In the second year of the Honours Programme, students will conduct their own research. This research is based on developments in the field, on current social issues or questions arising from their own artistic work. The following are a number of examples of student research projects:
Anne-Sofie van der Weijden studies Theatre in Education. In 2014 she completed the Honours Programme with 'Godot… Godet…. Godin…. A study of the archetypes in “Waiting for Godot”.’ Samuel Beckett and specifically his play Waiting for Godot (1952) are a great source of inspiration for her. With her research, Anne-Sofie wanted to learn more about her own process as a dramatist.
Dana Dijkgraaf graduated from Graphic Design and the Honours Programme in 2013. She wrote her thesis on the position of the graphic designer and the blurred borders of the discipline. Her research for the Honours Programme was an extension of this.
Tjalling Mulder graduated in Fine Art in 2013 (Sculpture specialisation). He conducted research for the Honours Programme on the strategies for exhibiting and conserving his work, reflecting on the role of decay. Tjalling was admitted to the Sandberg Institute where, in September, he will start with the Material Utopias Master.
Mirjam Sögner graduated from Dance in 2013. She completed a theoretical and artistic research project on the significance of the physical body in dance, and how the materiality of the body can play a central role. ‘I am interested in this issue not only from a theoretical standpoint, but also as a choreographer. That is why I analysed works by philosophers and scientists, and incorporated my own artistic work.’
Juliette Huygen graduated from Product Design in 2013. She seeks to offer new perspectives and encourage discussion through her products. As a ‘design anthropologist’, she analysed the attitudes of people towards euthanasia in her graduation work. For the Honours Programme, she examined the role of the designer in shaping rituals. In September, Juliette started with the pre-Master Comparative Arts and Media Studies at the Free University of Amsterdam.
In 2012, Janneke Broekhuizen graduated from Fine Art and was the first graduate of the Honours Programme. She conducted a research project for the Honours Programme on the work of the philosopher Deleuze and the psychiatrist Guattari, as the founders of rhizomatic thinking. A characteristic of this thinking is the lack of a fixed chronological line, which so governs and controls our thinking.