You will be trained to question the photographic field and experiment with its cultural language – and from there develop new approaches and visions through your work.

Studying Photography at WdKA means questioning the use of photographic images and the medium itself, by developing new ways of thinking and seeing.

You relate to the world through (photographic) images, and as a professional photographer, you will need to know how to deal with this powerful visual language. What is your personal vision in relation to photography as a medium and an art form? How can you create thought-provoking and visually challenging new work?

By enhancing your knowledge of photography through skill instructions, experiment and in-depth study and dialogue, you will be trained to question photographic assumptions and use this as a starting point for new and meaningful work.

Photographic images have their own distinctive character and occupy a special position within the contemporary visual culture. As a photographer, you also possess knowledge of the language and general meanings of images, which you are able to apply for your own purposes. Photography is increasingly about the way in which photographic images relate to the world. This asks for an approach where you create images from your own artistic vision and in context to the photographic language.

Students of Photography at WdKA work on projects within dynamic professional situations of experimentation, exploration, research, making and reflecting, which constantly bring you in contact with new environments, challenges and visions. You will be working collaboratively and making connections with other creatives, and with a public within society. In this way, you will create work that can stand out from present photographic practices.

Our educational projects address the continuously changing professional practice of contemporary photographers. While everyone is now able to register their own lives and to process and publish the results on their own personal platforms (social media, blogs), the photographer remains a professional with the ability to oversee and critically reflect upon this field.

Cover project: Shame on Me by Sterre Fenna van der Waals

Knowledge & skills

  • Concept development
  • Knowledge of photography as a medium and a message
  • Analogue and digital techniques, both within and outside the studio
  • Conducting research
  • Working within and outside the studio
  • Working collaboratively with artists from different disciplines
  • ...and more

Career opportunities

  • Artist/photographer
  • Researcher
  • ...and more

Next to 13 majors and three Practices WdKA offers its students high-tech meeting interdisciplinary spaces - Stations. Stations are the place for creating prototypes, experimenting, remixing and improving your ideas. All of the Willem de Kooning Academy’s students and staff members are welcome to work in our Stations, regardless of their major specialisation, minor, elective module or study year. The Stations are where you can explore the viability of your ideas and find out how to turn them into fully-functioning creations.

Double Degree programme

Do you have an artistic or a musical talent, as well as a hunger for academic knowledge? You can now mix arts and academia in metropolitan Rotterdam. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) and Codarts offer you the possibility to combine theory and practice in a five-year Double Degree programme.

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