What does the program offer?
The MA program is intended to help you become more aware of where you want to go with your work, to steer your development. Your work comes first: a continuous and independent art practice that, within a master program, seeks for a dialogue with similar practices. Working within the program will teach you to develop your practice trough self-evaluation. Thus, in order for the program to work, it is important not to regard it as an aim in itself, but as part of a bigger trajectory, or better, as a tool which will provide insight in the trajectory from one point in your development to another. Through an integrated mix of practical labs, seminars, masterclasses and workshops, you will master knowledge and skills that will prepare you to plan and execute film projects in a rapidly changing environment. The focus of the program is content development. It is designed to let you explore, expand and communicate the substance of your work. The main aim of the program is to confront and fuel you with different ways of working and thinking in order to further develop your ideas and methods within a research environment from which you can learn and further your individual practice. Labs, seminars, and artist’s visits are held in small groups and provide for conversation, dialogue, discussion, and an exchange of ideas.
Can I collaborate with fellow students?
Collaboration with other students is expected. Interchange of ideas and skills, group meetings and group presentations are an important part of the program in terms of a peer-to-peer approach to learning. You work together in lab and workshop environments where risks are run and failure can freely occur.
What are the backgrounds of the students?
The program’s student population consists of holders of a Bachelor's diploma in audiovisual arts of academic level from Belgium or abroad. Since dialogue and the exchange of ideas is an integral part of the program environment, maintaining geographic, cultural and gender diversity is a very important factor. The program seeks independent students who are interested in cinema, who are eager to learn and who enjoy working hard.
What will my proposal at the beginning of the year look like?
Your proposal gives a first picture of your film project. It includes a personal statement, written essay, visuals, work plan, and/or budget.
What will my graduation project at the end of the year look like?
Your graduation project consists of a single-screen film work (in between 10 and 20 minutes) of your own design and a written essay.
Does the program offer any online or distance learning courses?
The program does not have any online courses and does not have plans for any in the near future. Online courses cannot offer the kind of collaboration, group work, permanent input and constant review that are essential to the philosophy and learning process of the program.
Does the program offer advice and guidance by teachers?
Your self-initiated, individual practice is the basic point of reference throughout the program. Your graduation project is defined in terms of its scope, realization and development by you, and in possible relation with other students, external organisations or practitioners. In this process you can rely on a dialogue about the theoretical, practical and technical dimensions of the work with your tutor.
How does the reviewing process work?
Your progress will be followed and evaluated individually and continuously. Participation in labs, seminars, assignments, workshops, presentations and other course activities; the development of your own practices; the communication of your work by way of peer-to-peer sessions and tutorials shape and define the progress of one’s individual path. The data from this progress are noted and discussed by the lecturers and members of staff.
The intermediate assessment takes place in an individual conversation between you and tutors from inside and/or outside the program. Its aim is to examine progress so far and the route still to be taken, with an eye to your final assessment. You are expected to propose a working plan in which you give a detailed outline of your individual route to your graduation project.
The final assessment is made on the basis of your graduation work and the data from your ongoing and intermediate assessment and your final presentation. Your final presentation is carried out in front of an external jury, and takes the form of a screening accompanied by a presentation as well as as Q&A session.
How does the program keep in touch with the larger film world?
The program regularly hosts events that are open to students and the public. Several times a year, visiting filmmakers and artists address the students on various topics related to the worlds of cinema and art. The program also collaborates with various film and arts organizations for workshops, public talks and screenings.