About School

The academy is the only recognised institute in the Netherlands that offers training to prepare for the work in the various crew disciplines. Specialisation is possible in fiction directing, documentary directing, screenwriting, editing, producing, sounddesign, cinematography, production design, and interactive multimedia/visual effects.

The Netherlands Film Academy trains students to become specialists in the film industry. Collaboration between these specialists is a particular characteristic both of the industry itself and of the teaching at the academy. Students learn all the techniques they will need to enable them to carry out their profession at the highest level. They are trained to be true film makers and given plenty of scope to develop their talent and their own voice and style. Artistic Research is explored in the Master of Film programme. Thinking and doing, making and reflecting are intrinsically interwoven within this programme. The Master programme, the LAB and the Artists in Residence make an important contribution to the development and innovation of film itself and the wider field.

General Info

Student Portfolio Examples
Follow this link to check out some live portfolios from Netherlands Film Academy students.
Student Project Examples
Follow this link to view some of the top projects created by Netherlands Film Academy students.


Visual effects & Immersive Media

Developments in the field of digital film are progressing rapidly.More and more films use computer animations.Some people in the field view it as a threat to the industry, but the Film Academy sees it as an opportunity.Film and interactive media are an innovative and challenging combination.These media offer a range of new opportunities in film.

The Film Academy is the place where you can experiment with new forms of storytelling and new techniques.A whole world of computer options lies before you, allowing you to tell stories through 3 D animation.The world is literally at your feet, thanks to close collaboration with international media companies, research labs and universities.Do not expect a traditional approach or well - worn paths if you choose this course of study.Neither direction is a clearly defined field and both are in constant development.

Interactive Media / Real - time Storytelling

This direction focuses on telling an interactive cinematographic story.You use real - time techniques to achieve the effect.The VFX industry already uses them to pre - visualise film scenes.These days, however, they are used more and more often to create interactive final productions.The VFX industry is not the only field where such techniques are applied; current and former students increasingly use them to create narrative and educational content for the game industry.

Visual Effects

In Visual Effects, you learn to create 3 D images on the computer which are then integrated into live - action recordings made on location or in the studio.You become familiar with filming in a green screen studio and learn to use the latest real - time pre - visualisation tools.It makes it possible for film - makers to start experimenting with camera angles, composition, location, et cetera from an early stage in the process.

Artistic vision

In both specialisations, you work with the latest software and techniques.That does not mean that you spend four years just sitting behind a screen.You work closely with directors, screenwriters and others.How do you help shape their ideas and plans ? And how do you present your work to them ? It all gets covered in this programme.You learn to combine your knowledge of software with an artistic vision for the substance.

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