Masters Programme
ماجستير معهد ساندبرج

sandberg instituut amsterdam

September 2020 — June 2022 

Disarming Design is a two-year Master’s programme at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam committed to design practices in situations of oppression with a particular focus on Palestine. It derives from the long-term collaboration between the Design Department and the thought provoking design label ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’.

Building upon the relations and involvements of the full team, we aim to define what is needed to enhance the social, political and emancipatory impact of design. We will explore how design can be a vehicle for political resistance and solidarity and how to engage through the act of design in realities of oppression and injustice. We are interested in what ways design practices can resist oppression, and inform strategies to set up sustainable positions in politically and geographically violated societies. In parallel, we want to experiment with educational models that stimulate such practices, and set up platforms that reinforce the artistic, experimental and economic independence of designers.

With an indispensable input of the participants in shaping the program, we build collective methods of mutual learning and exchange, develop ideas and common projects. We define new vocabularies of design in situations of oppression and resistance. We aim to equip the participants of the temporary Master’s programme to develop community driven platforms for organizing and learning. The program focuses on the artistic work of the participants in finding tools and strategies for resilient, collaborative and sustainable positions. Out of those positions we will explore the possibility to set-up alternative educational platforms, in Palestine and in other represented regions.

We are looking for a diverse group of practitioners with a design background, radical imagination and educational interests. We encourage people with non-canonical practices and those who experienced structural oppression and are determined to counteract it. Applicants have an ability and interest in collaborative work, situated learning and in creating politically driven, experimental practices dedicated to use the space of design as a multiplier of interventions where they are most needed today.


As the postgraduate programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, the Sandberg Instituut offers Master Programmes in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture and Design. The five Main Departments aim to deepen the practices of artists, designers and critics. In addition, the Temporary Programmes reflect on specific urgencies in society and the arts, and the Hosted Programmes focus on collaboration with other institutes. Sandberg Instituut’s Main Departments are Critical Studies, Design, The Dirty Art Department, Fine Arts and Studio for Immediate Spaces. An average of only twenty students per programme allows each course to be flexible and open to initiatives from students and third parties. The course directors, who are prominent artists, designers, theorists and curators with international practices, invite tutors and guests who are able to challenge the students to critically reflect on their profession, their work and their progress. The two-year Temporary Programmes are developed according to urgent world issues.


The Sandberg Instituut is open to candidates from many different backgrounds. We require a valid Bachelor degree in a field relevant to the programme you are applying for, as well as proof of proficiency in the English language.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020
To apply click here: (application starts january 2020)

Keywords: Collaborative, Design, Networks, Palestine, Pedagogy, Resistance


Programme Director: Annelys de Vet

Tutors & network: Ghadeer Dajani, Flavia Dzodan, Foundland Collective (Lauren Alexander & Ghalia Elsrakbi), Rana Ghavami, Pascal Gielen, Raed Hamouri, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Lara Khaldi, Yazan Khalili, Nat Mulller, Shayma Nader, Marina Otero, PING (Agustina Woodgate, Miquel Hervás Gómez, Sascha Krischock), Huda Smitshuijzen-Abifares, Jonas Staal, SulSalSol (Hannes Bernard, Guido Giglio), Julien Thomas, Petra Van Brabandt