In the second year, you’ll dive further into specific aspects of your chosen specialisation Fiction or Documentary.

The difference is primarily manifested in long-term photography courses, taught by internationally acclaimed specialists with different backgrounds in photography. An important goal for the second year is to have your personality shine through in your projects. This ambition is helped by courses like Civil Society Lab where you will be encouraged to explore your fascinations outside the world of art and photography. 

As the focus on technique subsides after the second year, this is the last year to bring your technical skills to the highest level possible. You’ll deepen your knowledge and experience of moving image and interactive media in courses that are tailored to your chosen direction. You also follow a course that entirely focuses on presentation techniques - in line with the ambitions within your work.

The Individual Study Track (IST) – starting in the second year – provides you an opportunity to follow courses outside the department or to do projects that complement your personal interests. You can also choose to follow an exchange semester at one of our partner institutions abroad.

One of the highlights of the second year is the international fieldtrip where you will produce a body of work on a self-chosen topic within one week. The project is preceded by intensive preparatory research. After the trip, you and your peers will collaborate in editing and producing a publication in a one-week workshop.

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Art, Photography History & Reflection
Lonneke de Groot

Civi Society Lab
Thomas Bragdon

Conceptual Still
Krista van der Niet

Directing People
Annaleen Louwes

Donald Weber

Fieldtrip Preparation
Raimond Wouda

Graphic Design- Online Offline publication
Vincent van Baar

Anja de Jong

Photography & Society
Donald Weber

Photography Technical Skills
Ernst Yperlaan

Photography: Dissecting Methodologies
Jan Rosseel

Professional Practice Skills
Kim Nuijen

Semester Presentation
Raimond Wouda

Workshop Skills


Civi Society Lab
Thomas Bragdon

Short description
“Today, crisis has become an instrument of rule. It serves to legitimize political and economic decisions that in fact dispossess citizens and deprive them of any possibility of action.” – Giorgio Agamben In this course, the crisis is taken as the point to approach current politics issues from, to investigate the events that occur in the world around us, that often influence, directly or indirectly, our very own daily lives. A crisis catches our attention as it shocks us. It alarms, intimidates, paralyzes. The alarming ring of a crisis tends to affect our emotional stability and behavior. As an immediate response, one wants to withdraw scrupulously from it or, in contradiction, to rush forward to it, blind with anger. Precisely because of these effects, a crisis can deprive us of our capacities to act and speak. This is, however, the very goal of this course: to act and speak about the human affairs covered by the media, affairs that affect us manipulatively and, at the same time, concern us deeply. The general goal of this course is to investigate current political issues as a way to prepare for a photographic intervention into society. In the first semester, you will be acquainted with different political issues under the heading of different crises – such as the refugee crisis, the cultural crisis and the crisis of democracy. In every meeting of this course, a political issue will be investigated with regard to the philosophical questions that spring from it. In order to do this, you will be trained to ask philosophical questions, to expose ethical dilemmas, to take unequivocal standpoints, and to formulate clear arguments. This will be practiced in different forms such as the discussion and the Socratic dialogue. In the second semester, the content of the course depends more on your own contribution, based on your own political and philosophical interests. In addition, you will be given more responsibility to guide the Socratic dialogues and discussions in class. In the first semester, the classes of the fiction and the documentary group run parallel to each other as to the content and assignments of the course. In the second semester, the classes of both groups should diverge gradually, depending on the specific contributions you will bring to the content.

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

48 120

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