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. 


The competences for the propaedeutic year are:

•	The student can create new work in which he explores new methods based on the experiences and insights he has gained through the programme.

•	The student is able to reflect on his work and can evaluate its quality and effectiveness.

•	The student demonstrates the will to make new discoveries and acquires new knowledge, skills and insights and is able to apply them on a theoretical, practical and photographic level.

•	The student can organize his own work process and is able to document and archive his work.

•	The student is able to substantiate his choice for, and deployment of, resources, materials and/or visual solutions.

•	The student shows a broad interest in social, sociological and cultural developments and is able to distinguish different photographic visions.

•	The student can achieve his own goals while collaborating with others.

•	The student is able to substantiate his choice of specialisation.

Artistic technical domain

The development of a photographer/image maker commences at the start of the programme. A professional photographer is not just someone taking pictures: he shows strong similarities with other artists in the visual arts. That is why the student’s general visual development is primarily prioritized in the curriculum. Additionally, attention is given to specific visual aspects related to the medium. The focal point is the work process with concept development as its goal. It is equally important that students develop skills with regard to photographic tools and techniques and in the digital field.

Theoretical domain

All propaedeutic year students are taught general art and cultural history and academic skills. Furthermore, students participate in a programme covering art and photography history and reflection, which offers them an extensive frame of reference. Students visit exhibitions and museums throughout the year, where they analyse and reflect on the work of others. This is done both verbally and in writing. Debating skills on various topics are developed in the course Field Orientation. In different courses students are asked to write reports.

Professional social domain

Professional development takes place throughout the year, mostly through self-study. Students are required to independently visit exhibitions and create and maintain a personal archive of reviews, book reviews and general information relating to the profession. In the module Career Orientation this is connected to the attitude necessary to work in the field and meet to the demands of the discipline. In addition, a project week focused on the professional field is reserved at least twice a year. In one of these weeks the students visit photographers, editors, agencies and bureaus. In the other project week students engage in fieldwork or visit a photo festival. Guest lectures are organised regularly in the academy in relation to current events in the field. Participation in lectures and workshops in the field is encouraged.

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