MASieraad 2021/2


Call for Applications


Hasselt, Belgium


December 2021 -


Marley White


Call for Applications: MASieraad H-A 2021-2022 - Challenging Gold 

Master’s degree in Visual Arts specialization, Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing and a certificate MASieraad H-A

December 2021 - 

Hasselt Belgium

What is MASieraad
MASieraad takes a broad view of jewellery. Questioning jewellery critically as art or design is essential for the future of the jewellery profession. MASieraad recognizes the making of jewellery, in its intimate, symbolic, human and material facets, as a learning model for contemporary design in a broad sense.

The initiators Gijs Bakker, Ruudt Peters and Ted Noten, represent 50 years of contemporary Dutch jewellery design at its best, while Liesbeth den Besten is the author of a bestselling and frequently quoted, reference book on contemporary jewellery. Together they, along with architect Leo Versteijlen, the former director of Design Academy Eindhoven and AMFI, Liesbeth in ‘t Hout, in collaboration with PXL-MAD School of Arts Hasselt, founded the international two-years Masterclass Program MASieraad Hasselt – Amsterdam, or MASieraad H-A.

For Whom

The small-scale concentration of jewellery, and the relationship between people, their bodies  and their environment, should arouse our participant’s interest.

MASieraad H-A expects students to accept the challenge of critically questioning jewellery, both individually and while working in groups, and to think beyond the boundaries of jewellery.

MASieraad H-A expects students to understand the importance of explorations in interdisciplinary theoretical studies as an integral part of the Masterclass program.

Educational Program MASieraad H-A 2021-2022

Challenging Gold

Challenging Gold is the theme of the program’s first year. The relationship between material and design is questioned, as well as the social-political context and other connotations of the gold phenomenon.

The program consists of three parts: Studio, Context and Discourse.

Studio offers three intensive design workshops by each of the initiators and his partner-teacher. These three workshops will approach the subject of gold in completely different ways. Gold will be examined and dissected in all aspects; a new appreciation will be developed for one of jewellery’s most loaded materials. Students will be expected to work and experiment in their own unique way.

Discourse involves theoretical explorations, contemplation, and reflection. It is training in thinking, formulating, analyzing and representing, which will be closely connected to the theme of Challenging Gold. Lectures, discussions, and conversations with theorists, writers, and critics, among others, are part of Discourse. Theory runs through the entire program and is included in the Master’s Thesis, which is completed in the second year.

Context is an accompanying program to inform and inspire. The academic year begins with a two-week introduction in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is followed by two weeks in which Hasselt and the surrounding area are explored.

The remainder of the year involves connecting the curriculum with the interests of the students, e.g. small seminars, films, book reviews, studio visits, etc.

More information about the content of the curriculum will follow at the beginning of December 2020. All education is in English.

Future Prospects

In our curriculum, we focus on our student’s future professional practice, for example, we will spend time analyzing markets, communities, and strategies. After finishing MASieraad H-A you can benefit from the expansive network of four renowned professionals in jewellery and design. Students gain a realistic view of the world in general and of jewellery, art, and design specifically. You have a multitude of possibilities that can be used in various areas, from design and art, to curation, writing and research.

Master Diploma and Certificate MASieraad H-A

The Masterclass Program MASieraad H-A is an integrated program of the Master in Visual Arts specialization Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing and post-graduate education. Successful completion of the Masterclass Program leads to a Master’s degree in Visual Arts specialization, Jewellery Design, Gold and Silversmithing and a certificate MASieraad H-A.

Location and Facilities

The city of Hasselt is the main location of MASieraad H-A.

PXL-MAD, School of Arts
Campus Elfde Linie, building G
Elfde-Liniestraat 25
3500 Hasselt

The brand-new building of PXL-MAD has state of the art work stations, fully equipped with the latest technology such as 3D printers, laser cutting machine, CNC milling machine, etc. There are general facilities for all students including a very good restaurant, the Students Shop, library and laptop service.

Various spaces and studios will be used in Amsterdam.


There is a Housing Service at Hogeschool PXL that can advise on student accommodation in Hasselt. For Dutch speaking students there is already a link for this:

Students must arrange overnight stays in other places themselves.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted as a student to the Masterclass Program MASieraad H-A, students must be able to present minimally a bachelor’s degree, preferably in the field of jewellery or another relevant field such as design, fashion, visual art, or architecture. Students who have no prior education in jewellery will take a number of courses specifically focused on technology in the first year.

Application and Registration

We are happy to announce that the board of MASieraad has decided, due to COVID-19 issues, to extend the deadline for applications.

The registration procedure consists of the following steps:

  • 1 November – 8 March 2021: The student applies via the link The student is assessed on education level, proficiency in the English language and quality of portfolio.
  • 18 January – 15 March 2021: After admission to the second round, the student has a personal interview with teachers from MASieraad H-A and may or may not be admitted to a definitive enrollment.
  • 15 March – 16 April: Definitive registration subject to simultaneous payment of an advance of € 3500,--*
  • August 15: Payment balance is due


Admission to the Masterclass program MASieraad H-A is € 14.000,-- per year.
Costs for housing, travel, and material are not included.
Upon admission, 25% of the registration fee, being € 3500,--, must be paid within one month. This is non-refundable if the student later decides not to follow the course.


If, due to Covid-19, MASieraad H-A cannot start in-person in September 2021, alternative options for education or a shift in the date on which education will start will be considered. If this does not suit the student, the prepayment will be refunded. If for other reasons the program cannot start, the prepayment will be refunded.

Contact att. Marley White