex Suarez along with a team of tutors, MIARD will offer students a design and research education with a critical and experimental focus on the developing field of interior architecture.

"A unique quality of our programme is the concept of making public. We exhibit and promote student work, and participate in professional events and external collaborations with renowned institutions." said the Piet Zwart Institute.

A module named Design Projects makes up the core of the programme. It explores contemporary issues and ideas that shape our culture, society and the built and natural environment.

Events, lectures, excursions and guest visits run parallel with student's projects to provide relevant historical, theoretical, technical and professional understanding.

Piet Zwart Institute MIARD students
MIARD student trip to Studio Kuehn Malvezzi – an interdisciplinary studio in Berlin. Photo by Agnese Pellino

The Critical Strategies module intends to develop the students' ability to form creative ideas and to have a critical approach to subject matter.

During this module, attention is paid to the way interiors and the larger built environments have been historically shaped by the designer and the need of the user.

Piet Zwart Institute MIARD students
Studio Tomas Saraceno studio visit in Berlin

In the final module, Multiple Media, students investigate analogue and digital tools, as well as current forms of visual communication methods, to express their design work.

Recent work by students and alumni has been exhibited at major design fairs, including Salone del Mobile Milano and TENTLondon during the London Design Festival.

Piet Zwart Institute MIARD students
MIARD graduation exhibition 2016. Photo by Javi Lloret

The deadline to submit applications to study from September 2017 will close on 1 March 2017. The Piet Zwart Institute will also hold an open house on Saturday, 11 February, 2017.

Further details on the MIARD programme can be found on the Piet Zwart Institute's website.