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.
Our university is state accredited, has received multiple awards and is a worldwide leader among universities with an international approach. To be able to apply, you need to have a high school diploma.
At the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE), you'll study in small seminar groups, so you'll get individual support and personal contact with our professors. All of our lecturers are successful experts in their fields.
Besides the theory your studies contain project weeks. Interdisciplinary courses enable you to determine the content of your studies. The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) campus offers state-of-the-art-equipment, including photo studios, darkrooms, Mac pools, and more.
Internships and/or a semester abroad are integrated into the programme. 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 recognised) 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.
The photography course is divided into module groups. In the basics, creative skills such as light, colour design and image composition, as well as the complete analogue and digital workflow, are taught. In parallel, the theoretical subjects provide an overview of historical and contemporary developments in art, photography, design and film.
In the project modules, there is the possibility of specialisation in individual genres of photography. Students can use our professional equipment (photo studios, the darkroom, printing workshop, scan labs, Mac Pools and loan equipment) for their projects.
The range of interdisciplinary courses, workshops and study trips also allows students to acquire knowledge from other design courses. The choice between an internship in Germany or abroad or a guest study programme at one of our partner universities is intended to broaden your personal and professional horizons before the final semester of the bachelor's degree, when the sharpening and definition of your individual photographic profile is imminent.
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.
"I am particularly proud that I have made progress from project to project. I think you're never quite satisfied with the end result., but I've noticed a qualitative difference over time. I think that the time of study is a time for experimentation, where you have a lot of freedom. I think that's especially great."
Read her interview here.
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. Find useful information on bachelor 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 samples, we will invite you to an interview, which can take place at our campus, via telephone or video conference (e.g. Skype).
Important: In the application phase, you must have already decided in which of our programmes you would like to study. However, please note that you may change programmes at a later time if desired.
Find out more about the entire application process.