The department of the Moving Image
VAV is an education in visual art that has ‘the moving image’ at it’s centre.
The department focusses on disciplines such as film, animation, sound, performance, video, new media, visual arts, film-history and art-history. VAV encourages research in the areas ‘between’ the various disciplines. It is at the cross roads between image and sound, the analog and the digital, or the factual and the fantastical that the sythesis towards new things often happens. Important is the notion that films and video's from the perspective of the visual arts works from a different point of view than most of the the movies we see in the cinema.
Typical for a VAV student is an ‘inventors-mentality’. We as your teachers stimulate experiment and an independent, quirky attitude. In line with that, the basis of the education is in the development of your stance and position in the field of culture and society at large. In the study you gradually define your own fields of interests and fascinations and are expected to explore them furter and furter to come to clear and powerful articulation of your cultural presence as an artist.
Teachers and students communicate on the basis of equivalence about the progress in the works. The education has the character of a process where ideas, half products and eventually results are discussed and weighed between teachers and students.Teachers are your coaches in your personal quest. There are several teaching methods to help you in your personal development such as individual talks, group talks, workshops, projects and excursions.
Various disciplines are taught in the department, including visual arts, video, new media, film, animation, audio, and art & film history.
First specialisation year
During the first specialisation year, classes will be taught in small groups. All subjects are compulsory. You will also take most of the technical courses in this year. During the first year, students will work on a project led by two lecturers, leading to an exhibition in the former gym of the Rietveld building. In addition, you will also go on regular excursions during your first specialisation year.
Second and third specialisation year
During the second and third specialisation year, you will register for individual or group discussions with lecturers, and you will have an opportunity to take part in projects and excursions. If desired, you can take part in an exchange programme or undertake a work placement. A number of rooms in the department can be booked as project rooms, and students may also use a small study room from the third year.
Third specialisation year
During the third specialisation year or final examination year, you will gradually work towards the final examination exhibition. The lecturers consider it important that you continue to research and experiment in relation to the theme you have found, and produce your final examination work based on this attitude. External examiners will be invited to provide their views on the work for the final examination. The examination will be concluded with a large exhibition of all of that year’s final examination students, in the Academy’s buildings at the end of June, which will be open to the public.
Projects are an important teaching tool in the third and fourth year. They can be projects within or outside the Academy, led by one or more lecturers or guest lecturers. Such a project may, for example, focus on performance, building installations, filming or making an exhibition. During the study programme, you will regularly visit museums and galleries, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Visits to the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht and the Film Festival in Rotterdam are standard parts of the curriculum. in May an excursion of several days will be organised to a city that is of interest due to an exhibition, film festival or other event.
In the VAV department you will be taught art history, film history and philosophy. The theory taught in the final examination year is characterised by reflection on your own development in relation to visual art, but also to film, audio, music or literature. As a theoretical final project, students will give lectures to their lecturers and fellow students. In addition to the lectures given by the department’s lecturers, lectures will also regularly be given by invited guests, such as artists, former students and art critics. Lecture subjects vary from students’ own work, art history and philosophical or ideological subjects to lessons on specific techniques. The Studium Generale is also a standard part of the theory education in the VAV department. The Studium Generale provides a general historical context concerning current themes in the contemporary international art world. The Studium Generale brings in prominent speakers from the Netherlands and abroad to give lectures. For more information, see Studium Generale
Work placement and exchange
Students may take part in exchange programmes and undertake work placement during the second specialisation year, but this is not compulsory. At the beginning of the third year, students will be given the opportunity to take part in an intensive period of work abroad. Through the European Exchange Academy in Beelitz near Berlin (an initiative of Harry Heyink, one of our lecturers), students will be given the opportunity to spend a month working with students of other academies from surrounding European countries. This programme is supervised by lecturers of the different academies. The period will be concluded with a presentation in the form of an exhibition.
Preparation for the professional practice
The projects inside and outside the school are an important exercise for the professional practice from writing a proposal and communicating your intentions, to making a calculation for the budget, working with others and producing and placing your work. We give workshops in the several aspects of this process. In the filmworkshop you have the opportunity to work with professionals in a professional filmstudio. We organize student presentations in room 139 and lectures by guest teachers and former students.
You can find the VAV department at the first floor of the new building. The technical rooms are on the second floor and in the basement - the analog filmworkshop. In the basement and on the second floor we have project spaces.
Students 1st year
Students 2nd year
Students 3rd year