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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 starter bonus.


Please find out more about our fees, additional savings, and your funding options.

Tuition fees | Non-EU applicants

Tuition fees | Non-EU applicants

Standard: € 12,100 yearly


Please find out more about our fees, additional savings, and your funding options.

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)



· Exclusive cooperation incl. workshop with MAGNUM PHOTOS

Campus and Virtual Campus

Campus and Virtual Campus

Berlin (English)

Hamburg (German)


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Photography & New Media at a glance

The Bachelor's degree programme Photography & New Media 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 are imminent.


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


Curriculum Bachelor Photography & New Media

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 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.

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.

The salary after studying photography as an employee can vary depending on the industry, company size and location, but also on other factors. According to, a gross monthly salary of around 1,600 to 4,000 euros can be expected for an employed photographer, whereby career starters should not expect more than 2,000 euros, according to Career Jump.


As a freelance photographer, the monthly salary is strongly dependent on the current order situation - how high the individual hourly rate turns out depends, among other things, on one's own experience and previous portfolio. As a beginner, an hourly fee of at least 80 euros is realistic, with additional fees for the image usage rights in some circumstances - however, depending on the client and personal brand awareness, this can increase.

Get inspired of our collaboration and photo events from Campus Berlin

2022 we started our collaboration with MAGNUM Photos, so get some impressions of the workshop.

Get inspired of our collaboration and photo events from Campus Berlin

2022 we started our collaboration with MAGNUM Photos, so get some impressions of the workshop.

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Learning from the best

In the B.A. Photography & New Media you always learn in small groups with a seminar character. Our lecturers are internationally successful and well-known experts in their field and not only impart important knowledge, but also support you individually during your studies.

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Your individual path

Whether foundation diploma, internship, specialisation modules or semester abroad - our interdisciplinary and practically oriented study subjects allow you to tailor your studies entirely to your personal interests, preferences and strengths.

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Study internationally

The state-recognised Photography & New Media degree programme at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences is available in either German (Hamburg) or English (Berlin) - our university has several international campuses and welcomes students from over 100 nations.

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Modern teaching

Practical experience is essential - that's why we offer the optimal framework conditions for all degree programmes. Take advantage of the MacPools, various studios and VR equipment for your projects and prepare yourself optimally for your future professional life.

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Bachelorprojekt von Jennifer Kassoke, university of Europe for Applied Sciences

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
  • Communication Design
  • Game Design
  • UX/UI Design

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

Apply now for your Photography & New Media studies! The application deadlines end shortly before the start of each semester, so you can also start at UE at short notice. However, you can apply up to one year in advance - simply fill out our application form online.

In addition, we require a portfolio for the Bachelor's degree programme in Photography & New Media, consisting of a selection of your projects. How exactly you present yourself and which work samples you would like to include is your own decision. If you still need help with your portfolio, our regular portfolio workshops are a useful option.

Prepare 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.

UE is awarding scholarships for young talents in the field of art & design at our Hamburg and Berlin locations every semester. Apply for the Creative Minds Scholarship - not only will you secure financial benefits for your Bachelor's degree in Photography & New Media, but you will also lay the first foundation for your future career.


Get more information and access to the application form here.

As a private university, the University of Europe for Applied Sciences offers above-average services for its students - from state-of-the-art technical equipment and internationally renowned teaching staff to a comprehensive range of practical projects. Only in this way can we optimally prepare you for your next career steps.


However, this also means that our tuition fees differ from those of public universities. In addition to our scholarships, we offer students other options for financing their Photography & New Media studies. You can find more important information on our website about tuition fees and financing, and our student advisory service will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

News from Art & Design

Open call: MAGNUM Photos Workshop 2023

This year we will have the Magnum photographer Newsha Tavakolian on site. The programme is designed to explore the fundamentals of a photographer‘s work taking on editorial assignments in a fast-paced environment.

The University of Europe for Applied Sciences announces cooperation with Magnum Photos

UE has announced it has partnered with the renowned photo agency Magnum Photos with immediate effect.

Our two graduates have been part of the Blurring the Lines 2022 Edition

Two of our recent alumni made it into the finals of the "Blurring the Lines“ competition. And our graduate and winner of the 2020 edition Ragna Arndt-Marić was part of the jury.

Top 3 skills you'll need to succeed in BA photography

There are a number of skills that are an absolute necessity for anyone planning to make a career as a photographer. Read on to find out what they are.

Successful graduates of Photography & New Media

Art Directors Club Ranking 2017-2019

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