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.


The competences for the second year are:

•	The student can undertake methodical and well-organised research and develop his own idea.

•	The student can evaluate his own images and those of others on their content and visual and communicative qualities, and is able to justify the choices he makes in his photography.

•	The student knows to use research to acquire new knowledge, skills and insights, and can appropriate external criticism to benefit the development of his work.

•	The student is able to prioritise and time-effectively manage his work process.

•	The student can interpret an assignment and express it in word and image.

•	The student refers to social and cultural resources to formulate a precise hypothesis for his work, and he can name the target audience and aim of his photography.

•	The student is able to collaborate with others and can apply his talents and those of others to benefit the collaboration.

Artistic technical domain:

In the second year, the focal point of general visual development shifts to the replication and interpretation of methods. Students gain insight into the coherence of content and form by learning to control the creative process.

Concept development is examined in different courses to create understanding of the working methods. This includes analysing assignments, substantive research, idea development, image development and implementation. It also allows students to broaden their work area with the electives Audio Visual Media and Interactive Media, which support the research into the possibilities of the artistic process.

Theoretical domain

Art and photography history and reflection are taught throughout the year, and students are encouraged to, in addition to the fixed course content, independently extend the framework by engaging in research related to the practice course and/or projects. The building of a personal file is indispensable in this research process. The student is also asked to substantiate his opinions. 
In the courses Film Theory and Philosophy of Media, which are chosen in conjunction with the electives Audio Visual Media and Interactive Media, the frame of reference is widened and compared to that of photography. The student is assessed in debates, at the hand of an exam and a paper.

Professional social domain

The demands of the functioning in, and influencing of, the profession(al field), are the points of departure for assignments in the curriculum and are the guidelines for the assessment. The method of working that is used in the field sets the criteria. Additionally, the practice courses of the specialisations are supported by the subjects Communication and Sociology, which focus on the start of a project, objectives, target audience, its consequences for research.

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