Commissioned Critique is an ongoing series of essays commissioned by the Sandberg Instituut and semi-independently edited by Rosa te Velde and Huib Haye van der Werf.

In these essays, various authors reflect on issues specific to artistic MA programmes in general, yet taking Sandberg as their main case study. The series aims to look critically at how to create learning environments that produce a generation of artists, designers and thinkers that can claim spaces in the real world and set their own agendas.

The essays deal with questions such as: How does the phenomenon of temporary programming work (pp. 1-10)? What is the significance of not knowing and intimacy in learning (pp. 11-19)? What is the significance of writing a thesis within an artistic MA (pp. 20-30)? How to deal with third party or commercial money (pp. 31-40)? What is the agency of students and how to find better ways for ‘student representation’ (pp. 41-51)? What is critical pedagogy (pp. 52-63)? The goal of this series is to encourage deliberation and debate within Sandberg and among art schools more generally.

Authors include: Clare Butcher, Eloise Sweetman, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Angela M. Bartholomew, and Philip Coyne. The essays are designed by Corine van der Wal and the website is designed by Mateo Broillet.