In the third year of your studies, you will be challenged to go further in-depth by immersing yourself into a semester-long project working around a given theme. 

A driving aspect is to bring nuance and subtlety into both content and presentation of your work. You are expected to become aware of your potential audience, and the consequences this has for your work, as well as working with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Your long-term semester project will end up as your first solo-publication, produced in collaboration with students from KABK’s Graphic Design department. You are also expected to present your project using a different presentation platform; for example, using interactive design or moving image. You finish the project with a public presentation outside the academy where you will gain valuable experience in organising, constructing, publishing, financing and advertising a project, all the responsibility of you and your peers.

In the second half of the third year, you will go on an internship with one of the many acclaimed professionals from our broad international network. Over the course of one semester, you will build up a network and obtain experience in the professional field. This experience enables you to connect different elements of your study and prepare plans for your final year.

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


The competences for the third year are:

•	The student is able to formulate an idea, define their goals and engage in research in order to develop and implement a visual concept. [Creative Ability]

•	The student can take a position and relate their own work to developments in the discipline relevant to the cultural and societal context. [Capacity for Critical Reflection]

•	The student develops an authentic vision on photography and is able to keep developing this further. [Capacity for Growth and Innovation]

•	The student can create a balance between artistic and market-oriented activities and logistical, general and technical activities. [Entrepreneurial and organizational ability]

•	The student is able to convincingly present and explain their own work and working methods, and remains true to a goal and target audience. [Communicative ability]

•	The student is able to connect their own work to that of others, and to an audience; the student can adequately address target groups. [External Awareness]

•	The student can operate within a working situation in a goal oriented manner in different roles and with different responsibilities and interests, and apply individual talents to reach common goals. [Capacity for Collaboration]

Artistic technical domain

The student explores the medium and determines their own position. The attention is centred on students’ individual projects or on the distinguishing features of the execution of assignments. Authorship is evident in the breadth of the work and portfolio. The student demonstrates an ability to use the contexts and settings in which the creative work can manifest itself, such as exhibitions, printed media such as magazines and/or books, interactively and on the web. Concept development is specifically aimed at the outside world. Whether working on a job assignment or individual project, the student should demonstrate awareness of the outside world and should know how to take advantage of this.

Theoretical domain

In the course of the year, the student’s theoretical knowledge expands further. The art and photography history and reflection are specifically applied to further develop the critical reviewing of the medium in relation to the student’s individual position in the field. The visual art and cultural world keeps playing an important role in this. The theoretical component of Audio-visual and Interactive Media is used to extend and expand the boundaries of the photographic medium. Students are assessed at the hand of debates, oral presentations and a written paper.

Professional social domain

During the entire year, the professional social domain guides the curriculum. The outside world is brought into the academy by giving students assignments based on professional assignments. Students present work in a professional setting and are assessed accordingly. The assembling of a portfolio is of great importance in preparation of the internship. The internship is, after all, the opportunity for students to experience working in a professional environment. Additionally, the completed assignments and projects are assessed on the basis of project proposals and plans, budgets, funding and the meeting of deadlines.

The goals associated with this stage are that the student:

•	has composed a study plan, with an updated accompanying argumentation (Professional profile);
•	has achieved the study objectives of the projects and programme components associated with this phase;
•	has demonstrated to have gained the qualities, skills and insights to claim their position within the field of photography;
•	has deepened research;
•	demonstrates an interest in all aspects of the work and design process and expresses interest in all aspects of the profession;
•	able to bring the final phase of the programme to a successful conclusion;
•	has explored and experienced the field;
•	has demonstrably prepared to become a professional photographer.

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