We are in a cultural and historical period in which our society is surrounded and influenced by a wealth of photography like never before. We see it as our task to give students an understanding of the visual and technical skills necessary to understand, critically question, and reflect on different visual languages. Understanding the medium of photography and its conscious use are therefore indispensable not only in art, but also in advertising and editorial work.
The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) has a pioneering study programme in this field. We were among the first German private universities to establish a photography programme. During your studies, you’ll familiarise yourself with and try out various photographic genres, such as portrait, fashion, art, and documentary.
Our university focuses on your development. That's why we teach in small learning groups and in a friendly and personal atmosphere. We’ll oversee your individual development process and help you define your talents and strengths, while helping you develop your own visual signature. You will be taught by renowned photographers and study at a campus that is centrally located, equipped with the latest technology (photo studio, print & scan lab, dark room, camera equipment, MacPools, etc.), and that is known for its international and English-speaking character.
Our aim is to help students develop an individual photographic attitude and an independent position to give them the courage to experiment, cross borders and become aware of their social and societal responsibility as photographers. During the course of their studies, students can choose from various genres of photography such as documentary, staged, applied or artistic photography. The course of study is open to all students and also offers the option of taking interdisciplinary electives in other programmes. In addition to imparting theoretical and practical knowledge, our support not only for internal university projects but also for external exhibition projects plays an important role.
Job description and job opportunities
Working with photos does not automatically mean you have to be an independent photographer. With a bachelor’s degree in Photography, a whole world of career options is open to you, including image editor, art buyer, retoucher, or curator.
Of course, you can also work as a photographer within the advertising industry, for publications, corporate communications, and events, or as an artist. In most cases, you will work as a freelancer. Since the technical aspects of photography are becoming more and more accessible, being able to turn your ideas and feelings into visual concepts, to learn soft skills, self-marketing, and organisational talent, is required more today than ever before.
- Theory 1: Art, Design and Cultural Studies
- General Foundations: General Design Foundations
- Program Foundations 1:Digital Photography
- Foundation Project 1 Lighting Design
- Tools & Technologies 1: Technological Design Methodologies
- Theory 2: Theories and Discourses in Media and Cultural Theory
- Studium Generale: Essentials
- Program Foundations 2: Cinematography
- Foundation Project 2: Photographic Key Concepts
- Tools & Technologies 2: Digital and Analogue Workflow
- Theory 3: Discourses of Aesthetics and Ethics
- Project 3*: Artistic Visual Practice
- Project 4*: Photography as Narrative
- Tools & Technologies 3: Digital and Analogue Techniques
- Theory 4: BA Proposal
- Project 5*: Photography as Cultural Technology
- Project 6*: Applied Photographic Practice
- Professional Practice: Start-up
- Semester Abroad or Internship Semester
- Curatorial Practice: Presentation Methods
- BA Project: BA Thesis, BA Visualization, BA Documentation / Presentation
* Selectable from all BA programmes from Art & Design, at least 2 of Projects 3 to 6 must be selected from this study programme.
Application and requirements
You can apply a year in advance for your desired starting semester. The application deadline for the winter semester is 1 September (Non-EU: 1 September*) and for the summer semester 28 February (Non-EU: 05 February). After these deadlines there will be a waiting list procedure for available study places each semester. If you already have a valid student visa for Germany, you can apply within the official application deadline.
* Please take into consideration delays e.g. with entry visa.
To be able to study at University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE), you have to fulfill the following requirements:
- You need to be eligible for studying at an institute of higher education and successfully pass the interview.
- Proof of sufficient knowledge of English (IELTS — overall band score from 5.5). This is not needed for English native speakers!
- Important: Matriculation is only possible once all the necessary documents have been turned in, such as references, certified copies, and proof of health insurance.
- The same requirements apply for international students
- Winter semester: September
- Summer semester: March
Tuition fees and funding
As a private university, we are funded not by the state, but by tuition fees. For this reason, studying at our university costs more than at a public university. But it’s worth it: our graduates meet essential requirements careers in photography and design, and this sets them apart from the graduates of many public universities. All costs are included in the monthly tuition fee.
No additional costs will be incurred, such as a matriculation fee, exam fees, bachelor thesis fee or similar, as long as the course is completed within the standard study period. The costs for the semester abroad are not included in these fees as there are substantial differences depending on country and university.
We are happy to provide you with information on funding your studies and on any available scholarships. If you have any further questions, our Student Admissions Office will provide you with detailed information.
- For EU applicants: 9,310 € yearly
- For Non-EU applicants: 12,110 € yearly
Language of instruction and locations
- Berlin: English
- Hamburg: German (Accreditation in preparation)