Moving Image
English stream

Moving Image is a unique interdisciplinary study exploring the power of moving image and challenging the boundaries of film, visual arts and media, both creatively and conceptually.

  • Moving Image is a new course designed on the basis of the latest developments within the field of moving image. As we regard ‘the world’ as your future playground, the formal language of the course is English.
  • The program explores existing and experimental visual technologies as well as relevant conceptual questions in the fields of media theory and philosophy. Bringing together creative practice and philosophy the program will help you to become a conceptual maker who is able to express and transfer ideas and create innovative projects in the expanding field of moving image.
  • The Moving Image program differs from a classical film school as it does not follow the hierarchical structures of the film industry. Instead, we embrace the new possibilities of moving image and educate independent makers to become moving image-innovators, with a creative and critical understanding of moving image.
  • The Moving Image program is exceptional as it not only examines the expressive potential of images, media hybrids, and (non-linear) narrative structures but also the nature of moving image itself. You will examine new techniques of image-making and develop your own visual language through experimentation and reflection.
  • The density of the study will guide your academic path leaving adequate room for individual choices. Throughout the study you will be encouraged to seek for challenges and grow a proactive, creative and reflective attitude. You will be supported by our lecturers, mentors and tutors to develop a personal voice and an inquisitive approach to the world.
  • The Moving Image program is offered only in Enschede. As part of the AKI, Moving Image is embedded in a large and relevant network that is supportive for achieving your goals.
  • The course welcomes students who are willing to operate on the forefront of visual media developments, who are ready to challenge the boundaries of existing media and who aspire to influence the world with their work. We are looking for pro-active, creative and critically reflective students with a curious and experimental attitude.

The Moving Image program aims to develop both your practical and intellectual abilities as image-maker. Our main point of departure is that the ‘world’ created by moving image is something completely new and real, and not a representation of something else. For us, it is not necessarily about storytelling, but about creating images based on affect that generates new meaning. In this regard, moving image doesn’t need to literally move in order to move the viewer. The program aims to create a reflective environment where new insights about the creation, structure and perception of images lead to visual experiments which are deeply connected to the world of our senses.

During your study, you will produce photographic works, animated clips, live-action short films, video projects and photo installations. You will learn the basics of video, filmmaking, photography and animation including storyboard, sound recording and montage. Besides camera, light and software tutorials you will be familiarized with 360-degree and green key recordings. During intensive workshops you will acquire skills in acting, directing, scenario writing, VR and sound design. In the theory classes, you will read texts and discuss aspects of image, media and film theory. During your entire study, you will watch films, attend lectures, participate in festivals and visit exhibitions.

The Moving Image program is carried out by experienced practitioners and academics who will support you to extend your creative abilities, research methods and professional skills. The curriculum also includes guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses led by visiting experts.

Program structure. Moving Image is a full-time four-year study including projects, seminars, tutorials, workshops, film screenings and excursions. The program consists of courses and practice-based projects. Courses intend to extend your knowledge and establish your skills. The multiple exercises and assignments will help you to develop a work routine. Practice-based projects focus on the creative process and the realization of one visual work in its best possible form. Theory and practice are presented as an integrated whole as much as possible, with the underlying theory being addressed as students are working on their projects. The products they make in the process are diverse and include:

  • Expanded photography projects combining photography with installation, interactive media, video and film
  • Expanded cinema projects including interactive film, multi-channel video installations and multi-media performance
  • Immersive VR projects
  • Short (experimental) films
  • 360-degree video projects
  • Stop-motion and digital animations
  • 2D and 3D photographic projects

Learn a lot in a short time. The programme is based on the acknowledgement that learning is not a linear process. Everyone has experienced this: sometimes it takes weeks to make a small step, sometimes it takes just an hour to take a great leap, especially in a creative process. The programme of Moving Image is roughly divided into two types of learning: high density and low density. During the high-density phases, you will learn a lot in a short time. Think of mastering software and many other skills. But this also works for digesting blocks of theory: we believe that it works better to read a book in a week and think about it for a month, rather than to read a book in a month and think about it for a week.

Room to conceive, develop and execute. The alternative, low-density stages give you plenty of room to carefully conceive, develop and execute a project. For this, you have more time and less pressure, but that does not mean that you will be sitting idle. In these production phases, you will think and re-think your concepts, find partners to execute your plans, schedule, produce and edit your work.

Moving Image courses

  • Expanded Photography / Expanded Cinema
  • Image Lab
  • Video / Film / Cinematography
  • Image Design
  • Photography / Studio
  • Animation / Editing / Motion
  • Storytelling / Acting / Directing
  • Authorship Methodologies / Creative Process
  • Interactive Media / Immersive (non)fiction
  • Media Theory
  • Moving Image Theory
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • History of Moving Image

The program comprises four years of study with specifically designed course loads, during which the above-listed subjects recur at different levels. Each academic year consists of two semesters, with an evaluation at the end of each.

Graduate profiles. Moving Image is a professional field that has only just begun to reveal its vast potential, the possibilities for communication and experience through all types of screens and devices (from smartphones to digital billboards and VR) is rapidly growing. Within this professional field there is a clearly expressed need for people who understand the nature and the significance of moving image and who are able to develop original concepts and translate these into solid and touching images.

During the program, you will be trained to become a specialist in the field of moving image. You will learn how to work both independently and within collaborative settings. After the completion of your studies, you will be able to work as a professional within a wide range of contexts in the cultural sector and extended creative industries (digital communication, visual arts, experimental film, docu-fiction, moving image curating, etc). The body of theory and level of practical output will also provide an excellent foundation for a specialized master program.

We welcome students coming from most levels of secondary education to take an entrance exam. What we look at most is your motivation, individuality, and baggage. See also our Moving Image Admission procedure.

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