DOGTIME VISUAL ARTS

The advanced course of DOGtime Fine Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts) provides an intensive and deepening curriculum. Students are taught to become autonomous artists. The focus is on the development of your expressive capabilities and emphasizes on developing your individual vision.
You will learn to work with different interpretations of practical, theoretical and technical realities. The Bachelor of Fine Arts focuses on contemporary developments in the art scene. DOGtime is taught by a wide variety of lecturers from theoretical to artistic backgrounds in various art disciplines. You are encouraged to use all media: from painting to video, installation to performance. Therefore you are offered a wide range of capabilities, attitudes and visions during your DOGtime studies.

Students get to use a shared DOGtime workspace during the bachelor phase of their education. The guidance by lecturers also takes place in this area, both in groups and during individual talks. Using the same workspace also facilitates collaboration and learning through giving and receiving feedback from your fellow students.

The first advanced year (DOGtime 3FA) is dedicated to research into the underlying themes of your work. Students develop both their theoretical knowledge as well as their intuition, thereby working towards an autonomous portfolio. You will continue developing your portfolio in the second advanced year (DOGtime 4FA). During this year you will work on the deepening of the themes that you want to cover within your visual work. Focussing on individual projects that ultimately result in a documentation of the process and a public presentation during the assessment. At the end of this year a seminar about the thesis is organised. During this meeting you will get guidelines and handles for writing the thesis that you will need to complete in the final year of your DOGtime studies.

In the thesis written during the final year of the DOGtime program (DOGtime 5FA), you need to reflect on the history of art and examine the themes that are important in your work. Writing the thesis is enlightening for many students and helps determine their own position as an artist.
The final year is dedicated to graduation, where the thesis plays an important role. Other major events during this year are the ‘Green Light’ assessments and the graduation exhibition. During the Green Light assessments, which take place late January, you are assessed by your lecturers and 1 or 2 independent external representatives (rijksgecommiteerden). They assess your progress with regards to your exhibited works and supporting preparations, including your thesis for your final show and your attitude as an artist. If you get a ‘red light’ you are not eligible for graduation. Fortunately most students get a ‘green light’, which means they can start focussing on their graduation. About 6 weeks before the exam all graduate students of DOGtime Fine Arts give an ‘elevator pitch’. This is a short presentation to your classmates, lectures and rijksgecommiteerden in which you present your plans for the graduation exhibition. Just before the opening of the exhibition the official examination takes place. Rietveld hosts its yearly graduation exhibition early July and shows the work of all graduating students from all departments. During the exhibition a lot of press and public visits the Rietveld Academie to view the work of the graduated students.

An international excursion is organised for graduates of DOGtime Fine Arts and IDUM each year. This excursion is considered an important part of the DOGtime curriculum, contributing to gaining new insights and experiences, which help to position students as artists. The participants largely fund the excursion themselves. In recent years the destinations were: New York (2008), Beijing (2009), Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2010), Dubai and Singapore (2011), New York and Philadelphia (2012) and Mexico City (2013). The record of the excursion is also included in the annual DOGtime graduation catalogue that is presented during the graduation exhibition.