PROFILING & POSITIONING

In the fourth year, you will be challenged on both theory and practice by focussing on three major projects: a commissioned work, a thesis and your graduation work. All three projects are connected and feed off each other. We call this the ‘fourth year triangle’. An important challenge is to better articulate who you are as maker, and where you stand in the professional field.

In the fourth year, you will be challenged on both theory and practice by focussing on three major projects: a commissioned work, a thesis and your graduation work. All three projects are connected and feed off each other. We call this the ‘fourth year triangle’. An important challenge is to better articulate who you are as maker, and where you stand in the professional field. 

Your commissioned work will be realized for a commissioning partner (or client) outside the academy and should fall within your own field of interest. You will be challenged in crucial skills such as pro-activity, responsibility and your ability to collaborate. The result should be published in an existing (on-line) magazine, exhibited in a real exhibition space, or any other form that reaches an audience, desired by both you and the commissioning partner. 

In the meantime, you also work on your thesis, where you research and write around a self-chosen topic that contributes to your personal ‘fourth year triangle’. The thesis helps to better understand your position as a maker and can be seen as the backbone of your graduation work. 

Your graduation project is defining you as a photographer, and will be your entrance to the professional field of art and photography. You will develop a personal working method that will enable you to continue your development as a critical maker and thinker after your graduation. 

In addition to the three major projects, extra attention is stressed to organizational and entrepreneurial skills, such as setting up a business, pitching a project, writing quotes and budgets, branding and networking, grant applications and other aspects that prepare you for a professional practice after your graduation. 

Also in the fourth year, Individual Study Track (IST) provides you the opportunity to follow courses outside our department or to create projects that complement your personal interests. During the last semester, you can use IST to work on the publicity campaign and catalogue of your graduation group.

At your final exam, you will show a coherent visual presentation of your commissioned work, thesis and graduation work. Next to this, you’ll deliver a verbal presentation that elucidates your work and intended place in the professional field. After passing your exam, your work will be exhibited in the graduation festival.

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Commissioned Work
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Hans van der Meer
Donald Weber
Ari Versluis
Annaleen Louwes

Graduation work
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Judith van IJken
Donald Weber
Ari Versluis
Annaleen Louwes
Anna Abrahams
Pawel Pokutycki
Jeroen Kummer
Ton van Kints

IST
Ton van Kints

Professional Practice Skills
Rob Hornstra
Jenny Smets

Semester Presentation
Rob Hornstra
Hans van der Meer
Donald Weber
Judith van IJken
Annaleen Louwes
Ari Versluis
Ingrid Grootes
Saskia Boer

Thesis
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Ingrid Grootes
Saskia Boer
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Thesis
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Ingrid Grootes
Saskia Boer

Short description
Writing a thesis requires in-depth research of a topic, from fine art and/or a photography that is closely related to the final graduation project. The thesis can be considered a theoretical counterpart of the photographic graduation work, as well as a preparatory research. The thesis needs to be focused by means of specific questions and issues. The final text will consist of at least 25 pages. The overall content is to be assessed at the collective assessment in January (6 EC). The last 3 EC will be credited during the final exam.

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Credits (ECTS) Meeting time (in hours) Self-study time (in hours)

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