The use of the lens as a core organisational category for research and creation in contemporary lens-based digital media, allows students’ enquiries to be placed within a long tradition that can stretch from the use of lens-based technology by painters from the 15th century onwards, through the development of early photographic and film technology, up to recent developments in analogue and digital image technologies.

During Year 1

Through Thematic Projects, Toolbox sessions, Reading Writing and Research Methods seminars and Self-directed Research, we encourage you explore new forms of analysis and creative practice that treat images as plastic, open to recombination, manipulation and shaping.

  • Thematic Projects are taught by visiting experts. Previous guests have included the international media artists Thomson & Craighead; Frits Giertsberg curator at the Netherlands Fotomuseum;  Anna Abrahams curator at the EYE Filmmuseum Netherlands; Edwin Carels Curator and Senior Programmer at the International Film Festival Rotterdam;  Keith Griffiths eminent European Film Producer and winner of Cannes Palm d’Or.
  • Toolbox sessions explore the technologies and grammars of photography and cinema.
  • Reading Writing and Research Methods seminars equip you to reflect upon and write about your own practice and the works of others.

During Year 2

You dedicate your time to the writing of your Master thesis and the making of a significant lens-based work or series of works.  Throughout the year you receive intensive individual tutor support.


Master degree offered

The Master Lens-Based Media is a two year full-time program fully accredited and reviewed by the NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaams Accreditatie Organisatie), the standard academic accreditation council for the Netherlands and the Flemish part of Belgium, and fully subsidised by the Dutch state. The Master degree we offer is a “Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Lens-Based Media”.