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Photography, BA*

„Learn the visual and technical basics to understand modern imagery, to question it critically and to apply it in a reflected manner.

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.

* Accreditation in preparation due to new bachelor reform.

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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

· Winter semester: September 

· Summer semester: March 

· 6 Semesters

Language of instruction
Language of instruction

English (Berlin)

German (Hamburg)

Degree
Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Tuition fee
Tuition fee

EU applicants: 9,310 € / Non-EU applicants: 12,110 € (yearly)

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Internship semester / semester abroad
Internship semester / semester abroad

In the 5th semester, students gain practical experience in their field

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Credits
Credits

180 ECTS

*Important note: There is no guarantee that classroom teaching will be possible throughout the semester due to COVID-19.

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Highlights
Highlights

· Individual development

· Small learning groups

· Creative freedom

Campus
Campus

Berlin (English)

Hamburg (German)

Curriculum

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

 

Curriculum Bachelor Photography

Benefits

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 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, 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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) 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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1. Please complete our online application form in its entirety.
2. Upload the relevant certified documents.
3. Interview stage: it can take place at our campus, or via telephone or video conference (e.g., Skype).

4. Your Portfolio:

  • 5-8 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.

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.

Successful graduates of the Art & Design Department

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.

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

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