B.A. Photography


Program Description

Pictures say more than words: the bachelor for passionate photographers

Photography is an international language with its own rules and ways of finding legitimacy. It can allegorize complex relationships, tell stories, and kindle emotions without using words. It influences the way we think and act and affects how we perceive the world. It’s ubiquitous and impossible to push out of your mind. As you can imagine, understanding photography as a medium and how to use it consciously is not only indispensable in artistic practice, but also in advertising and editorial occupations.

The University of Applied Sciences Europe has a pioneering study program in this field. We were among the first German private universities to establish a photography program. During your studies, you’ll familiarize 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, darkroom, camera equipment, MacPools, etc.), and that is known for its international and English-speaking character.

At the University of Applied Sciences Europe, you even get the possibility to actively shape your studies and your career path. Depending on your personal career goals, you will select your own specializations and choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects. The programs taught at our university also include practical projects with top partners from the creative industry and field trips and exhibitions (to places like Paris, New York, Vietnam, Iceland, etc.), which will prepare you perfectly for your dream job. As a photography graduate, you’ll have learned how to translate ideas and emotions into complex images under professional conditions.


  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Campus: Berlin
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Starting semester: Winter semester: September, Summer semester: March
  • Number of semesters: 7 semesters (full-time)
  • Internship semester/Semester abroad: 5th semester
  • Credits: 210 ECTS
  • Highlights: Focus on individual development in small learning groups and personal atmosphere. Creative freedom, professional equipment, and practical projects. Teaching by renowned lecturers from the creative industry.
  • Tuition Fees: For EU applicants: 7,980 € yearly. For Non-EU applicants: 10,380 € yearly

What makes it outstanding to study at the University of Applied Sciences Europe?

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 Applied Sciences Europe, 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 Applied Sciences Europe 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 program. Voluntary excursions give you the chance to see New York, Iceland, Vietnam, Paris, and other destinations and work on your skills there. Create your story, inspire the world!

The program - courses, internships, semester abroad

This program is divided into modules. In the foundational courses, we’ll teach you compositional skills, such as lighting design, composition, and the complete analog and digital workflow, as well as how to film experimentally.

Parallel to this, you’ll receive an overview of historical and contemporary developments in art, photography, design, and film in the theoretical courses. In project modules, you’ll deepen your knowledge of individual photographic genres. Through our range of interdisciplinary seminars, workshops, and study trips, you’ll have the opportunity to acquire skills from other study programs in design.

In the 5th semester, you’ll choose between an internship in Germany or abroad, or studying as a guest at one of our partner universities or colleges. In the last semester before your bachelor’s project, you’ll devote yourself to finding and defining your individual profile.

Your career options with a degree in photography

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 organizational talent, is required more today than ever before.

"What I particularly like about photography is capturing encounters and emotions and then being able to make them accessible to other people as well. To be able to give form to a situation in such a way that the person who views it understands it, even without a single word. To inspire, to give food for thought – photography enables me to portray the part of what I see and feel."
Joy, a student in Photography


Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Private and state-accredited: The University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) educates tomorrow's designers and decision-makers in the areas of business, sports, media & event and art & design. ... Read More

Private and state-accredited: The University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) educates tomorrow's designers and decision-makers in the areas of business, sports, media & event and art & design. The students become part of an innovative and international network, representing more than 100 nations at the UE campuses in Berlin, Hamburg and Iserlohn. Read less
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