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Photography & New Media, BA

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.


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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

· Winter semester: September 

· Summer semester: March 

Tuition fees | EU applicants
Tuition fees | EU applicants

Standard: € 708 monthly 


Save additional €70 each month with our 10% IT contribution. (T&C's apply)


Please find out more about our fees, discounts and how you can fund your studies.  

Tuition fees | Non-EU applicants
Tuition fees | Non-EU applicants

Standard: € 12,100 yearly


Benefit from our loyalty discount and save € 6,050 on the full tuition fee. 


Please find out more about our fees, discounts and how you can fund your studies. 

Language of instruction
Language of instruction

English (Berlin)

German (Hamburg)


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Internship semester / semester abroad
Internship semester / semester abroad

5th semester

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180 ECTS (6 semester)


· Individual development

· Small learning groups

· Creative freedom


Berlin (English)

Hamburg (German)


This course consists of six semesters. Find out what will you study by downloading the course’s curriculum.


Curriculum Bachelor Photography & New Media


What makes it outstanding to study at UE?

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Our aim is to help students develop an individual photographic stance and an independent position. To maintain the courage to experiment and cross borders and to be aware of your social and societal responsibility as a photographer. Students get to know the diverse genres of photography such as documentary, staging, applied or artistic photography. The design of the programme is open and also offers the possibility of taking interdisciplinary elective subjects in other courses. In addition to imparting theoretical and practical knowledge, our support not only plays a major role in university-internal, but also in external exhibition projects.

Studying at UE in Germany

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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.

“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.”

– Phil Knight.

The programme - internships and semester abroad

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The Photography & New Media 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.

Career options with a degree in Photography

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Working with photos does not automatically mean you have to be an independent photographer. With a bachelor’s degree in Photography & New Media, 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.

Students talk about their studies - #uestories

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"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."

Sylvia studied Photography at the UE in Berlin.

Tuition fees and funding

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As a private university, our fees are worth it: UE will help you set them apart from the graduates of many public universities. Your employment and earnings prospects are greatly improved. 

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 out useful information on bachelor funding.

How to apply

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Please complete our online application form in its entirety.
Your Portfolio:

  • 2-3 series of photos and fewer individual images (all in all at least 20 images). The photographic projects can be supplemented by other media such as videos, drawings and graphic design.

Important: In the application phase, you must have already decided in which of our degree programmes you would like to study. However, please note that you may change programmes at a later time if desired.

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Well known German magazine MONOPOL interviewed Prof. Michael Danner about his project "The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters".

In recent years he has often dealt with flight and migration, now he photographed the consequences of the attack on Ukraine. His pictures show different representations of refugees. Continue reading the interview here.

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 range of creative study programmes is diverse - we help you to get started.

Choosing the right study degree that is matching your interests best can be hard. For the upcoming semester, we offer you the chance to get a sneak peek into your desired study programme. Our foundation diploma will allow you to understand your professors as well as teaching material of the different creative study programmes more in-depth. Obtain a degree that matches your strengths and interests best. This offer applies to the following Art & Design degrees at UE:


  • Film & Motion Design
  • Photography & New Media
  • Illustration
  • Communications Design
  • Game Design

Important note: Please select "Undergraduate + Foundation" as the programme type when applying via our online portal.

Students at UE

News from Art & Design

Open call - Magnum Photos workshop for UE students

We will start in September 2022, starting with Magnum photographers Nanna Heitmann and Yael Martinez. The programme is designed to explore the fundamentals of a photographer‘s work taking on editorial assignments in a fast-paced environment.

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Exclusive Cooperation with Royal College of Art London in UE study programmes

UE students will learn to create and develop innovative projects by working in collaborative teams and receive a certificate from the RCA.

Hamburg Portfolio Review

The publishing house Gruner + Jahr GmbH, with its media brands GEO and Stern and in cooperation with the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE), announced at June 02, 2021 the first Hamburg Portfolio Review.

Successful graduates of Photography & New Media

Art Directors Club Ranking 2017-2019

Collaboration Partners

Gain access to internships and real- life projects in a range of leading companies and cultural institutions.

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Gain access to internships and real- life projects in a range of leading companies and cultural institutions.

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