UPDATE: due to the amount of applications, an extra selection day will be organised. This means up to 5 extra students can be invited. Extra subscriptions will be excepted untill 20th of September (12 AM - noon).
Is this for You?
This English-taught postgraduate programme was created for the digital influencers
of tomorrow, talented creatives who wish to profile themselves and their projects in a state-of-the art and above all digital way online, maximizing the possibilities of YouTube, Medium, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media through creative storytelling
Anyone who writes, makes music, paints, makes photo's, video, audio and who wants to tell a captivating story online
, is welcome to apply. The programme is open to students who are already in the possession of a bachelor or master degree
. A commission of orientation will advise the institution based on an interview and portfolio. A positive evaluation will grant you participation in the programme.
What you will study
This postgraduate programme will help you refine your skills in storytelling, in finding and reaching an online audience, and sharpen your digital proficiencies. You will be trained to create and spread your story using the newest media tools, such as Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, Boomerang, or as longreads, podcasts, vlogs and so on.
The programme takes up a single academic year and consists of 39 ECTS credit points, divided over six training modules: Digital Storytelling and Digital Media Production, Digital Storytelling in Audio, Video, Photo and Text, Digital Publication and Design, Digital Influence, an internship and a graduation project. The first four combine lectures with practical assignments that you work on during studio time. The last two comprise extremely useful and extensive practical assignments: under the guidance of a tutor, you will develop a project that provides an answer to a realistic issue that can come from any number of societal sectors. Individually or in a small group, you will intern in Belgium or another country. Finally, you will develop your own personal graduation project under the guidance of professional media coaches.
This postgraduate programme is a collaborative initiative of KASK School of Arts and REC.
Some of the experts who already confirmed* are:
- Sjoerd Raaijmakers (COO VICE Media Benelux),
- Jessica Abel (comics artist & storytelling expert, Out On the Wire, USA),
- Bert Dries (aka Musketon) (graphic designer, Musketon, BE)
- Kenny Vermeulen (Blogger/Influencer, Nonunsenses, BE),
- Elien Jansen (photographer & instagram influential, BE),
- Yves Das (Vine artist, Looping Tales, BE),
- Wim Forceville (VR-expert, Fisheye, BE),
- Chris Klapwijk (YouTube Partnerships Manager, YouTube, UK),
- Sigrid Dufraimont (digital marketing consultant, Cheesecakemedia, BE),
- Hannes Coudenys (Digital Hustler, YouTube- & Snapchat-king @Club Social, BE),
- Cristal Die (Instagram-professional, CrystalDie, BE),
- Joke De Nul (Social Media Helper, Community Manager, BE/FR),
- Maggie Beidelmann (senior producer en video journalist AJ , USA),
- Hotel Hungaria (BE),
- Matt Heiman, Dave Jackson en John Babb (Videoproducers Diagonal View, UK),
- Sandra Gaudenzi (!F Lab, Universiteit van Westminster, i-Docs, UK).
Where you will end up working
There is a high demand for professional digital storytellers, which comes as no surprise, as stories are perfectly suited to conveying a message. This is a highly practical training. Having completed it, you are ready for the creative digital media sector. It will not take long before every company will be relying on digital storytellers to convey their stories. Mostly, these storytellers are digital influencers.
About your predecessor
This postgraduate course is based on the REC.academy programme, that was first organised in the 2015-2016 academic year. The programme included four workshop weekends, individual internships and a transmedial group assignment for 12 individual talents. Those who participated in this REC.academy project are now professional media makers, either in their own media production companies, as content specialists for larger organizations or creating their own artistic stories for an online audience.
Tuition is €2.500.
The programme is taught in English.
Apply for the program on our website
, School of Arts in Gent.
19.08.16 – Deadline application non-EU candidates round 2 (ended)
26.08.16 – Deadline application EU-candidates round 2 (ended)
08.09.16 – Deadline application Belgian candidates round 2
15.09.16 – Orientation committee round 2
19.09.16 – Deadline extra applications (new)
21.09.16 – Extra Orientation committee (new)