Open Call for KABK IST course proposals

14 april 2022

IST Programme 2022-2023
Academy-wide Education
Royal Academy of Art (KABK) The Hague

Submit your interest

The Individual Study Track (IST) is a part of the curriculum in which BA students from all departments can take electives of their own choice. The programme is situated at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK). The programme offers interdisciplinary courses that focus on material & theoretical research, collaboration and experiment.

The IST programme is comprised of Material Labs and Research Labs. During these labs, students are encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own discipline and become acquainted with techniques, materials, frameworks, themes, and positions that add to the current offer in their department’s curriculum. Participants also meet students from other disciplines and can work together on projects. This ties in very well with their future work field, in which interdisciplinary collaborations and approaches are increasingly becoming the norm.

The KABK invites artists, designers, (film) makers & thinkers to develop and submit a course proposal starting from their own practice, in connection to one of the three main themes described below.

Your proposal should have an interdisciplinary scope, and an emphasis on stimulating collaboration. The courses are primarily aimed at second, third and fourth-year KABK Bachelor students from all departments.

Your profile

  • Education to at least BA level, a strong knowledge base in contemporary art & design (theory), media, and culture;
  • A record of working with artists, designers and/or communities;
  • Previous teaching experience in interdisciplinary art or design is recommended but not required;
  • A high level of fluency in spoken and written English;
  • The competency to interact with a community of learners from varied backgrounds, social identities and gender expressions:
  • The ability to create an inclusive learning environment:
  • You are organized and can create a clear study framework for students, as well as constructively assess their progress in a friendly manner;


We have formulated three themes for the Open Call 2022-23.

We believe that post-contemporary art will question our current understanding of authorship, and that collaboration within the arts will become increasingly relevant as a way to increase knowledge of the creative process, as well as make artistic manifestations more relevant to society and closer to the general public. Collaboration can mean that artists express not only their own vivid imaginations but also our collective ones, making art more empathic towards the communities it touches. How can autonomy, be turned into a community, and how can the prestige of the individual artist become an act of solidarity with the collective? Art and individual artists are certainly able to provoke and protest, but can collaboration also charge art with the ability to unite communities and build coalitions between peoples?

In this spirit, we look for new IST programmes that touch on the methods of collaboration but also utilise these methods to create artistic expressions otherwise not possible. From a theoretical point of view, questioning and de/restructuring the idea of authorship in a collaborative setting is a worthwhile undertaking and we also welcome applications that connect to this. We are also interested in how to bring different stakeholders such as artists, curators, grants, collectors and so forth together in order to enhance each other's contributions towards common goals.

Examples of topics for courses are:

  • Interdisciplinary solidarity: how to build a collaborative art practice?
  • Rethinking authorship in the arts: from autonomy to collective
  • Artists as representatives: towards a methodology for social change

Within the theme of Critical Materialities, we aim to explore how art and design practices interact with and exist within the material world. Materialities refer not only to the material qualities of a specific object, body or environment but also to the cultural, economic and historical relationships through which such material qualities are created and understood in society. In Critical Materialities, we approach materials as sites of meaning. Where do materials come from, and to whom do they belong? What knowledge do they carry, and what do they represent? How does their extraction or creation impact the earth? And how do we care for them? With these questions, we hope to encourage art students to critically reflect on the material dimension of their artistic practices, and to (re)consider how their works can contribute to conversations around consumerism and sustainability, representation and appropriation, colonialism and extractivism.

We are specifically looking for proposals that allow students to engage and experiment with materials, objects or environments, whether they are physical, digital, corporeal, ephemeral or imagined. Students are eager to increase their material knowledge and skills, in relation to their conceptual thinking. Examples of topics for courses are:

  • Biomaterial workshop: from funghi to bioplastics, how can we forge materials for a better and biodiverse world?
  • The art of repair: mending and restoring wounds in society
  • Set in stone? Reimagining monuments for hyperdiverse communities
  • Environmental justice: making the voices of the earth tangible

During a time of ongoing and increasingly political, technological and environmental disruption, how can art build movements that spark political change, or full-blown revolutions? At a time of war, when does it become more useful to be a soldier than an artist? How does art need to adapt to the ongoing disruption to remain relevant and useful for society? Politicians have long mastered the political power games that makeup West’s ‘professionalised’ democracies. Many feel unsettled, vote between the lesser of two evils or refuse to participate in the current system at all. But politics isn’t only for politicians, and while many artistic practices are socially engaged substantively, few artists have really adopted a specific political strategy. Can artists also be diplomats, leaders, peacemakers or warmongers?

Here, we look for ISTs that have the potential to create political movements, or on a theoretical level, investigate the power that art and artists can have politically. To do this, we also need to understand the current politics of art, and the institutional and systemic issues facing the sector. Are there hierarchies in culture as well that hinder the progressive processes? An example, how can art and culture do the work of decolonization, if the sector is itself governed by institutions in which colonial remains are vividly present?

  • The crossroads of art & politics: artists as policymakers, diplomats and leaders
  • Imagining equity: how can art and culture do the work of decolonization?
  • Does somebody say revolution? How to use art to build a movement
  • Art & Design beyond the West

Practical information

6-week & 12-week courses

The IST courses are taught on Wednesdays and have a study load of 3 EC (which equals 84 hours in 6 weeks, including contact hours as well as an independent study for students) or 6 EC (which equals 168 hours in 12 weeks, including contact hours as well as independent study).

Please include in your proposal if this is for a 6-week or a 12-week course.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submitting proposals for 2022-2023 (fall + spring semester) is: May 15, 2022

Interviews will be held in early June. Successful applicants will be announced on June 20, 2022, at the latest.

If your course proposal is selected, it will initially only be taught for one semester. After this, we will evaluate whether we can offer it again the next academic year.

IST Team:
Liza Swaving, coordinator & programme developer (
Frederik Klanberg, policy advisor (

Find more information on the IST programme.

Conditions of employment

The job is offered on a temporary base or freelance-base. You will typically teach 6,5 hours per week for a period of 6 or 12 weeks including final assessments. Your teaching period will be either in the Fall semester (from Sep 2022-Dec 2023) or Spring Semester (from Feb 2023-May 2023). Classes take place on Wednesdays.

There is 40% preparation time added to the working hours, and you will receive 15 hours to develop the course program. Furthermore, we offer travel reimbursement and a small material budget if needed for your course.


Submit your interest

For further information please contact: Liza Swaving at