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From script to screen
There are three main workshops: Documentary, Fiction and Audiovisual Research. In the Fiction workshops, we emphasise the realisation of scenes and films, focusing on narration, actor direction and cinematography. The Documentary workshops focus on the filmmaker's position in the (audiovisual) world, and on the relationships between maker, subject and form. In Audiovisual Research, the search for the power of images is both means and end. Very specific to our film course is the focus on the aural and on compositional strategies (in addition to narrative and documentary) that help you develop your audiovisual thinking in image and sound. In addition, film-critical theory subjects play a crucial role: they help to orient you within existing practices and conceptions of cinema through which you learn to communicate about your work. The capstone of the bachelor's programme is a personal film project in which you take artistic responsibility for all facets of the production, from script to direction, camera work, sound design and editing. At the same time, you collaborate on the projects of fellow students and masters, and learn to work together at all stages of film production.
In the master's programme, you can further develop into an audiovisual author with a solid theoretical basis and an inquisitive, questioning attitude. The master's project consists of the realisation of a film and a thesis, fuelled by seminars and an internship ('art in the field'). Your graduation film usually lands you on the circuit of film festivals and other screening platforms. Year after year, KASK films are noticed at home and abroad at prestigious festivals. But often alumni also find exactly the specialised place where their strengths are shown to their best advantage, with inspiring collaborations in a wide range of possible roles, from editing and cinematography to sound design, film production or programming. You can watch the graduation films of past years at kaskfilms.be.
KASK film as a quality label
A resounding name among our graduates is of course Lukas Dhont (alumnus 2014), who is stringing together international awards with Girl (2018) and Close (2022). But do not forget the impressive record of alumni such as Felix van Groeningen (a.o. Le Otto Montagne, 2022), Janet van den Brand (a.o. Ceres, 2018), Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes (a.o. Kind Hearts, 2022), Christina Vandekerckhove (a.o. Rabot, 2017) or the films made by Collectif Faire-Part, an ensemble of Belgian and Congolese filmmakers. All are surrounded by competent and enthusiastic people in their crews - people who often also graduated with us.
With the dynamic offer in KASKcinema, a public cinema where we teach and receive international guests, our students (and teachers) receive lively stimulation. In addition, a highly idiosyncratic film circuit has also developed in Ghent. Festivals such as Film Fest Gent, screening platform Courtisane, ArtCinema OFFoff, online network Sabzian and our own KASKcinema together create a unique cinephilic and artistic microclimate in which we feel at home.
KASK & Conservatorium offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts, drama and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike.
The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master contemporary music or one of our postgraduate programmes.
Don’t hesitate to contact the study and learning track counsellors with your questions.
If you want to apply for an academic bachelor's, you must first pass an artistic admission test. To enter the master's programme, you will take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.
- Elena Leblon, No Pussy, 2023
- Ziya Lemin, Icarus, Come, 2023
- video: Manon De Sutter & Charles Dhondt