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Film and Photographic Studies (MA)

Pre-master's programme

The pre-master's is a bridging programme for students who have applied for the MA Media Studies, but who, according to the Board of Admissions, still have deficiencies in their educational background. Once you have completed the pre-master’s programme, you will be admitted to the relevant specialization of the Master’s programme.

Diploma requirements

  • students with a related bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, equivalent to the level of a Dutch HBO bachelor’s degree.
  • students with a related bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, who do not fulfil the entry requirements as specified for the master programme.

Applicants with a Dutch university of applied sciences bachelor’s degree (HBO) or those with a comparable degree, can expect, if considered eligible, to be assigned the full 60 EC pre-master programme.

In some cases, students with a bachelor degree from an Art Academy (Kunstacademie) are allowed to do only the second half of the premaster.

English language requirements

The English language requirements for a pre-master's programme are identical to the language requirements for the master's programme for which admission has been requested. These requirements must be met before the start of the pre-master.

Application procedure pre-master programme

In order to apply for the pre-master programme, you must first apply for the master’s programme.

After submitting your application for the master programme in Studielink, the Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be directly admitted to the master’s programme, whether you will first need to complete a pre-master’s programme, or if you’re not eligible for either programme because the deficiencies are too extensive.

Students who have been offered a pre-master programme, will find the procedure for the registration into the pre-master programme stated on their admission statement.

Start date

This pre-master offers 2 intakes:

  • 60 EC pre-master: September intake only
  • 30 EC pre-master: February intake only

More information

For more information on the content of the pre-master programme, see the Prospectus. Search for “Film and Photographic Studies pre-master”. The programme prospectus of the pre-master has a yearly update for the upcoming academic year in June.

The pre-master is taught in English. 

Read more about tuition fees for pre-master programmes here.

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