November 23rd 2021 – Friday 25th March 2022


We’ve been busily curating this course and are delighted to announce that this course will have a strong emphasis on making. This is a new direction we are taking a the University of the Underground and we’re very excited to get it underway.

Head of Programme Agi Haines will take you through various workshops on prosthetics making, haunted AR filter-making and beyond. To aid this, we’re going to be funding each student and stipend to cover the cost of materials! Together we will unravel the hypnotic effect that HORROR has on society, investigating how popular culture, political, economical, sociological systems and institutions make use and misuse our fears.

The Horror Programme is a critical exploration into elicit societal fears and human passion for horror. In this programme, we will investigate institutions and popular culture through the lens of the ‘horror’ genre in dramaturgy, film, costume making, and more. 

Over this 5-month practice-based research bureau students will produce a series of experiences, podcasts, publications and creative interventions through collaborations initiated by themselves with an institution of their choosing. They will be asked to document their processes and present their findings and outcomes as a part of the final show.

If you’d like to see the programme in full, please email us for the brief on 





The University of the Underground was founded in February 2017, as a charity with ANBI status (RSIN 8575.82.781). The University of the Underground is a free, pluralistic and transnational university based in the basement of nightclubs- with headquarters in Amsterdam and London- and actively working with both institutions and nightlife. As charity, the hope of the University of the Underground is to bring generations together to democratise access to public institutions and trigger changes and critical reflections through the use of creative and experiential practices. With an explicit focus on political theory and philosophy, design of experiences, music, theatrical practices, film, social actions, and social dreaming; it aims to provide toolkits for members of the public and students to actively participate in revealing power structures in institutions. The University of the Underground supports unconventional research, countercultures, and practices that apprehend and challenge the formulation of culture, the manufacture, and commodities of knowledge. For the University of the Underground, it is essential to rethink education beyond national borders, but also to build a federation of cooperative schools globally to support the development, identification and empowerments of countercultures in institutions. As a result, the University of the Underground has started to run educational programmes in the USA, starting in summer 2019, in collaboration with the Hannah Arendt Center of Bard College and the United Nations; but also with the American University in Cairo and online in collaboration with Bassiani, nightclub in Tbilisi in Georgia; or with activists such as Magid Magid.

The University of the Underground has a board of international thinkers, philosophers, activists, aca- demics, politicians, musicians, filmmakers, innovative entrepreneurs but also creatives and curators such as Prof. Noam Chomsky, Serpentine Galleries artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, academic Prof. Arjun Appadurai, European MEPs Magid Magid, performers such as Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces and musicians Massive Attack, drag performer Peaches Christ, Ted Prize winner and SETI Institute scientist Dr. Jill Tarter, activist Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, author and McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers, President of file transfer service WeTransfer Damian Bradfield, with MOMA curator Paola Antonelli amongst others pluridisciplinary practitioners. 

**Please note we are not selecting full time students or educators for this programme. However, you can sign in as a visiting participant by emailing  For visiting participants, we would like to recommend a donation to our charity as a part of the online programme. Recommended donation is 5-10 euros a class and according to what you think you can afford. Your donation will go towards supporting the tuition-free programmes at the University of the Underground, and educators fees. We recommend 100-200 euros for month access (or 10-15 lectures). thank you. If you wish to donate—->