Study profile Master Photography & Society

Photography & Society is a two-year master programme offered at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) since September 2018. The Master’s programme Photography & Society at the KABK educates socially-engaged photographers of the 21st century, who possess an active interest in the technological, political, environmental and social role of the photograph.

The core of Photography & Society is image-making, at the same time the programme will challenge you to foster encounters beyond photographic practice and utilize photography as a means to take part in global debate. We enable you to mediate the relationship between image and society. These transformational demands can only be met if photographers are educated in how photographs are created, presented, discussed, used, and documented.

As a Photography & Society student you are educated to master the full distribution chain, seamlessly moving from concept to making work and its presentation in various, often novel, forms.

Insights in this study programme

Listen to a conversation with Petra and Benedikte about their graduation projects and how they experienced this two-year Photography & Society master's programme.

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Full-time 2 years




Master of Arts in Fine Art & Design


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Professional Perspective

As a Photography & Society graduate, your strength lies in the capacity to understand complex social themes, helping to create a world shared by strangers regarding the general welfare. You can determine your own positioning, bring ownership and find effective photographic forms and operate within complex settings.

You may enter multiple fields, such as autonomous art practitioners, documentarians, visual researchers, curators, and activists, all creating work that is visually exciting and intellectually compelling, ready for work in any sector where photography and society intersect.

Department publications

More about Parts Unknown (2020)

The first issue of TRIGGER magazine (2019)