The Master of Photography is a two-year, full-time program. It offers ambitious artists a critical context in which they can deepen their practice and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the arts.
An engaged and fluid position
As the only master’s program in the Netherlands dedicated to photography, we operate from the broadest possible definition of the medium. The documentary discourse and lens-based media theory are starting points for an unorthodox variety of cultural production. Students and faculty work in a wide range of contexts, including film, performance, writing, activism and curation.
At the core of the program is the student’s self-directed research and studio practice. A strong theoretical component, combined with mentoring from a faculty of renowned artists, guides students towards the development of process-based approach to artistic production. The qualities and problems specific to lens-based media are explored from within the conceptual realm.
What to expect
- One day per week is dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback.
- Approximately two days per week are dedicated to theoretical and academic studies.
- An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study.
- After every three weeks, there is a curriculum-free week to facilitate work on your independent projects
Where you will study
The Photography Department is housed in a former seminary in historical Breda. Nestled within a small forest on the edge of the city, this inspiring location offers the space and focus necessary to deepen your practice.
You will have access to the academy’s vast network of resources and workshops. This includes photography and editing studios, a bookbinding workshop, a darkroom for special processes and analogue printing, and much more.
The program maintains strong connections to key institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Recent partnerships include: EYE (Amsterdam), Garapa Collective (São Paulo) and Parsons School of Design (New York). There is a lively roster of guest teachers and speakers, and students regularly apply their practice in a professional context by executing projects in institutions and artist-run spaces outside of the academy. This includes the final graduation exhibition, which is accompanied by a thesis.
A hallmark of the program is the yearly study trip. Recent excursions include Tehran (2016), Belarus (2015) and São Paulo (2014).
The program is open to Bachelor of Photography and Film graduates and practicing professionals in the field, and in some cases to applicants from other related disciplines and backgrounds.
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Last updated December 7, 2018