Moving Image
English stream

The four-year Moving Image course in Enschede offers a multidisciplinary course which combines film, art and media with a solid theoretical and philosophical basis and a wide range of practical skills.

During the study, you look for new insights in moving images to arrive at new and unfamiliar visual experiments. The principle here is that the world which is created through moving images is completely new and real and is not a representation of something else. You thus develop into an autonomous conceptual image maker who can translate their ideas into innovative projects.  

You study in an inspiring and challenging but accessible environment, in which interaction with teachers but particularly with fellow students is vital. The course is small scale but growing and is strongly internationally oriented. We only currently admit a maximum of thirty new students. 

First year – Experiment and inspiration
In the first year, the focus is on experiment and short assignments. This helps you develop a critical attitude and your own work routine. You learn the basis of video, film, photography, storyboard, audio editing and video installation. In short workshops, you practise your technical skills such as stop-motion, analogue photography, the development of film and the use of editing software. In the theory classes, you read texts, watch films and look at artworks and discuss the conceptual aspects of image, media, perception and technology.  

In the first year you can also apply for the Honours Programme, as a supplement to the theoretical programme of your own Bachelor course.

Second and third year – Projects and research
From the second year, you are gradually given more scope to initiate, develop and implement projects. In these creative phases, you think up and reconsider your concepts, get feedback and present your ideas. You also find partners such as actors and other professionals from the work field to implement your plans and plan, produce and edit your work. During practical workshops, you develop your skills further in cinematography, acting, interviewing, directing, VR and sound design.  

In the theory classes, the focus is on moving image and editing. The subjects Research, Authorship Methods and Creative Process help you define your interests and encourage you to think about your own work in preparation for your dissertation.  

In the third year, you work on your portfolio. You use this to find an exchange place or internship or to start your own project. 

Fourth year – Graduation
In the final year, you write your dissertation and complete your graduation project. The courses that you do in your exam year provide insight into the different professional openings in the field of moving image. During the exam year, you have individual meetings with your mentors and group presentations with your peers. You finish your portfolio and come into contact with relevant experts and professionals from the Moving Image netwrk. During the AKI ArtEZ Finals exhibition, you present your graduation work and dissertation.

What do you learn in the Moving Image course at ArtEZ AKI?
In Moving Image, you develop both your intellectual and your creative skills as an image maker. What makes Moving Image a unique course is that the focus not only lies on creating images and any storytelling aspect. You also learn to study and penetrate the essence of Moving Image. You acquire new insights about making images and analysing structures. That leads to new visual experiments which are closely connected with all the senses. This enables you to develop your own image language. 

You work with photography, (digital) animation techniques, short live-action films, larger video projects and cinematography. You are also introduced to the basic techniques of editing, video and photography, including making a storyboard, writing and sound design. You learn how to work with light and cameras, editing software, 360-degree cameras and green screen recordings. You do intensive short workshops about acting and working with actors, directing and scriptwriting. In the theory lessons, historical and philosophical knowledge about images, media and film are addressed.   

Subjects that you do:

  • Image Lab / Expanded Photography / Expanded Cinema 
  • Film & Video / Image Design / Docufiction 
  • Photography / Studio / Sound Design 
  • Animation / Editing / Motion 
  • Storytelling / Acting / Directing 
  • Authorship Methodologies / Creative Process / Context & Networks 
  • Interactive Media / Immersive (non)fiction / Experimental Technologies 
  • Media Theory / Moving Image Theory / Montage Theory 
  • Contemporary Philosophy 
  • History of Moving Image 

During your studies, you work on broadly-based projects such as:  

  • Photography in combination with installations 
  • Cinema projects with the focus on interactive film and working with several projects and multimedia 
  • VR video projects 
  • 360-degree video projects 
  • Stop-motion and digital animations
    2D and 3D photographic projects. 

Learn a lot in a short space of time
Learning processes are not linear. That certainly applies to creative processes: sometimes you take weeks to make a small step forwards or you take a step backwards; sometimes you make a huge leap in an hour. The curriculum takes this into account and alternates short periods of intensive theoretical and practical education with longer periods. Sometimes you work alone on projects and productions; at other times you work with others.   

Every year consists of two semesters. At the end of each semester, an evaluation of your work takes place. The curriculum alternates practical (technical) subjects with project-based subjects. Through short, intensive assignments with rapid results, you practise your skills. By practising with these, we work towards longer projects. The theory that you are offered corresponds with the projects.  

In addition to the projects, assignments and subjects, you do workshops and attend lectures, you visit exhibitions and go on excursions, like to IDFA, Netherlands Film Festival, ZKM Museum (Karlsruhe, Germany), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Nordland Art and Film College (Kabelvag, Norway) and New York.  

Study support
The range of options during the Moving Image course is extensive but leaves enough room for you to make your own choices. During the course, we encourage you to seek out new challenges and adopt a proactive, critical attitude. You teachers and mentor will help you find your own imagery and develop your own creative vision. At least once a month, you meet your mentor to discuss the status.  

Together with the Crossmedia Design and Fine Art Courses, the Moving Image course at the AKI Academy for Art & Design in Enschede is a small academy of art & design, an independent, non-competitive community of artists, designers, professionals and students. The atmosphere is personal and accessible. Everyone knows each other. Students from different study programmes work together to push the boundaries of the various media.  

The AKI is small but comprehensive, with workshops for metal, plastics, silk-screening, printing, ceramics and wood working. It has large format plotters, laser cutters, 3D printers, a fully equipped video and photo studio and even an old-school darkroom. There are also artist studios and exhibition galleries. It is nearly perfect, but if a student still needs something else, we are happy to look for a solution.There are options for working with students from the University of Technology, Saxion University and the Conservatory.