Do you have a passion for film? Would you like to work as a production or lighting assistant or production design assistant? Are you unafraid to work hard? Do you have excellent social skills, and do you enjoy working in a team?

In the Production Assistant, Light Assistant or Production Design Assistant courses at the Netherlands Film Academy, you learn a lot about working in a film crew and you get to know the bachelor specializations at the Netherlands the Film Academy

Between September and June, you can take an orientation year at the Netherlands Film Academy. You will gain a better understanding of how a film production is created and gain work experience in your chosen direction.

The programme

The theoretical part starts in September with a joint introduction week with all students and ends around the end of November. During this period you will receive lessons within your discipline from teachers, (former) students of the Film Academy and professionals from the field. The theory part is concluded with a week in which all students together make a short fiction film in the studio of the film academy.

The practical part starts in December and runs until April. During this period you will assist third and fourth year students with the preparation and shooting of their films.

In May, the course concludes with a week in which all students make a second short fiction film. You will be guided by (former) students. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate. The festive certificate ceremony takes place in the cinema of the Film Academy, where the results of fiction films are shown in the presence of family and/or friends.

The orientation courses costs around € 2050. Since it is an unsubsidised year, you are not eligible for student grants. That means you’ll need to cover your own living expenses. It will only be possible to maintain a part-time job in addition to the course if your job is flexible, since you will be working full-time on the productions – including evenings and weekends.

The official language in the Orientation Courses is Dutch.
Applicants whose first language is not Dutch should be fluent in written and spoken Dutch.

This years deadlines for application:

  • 12 June 2023