One-year courses

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? Then one of these one-year courses may be what you’re looking for.

  • Production
  • Production design
  • Lighting

Between September and June, you can take a one-year course 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 courses consist of two sections: theory for about four weeks, followed by practical application. The theoretical section starts in September. Once the theory has been covered, the practical section starts and continues until the summer holidays. During that period, you will be assisting on film productions at the Film Academy. The lessons are taught by experienced teachers and guest lecturers.

You will often be occupied full-time during the theory and practice sections. These courses involve certain commitments; you are expected to be available to work on productions throughout the entire academic year. After completing this course, you may be so enthusiastic that you sign up for the degree programme of your choice. Please be aware that you will have to go through normal admission procedures for the programme.

When you complete the course, you will receive a Film Academy certificate and will be able to work in assistant positions.

Costs
The course costs around € 1955. Since it is an unsubsidised course, 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.

Selection
You can sign up for one of the courses from April on by sending in the registration form (in Dutch) to filmacademie@ahk.nl or email the contact representative. Based on your registration, you may be invited for an interview. That interview will be the basis for reviewing whether you can be admitted to the course.

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