In the first year, you experience a thorough and intensive introduction to a broad variety of aspects connected to the field of photography. 

Through theory, field trips, exhibitions and events, you will quickly broaden your knowledge on photography and beyond. You will learn how to manage your studies and how to structure your work process. In this first year, there is a strong emphasis on improving your technical skills, including postproduction in photography. You will be challenged on content by doing projects in the role of a street photographer, a portrait photographer, a studio photographer and more. All these exercises and projects teach you a variety of strategies to create work. 

Alongside, you will follow basic courses in graphic design, moving image and interactive media to better understand how contemporary photography is intertwined with other media. By exploring the breadth of the photographic landscape, you will start to discover where your own true interests lie. 

At the end of the first year, you will make an application for either the Documentary or Fiction specialisation. The motivation for your preferred direction is clearly reflected in the work you’ll show at your collective assessment and underpinned by your verbal presentation. 

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Art, Photography History & Reflection 1
Ingrid Grootes

Art, Photography History & Reflection 2
Ingrid Grootes

Audio Visual
Jan Frederik Groot

Digital Workflow & Skills 1
Loek van Vliet

Digital Workflow & Skills 2
Loek van Vliet

Documentary Photography
Raimond Wouda

Fieldtrip Arles
Lotte Sprengers

Graphic Design
Anke van Haarlem

Image Development
Johan Gustavsson

Image development Photography
Thijs groot Wassink

Interactive Media Design
Pawel Pokutycki

Multi disciplinary projectweek (FYPW)
Anke van Haarlem

Photography Fiction: Directing People
Ari Versluis

Photography Fiction: Mis-en-scene
Ola Lanko

Photography Technical Skills 1
Bjorn Staps

Photography Technical Skills 2
Bjorn Staps

Donald Weber

Professional Practice Skills
Lotte Sprengers & Kim Nuijen

Research and Discourse

Semester Presentation
Lotte Sprengers


Research and Discourse

Short description
Research & Discourse is a mandatory course for the first year students of all departments within the Royal Academy of Art the Hague. The course critically relates creative practice to theory - making to thinking - in the framework of contemporary creative practices. Which insights, skills, approaches and methods do you need to develop and to be aware of, so you can build a successful creative practice? And how do you position your practice in a broader context? More info: http://www.kabk.nl/researchanddiscourse/

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