The Lens-Based Media study path focuses on approaching animation, photography, and the full range of contemporary cinematic forms as a single expanded field. The specialisation is committed to lens-based image making as an art and craft with distinct and formative long histories. We recognise the convergence of previously distinct analogue imaging media into a single digital workflow. Within the program, digital visual media forms are approached using the lens as a central metaphor in their process.
We will support you in strategically selecting the areas of contemporary lens-based practice you wish to make a significant contribution to, and developing practice-based research and studio practices that allow you to develop a strong creative voice.
Within the program you will be encouraged to employ your developing fluency and skills to create ambitious and distinctive new approaches to both cinema and photography. The specialisation prepares students to forge significant careers and make a meaningful contribution to contemporary lens-based culture.
The course is taught by core tutors with international reputations in their respective fields: course Leader Simon Pummell is a BAFTA and BIFA winning filmmaker and animator and 2009 Harvard Film Study Center Fellow currently completing his fourth feature film; Barend Onneweer is the owner and director of the established NL film VFX company R3MWERK; Ine Lamers is a visual artist with a practice based in photography that has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally; David Haines is a visual artist working with a range of media, predominantly drawing and video exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum, The Turner Contemporary, the Drawing Room London among many other museum shows.
In addition to the core tutors, we regularly bring key professionals within the field into the program both as advisors and as tutors (see curriculum). The development of the curriculum is in continual discussion with this rotating team of professionals in the field.
Please see Staff and Tutors for a listing and full profile of all our tutors.
Core to the approach of the program is maintaining an active set of institutional relationships with key institutions in the Netherlands relevant to our professional field. We have recently co-organised exhibitions, seminars and symposiums with : EYE filmmuseum, IFFR Rotterdam, Netherlands Fotomuseum, Boerhaave Netherlands science museum, KINO cinema and arts centre Rotterdam, WORM arts centre, V2 digital arts centre Rotterdam.
For an overview of current courses and the work that’s being developed within the department, please refer to our wiki. Functioning as an ever-changing and growing archive, we use it as a teaching tool where course descriptions are posted and students can sign up for tutorials, but also as an online workspace where students keep an active log here of their research, projects and thesis progress.
We seek students who recognise that the future of lens-based images lies in the proliferation of new forms, working methods and delivery platforms: new forms of cinematic narrative, inter-active visual media, photographic and cinematic gallery installation, cross-media narrative, database film technologies, site-specific projection projects, and many more hybrid forms that loop together both digital and analogue techniques.
If you wish to develop a critical and creative practice within the expanding field of lens-based media, this Masters programme will be a stimulating environment for your research and studio practice.