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 initiate your own career orientation independently. In addition, you’ll make a head start with projects from the graduation year, meaning you complete a commissioned work and begin writing your thesis. More details can be found in the fourth year description.

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, identify his goals and employ research to develop an image concept and make it into a work.

•	The student can relate his work to developments in the field in a cultural and social context and define his position.

•	The student develops an authentic vision on photography and is able to keep developing this further.

•	The student can create a balance between journalistic / commercial, logistic, facilitating and technical activities.

•	The student is able to convincingly present and explain his own work (methods) and remains true to his goal and target audience.

•	The student is able to connect his own work to that of others, and his own work to the public; the student can adequately address his target groups with his work.

•	The student can purposely place himself in the work process in different roles and with different responsibilities, and employ his individual talents to achieve common goals.

Artistic technical domain

The student explores the medium and determines his 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 his ability to use the contexts and settings in which the creative work can manifest itself, such as in exhibitions, in printed media such as magazines and/ or books, interactively and on the web. Concept development is specifically aimed at the outside world. Whether he is working on a job assignment or on an 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 keep playing an important role in this, and the subjects communication and sociology support the determination of the position. The theoretical component of AV and Interactive Media is used to extend and expand the boundaries of the photography 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 (professional profile), with an updated accompanying argumentation;
•	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 his position within the field of photography;
•	has deepened his research;
•	demonstrates an interest in all aspects of the work and design process and expresses interest in all aspects of the profession;
•	should be 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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