The course

Master's course in Photography

Aim of the course

The programme of study in Photography teaches central skills for positions of responsibility in the art and media sectors and for photography-related projects on the one hand, and also gives students the opportunity to expand their own artistic/design knowledge on the other.

Teaching content

In the master’s programme, students consider the diverse facets of one of the central media of the 20th and 21th centuries. One focal point is joint work on individual photographic projects. Components of the programme of study include advanced theoretical and practical composition, practice with analogue positive and negative processes, and skills relating to strategies and uses of digital photo management. The course of study is supplemented by lectures on the history and theory of photography and consideration of contemporary approaches. Professional analogue and digital workplaces are available to students.

Course of study

The master’s course in Photography takes four semesters. In each of the first and second semesters, students may select a programme from among the various one-semester options available in the M.A. in Photography and thus take into account their learning needs. Course modules can also be freely combined from among the course elements on offer. In the final semester, students work on a comprehensive master’s thesis on an individual design topic. The preceding semesters focus on project studies, which can be supplemented with diverse course elements from module areas in design studies or related subjects.


The master’s courses are aimed at graduates with a bachelor’s or a ‘Diplom’ degree with an artistic/design emphasis. However, interested graduates of other disciplines who have relevant qualifications may also be admitted to a master’s course after taking the course-specific entrance test.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Brief information

  • Subject-specific project
  • Development of individual profile
  • Supplemented by course elements in theoretical elements and art and design studies
  • Duration: Four semesters
  • Degree awarded after one-semester master’s thesis
  • There are no university fees



Standard duration of course

4 semesters, master’s thesis in last semester


There are no university fees