Photography is an international language with its own rules and ways of finding legitimacy. It can allegorize complex relationships, tell stories, and kindle emotions without using words. It influences the way we think and act, and affects how we perceive the world. It’s ubiquitous and impossible to push out of your mind. As you can imagine, understanding photography as a medium and how to use it consciously is not only indispensable in artistic practice, but also in advertising and editorial occupations.
The University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) is considered a pioneer in this degree course. We were among the first German private universities to establish a photography program. During your studies, you’ll familiarize yourself with and try out various photographic genres such as portrait, fashion, art, and documentary photography. At the same time, you’ll be able to structure the program as you want and have the opportunity to take elective courses from other programs, integrating influences from other areas of design. We’ll oversee your individual development process and help you define your talents and strengths as well help you develop your own visual signature. We’ll teach you not just theoretical and practical knowledge, but will also assist you on interdisciplinary projects and with exhibitions both inside the university and out. As a photography graduate, you’ll have learned how to translate ideas and emotions into complex images under professional conditions.
Lay the foundation for an exciting and creative career in Photography. How? With a future-oriented, accredited bachelor program at the UE – in an environment that sets no limits on the development of your artistic potential either personally or geographically. Practical, personal, with special international opportunities.
Our university is state accredited, has been awarded on several occasions and is one of the world's leading universities in international approach. To be able to apply, you need to have a highschool degree.
At the University of Applied Sciences Europe you study in small seminar groups, so you get individual support and personal contact to our professors. All of our lecturers are successful experts in their business field.
Besides the theory your studies contain project weeks. Interdisciplinary courses enable you to set up the variety of your program yourself. At the campus UE is equiped state of the art with photo studios, darkroom, macpools and more.
Internships and/or a semester abroad are integrated in the program. Voluntary Excursions give you the chance to see New York, Iceland, Vietnam, Paris and other destinations and work on your skills there. Create your story, inspire the world!
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 various application areas is open to you: Image Editor, Art Buyer, Retoucher, or Curator.
But, of course, you can also work as a photographer within the advertising industry and 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 less and less important, being able to turn your ideas and feelings into visual concepts, to learn soft skills, self-marketing, and organizational talent, is required more today than ever before.
This program is divided into modules: In the foundational courses, we’ll teach you compositional skills such as lighting design, composition itself, the complete analog and digital workflow, as well as how to film experimentally.
Parallel to this you’ll receive an overview of historical and contemporary developments in art, photography, design, and film in the theoretical courses. In project modules, you’ll deepen your knowledge of individual photographic genres. Through our range of interdisciplinary seminars, workshops, and study trips, you’ll have the opportunity to acquire skills from other study programs in design.
In the 5th semester, you’ll choose between an internship in Germany or abroad, or studying as a guest at one of our partner universities or colleges. In the last semester before your bachelor’s project, you’ll devote yourself to finding and defining your individual profile.
Maren, alumna in Photography, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2015
Why Maren gave up on business administration, her personal motto and some tips for students: Read it here!
As a private university, we are funded not by the state, but by tuition fees. For this reason, studying at UE costs more than at a public university. But it’s worth it: UE graduates meet essential requirements of 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 Guidance Office can provide you with detailed information. Find out useful information on Bachelors funding on this website.
You can apply a year in advance for your desired starting semester.
How to apply:
Once we have gone through your application and work examples, we will invite you to an interview, which can take place at our campus, via telephone or video conference (like Skype).
Important: In the application phase, you must have already decided on which of our programs you would like to study. However, please note that you may change programs at a later time if desired.
Find out more about the entire application process.