Study profile

The two-year 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.

In the video below, students, teachers and the head of the department tell you more about the Master Photography & Society programme:



Master of Arts


2 years full-time

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English-taught programme
(English level required)

Programme / CROHO

M Master of Arts in Fine Art & Design / 49114

Why choose this study at KABK

The Master Photography & Society possesses three fundamental values to situate photography at the core of our understanding of ‘who we are’ in this challenging and mutable world: Collaboration, Research, and Impact.

While image-making is at the core of Photography & Society, we challenge you to foster encounters beyond photographic practice. Situated in The Hague, Photography & Society shares close proximity to major civic and corporate players of global, national and local organisations.

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Is this study for you?

As a socially-engaged photographer of the 21st century, you must be master of the distribution chain, seamlessly moving from concept to making work to presentation to novel forms of distribution. By analysing deep shifts within contemporary society and the professional field, Photography & Society is designed to ignite within you the opportunities to redefine the meaning of 21st century image-making.

As a student of the Master Photography & Society, you have a desire to research and experiment, to question what you do and why, to be open to unexpected input and interested in innovations in your fields of interest. As researcher, you are both independent and collaborative and set on creating impact.

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