The Master of Film been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) for the coming six years. This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited master's degree in Film and the title Master of Arts (MA). Only accreditated degree programmes are listed in the Dutch central register of higher education programmes (CROHO).
The NVAO is an independent accreditation organisation for higher education and gives an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders.
The Master’s programme of the Netherlands Film Academy has been judged by an international panel of professionals as overall ‘good’ and even ‘excellent’ with regards to its curriculum and learning environment.
The review of the Master’s programme of the Netherlands Film Academy considered aims and profile of the course, the teaching and learning environment and the achieved outcomes of the course. Overall the professional panel’s verdict was ‘good’ ("exceeding expectation"), with the teaching and learning environment considered as ‘excellent’ ("international example").
The panel was very positive about the strong orientation of the programme on artistic research, which it considered “a much needed approach to film education”. According to the committee, the focus on experiment, research and critical engagement with film practice and discourse, produces critical filmmakers who can question the borders and conventions of the film domain. The students the committee spoke to highly appreciated the open approach, allowing them to deepen their artistic practice.
On the basis of talks with students, alumni, staff, lecturers and external experts, the committee concluded that the programme offers an original and innovative environment to study in. The panel was also very positive about the programme’s policy to bring together makers from different backgrounds and artistic traditions, and by the way students are coached by mentors, advisors and guest lecturers. The small scale of the course enables students to give and receive feedback from each other in a constructive and professional manner. The facilities (including a budget to pay for various forms of support) were considered equally excellent.
With regards to the assessment system and the achieved outcomes, the panel judged the first to be ‘good’ (transparent and objective) and the second ‘excellent’. According to the committee “the graduates are passionate and critical filmmakers who are exploring the boundaries of their profession through new techniques, methods and other artistic media.” Their graduation projects were “the products of a thorough methodology and research trajectory” and clearly showed the development of the students’ artistic signature and style.
The committee concluded by saying that the Master’s programme of the Netherlands Film Academy “might very well have developed a sustainable paradigm for the future of film”.