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The Master programme of Fine Art | Photography is currently transitioning by the cross- disciplinary potential of both disciplines and the urgent need for an interdisciplinary learning context for theory and practice. Drawing on the expertise of teaching staff and the Professors at the Avans University Center of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt), our programme content advocates the greater embedment of artistic practices in society and encompasses themes such as: De-colonising the Art School and Migrant aesthetics (politics of citizenship); Heterodox identity (Gender); Inequality (Indebtedness); Gentrification (Creative Industries); Ecological Sustainability (Anthropocene). Students integrate process orientated studio work in relation to their own artistic practice with the acquisition of theoretical principles and the development of research methods relevant to innovatory studio practice. Students gain access to the formidable expertise, resources and the networks of our coalition partners (V2_Lab for Unstable Media Rotterdam, Impakt Festival Utrecht, JADS (Jheronimus Academy of Data Science) Den Bosch, Playgrounds Festival, Breda Photo, NoordBrabants Museum Den Bosch, Eye Research Lab Amsterdam).
At the Master Institute we have a regular programme of lectures, workshops and events by leading international artists and theorists, situating research concerns within the larger context of cultural production with an emphasis on supporting and developing activity that demonstrates innovation and new collaborations, taking account of sector needs in creative employment.
At the core of the programme are the student’s self-directed research and studio practice. We operate from the broadest possible definition of photography, and you are stimulated to explore the many contexts that lens-based media operate within today. This includes the moving image, the book, installation, the internet and much more. The possibilities and problems specific to these forms are explored, tested and discussed.
The programme is structured into three phases: the Orientation Phase, the Research Phase and the Graduation Phase. The first year consists of the Orientation Phase and the first component of the Research Phase; the second year consists of the second component of the Research Phase and the Graduation Phase.
The Master of Photography is a two-year, full-time programme. One day a week is dedicated to practice, which includes presentations of work in progress and individual studio talks with your tutors. 1.5 days a week are dedicated to theory and GAS (General Academic Studies). An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study. After every three weeks, there is a curriculum-free week to facilitate work on your independent projects.
Living expenses will vary depending on the city where you choose to reside. On average, you should expect to spend approximately €1,000 per month. This includes rent, food, transportation, recreation and health insurance.
The Master of Photography invites applications from photographers and lens-based media artists who seek a deeper understanding of the fundamental changes taking place within the medium. The programme is designed for those who want to challenge their understanding of photography and position themselves firmly within a broad and rapidly-evolving field.
The programme is open to Bachelor of Arts graduates and practicing professionals in the field, and in some cases to applicants from other related disciplines and backgrounds. Verbal and written proficiency in English is required.
The Master of Photography is an opportunity to deepen your practice and lay the foundation for a sustainable career in the arts. Our programme is fluid, interdisciplinary and self-driven. This curricular structure, along with collaboration with institutions and artist-run spaces outside the academy, equips our students for success in the professional field.
Your studies will take place within a diverse community of Master’s students from many different backgrounds. Studying with people from all over the world in a 24/7, multidisciplinary environment will enrich your practice and allow you to build a unique network of peers.
Through a careful balance of autonomy and personal mentoring, you will develop the skills essential to the medium’s full range of professional contexts: collaborative work, assignments and self-directed projects. Our tutors and alumni work in a broad spectrum of platforms such as film, media, activism and curation. To see what our students have gone on to do with their degrees, please visit our community page.