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Photography, MA

Our MA programme will deepen your knowledge of the diverse applications of photography. You will get a better understanding of contemporary art practices and requirements, and will optimise both the artistic and professional potential. Our curriculum encourages you to explore the significance of the photographic medium within a cultural, political and social context, and to develop an individual vision while interacting with current trends in art and design. You will also learn to write and speak about your work with an advanced level of fluency and to frame your practice in historical and critical contexts. By the time you graduate with the Master’s in Photography, you will have acquired the skills to think conceptually and to realise your ideas in artistic and practical projects using state-of-the-art technology.

Our campuses are equipped with professional workspaces and an extensive range of equipment. Facilities include spacious photo and green screen studios, an analogue darkroom, a scanning and print studio, film editing suites and sound studios. Students also have the opportunity to borrow a range of photographic equipment free of charge for projects both on and off campus. This includes digital and analogue camera equipment, professional lighting and other accessories.

 

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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

· Winter semester: September

· Summer semester: March

Language of instruction
Language of instruction

English

Degree
Degree

Master of Arts

Tuition fee
Tuition fee

EU applicants: from 11,400 € yearly / Non-EU applicants: from 12,600 € yearly

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Duration
Duration

2, 3 or 4 semesters

Credits
Credits

Standard: 120 ECTS

Fast-Track: 60 or 90 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

Why UE?

Phuong Hoang, a recent graduate, speaks about her experience studying at the UE and also get to know Prof. Andrej Glusgold, programme director of the photography master at Berlin Campus.

Why UE?

Phuong Hoang, a recent graduate, speaks about her experience studying at the UE and also get to know Prof. Andrej Glusgold, programme director of the photography master at Berlin Campus.

Benefits

What makes it outstanding to study at UE?

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The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) is state accredited and has received multiple awards. 

At the UE you even get the possibilty to actively shape your studies and your career path. Depending on your personal career goals, you will select your own specialisations and choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects. The programmes taught at our university also include practical projects with top partners from the creative industry, field trips and workshops, which will prepare you perfectly for your dream job.

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.

I understand creation as a purifying act, a kind of satisfaction.

– Joel-Peter Witkin

The programme - courses and projects

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The Master is a project-based degree programme and perfect for students who have completed undergraduate studies at university level in an artistic, design area or photography. At the UE, you’ll have the unique opportunity to contribute your own personal design skills and background and make something meaningful out of them.

The first two semesters consist of interdisciplinary project-based studies, like History & Theory of Photography or Concept, Identity & Culture. 

The entire 3rd semester is dedicated to your master’s thesis. This module includes the completion of your thesis, which consists of a design-in-practice part and an academic part. 

Career options with a degree in Photography

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With a master’s degree, you will have the qualifications required to work successfully as a freelance photographer or artist, or to take on a leadership role in an agency or company. You will have the skills and expertise needed to work in interdisciplinary, multicultural and international teams in a wide range of contexts such as art institutions, design agencies, advertising publishers, magazines, galleries, the film and media industry, or the art market.

Potential career options could be (e.g.) editorial and commercial photographer, artist, art buyer for advertising agencies, online and print picture editor, photography educator, curator or gallerist.

The degree category Master of Arts allows students to pursue an academic career path, including doctorate and postdoctorate qualifications.

It could be a step forward to realize that the rational picture of the world is also an imagination; it has the same reality as a myth.

- Francesco Clemente

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:

  • should consist of at least 20 photos. It is particularly desirable to see from the selection of images, that the applicant works on thematically coherent series.

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.

Students who are currently completing their bachelor’s degree can also apply. Please refer to our admission requirements for more information.

Our educational approach is to enable students to discover and fully develop their individual talents. Teaching takes place in small groups in a friendly, informal atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to actively shape your studies and your career path by choosing your own specialisations and selecting courses from a range of interdisciplinary subjects. Our professors will support your individual progress helping you to develop your own distinct signature and to refine your talents and strengths. The master’s programme includes practical projects led by distinguished photographers and artists, as well as international study trips and workshops in New York, Iceland or different cities in Asia to help you prepare for your future career.

Our modern, centrally located Berlin campus is a meeting place for students from over 60 countries. Famous for its lively arts scene, in recent years, Berlin has also become one of Europe’s most important start-up capitals. 

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.

Benefit from the UE Master's Reform

More flexible, more interdisciplinary, and more practice-oriented - the new Master's programmes make the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) even more attractive! Students of selected MA programmes at UE have the choice of a Master's degree in 60, 90, or 120 ECTS which gives them full flexibility. Students can apply for one of the three options depending on the education they've already achieved and how many ECTS they've already accumulated in their previous Bachelor's (or Master's) courses. Practical experience will also be taken under consideration. 

 

Learn more about the UE Master's Reform.

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