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Double Degree RASL

Willem de Kooning Academy
Tue 14 Apr

Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab

Double Degree

Erasmus University, Codarts and WdKA have joined forces and have created a new innovative Double Degree education programme. Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL) is where art, science and futuristic ideas come together. This collaboration aspires to advance the exchange of knowledge in education and research. Moreover, it offers students the possibility to develop their skills in accordance with the changing artistic professional practices and societal issues.

RASL students combine theory and practice within a five-year Double Degree programme. On completing the RASL programme, they obtain two bachelor degrees. One from the EUR (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) and one from Codarts or the WdKA (Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts).

This programme provides the opportunity to develop knowledge on an academic level while also developing artistic skills. The graduates from this programme will possess the skills necessary to address complex and multidimensional challenges by approaching issues from different angles. In addition, their artistic practices will benefit from a deeper theoretical knowledge of the arts, media and culture. And, of course, vice versa: theoretical work will be fuelled by the artist's experience.

RASL is a platform where the arts and sciences, students and educators, education and research all come together.

RASL Double Degree programme provides the opportunity to develop knowledge on an academic level while also developing artistic skills.

Participating Institutes:

  • The Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

WdKA sees itself as a cradle for creating pioneers. The speed and complexity of technological and cultural developments strongly influence contemporary and future practices in art and design. Therefore the professional world is looking for young creatives with a multitude of talents and skills, the ones who look beyond the borders of their original disciplines: creating pioneers. Pioneers because they’re not trained to reproduce what already exists, but to put the future applications and techniques into practice right now.

  • Codarts Rotterdam

Codarts Rotterdam trains talented and driven dancers, musicians and circus performers to become dedicated and inspiring artists, leaders and facilitators, ready to spread their wings in a dynamic, international context. The university has about 1,000 students, of 50 nationalities and around 340 staff members.

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) is a dynamic School, which offers five bachelor programmes, eight master programmes, a research master programme and a variety of courses in the fields of History, Arts and Culture Studies, and Media & Communication.

Erasmus University College (EUC) is the international honour’s college of Erasmus University, offering intense multi-disciplinary education. Founded in 2013, this liberal arts college and the student housing are located in metropolitan Rotterdam. The selective and residential character of EUC attributes to a close-knit academic community in which the students live and study together.

"My goal is to implement the theoretical aspects into my designs, make fashion that is available for everyone." As a RASL Double Degree student, Meliange studies Fashion Design at WdKA and Arts and Culture at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication.

RASL provides two study tracks for WdKA students:

  • WdKA (all BA majors except Leisure & Events Management and Fine Art & Design Teacher Training) + International Bachelor Arts and Culture Studies (EUR).
  • WdKA (all BA majors except Leisure & Events Management and Fine Art & Design Teacher Training) + Liberal Arts & Culture, Erasmus University College (EUR).

For more information on the Double Degree, please visit the programme's page on this website. If you still have unanswered questions please consult the Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab’s website, or e-mail us.

"My long-term future dream is to become a creative director of a contemporary art museum." As a RASL Double Degree student, Jasmijn studies Illustration at WdKA and Humanities with Arts at Erasmus University College.

Video campaign for RASL was created by Hunted Digital Design Studio (WdKA alumnus Job Taks).