The Zuyd Premium Program’s aim is to avoid the feeling of “falling into a blackhole” which many experience after graduating. By providing students with knowledge, skills and connections, we help them create a supportive professional backbone while they are completing their studies.
Zuyd Premium Program
Through a series of tailored workshops, field trips and other activities, the students of Maastricht Institute of Arts have the chance to learn and draw from the work of leading experts and innovative organisations.
The program provides critical knowledge and guidelines for grant, subsidy or artist residencies applications. By connecting students to leading professionals, it helps students develop powerful personal presentations and provides tools, such as the one needed to create Sustainable and Fair Art Practices.
A lot of people talk about success, but what is success in the arts? We believe sustainability is key.
The Premium Programme will guide students on how to create a sustainable practice.
- By connecting students of different faculties within Maastricht Institute of Arts, we enable them to develop supportive networks. This allows students to learn from each other, and develop projects together.
- By connecting students to the artistic and cultural scene in and beyond Maastricht, we are extending the students’ connections outside the Academy.
- By supporting graduating students, our coaches provide knowledge and share the “know-hows” needed to enter their field of interest. This allows students to confidently take their first steps towards the professional world.
Within the programme, graduating students receive special coaching sessions, starting from March and running until June 2022, with experts. This includes 1.5- 2 hours of special monthly workshops which ensure students become familiar with the work dynamics, value making mechanisms, and presentation strategies common in their field of specialisation.
Who are the coaches?
- Expert Emilia Telese, for students of the Fine Arts Department;
- Expert Margriet Vollenberg, for students of the Design Department;
- Expert Inter/alter Team Coaches, for students of the Architecture Department;
- Expert Pawel Pokutyck, for iMAMDT students.
Who is this programme for?
It is for students who want to challenge themselves and expand their practice by learning directly from expert professionals. It is an opportunity for them to connect and set the basis for creating a sustainable future career.
What is the structure of the programme?
The extra-curricula program will be held in English. It is based on gaps to provide the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to build supportive networks and develop sustainable practices.
The Zuyd Premium program starts in November 2021 and it will run until July 2022. The program takes place once a month, on weekdays*. Each coaching session and workshop is 2/3 hours long.
*The exact days will be chosen in accordance with the students’ study plans & timetables.
How can you apply?
The Zuyd premium program will include a max of 24 students. Open to all students completing courses at Maastricht Institute of Fine Arts, applicants must be enrolled in at least the second year of their studies. 12 spaces are reserved for graduating students.
To apply to the program, please explain why you want to participate, what you would like to gain and what you would bring to the programme in a short video* (about 1 minute long) or statement of motivation** (max 500 words).
*Send the short video via WeTransfer to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
**Send the statement of motivation to email@example.com
An external jury will select the students based on their supporting motivational statement. The jury will also keep in mind the necessity to balance the different faculties and the years of their studies. Participants selected to participate will receive a notification on the 15.10.
The program will start in November 2021 and end in July 2022, with a final evaluation in August 2022.
Students will have the chance to meet and learn about the programme in an online event (on Teams) before the autumn break.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Artist and the Others is a non-profit foundation, founded in 2013 which develops workshops and opportunities to support emerging artists and young professionals. All of our initiatives are based on the strong benefits of shared knowledge and the understanding Art is important for our Society.
Our goal is to overcome the difficulties that artists and cultural professionals encounter in the first years after their studies, a critical period when they need to establish connections and develop the knowledge and necessary skills to create a sustainable career in the arts.
We strongly believe that a combination of talent, skills, and expertise can expand professional connections and shape artistic futures.
Within the Premium program, you will be working with experts who are part of The Artist and the Others’ network.
Romy Lasoe is a management assistant at the course Fine Art and Design in Education. Within the Zuyd Proactivity Program for the Maastricht Institute of Arts, she will support the organisation and care for all communication. If you have any questions, she can be reached by email: email@example.com.
Jessica Capra is a cultural manager with several years of experience working in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Founder of The Artist and the Others, she initiates and develops cultural projects based on needs, created to make a change. Jessica works for and with artists and cultural professionals, promoting shared knowledge, connecting people, enhancing their skills and starting up new cooperations to improve the cultural world.