Do you want to develop experimental education? Do you want to organise a research platform outside the structure of a department? Do you want to team up with students, teachers and workshops specialists from across the academy to explore a particular topic?
The Editorial Board is looking for two new intercurricular platforms to start in January 2024. Please send your proposal before 22 November 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org!
An intercurricular platform offers additional, small-scale education related to current topics and innovative issues, and is open to students and staff from all departments of the BA and MA programmes. A platform is a way to bring students, teachers and workshop specialists together around a topical question that drives their knowledge production. All platforms define their own working method, and will share their activities and research with the rest of the academy. Platforms position themselves in the spaces between, beside and outside regular departments, as well as engaging with spaces and practitioners outside of the academy.
Have you heard of Writing Classes, Recipes for a Technological Undoing, the Garden Department, aux), Embodied Knowledge Bureau, Crip the Curriculum, Material Monopolies, Bread Oven, Motormond, Cranberry Juice or BYOB? All of these previous and current platforms built their own educational models, developed research and formed communities around shared urgencies, interests and desires. They, and the platforms to come, challenge existing educational structures and limits. They provide forms of learning and thinking that are not prioritised, or are actively rejected by, more traditional institutional demands. We strongly advise those who would like to scale up an existing initiative to apply.
We hope that your own interests and concerns will lead your application. We are looking for applications that address topics that are not currently the focus of existing departments and other initiatives, that encourage experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to education, and require rethinking relational structures within the academy.
What we offer:
Please submit a project plan and a budget overview. Together, these should not be more than four A4 pages. Include:
Send your project plan and budget overview to email@example.com before November 22, 2023.
The Editorial Board will select 2 proposals in December 2023, and will take into account: urgency of proposal, feasibility, originality of either educational model, approach, or topic. The selected groups will be informed in December, and will begin their platform in January 2024.
If you have questions or would like to join the digital walk-in consultation hour on Wednesday 1 November 10.00 – 11.00, please email: redactieraad@rietveld academie.nl.
Below are some sample budgets and sample applications. You are not meant to copy these verbatim, but for those who have little or no experience with writing applications they are meant to offer a bit of help and insight into what information an application can contain.
Rate per hour from 1-6-2022 +2%:
Bachelors teacher — € 45,20
Masters head — € 61,50
Masters teacher — € 47,35
Alumni equal to salary costs scaled in 1-7 — € 24,75
Working student equal to salary costs scaled in 1-4 — € 23,15
Budget overview example 1
Working student (0,2 FTE, 8 hours per week: 2 students 4 hours per week or 4 students 2 hours per week x 44 weeks) € 8.148
Guest teachers (30 hours) € 1.356
Public programme € 1,000
Publication € 2,500
Unforeseen € 496
Total € 13,500
Budget overview example 2
Guest teacher (50 hours) € 2.260
Working student (0,2 FTE, 8 hours per week: 2 student 4 hours per week or 4 students 2 hours per week) € 8.148
Exhibition € 1,000 Materials € 2,000
Unforeseen € 92
Total € 13,500
Budget overview example 3
Working student (0,1 FTE, 4 hours per week, or 2 students 2 hours per week x 44 weeks) € 4.074
Alumni (100 hours) € 2.475
Guest teacher (40 hours) € 1808
Materials € 2,000
Exhibition € 2,000
Unforeseen € 1143
Total € 13,500
Although the organising core group should be at least three people, a bigger organisational group makes for an easier and more evenly divided workload. Groups of around five organisers have fared well.
Regular attendees of the activities of the platform should be 10 or more people. Most platforms have gathered around 15 people on the regular. Some platforms have drawn 70 or so attendees to the occasional lecture, but this is in the extreme. Keep in mind scheduling conflicts for attendees! And whether there is something you can do to help people make it to your events, for instance by using a fixed day or setting your programme sufficiently in advance.
Yes, alumni can join the core group of a platform. Most of the platforms so far have at least two current students in their organising team.
Each platform has a budget of €13.500, which should last two semesters, but some platforms spend more money in one semester than the other. The funds can go to inviting guests and teachers, purchasing materials, for excursions and workshops, or whichever other education and research related activity the platform might undertake.
A part of the budget goes to paying the organisational group for the labour of running the platform, but only the administrative hours are reimbursed, not the learning or attending of activities
All platforms are coordinated by Rosie Haward, who assists with budgeting, planning and communication. Additionally, the Editorial Board tries to support the platforms in providing spaces in the academy in which to gather, communicate, web presence and archiving. However, these tasks are still partially the responsibility of each platform. While platform gathering has precedence over personal student projects, platforms still need to communicate with their coordinator, reception and facilities about which spaces they need, when, and how often. If this is left until last minute rooms might not be available due to being used by departments.
Another example: while the Editorial Board and Public Rietveld happily amplify the communication sent out by the platforms, it’s essential that the platforms deliver their announcements and the material they would like to have archived.
Finally: the platforms meet with the Editorial Board at the end of the second semester, to give feedback and raise concerns. The Editorial Board is constantly trying to grow with the platforms and better figure out how to support them.
The point of the platforms is to give the Rietveld/Sandberg community a chance to delve into topics and methods that they are interested in, but which aren’t currently accessible in the academy. The learning and the community that forms around each platform is the ‘result’.
A realistic frequency for platforms to host events is once or twice a month, perhaps with a smaller gathering/s in-between. To host one or two events each week is, while possible, perhaps too ambitious to be realistic and sustainable. To host only one event every two or so months is probably not frequent enough, and might not provide enough of a base for the research that the platform is meant to do.
Bear in mind that the platforms organise small-scale education. How much time platform organisers spend on the platform varies greatly, depending on their activities and the form they take, as well as who the organisers are. On average most participants get reimbursed around 2-6 hours per week, averaging 15 hours per platform. This could be evenly or unevenly divided among organisers.
Platforms can have teachers or staff in their organisational team, who, with their higher hourly rate, would use up more of the budget. This is something to keep in mind.
Ambitious organisers have often spent much more time on administration than what has been budgeted for, which the Editorial Board cannot prevent, but keep in mind that this could present challenges when combining the platform with your regular study. We advise individuals in their final year to team up with other students, to better divide the workload and avoid overwork.
Platforms have asked the Editorial Board if extra funding was available to continue the platform after two semesters. During the quality agreements period (2019-2024) the Editorial Board wants to support a total of 13 platforms. Therefore, the Editorial Board will prioritise new platforms over platforms that have already received funding. Naturally, the members of the Editorial Board will help with introducing platforms to other parties in the school that may help them continue their work.