Study profile Photography

The medium of photography is undergoing rapid change. And wherever there is change, there is also opportunity. We, at the KABK, find it hugely exciting to see new ways to engage the medium. Think of possibilities like immersive, interactive or social media.

Studying at the KABK means you have your own views on the world and the medium, yet also show a willingness to be challenged. The KABK helps you to further enhance your own voice through research and experimentation. We teach you to invent your own path. As a KABK graduate you will contribute to defining the photographic field of tomorrow.

The structure at the KABK can be viewed as an inverted funnel. In the first years, you work on a lot of different assignments where the aim is to get you up to speed with basic theories, concepts and technical skills. In the second year of your studies, you continue into your specialisation: Documentary or Fiction. After the second year, you start working on longer-term projects that you define yourself. Apart from being creative in the field of making work, we also challenge you to create new business models. Being a professional photographer today means more than just producing work alone.

In the video below, students, teachers and the heads of the department tell you more about the Photography programme:



Bachelor of Arts


Full-time 4 years
Part-time 4 years

Study load

Start date

End ofAugust


Department Heads

Lotte Sprengers
John Fleetwood

Application deadline


English-taught programme
(English level required)

Programme / CROHO

B Design / 39111

More insights in this study programme

Listen to a conversation with Ben and Téa, 4th year Photography students as they unfold the mysteries of the Photography department, guide us through their graduation projects and introduce the assignments and classes they have.

screenshot Graduation Catalogue Bachelor Photography
screenshot Graduation Catalogue

Professional Perspective

Our goal is to teach you how to become an independent thinker who creates visual projects. Studying at the KABK will help you become the professional of tomorrow within an international context. Alumni have described studying at the KABK as an intense yet fruitful experience.

The contemporary work field of professional photography is the starting point for the overall study trajectory. Our international team of teachers reflects the diversity of the professionals of today. They are all practicing photographers working in a variety of fields - from fine arts to documentary and editorial to fashion.

We educate you to become an outstanding photographer and true author of your work. Research is the base of every project. There is a strong emphasis on audience engagement and entrepreneurial skills; you communicate your work on different platforms. As a KABK graduate you will know how to connect with the professional field and build, maintain and develop your own photography practice.