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Master of Fine Art | Photography | AVANS UNIVERSITY


Master of Fine Art | Photography | AVANS UNIVERSITY

The Master of Photography is an opportunity to deepen your practice and lay the foundation for a sustainable career in the arts. Our program 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.

We invite photographers and lens-based media artists, who seek a deeper understanding of the fundamental changes taking place within the medium. The program is designed for those who want to challenge their understanding of photography and position themselves firmly within a broad and rapidly evolving field.

Your studies will take place within a diverse community of Master’s students from many different backgrounds and countries. 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.


Starting date: August 26, 2019

You can apply until: May 31, 2019

Degree title: Master of Fine Arts and Design

Program intensity: Full-time

Program duration: 2 Years

Language: English

Program location: s-Hertogenbosch

Tuition fee per year: € 2.060


At the heart of the program are the student’s independent research and studio practice, which are strongly integrated. Supported by a rigorous theoretical component and close mentoring, you will identify the questions and ideas relevant to your practice and learn how to articulate them, both in writing and through your work. Furthermore, you will be continually challenged to examin these developing creative issues with others inside and outside the academy. This occurs in the form of self-organized symposia, wherein students invite artists, curators and critics to reflect with them on the themes relevant to their work.

The program 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.

In the first semester, you will align your study goals with the program. You will examine the development that you wish to undergo as a creator. You will explore yourself: what qualities and expertise do you already possess? You will explore your ambitions: what change do you envisage? You will explore your field of work: in which field do you want to work? Finally, you will explore your course: is this the right place for the development you envisage?

Once you have a view of how you want to develop yourself as a creator, it's time to experiment in the Second semester. At the Master Institute, you will have the opportunity to try out new ways of working. You will arrive at different results within the work process and test out different roles, attitudes and forms of collaboration. This semester will be a chance to broaden your horizon as a creator. 

In the first year you questioned and examined your positioning as a creator. You refined your ambitions. In the third semester, you will test your new positioning as a creator both within the Master Institute and your field of work.

The last semester focuses on consolidating your new positioning as a creator. In your graduation project, you will show that you have positioned yourself in your professional field and have carried out relevant, well-considered visual research.

The Master of Photography is a two-year, full-time program. 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 General Academic Studies. An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study.

All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English.

The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or higher, or TOEFL iBT score of 80 or higher, or diploma’s such as:

Cambridge Lower (FCE) Grade B (180-184)

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade C (180 - 184)

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

The program is open to Bachelor of Arts graduates and practicing professionals in the field of photography and in some cases also to applicants from other related disciplines and backgrounds.

As par of the admission procedure you are require to supply: 

An Artistic Statement; a short essay on your motivations to join our master program, urgencies in your artistic practice and needs for contextualizing your practice in contemporary society (written only, min. 1A4).

A Research Proposal (Full personal study plan with a formulated research question, a theoretic framework & practice-led perspective).

Your documents will be evaluated by our admissions committee. The committee will determine if your artistic work, theoretical knowledge and academic goals match the Master’s program you have applied for.

The admission procedure starts the first of November. Selection for enrollment takes place in 3 rounds. You can upload the requested enrollment documents before the formal admission deadlines: 7 December 2018 - 15 March 2019 - 31 May 2019

The admissions committee will make a pre-selection after these deadlines. The selected candidates from the pre-selection rounds will be invited for an interview  (Skype, or at Avans University). Interview dates are planned on: 19 December 2018, 22 March 2019, 7 June 2019.

Finding accommodation in the Netherlands can take a significant amount of time (on average, at least a month), so we strongly recommend that you start your search as soon as you have been accepted into the program.

Avans University of Applied Sciences does not offer student accommodation, our  International Office functions merely as a mediator in your search for housing. There's no guarantee for finding you an accommodation. It is your own responsibility to arrange you accommodation during your stay.

 We do however collaborate with housing associations and letting agencies to make sure our students find suitable housing. Our housing partners have furnished rooms available throughout the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and surroundings. These rooms vary in size, rent and location. But in all cases you will share a flat or live in a residency with other students, usually international students. Rental prices vary but you will pay no more than €510 per month maxium. This includes water, electricity, gas and in most rooms internet access.

As a student of Avans University of Applied Sciences in ’s-Hertogenbosch, you can also register with the housing corporation BrabantWonen. This website is unfortunately not available in English.

For more information and assistance in finding your right housing, please contact us on info@studyinholland.gr

The Master of Fine arts/Photography, is an opportunity to lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the creative sector. Our students graduate with the skills necessary to respond to opportunities in a rapidly evolving field, as well as the ability to adapt to future changes.

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.