Master of Film

The Master's Degree Programme in Film at the Netherlands Film Academy offers a select group of no more than ten filmmakers and visual, media or other artists the opportunity for further personal and professional development within an investigate, highly demanding and internationally oriented setting. The focus of the course is on artistic research in and through film, defined as an ongoing process in which artistic practice feeds the need for research, which in turn inspires artistic practice. 

The ambition of the master’s programme is to contribute to the development of cinema and media culture by emphasizing the need to reflect and research, experiment and exchange. It’s our strong belief that innovation needs research and that research involves developing a creative identity, mastering methodologies, undertaking experiments and articulating or conceptualizing both process and outcome. 

The two-year programme is open to all (moving image) makers with a relevant bachelor's degree, several years of experience in the field and an interesting research topic, related to an idea for a project they may want to develop. This research question and project idea also serve as the thread that runs throughout the programme. The programme is therefore largely question-driven.

In terms of its set-up, the programme is unique in its kind, both in the Netherlands and beyond. Its research-based perspective, select group of participants and the diversity of their backgrounds, its focus on process and its attention also to other art forms and digital media, lend the Netherlands Film Academy's master's programme a highly individual identity. This profile is also in keeping with the contemporary context in which film and media makers operate.

Graduates of the programme are awarded the MA-title 'Master of Film'. The course is in English.