As the postgraduate program of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, the Sandberg Instituut offers Master's Programs in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture, and Design. The five main departments aim to deepen the practices of artists, designers and critics. In addition, the temporary programmes reflect on specific urgencies in society and the arts, and the hosted programmes focus on collaboration with other institutes.

Sandberg Instituut’s Main Departments are Critical Studies, Design, The Dirty Art Department, Fine Arts, and Studio for Immediate Spaces. An average of only twenty students per programme allows each course to be flexible and open to initiatives from students and third parties. The course directors, who are prominent artists, designers, theorists and curators with international practices, invite tutors and guests who are able to challenge the students to critically reflect on their profession, their work and their progress.