Study profile

At KABK, we see photography as a wide practice with infinite possibilities for image-making and meaning-making. For us, photography is a way to tell the important stories of our world. Over the 4-years of your studies, you develop your position within this wide practice, defining your specific interests and personal voice.

Starting from a variety of short-term assignments, and working towards longer-term, self-directed projects, you discover and unravel your true interests and best ways to tell the stories that emerge on this journey.

Later in the programme you have more independence and responsibility to choose the path your education takes and are expected to navigate it with openness to experimentation, advancing in the use of appropriate techniques, methodologies, and theoretical understanding of corresponding discourses. You are expected to formulate the relevance of the work not only in relation to society, but also to contemporary visual culture, and working in the field towards a professional practice. By the time of graduation, you will direct your work and will recognise your specific audience.

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

Specifications

Degree

Bachelor of Arts

Duration

Full-time 4 years
Part-time
4 years

Study load

Start date

September

Department Heads

Lotte Sprengers
John Fleetwood

Application deadline

Language

English-taught programme
(English level required)

Programme / CROHO

B Design / 39111

Why choose Photography at KABK

The KABK BA Photography department is a dynamic department bringing together colleagues from many different photography practices, offering you a wide network of professional interaction. We work, teach and learn together with our students and our community. Based on an established and recognized foundation, we continually strive to deepen our understanding of the field of photography, knowledge and practice, and explore the role of education and photography in society.

As an international institution, we at KABK discuss geographies of practices, and inclusively value the intersectional background of students. The department places an important accent on a peer-group learning setting, where the diversity of culture leads to finding common ground and valuing differences. In this way, a safe space is created for both individual growth and a community of care.

Is this study for you?

As a BA Photography student you are curious and critically reflect on the social and political realities of our times and find innovative ways in your practices to respond through photography. Big emphasis is placed on process and research, encouraging you to make informed choices not only about ‘what’ and ‘how’ you want to make, but also ‘why’.

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.

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.

Browse graduation projects

Graduation Catalogue Bachelor Photography
screenshot Graduation Catalogue