Gerrit Rietveld Academie VS. Malmo Art Academy for Graphic Design

Jul 15 '14 0
Jul 15, 14 9:14 pm


I'm new to this forum, nice to meet all of you. 

I am currently studying Art (with strong interests in graphic design, photography, and architecture) at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC.

I am planning on applying for a foreign exchange program in the upcoming year, and wanted to see if anyone had any opinions about which would be better for Graphic Design/ a great experience for an aspiring artist / design in general.


Right now I've narrowed my choices down to:


Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Malmo Art Academie in Malmo, Sweden


From what I've gathered, Malmo seems to offer a much smaller, intimate environment (similar to Cooper) that is heavily focused on theory, critique, and practice. I don't think they are particularly known for Graphic Design, however their program also seems to be very generalist. Each student gets a key to a private studio which he/she has access to 24/7.


On the other hand Rietveld has more traditional model for education with departments and the like, including a Graphic Design department. And of course Gerrit Rietveld was an architect and designer, making the correlation stronger.


I was hoping to get input on whether anyone has heard anything --- good or bad --- regarding these schools, specifically pertaining to design. Any information or experiences anyone has had with these institutions would likely help. I am already taking a slew of Graphic Design and Architecture courses at Cooper, therefore I am looking for an experience I could not get at my home institution. 


ALL of the options for foreign exchange for Cooper Students are listed here:


Feel free to peruse this list as well and if anything sticks out as a top-tier experience for Graphic Design, please let me know.


Thank you



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