Nine students will start the new two-year Lens-Based Digital Media course at the Willem de Kooning Academy on September 21. The unique programme is part of the master Media Design & Communication.

Four Dutch students (three from the WdKA), one from Italy, one from Croatia, one from Turkey, one from Japan and one from the United States. Together they form a group that will be trained to develop into innovative creators of distinctive moving and still images. The lens, whether made out of glass and metal or digital code, is there main tool.

Simon Pummell (course director), Liz Miller (photography tutor), Barend Onneweer (animation, moving graphics and post-production tutor), Timo Klok (technical  supervisor and software instructor) and Vanessa Tuitel (course assistant) will guide them during this strongly research-based curriculum.

Simon Pummell has created more than a dozen animated and special FX films for television, winning numerous international awards.  His feature film 'Bodysong' (2003) won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) and a British Independent Film Award (BIFA). He was a visiting lecturer (2007/2008) at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies Harvard University.

The master Media Design & Communication is accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). Upon graduation, students receive the Master of Design title.

Read more about the Lens-Based Digital Media course or watch this clip.