International Programmes 2023/2024

Photography (BA) Photography (BA)

SRH Universities • Berlin

Bachelor of Arts
Teaching language
  • English

The programme is taught in English.
We also offer a German version of the programme (BA Fotografie).

Full-time / part-time
  • full-time
Programme duration
7 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Additional information on beginning, duration and mode of study

Intakes: April & October

Application deadline

Non-EU/EEA applicants: Please apply by 1 February (April intake) or 15 August (October intake). We also recommend that you apply early (at least four months before the start of your programme).

EU/EEA applicants: Please apply by 1 April (April intake) or 1 October (October intake).

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
4,725 EUR
Additional information on tuition fees
  • Non-EU/EEA tuition fees: 4,725 EUR per semester
  • EU/EEA (including Switzerland, Western Balkans and Ukraine) tuition fees: 690 EUR per month

Please note: The monthly/semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme.

Joint degree / double degree programme

During the internationally-recognised Bachelor's degree programme in Photography, you will research the inexhaustible depths of image design, enjoying creative freedom and discovering your own style.

You will acquire a profound understanding of the use of modern and traditional techniques of photography. You will create your own artistic projects and learn how to professionally carry out assignments in line with customers’ briefs.

You will be qualified in designing image content and aesthetic effects in a conscious and targeted way, allowing you to convey emotions and visual messages.

At the Berlin School of Design and Communication, you will have access to the latest camera and studio technology, spacious studios and high-performing computers for digital image processing.

Skilled university teachers will support you throughout the course of your studies – you will be encouraged and challenged.

Course organisation

First semester

  • Photography Studio I: Studio Photography & Typography
  • Photography Studio II: Portrait Photography Studio, Photo Aesthetics Portrait Studio, Graphic Design I
  • Photography Studio III: Product Photography, Photo Aesthetics Product, CGI Product
  • Media Sciences & Academic Writing
  • Media Lab Photography: Photographic Technology, Photographic Software Training, Design Software Training
  • Elective I: e.g., Image Editing I, Analogue Photography I, Web Development I

Second semester

  • Photography Location I: Portrait Photography Location, Photo Aesthetics Portrait Location, Contemporary Graphic Design
  • Photography Location II: Architectural Photography, Photo Aesthetics Architecture, Editorial Design I
  • Photography Location III: Automotive Photography & CGI Automotive
  • Communication Sciences: Theory & History of Communication, History of Design and Art
  • Media Lab Film: Film Technology, Film Software Training, Animation Software Training
  • Elective II: e.g., Image Editing II, Analogue Photography II, Web Development II

Third semester

  • Photographic Documentation I: Documentary Photography I & Panoramic Photography I
  • Photographic Documentation II: Documentary Photography II, Panoramic Photography II, CGI Panorama 360° x 180°
  • Photographic Documentation II: Documentary Photography III, Sports Photography, Editorial Design II
  • Research & Aesthetics I: Excursion, Techniques of artistic research, Application & Evaluation
  • Photographic History
  • Elective III: e.g., Image Editing III, Analogue Photography III, Web Development III

Fourth semester

  • Staged Photography I: Fashion Photography I & Stereoscopic Photography I
  • Staged Photography II: Fashion Photography II, Stereoscopic Photography II, CGI Stereo 3D, Graphic Design II
  • SRH Elective: Staged Photography or university-wide offer
  • SRH Lab: Project SRH Berlin, Project Support, Project Evaluation
  • Discourses of Photography & Expert Talks
  • Elective IV: e.g., Image Editing IV, Analogue Photography IV, Web Development IV

Fifth semester

  • Practical Phase Photography
  • Photographic Project

Sixth semester

  • Artistic Photography I: Conceptual Photography I, Virtual & Augmented Reality I
  • Artistic Photography II: Conceptual Photography II, Virtual & Augmented Reality II, Graphic Design III
  • Scientific Colloquium: Methods of Scientific Work & Writing Scientific Texts
  • Research & Aesthetics II: Excursion, Scientific Work, Translation & Proofreading
  • Exhibition Design
  • Elective V: e.g., Image Editing V, Analogue Photography V, Web Development V

Seventh semester

  • Photography Portfolio: Portfolio & Digital Portfolio Web
  • Experimental Photography
  • Photography Colloquium I & II
  • Foundation & Law: Entrepreneurship, Media Law, Career Centre
  • Bachelor's Thesis
A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Integrated internships

In the fifth semester

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
4,725 EUR
Additional information on tuition fees
  • Non-EU/EEA tuition fees: 4,725 EUR per semester
  • EU/EEA (including Switzerland, Western Balkans and Ukraine) tuition fees: 690 EUR per month

Please note: The monthly/semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme.

Semester contribution

199.80 EUR for a discounted semester ticket that students can use in public transport in and around Berlin for a duration of six months

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements
  • General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or university of applied sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife)
  • CV
  • Portfolio with approx. 15-20 creative works
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Copy of your identity card or passport
Language requirements

The following English proficiency tests are accepted:

  • TOEFL Internet-based: 87
  • TOEIC listening/reading: 785, speaking: 160, writing: 150
  • IELTS (academic): 6.5
  • CAE (grades A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grades A, B, or C)
  • FCE (grade A, B or C)
  • Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A): 59 points
  • Linguaskill: 176 - 184 (CES) - all four skills required
  • B2 First: 173
  • Duolingo: 95 points
Application deadline

Non-EU/EEA applicants: Please apply by 1 February (April intake) or 15 August (October intake). We also recommend that you apply early (at least four months before the start of your programme).

EU/EEA applicants: Please apply by 1 April (April intake) or 1 October (October intake).

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Please use our online application system to submit your application.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Working as a non-EU citizen:
In possession of a valid German residence permit for study purposes, you are allowed to work for up to 120 full days (full day = eight hours per day) or 240 half days (half day = four hours) during the calendar year. However, freelance work is not permitted. Internships that are mandatory for the successful completion of your studies at SRH Berlin do not count towards the above-named 120 full days.

Employment that is considered “student part-time work” ("studentische Nebentätigkeit", e.g. employment as a student worker at a university or in a university-related organisation or "Werkstudent" activities at companies that are related to your studies) can be done without any time restrictions.


We do not own any student dormitories or hostels. However, we provide assistance in selecting accommodation prior to and after your arrival in Berlin.

Career advisory service

Our Career Service supports students and alumni in planning their careers and sharpening their professional profile. Our service portfolio includes:

  • Consultation services for students
  • Career trainings and workshops
  • Annual "Career Day" with job fair and workshops
  • Support in finding a job or an internship for graduates and students
Support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Support with registration procedures

SRH Universities

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Our campuses in Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden © SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is a state-accredited university that offers Bachelor's, Master's and MBA programmes in English and German.

Our six schools in Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg combine modern management and entrepreneurship, hospitality, media and creative industries, technology and IT, music and sound design in modern study programmes.

All schools focus on hands-on project work in small teams, an individual learning experience, and personal supervision by lecturers with real business experience.

With its more than 2,000 students from 100+ countries, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is one of the most international universities. In addition to an international atmosphere, our students enjoy the opportunity to get in touch with industry partners and create a professional network through internships and company projects. We offer a wide range of services to support you in finding an internship, organising a semester abroad, and taking care of important tasks during your studies. With this support and environment, our students are prepared for careers in different industries around the globe.

The university belongs to the SRH Holding, a non-profit organisation with its headquarters in Heidelberg. As a leading provider of educational services, SRH operates universities, schools, and professional training centres. SRH Berlin is one of seven universities within the group with more than 14,000 students.

58 Percentage of international students
100+ Number of countries represented at our university

University location

With its population of 3.7 million residents, Berlin is the German capital, the largest city in Germany and the second most populous city in Europe. Apart from being a hub for higher education and research, the city is very multicultural: people from 190 nations live here, 20% of its residents come from abroad and every one in three Berliners is a first-generation or second-generation immigrant. Students in Berlin benefit from a high quality of life and a huge range of recreational activities: festivals, museums and sports events are seen everywhere. Additionally, a third of the city area is composed of parks, rivers and lakes. Berlin is a centre for politics, media and science, and it is renowned for its culture and arts scene as well as its buzzing nightlife. It is rich in history and historical monuments and has a well-connected public transport system that students can use with their discounted public transport tickets. Well-known for its innovation capacity, the German capital has a vibrant start-up scene and is known as a start-up hotspot in Europe. In addition, Berlin’s low living costs and moderate rental prices, compared to other capital or European cities, make the city very attractive for both international and domestic students.

Dresden is a perfect study location. Not only is the city of art and culture a popular tourist destination with its many famous sights, but it has also developed into one of Germany’s strongest and most dynamic economic locations over the past few years. As living costs and rental prices are still relatively low, Dresden is a favourable city for students from around the world. If you add the vast array of cultural events, the diverse nightlife and the city’s beautiful location in the Elbe valley, one might not be surprised that Dresden is a great place to live and study in.

Hamburg is a city that is green, lively and economically strong. Located close to rivers and the ocean, Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and is part of the second largest metropolitan region in Germany. Compared to other cities in Germany, Hamburg has moderate living costs, a high standard of living and a secure infrastructure for students. The city's continuous growth makes it one of the most important and largest trade, economic and logistics centres in north-western Europe. International companies and agencies from the aviation, life science, health care, renewable energy and creative industries are based in Hamburg. Young professionals and university graduates benefit from attractive career opportunities in a growing economy and within the IT, media, retail, logistics and renewable energies industries.

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