Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab

Codarts Rotterdam, Arts & Culture Studies (EUR), Erasmus University College (EUR) and Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam are collaborating more intensively and joined forces in the Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL).

We intend our collaboration to, firstly, advance the exchange of knowledge on education and research. And secondly, to offer students the possibility to develop their skills in accordance with the changing artistic professional practices and societal issues.

RASL can become a central player within the arts and sciences sector in Rotterdam, by nurturing versatile and talented students, developing innovative educational structures, and promoting multi and interdisciplinary research, of which RASL intends to be both incubator and catalyst.

We reinforce the international artistic profile of Rotterdam, within arts and sciences, by elevating and enriching our local artistic network. RASL provides a creative and innovative impulse to Rotterdam. As collaborating parties, we work together on the Dual Degree programme for Bachelor students across our schools, as well as interdisciplinary research between and beyond our institutions.

RASL’s Co-founder’s are Patrick Cramers (Codarts), Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens (EUC), Roger Teeuwen (WdKA) and Filip Vermeylen (EUR).


Since September 2016 Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab has offered a dual degree to students, the first of its kind in The Netherlands. The Dual Degree is a five year programme in which students combine two full-time bachelor programmes: at Erasmus University or Erasmus University College, and Codarts or Willem de Kooning Academy. The programme challenges students to combine science and art. It offers opportunity to develop their diverse talents across disciplines. You can find more information about the Dual Degree programme here.


RASL is a place where we, as partners, exchange educational experience, focusing on innovation and development of educational methods. There is currently a collaboration between Erasmus University and Codarts in the lectureship Blended Learning, by lector Jaco van den Dool of EUR. His research focuses on to what extent digital educational methods can improve art education.

RASL is one of the research partners for GAMPSISS, GAmeful Music Performance for Smart Inclusive, and Sustainable Societies, who explore how artistic performances that fuse classical music and gaming will (in addition to other benefits) contribute to transforming the existing listening culture into one required for smart, inclusive, and sustainable societies to emerge.

While RASL is also partner to Codarts PEARL, PErforming artists and Athlete Research Lab. PEARL has been created to reduce health problems and optimize athletes’ and artists’ health.

We want to extend and strengthen these kind of collaborations.

RASL is a platform where arts and sciences meet and reinforce each other.


Codarts is a Rotterdam based international university providing high level professional arts education in music, dance and circus arts. The university has about 1,000 students, of 50 nationalities, and around 340 staff members.

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) is a dynamic School, which offers five bachelor programmes, eight master programmes, a research master programme and a variety of courses in the fields of History, Arts and Culture Studies, and Media & Communication.

The Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers contemporary and cutting edge art education that complement changing, international practice. These practices are looking for designers, artists, educators and producers who possess a multitude of talents and skills and who look beyond the borders of their discipline. In other words ‘creating pioneers’.

Erasmus University College (EUC) is the international honour’s college of Erasmus University, offering intense multi-disciplinary education. Founded in 2013, this liberal arts college and the student housing are located in metropolitan Rotterdam. The selective and residential character of EUC attributes to a close-knit academic community in which the students live and study together.