Technological developments mean that a photographer’s role within the arts and creative industries is constantly evolving. Your commitment to exploring new ideas and finding your own style is a key criteria for success in your photography studies. Our curriculum encourages you to explore the significance of the photographic medium within a cultural, political and social context, and to create your own images while interacting with current trends in art and design.
In a professional context, photography is now usually an evolving process: from the initial idea to the detailed concept, as well as the planning, organisation, realisation and final presentation. From fashion, portraits and still lifes to advertising and artistic photography, images are often staged rather than created spontaneously. By the time you graduate with a Master’s in Photography, you will have acquired the skills to think conceptually and to realise your ideas in artistic and practical projects using state-of-the-art technology.
This English-language master’s programme stands out from other courses in this field due to its emphasis on staged photography. The way artworks are presented both in traditional photo exhibitions and installations is a key focus on this programme.
Our campuses are equipped with professional workspaces and an extensive range of equipment. Facilities include spacious photo and green screen studios, an analogue darkroom, a scanning and print studio, film editing suites and sound studios. Students also have the opportunity to borrow a range of photographic equipment free of charge for projects both on and off campus. This includes digital and analogue camera equipment, professional lighting and other accessories.
At the University of Applied Sciences Europe, our educational approach is to enable students to discover and fully develop their individual talents. Teaching takes place in small groups in a friendly, informal atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to actively shape your studies and your career path by choosing your own specialisations and selecting courses from a range of interdisciplinary subjects. Our professors will support your individual progress helping you to develop your own distinct signature and to refine your talents and strengths. The master’s programme includes practical projects led by distinguished photographers and artists, as well as international study trips and workshops in New York, Iceland or different cities in Asia to help you prepare for your future career.
Our modern, centrally located Berlin campus is a meeting place for students from over 60 countries. Famous for its lively arts scene, in recent years, Berlin has also become one of Europe’s most important start-up capitals. At our Hamburg campus, our students benefit from our collaborations with model and advertising agencies, Germany’s largest publishing house as well as several museums.
The University of Applied Sciences Europe is state accredited, has received multiple awards and is a world leader among universities with an international approach.
Learning takes place in small groups enabling our students to benefit from individual support and personal contact with professors. All our lecturers are successful professionals and experts in the fields of art, design and photography.
Internationality is important to us. That is why we were ranked as one of the 25 best international universities worldwide for student mobility and an international approach (U-Multirank 2016). Our many international students come from across the globe to gain a highly regarded English-language degree from a German university. Our degree programmes are state recognised and accredited by ZevA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency). With its reputation as the country of innovators, Germany is the perfect place to complete your studies.
We do our best to ensure that you can fit your studies around your life. For this reason, lectures for master’s programmes generally take place three days per week. However, you will also need to plan time for preparation and follow-up work for your courses.
The objective of this master’s programme is to help you develop your own distinctive visual language, which you can apply to both your practical and artistic work. The core curriculum consists of two projects which students work on independently. The analysis of narrative perspectives and structures, and visual storytelling are key components of the programme. This enables students to consciously develop an ability to self-reflect as artists.
Our wide range of additional elective courses enable you to expand your knowledge of entrepreneurial strategies and curatorial practices.
In your third semester, you will complete a master’s thesis consisting of a photography project and an academic thesis on a subject of your choice.
With a master’s degree, you will have the qualifications required to work successfully as a freelance photographer or artist, or to take on a leadership role in an agency or company. You will have the skills and expertise needed to work in interdisciplinary, multicultural and international teams in a wide range of contexts such as art institutions, design agencies, advertising publishers, magazines, galleries, the film and media industry, or the art market.
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As a private university, University of Applied Sciences Europe is funded by tuition fees rather than by the state. Our students benefit from our investment in progressive teaching methods, state-of-the-art facilities, experienced teaching staff and our steadily expanding network.
You can find information about financing a master's study programme on our Tuition fees and financing page.
You can apply for the winter semester a year in advance.
You will need the following documents to complete your application:
The admission procedure includes a personal interview (approx. 45 minutes) and a review of your application documents and portfolio. Your English proficiency will be assessed during the interview.