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 newest technology (photo studio, print & scan lab, dark room, camera equipment, MacPools, etc.), and that is known for its international and English-speaking character.
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.
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.
Apply today to University of Applied Sciences Europe
You can apply a year in advance for your desired starting semester.
How to apply:
- Please complete our online application form in its entirety.
- Upload a certified copy and a certified translation in German or English of your high school diploma or equivalent.
- In case you have already studied in the area of design, please also submit a copy and a certified translation of your transcript.
Once we have gone through your application and work samples, we will invite you to an interview, which can take place at our campus, via telephone or video conference (e.g., Skype).
Important: In the application phase, you must have already decided in which of our programs you would like to study. However, please note that you may change programs at a later time if desired.
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