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One of the most important elements to successfully studying photography is the ability to experiment and develop your personal style. Since the role of the photographer within the arts and creative industries is evolving, particularly in relation to imaging technologies and emerging media devices. Our curriculum encourages you to investigate contemporary trends while being informed by the inextricable historic links of the medium to modernity and the industrialized state: the photograph as art, evidence, document, memorial and snapshot along with the societal notion of photographic truth.
Our focus on ‚staged photography’ offers a diversity of creative methodologies in order to clearly and innovatively communicate ideas or concepts. Through the development of autonomous practice, you will demonstrate expert judgment in analyzing and applying specific photographic theories, traditional practices, and new technologies.
In considering different methods of presenting photography in an exhibition context, it will be our task today to think about photography not only as a two-dimensional medium but as a medium which has the ability to curate a space with narrative moments through installation.
To support you first-rate working conditions, our campuses have an extensive range of media technologies on offer. These include a green screen studio, professionally-equipped photography studios and print lab, an analog darkroom, a scan-lab, film editing rooms, as well as sound studios. Students have the opportunity to borrow various analog in different formats and digital camera systems, professional lighting, and other technical accessories so that they can work on their projects off-campus.
University of Applied Sciences Europe focuses on your creativity and development. That's why we teach in small learning groups and in a friendly and personal atmosphere. You have the possibility to actively shape your studies and career path by selecting your own specializations and choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects we offer. Our Professors will closely oversee your individual progress, help you define your visual signature, artistic aptitude, and strengths. The Master program also includes practical projects guided by renowned photographers and artists, various field trips and workshops to prepare you for your dream job.
The campus in Berlin is centrally located, equipped with the newest technology and the city is known for its international and English-speaking character, its diverse and vivid art scenes. While in Hamburg, you will benefit from our collaborations with model agencies, advertising companies and the biggest German publishing house in the country.
The Master program at the University of Applied Sciences Europe is one of the first in Germany to have recognized this need and to offer photography at a master’s level. As a graduate of our program, you will be in the perfect position to think conceptually and refine your ideas using knowledge of the most modern technology for artistic or applied careers.
The University of Applied Sciences Europe is accredited by the state, has received multiple awards and is a worldwide leader among universities with an international approach.
Here you study in small courses, so you get individual support and personal contact to our professors. All of our lecturers are successful experts in the world of art, design and photography.
Besides the theory your studies contain practical projects. Interdisciplinary courses enable you to determine the content of your studies. Our campus offers state of the art equipment, including photo studios, darkrooms, Mac pools, and more. Voluntary excursions give you the chance to see New York, Iceland, Vietnam, Paris and other destinations and work on your skills there.
We put emphasis on internationality. That is why we were ranked among the top 25 performers in student mobility and international orientation worldwide (U-Multirank 2016). Our numerous international students come from all over the world to pursue a highly valued (state and ZEvA recognized) German degree that is entirely taught in English.
Germany, known as the country of innovators, is the perfect place to get your degree. Germany is a particularly safe and livable country with relatively low tuition fees and affordable living costs. Furthermore, Berlin is known as Europe's creative capital, magnet for artists, and "place to be" for designers.
That's why we encourage international students to come here and study with us. You can apply with your national school degree now. We will then take a look at your application and guide you through the process.
We want your studies to fit perfectly into your life. That's why the lectures for the Master’s degree students are scheduled during the semester on Wednesday afternoon until Friday and/or Saturday afternoon. That is how you can reconcile part-time work with studying more easily.
But don't disregard the preparation and follow-up work a full-time study course implicates.
The objective of our master’s program is to help you develop your own unmistakable visual language which you can use for applied or artistic work. The core curriculum therefore consists of two experimental projects that you work on independently. A considerable portion of the program focuses on the analysis of narrative perspectives and their structure as well as visual storytelling to train your capacity for self-reflection as an artist.
With an additional elective block, we enable you to choose from a wide range of courses that impart knowledge of strategies in entrepreneurship and curatorial practices.
The master’s thesis that you’ll complete in your third semester is made up of a photography project and an academic report.
The Master’s degree provides you with the necessary qualifications to work as a successful freelance photographer, as an artist, or to take a leading role in an agency or company for example within the fast-paced media industry. You will have the skills and competences of working in interdisciplinary, multicultural, and international teams which is sought after in art institutions, design agencies, ad publishers and magazines, in galleries, film and media industry, or the art market.
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As a private university, we are funded not by the state, but by tuition fees. For this reason, studying at the University of Applied Sciences Europe costs more than at a public university. But it’s worth it: University of Applied Sciences Europe graduates meet essential requirements of design, and this sets them apart from the graduates of many public universities. Your employment and earnings prospects are greatly improved.
All costs are included in the monthly tuition fee.
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 can provide you with detailed information. Find useful information on Master's funding on this website.
You can apply a year in advance for the winter semester.
A complete application will include the following:
The admission procedure includes an approximately 45-minute personal interview and the review of your proposal and portfolio. Your knowledge of English will be tested in the interview.