The Netherlands Film Academy trains students to become specialists in the film industry. Collaboration between these specialists is a particular characteristic both of the industry itself and of the teaching at the academy. Students learn all the techniques they will need to enable them to carry out their profession at the highest level. They are trained to be true film makers and given plenty of scope to develop their talent and their own voice and style. 

Artistic Research is explored in the Master of Film programme. Thinking and doing, making and reflecting are intrinsically interwoven within this programme. The Master programme, the LAB and the Artists in Residence make an important contribution to the development and innovation of film itself and the wider field. 

Netherlands Film Academy

  • outstanding teaching
  • top facilities
  • excellent network (within the industry and international film education)
  • small-scale school in the heart of Amsterdam
  • historical institute within Amsterdam University of the Arts

Bachelor programme

  • storytellers (for all specialisations: content and skills go hand in hand)
  • interdisciplinary (collaboration): synergy
  • craftsmanship (specialists), skills
  • excellent career prospects
  • renowned guest lecturers
  • film (also for the big screen)

Master programme

  • programme vision is based on artistic research
  • small-scale and international
  • personal track for each student
  • international network
  • well-qualified international lecturers
  • process-oriented (as opposed to product-oriented)
  • budget for student's own research project

The Netherlands Film Academy trains students to become prominent national and international creators of media productions for various platforms. The starting point is telling stories in the cinematographic tradition in which creativity, urgency and innovation are the recurring themes. The Film Academy gives students the knowledge and skills they need to master their chosen profession. They make an essential contribution to film culture through ongoing research into the relationship between image and sound and promote a critical and reflective attitude in film-makers.

The Film Academy is a leading international media programme, unique in the Netherlands. The programme and its graduates define the face of Dutch film and media culture and make distinctive international contributions to cinematographic innovations. The Film Academy trains visionary professionals to use their creativity and expertise to provide added value on projects that they design in various contexts with other professionals. Through research and reflection, the Film Academy also acts as a think tank and information resource for the sector.

Each year around 90 students graduate from the nine Bachelor programmes and the Master programme of the Netherlands Film Academy. Teaching is provided by a team of over 70 permanent staff and around 200 guest lecturers. 

The organisation is led by the Board of Directors and the Management Team. Each specialisation has its own programme leaders, lecturers and instructors who are supported by quality assurance staff, the teaching office and the facility services department. 

The Executive Board is advised by the Advisory Board and the Faculty Council. 

The Film Academy moved to its present location on Markenplein in the centre of Amsterdam, close to Waterlooplein, in 1999. Architect Koen van Velsen designed the building specially for training in film.

Besides classrooms, studios and a cinema auditorium, there are offices for production students, sound studios, editing studios and a set-building workshop. Around 120 films are produced each academic year, ranging from small-scale exercises to graduation projects. 

The equipment and software used is all of a professional standard. 

Once every six years the quality of education is assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). In 2015 the Bachelor programmes and the Master programme were assessed. The Bachelor programme, Film and television, and the Master programme, Film, were designated ‘good’ on every aspect by the NVAO assessment panel.