The Image & Language department, formerly known as Beeld & Taal (Image & Language), actively looks for ways to think and act beyond the presumed gap between image and language. In the department language will be treated as construction - with an eye on both material and concept. Not only what you make is important, but also how you make it. The autonomous character of the Image & Language department is crucial, but you are working towards a clear form that can be shared. The development of your ideas and imagination will go hand in hand with clear communication.

We welcome art students who think in and through language, creating work that positions itself ‘between’ traditionally separated disciplines, such as literature, film or visual art. Questions on the specificities of language will be of great importance to Image & Language. The main body of work made at the department will have language at its heart. All lessons will be conducted in English. Work will be written in English. If another language is of special interest to you, translations will have to be provided in order to communicate with your fellow students, teachers and audience beyond the academy’s walls.

You will have the space to develop your ideas within the confines of the department, but you will also be required to measure your projects against positions and demands from outside the academy. These interventions will offer you a clear perspective on possibilities on how and where to manifest your projects. In the Image & Language department, a way of thinking with and through language is part of your process and fundamental to your work.