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
Lonneke de Groot

Digital Workflow & Skills
Arno Bosma & Loek van Vliet

Documentary Photography
Raimond Wouda

Fiction Mise-en-scene
Ola Lanko

Graphic Design
Vincent van Baar

Image development Photography
Thijs groot Wassink

Photography Conceptual Still
Krista van der Niet

Photography Technical Skills
Ernst Yperlaan

Donald Weber

Professional Practice Skills 1
Raimond Wouda

Professional Practice Skills 2
Donald Weber

Semester Presentation
Raimond Wouda


Donald Weber

Short description
In 1970, Alvin Toffler wrote a radical book reimagining contemporary society called Future Shock. He essentially argued that things were moving so fast, we would soon lose the ability to cope. The accelerated pace of technological and social change would lead people to disconnect, suffering from “shattering stress and disorientation” – future shocked. What is the relevance to today’s question of photojournalism? Everything. Toffler argued that as the world accelerates towards an unknowable future, we disconnect from reality. Today, we are not so disconnected from the future, we suffer from symptoms of what Douglas Rushkoff calls present shock. We are always, inexplicably, absorbed in ‘right now.’ And there is no now to this “now.” In other words, sure, we might be present, now, but our present state is always in flux, a flow of information, images and knowledge that is not a moment of seizure but of passing. Today, ‘now’ flows right past.

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

24 60

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