Photography - Exchange




Year 2


1 or 2 (start in September or February)




Dutch / English (please see below for more information on language)

Course information

The HKU Bachelor of Design in Photography trains you to become a professional with your own personal story in the photography world. You develop your own style and learn digital and analogue techniques for image processing, photography, presentation and printing. During your studies at HKU, you explore the relationship between photography and reality. You are challenged to reflect critically on the effect of images and the photographic idiom. You learn to research and reflect on your own work and that of others. You can photograph existing situations, create your own world in the studio or work with existing images.

The exchange programme

During the exchange period you will work on an individual project under the guidance of Julian Germain (Photography), Jaya Pelupessy (Photography), Pepijn van Port (Research) and Maarten Dekker (GVD).

The project is supported by different types of classes:

  • Technical skills include classes in analogue & digital camera‚Äôs of different formats, lighting (identifying and using different light sources and various circumstances, in the studio or on location), analogue and digital workflow, film techniques and new digital platforms.
  • Research guides you through different research methods that specifically suit your own learning proces to deepen your knowledge on your chosen subject as well as your proces
  • Cultural Studies is a theoretical course on (Dutch) art and culture for exchange students.


Next to these Ilustration courses, you will participate in the Medialabs:

The Medialabs module has been developed for all first and second-year Media students.

The aim of the skillslabs is to give you the opportunity to develop skills in the professional field of another Media pathway and to get to know the students on other pathways.

By skills, we mean not only artisanal or technical skills, but also research, conceptual and professional skills.

The skillslabs focus on doing, making and acting: discovery and experiment. You will meet one another through designing, making and activities. Based on your own interests, you get the opportunity to explore other professional fields in your own way and thus discover new interests.


In week 9 and week 10 of the exchange semester you participate in an intensive seminar program (SEM-MED-..-23). There are no regular classes during those weeks.

In the seminars you

  • Look beyond the walls of your own professional field, traditions and working processes.
  • Gain new experiences and discover new interests.
  • Experience different materials, experiments, disciplines, working methods, insights.

Programme for exchange students Photography semester 1

Course: ECTS Credits: Codes and description 2024-2025:
Photo int project 2a 10 PHO-2-FOT2A-19
Photo int project 2b 8 PHO-2-FOT2B-21
Visual Presentation Techniques 2 2 PHO-2-VPT2-19
Theory 2A 2 PHO-2-TH2A-19
Theory 2B 2 PHO-2-TH2B-19
Media NL 5 ENG-MEDNL-22
Elective courses (choose 1 of 2):
Medialabs 2 MED-SKL-23
Seminars 2 SEM-MED..-23

Programme for exchange students Photography semester 2

Course: ECTS Credits: Codes and description 2024-2025:
Photo int project 2C 10 PHO-2-FOT2C-19
Photo int project 2D 10 PHO-2-FOT2D-21
Theory 2C 2 PHO-2-TH2C-19
Theory 2D 2 PHO-2-TH2D-19
Media NL 5 ENG-MEDNL-22
Elective courses (choose 1 of 2):
Medialabs 2 MED-SKL-23
Seminars 2 SEM-MED..-23

Click on code in schedule above to download course description (pdf).

Place in the curriculum and related courses

This course is an obligatory regular part of year 2 of the Bachelor of Photography.


Please note that the Bachelor programme is mainly taught in Dutch and exchange students are expected to be able to understand some Dutch. It is quite common that exchange students don't understand Dutch on a high level when they start at Photography and you will of course be supervised in English.

During the Exchange period students get a buddy who will help them finding their way in the curriculum and school and will translate the essentials of classes.