Programme description

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.

Programme structure

Each year of the Bachelor Photography programme is divided into two semesters of 16 weeks. Each semester is divided into two blocks of 8 weeks. Courses usually last for one block or a full semester.

Every semester ends with a collective assessment, where you organise all work from courses over the preceding semester in a personal and insightful presentation. During a collective assessment, you are expected to reflect on the preceding semester and articulate learning goals for next semester.

Part-time programme

The educational structure of our Bachelor Photography programme, allows us to offer the part-time variant also in four years. The content of the part-time Photography study (pt) is comparable to the full-time (ft), but with a different organisational structure. Study load and intensity are comparable as well as the level of graduation.

Part-time classes take place two days a week. At the beginning of each year, you receive a year planner giving insights in all additional dates for workshops and such that you’ll need to block. Some classes are combined with full-time classes. There are one or two project or workshop weeks per year. The part-time course has fewer classes and requires more self-study than the full-time variant.

From the 2024-25 academic year, classes of the part-time Photography programme will be taught on Mondays and Tuesdays.

ECTS credits

Both the full-time (ft) and the part-time (pt) BA Photography programmes amount to 240 ECTS and last four academic years.

See below an overview of the study programme per year and the study point credits per semester for Years 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Exploration and visual development

The first year of this programme consists of a thorough and intensive introduction to a broad variety of aspects connected with the field of photography. Through theory and practical classes, field trips, exhibitions and events, you will quickly broaden your skills and knowledge of photography and beyond. You 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 are challenged by doing projects in which you take on different practices such as documentary, making portraits, studio practice and more. All these exercises and projects teach you a variety of strategies from which to create work.

In addition, you will follow basic courses in graphic design and moving image to gain a better understanding of how contemporary photography is intertwined with other media. By exploring the breadth of the field of photography and visual culture, you will start to discover where your own true interests lie.

Your first semester is concluded with Collective Assessments right before the Winter Break. In the month of January, you will have a wide selection of workshops to broaden your toolbox. The Network Week is part of these workshop weeks.

After another semester of study, at the end of the first year, you should articulate your ideas of your own interests and practice during collective assessment.

Semester 1ECTS ftECTS pt
Domain: To Research 156
Domain: To Create 156
Domain: To Reflect and Position 156
Domain: To Present 156
Domain: To Professionalize 156
Domain: Workshops 11-
Domain: Networkweek 11-
Semester Presentation 100
Research 11.5-
Discourse 11.5-
Total ECTS credits3030
Semester 2ECTS ftECTS pt
Domain: To Research 256
Domain: To Create 266
Domain: To Reflect and Position 256
Domain: To Present 256
Domain: To Professionalize 256
Semester Presentation 200
Collaboration Week1-
Research 21.5-
Discourse 21.5-
Total ECTS credits3030

Proficiency & In-depth Research

In the second year, you dive further into the specific aspects of your chosen specialisation, Fiction or Documentary. The difference is primarily manifested in long-term photography courses taught by acclaimed specialists with different backgrounds in photography. An important goal for the second year is to have your personal vision reflected in your projects. This ambition is helped by courses like Civil Society Lab where you will be encouraged to connect your interests also in a wider societal framework.

As the focus on technique subsides after the second year, this is the last year to bring your technical skills to the highest possible level. You’ll deepen your knowledge and experience of moving image in a course that is tailored to your chosen direction. You also follow a course that entirely focuses on presentation techniques - in line with the ambitions of and intentions of your work.

Starting in the second year, the electives program Individual Study Track (IST) provides you with an opportunity to follow courses outside the department or to do projects that complement your personal interests. You can also choose to spend a semester as an exchange student at one of our partner institutions abroad.

One of the highlights of the second year is the international fieldtrip where you produce a body of work on a self-chosen topic within one week. The project is preceded by intensive preparatory research. After the trip, you and your peers collaborate in editing and producing a publication in a one-week workshop.

In the month of January, you will have a wide selection of workshops to broaden your toolbox. The Network Week is part of these workshop weeks. Both semesters are concluded with Collective Assessments. At the end of the academic year during your Collective Assessment you articulate your ideas of your own interests and practice, that will guide the selection of your Practice Track and Stations in year 3.

Semester 3ECTS ftECTS pt
Domain: To Research 346
Domain: To Create 346
Domain: To Reflect and Position 356
Domain: To Present 346
Domain: To Professionalize 3

4

6
Domain: Workshops 21-
Domain: Networkweek 21
-
Semester Presentation 300
Studium Generale 11-
IST6-
Total ECTS credits3030
Semester 4ECTS ftECTS pt
Domain: To Research 446
Domain: To Create 456
Domain: To Reflect and Position 446
Domain: To Present 456
Domain: To Professionalize 456
Semester Presentation 400
Studium Generale 21-
IST6-
Total ECTS credits3030

Professionalization & Presentation

There is a shift after your first two years of study towards becoming more independent in your making, thinking, and relating. This shift is marked by a curriculum that is depending on agency and focus, where you regularly recalibrate your plan for teacher and peer support.

In the third year of your studies, you are challenged to delve deeper by immersing yourself into a semester-long project on a given theme, developed in your course Photography Practice. A driving aspect is to bring nuance and subtlety into both the content and the presentation of your work. You are expected to work with an entrepreneurial spirit, become aware of your potential audience and the consequences this has for your work.

Your semester-long project will be presented in different formats. It will turn into a publication. You are expected to present your project using a different presentation platform, either using interactive design (IMD) or Moving Image (MI). You finish the project with a collective public intervention or presentation outside the academy where you and your peers will be responsible for and gain valuable experience in organising, producing, publishing, financing, and marketing a project.

Next to the Photography Practice you will select to attend two Stations in semester 5. Stations are short term interventions meant to introduce you to one of the wide practices of photography. It will assist you in consolidating or widening your fields of interests, concerns and methods, that eventually determine your practice.

In the second half of the third year, you do an internship with a professional, based on your learning goals. Over the course of 12 weeks, 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 helps you to make plans for your final year. After returning from your internship, you will follow four-week courses that provide you a start in the run-up to the courses of the fourth year.

The Individual Study Track (IST) provides you with the opportunity to follow courses outside our department or create projects that complement your personal interests.

You can also choose to spend a semester as an exchange student at one of our partner institutions abroad.

Semester 5ECTS ftECTS pt
Domain: To Research 556
Domain: To Create 556
Domain: To Reflect and Position 5

5

6
Domain: To Present 566
Domain: To Professionalize 556
Semester Presentation00
IST6-
Total ECTS credits3030
Semester 6ECTS ftECTS pt
Domain: To Research 646
Domain: To Create 646
Domain: To Reflect and Position 656
Domain: To Present 646
Domain: To Professionalize 656
Semester Presentation 600
IST6-
Total ECTS credits3030

Profiling & Positioning

There is a shift in the last two years of study towards becoming more independent in your making, thinking and relating. This shift is marked by a curriculum that depends on your agency and focus, where you regularly recalibrate your plan for teacher and peer support.

In the fourth year, you focus on three major components: commissioned work, research paper and your graduation work. The three components inform each other: ‘the so-called ‘triangle’. Together they determine and offer insights into your practice. An important challenge is to better articulate who you are as a maker, to describe your process, progress and practice, concerns that you want to respond to and where you stand in the professional field.

Your commissioned work will be realised for a commissioning partner (or client) from outside the academy and should fit within your own field of interest. You will improve several critical skills, such as your ability to be pro-active, to manage responsibilities and your ability to collaborate. The result should be published in an existing (online) magazine, exhibited in a real exhibition space, or take on any other form as desired by both you and the commissioning partner, that reaches an audience.

At the same time, you also work on your research paper: conducting research and writing about a self-chosen topic that informs your practice and the links to your graduation and commissioned work (triangle). The research paper helps you to better understand your position as a maker and can be seen as the backbone of your graduation work.

Your graduation project defines you as a photographer and will be your entry to the professional field of art and photography. You develop a personal working method that enables you to continue your development as a critical maker and thinker after your graduation.

Next to Commissioned Work, Graduation Work and Research Paper, you will select to attend two Stations per semester. These stations are short term interventions meant to further introduce and/or deepen your understanding of the wide practices of photography. It will assist you in consolidating or widening your fields of interests, concerns and methods that eventually determine your practice.

In addition to the three major components, extra attention is paid to organisational and entrepreneurial skills, such as setting up a business, developing and pitching a project, branding and networking, grant applications and other aspects that prepare you for a professional practice after graduation.

The Individual Study Track (IST) provides you with the opportunity to follow courses also outside our department or create projects that complement your personal interests. During the last semester, you can use the IST to work on the publicity campaign and catalogue for your graduation year.

At your final exam, you will show a coherent visual presentation of your Commissioned Work, Research Paper and Graduation Work. Additionally, you’ll deliver a verbal presentation that elucidates your work and intended place in the professional field. Once you pass your exam, your work is exhibited during the Graduation Show.

Semester 7ECTS ftECTS pt
Domain: To Research 756
Domain: To Create 7

4

6
Domain: To Reflect and Position 7

5

6
Domain: To Present 756
Domain: To Professionalize 756
Semester Presentation00
Total ECTS credits3030
Semester 8ECTS ftECTS pt
Domain: To Research 846
Domain: To Create 856
Domain: To Reflect and Position 856
Domain: To Present 856
Domain: To Professionalize 856
Semester Presentation 800
IST6-
Total ECTS credits3030
Admission requirements
Information

OER 2022-2023

Education and Examination Regulations

You can find information about the regulations and provisions dealing with the organisation of the programme and the assessments and examinations related to it in the Education and Examination Regulations (in Dutch: Onderwijs- en examenregeling; OER)