Requirements for the application:
Portfolio: 20 photos; digital or print
Resume or CV, application form. Use to send all of this to us.
We prepared two application forms. Basic is for the students that want to check if they have enough basic knowledge. Advanced form is specifically made for students that want to enroll into YR#02.

Download here: Basic form

Download here: Advanced form

Application Interview: € 0,-



FOR COURSES OCT 2022 till JUNE 2023




Always wanted to study photography in Amsterdam? This is your change. Our application procedure COURSES 22 is now open.

If you would like to start in our Hybrid YR#01 or any other  Course it is necessary to apply. If you do so, we will invite you for our application interview that will take about 30-45 minutes. We will discuss your portfolio (20 photos; digital or prints). Also we will ask you some questions about your camera knowledge, analogue, studio and digital techniques.

When you want to apply send us your portfolio, CV (with link to website), application form (basic or advanced). Only applications that are send by will be reviewed.
During the interview we will also discuss the possibilities; it depends on your level of photography and your wishes.

The interview can take place at the Bethanienstraat or we can have a Skype meeting. If you prefer a Skype meeting, please send us a contact request and your Skype name. Our Skypeaddress is: thefotofactory. (link to invite)

To join our Basic Photography Course it is not necessary to apply.




Application @ the FOTOfactory


– Portfolio: 20 photos; digital or print

– Resume or CV

– The FOTOfactory application form

– An Application interview


The Admissions Committee will review only application packages that are completed in their entirety.

De beste fotografie opleiding of fotocursus. Photography education for beginners or advanced photographers.


Editing your images is a big part of being a photographer, so we consider this also part of the application procedure.

That’s why we will not help you with that, but we can advise you to show us your favorites. They will show us who you are. Or maybe you already have some projects going on that would be interesting to see. Good luck with your selection!


We prepared two application forms. Basic is for the students that want to check if they have enough basic knowledge. Advanced form is specifically made for students that want to enroll into YR#02.

Download here: Basic form

Download here: Advanced form

Please make sure that you send the correct form together with your portfolio!


Good photography doesn’t need a specific camera, but it sure helps to have a good camera. That’s why we advice to buy a full frame D-SLR or a MFT from one of the leading brands. What kind of lenses you will buy in the future is related to your type of photography. But starting just with a 50 mm fixed lens on your manual controllable camera body would already make a good camera lens combination.

De beste fotografie opleiding of fotocursus. Photography education for beginners or advanced photographers.

When you want to join our F3Y Course or single modules it is important that you already have basic photography knowledge. Every potential student has to go through our application procedure. If it would show that you have some knowledge gaps, don’t worry. The easiest way to solve that is by joining our Basic Photography Course. 5Days or just parts of it.

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ABOUT the FOTOfactory

International Institute of Photography the FOTOfactory is the most prestigious private educational Institute in the Netherlands, with English spoken photography courses and workshops. Our students are coming from all over the world to study photography at different levels. Our courses are presented in a relaxed atmosphere where student involvement is encouraged, feedback is important, and the instructors are always available to answer questions.

OVER the FOTOfactory

the FOTOfactory is het meest prestigieuze private film & fotografie instituut in Nederland. Zowel Nederlandse als Engelstalige opleidingen, workshops en intensieve trainingen vinden hier plaats. De docenten hebben ervaringen in allerlei diverse werkvelden. Dit draagt bij tot het hoge opleidingsnivo. Ook de productieve en menselijke benadering van het werken met visuele media geeft creëert een prettige werkomgeving. Feedback gebeurd op een respectvolle manier en de trainers staan altijd vol enthousiasme klaar voor onze studenten. Je medestudenten komen uit alle landen van de wereld en dat maakt het studeren bij ons nog leuker en beter. Elke cultuur kijkt en evalueert beeld namelijk anders. Omdat er bij ons op school vaak naar je foto’s gekeken wordt en ook veel over gediscussieerd wordt, leer je dus ‘wereld’ fotograaf te denken en werken. Dit geeft je een nog beter fundament in je latere fotografie carriere.



Hello…. Can you introduce yourself? My name is Carlotta Guerra. I am an Italian living in Amsterdam. Having studied art and curatorial studies and working at a major Art museum in Italy for a number of years, my passions lead me to make art rather than organize it and exhibit it. Photography was a life long interest and became the focus for my art.
How long are you studying at Ff? I have studied at the FF for the last two years.
What do you like at the FF? Strong points? Bad points? The technical information stressed at the FF is important to me because it will allow me to properly address any situation I will encounter. I believe the FF has given me the tools to find solutions for future difficulties with my photography. The comraderie and the relations between the students and faculty at the Ff was a benefit to me as well. Many casual conversations between my fellow students lead me to insiteful answers to the problems I encountered.
What kind of photographer would you like to become? I like to make photographs dealing with issues of art and society.
Did it change you to study photography? My study of photography has lead me to research I do not believe I would have done otherwise. In the process of looking for photographs and thinking and thinking about the nuances of associations and metaphors of the images, I believe I have become more sensitive to the subtleties around me.
How do you see your future? I see my future as a person on a quest. My future life with photography, I believe, will take me to places I have never dreamed of going and will enable me to both capture those experiences in a manner that will allow me to both share and profit from them.
Anything you want to add? I wish the FF had a monthly newsletter reporting photo competitions and current happenings in the world of photography.




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Juraj Rapos
for the module Photographic Development II
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