Drawing Inventions Academy is a master's program for professional artists for whom drawing is the starting point.A maximum of 12 participants per course are selected from the applications. Meanwhile, 60 artists have successfully completed the master's program. For applications for the next trajectory that starts in September 2024, see 'application and selection' on this website. 

Contemporary drawing has established its own position in the art world over the past twenty years. The quality of medium ranges from the directness of drawing a line to technically elaborate drawings with great originality and expressiveness.
We start from drawing as an autonomous discipline and from this vision we will explore and stretch the limits of drawing with participants, always starting from the individual quality and need of the artist. All possibilities can be explored, for example drawings in series, wall drawings, installations, in book form or as a projection.

Mariette Linders,Marisa Rappard andArno Kramer started DIA out of a lack of a setting in which to provide professional artists at the master's level with feedback . Current mentors are. Arno Kramer, Caren van Herwaarden and Marisa Rappard.



The master's program consists of 6 meetings, the first and last of which take place with the entire group of 12 participants. In between, individual work discussions take place with your assigned supervisor. Prior to the program, you will formulate a learning question that will guide the discussions. You will be given concrete tools to take new steps and to sharpen the form and content of your work where necessary.

The cost for the master's program in Contemporary Drawing is € 1150 (incl. BTW). It is possible to request a contribution to the cost from Werktuig PPO: https://werktuigppo.nl/front page/allocation criteria/ This application is easy. PPO reimburses 1/3 of the course, and if you live or work in Amsterdam 2/3. You will get a quick decision.

For questions mail to: info@drawinginventionsacademy.com

Application & SELECTION

DIA uses a selection procedure. Candidates submit a selection of their work digitally and motivate their application in writing. The supervisors of DIA assess the work, motivation and learning requirement. Attention is paid to originality, technique, development potential and visual ability.

Registration for the sixth master's program is possible until July 31, 2024.The maximum number of participants is 12.

Important: the application must consist of one PDF, no larger than 8 MB, with: 

  • Maximum of ten images, please include title, size, year and technique with each image. 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Learning question/purpose 
  • Motivation of up to one A4 

Application for the Master's program in Contemporary Drawing is open until July 31, 2024.