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


Photography Technical Skills
Ernst Yperlaan

Short description
A complete technical base will be learned: - getting to know different camera types, beginning with medium format cameras (Hasselblad) and later large format (TC) - learn about different types of lenses - working with black and white film on both large format (TC) and analogue Hasselblad cameras - explanation of shutter-speed, aperture, ISO value and their effects on the image - awareness of the different types and qualities of light: daylight, artificial and flash - learn to understand differences between exposure and illumination - become familiar with equipment in the studio and learn to handle equipment independently and safely - light measurement in order to find correct exposures of your material, both analogue and digital (zone system) We start both with a ‘fast’ digital workflow and also a ‘slow’ photography (analogue photography), in order to look more intensely and consciously into what we photograph. Homework is self-created assignments on a specific technical base.

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

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