The VRAcademy is an initiative of the Netherlands Film Academy and the Immersive Media department (IMVFX). The VRAcademy was launched in 2017, with the aim of stimulating innovation and cross-fertilization between educational institutions and the industry.
Students from all academies of the Amsterdam University of the Arts can, through collaboration, discover the latest techniques, such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR). They learn to develop concepts outside established structures, and investigate what these new techniques can offer them in their own field. It is these crossovers between academies that are particularly important.
The Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) stimulates and supports projects in which interdisciplinarity can be researched and developed. In addition to the Netherlands Film Academy, who plays a pioneering role in this project, the other academies of the AHK are also highly involved.
The VRAcademy is part of the VRBASE. This incubator focuses on supporting start-ups and freelancers in the field of VR and AR. The community that is formed offers continuous opportunities to all participants. VRBASE and the VRAcademy are located on the Marineterrein in Amsterdam.
VRAcademy in the Media
March 2020, 'Zonder falen, geen innovatie - website Marineterrein
March 2020, Eye on Art Research Lab - VR Academy
June 2019, Artikel over de VRAcademy in de Groene Amsterdammer.
Harry Schreurs | head of Immersive Media/R&D
Harry worked as a 3D designer and VFX supervisor at the Dutch Broadcasting Production Company (NOB) in Hilversum from 1985 untill 1999. There, he worked on assignments that mostly included major art, opera, and theater productions. From 1999 till 2005 he was a freelance virtual designer and supervisor for several (inter)national television, film and art productions. Since 2005 he has worked as a tutor at the Netherlands Film Academy.
Nikki van Sprundel | teacher VRAcademy
Since 2017, Nikki van Sprundel worked as a guest lecturer in VR at the Film Academy, and later on also at the Academy of Theater and Dance. In 2019 she started working at the VRAcademy, where she is building a VR curriculum within the Amsterdam School of the Arts, next to giving her classes. In addition, she is an experimental, investigative and conceptual VR director and Head of Content for VR Days Europe.
Jilt van Moorst | teacher Visual effects & Immersive media
After studying Interaction Design (HKU), Jilt started working as a creative technologist. In addition to the technical realization and programming of many interactive installations, games and applications, he is also active as an audiovisual artist. Through his self-developed VJ software Flowmotion, he started working for Phillips, where he worked a lot with 3D. He is also active in the film industry – Jilt collaborated with directors Peter Greenaway and Roland Emmerich, among others. He has been working at the Film Academy since 2004.