The master’s degree in photography conveys critical perspectives on photography and new visual media. You acquire the tools to take a critical look at your work and that of your colleagues. At the same time, you direct your gaze to the outside world, to the professional world of the picture maker and the historical roots of the image medium. The program offers enough space and flexibility to refine your own photographic orientation and artistic practice.



First semester

  • Orientation in the medium5
  • Individual development5
  • Work in progress5
  • Core Project5
  • History of Photography5
  • Site-Specific Learning5

Orientation in the medium:

  • Photography Lab I.
  • Core Integrated Practice II
  • Encountering the image

Individual Development:

  • Photography Lab II
  • Core Integrated Practice II
  • Methods of Image Analysis

Work in progress:

  • Photography Lab III
  • Core Integrated Practice III
  • Images in context

Core Project History of Photography
Site-Specific Learning


Second semester

  • Image and Medium5
  • Photograph as Object5
  • Boundaries of the Medium5
  • Advanced Project Print5
  • Issues in Contemporary Photography5
  • Excursion5

Image and Medium:

  • Printed matter
  • Advanced Integrated Practice I.
  • Foundations of Media Theory

Photograph as Object:

  • Photo Book
  • Advanced Integrated Practice II
  • Advanced Research Methodologies

Boundaries of the Medium:

  • Photographic print
  • Advanced Integrated Practice III
  • Theory of Lens-based Media

Advanced Project Print
Issues in Contemporary Photography



Third semester

  • Spatial shift5
  • Photograph and Space5
  • Beyond Photography5
  • Expanded Project Space - Manifesto5
  • Critical Perspectives on Photography5
  • Back to the future5

Spatial Shift:

  • Spatial Practice
  • Expanded Integrated Practice I.
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Media

Photograph and Space:

  • Expanded Photography
  • Expanded Integrated Practice II
  • Contemporary Media Theory

Beyond Photography:

  • Spatial intervention
  • Expanded Integrated Practice III
  • After Photography

Expanded Project Space - Manifesto
Critical Perspectives on Photography
Back to the Future


Fourth semester

  • Master Colloquium10
  • master thesis20th

Master Colloquium
Master Thesis



  • University or technical college degree (bachelor or diploma) - please submit your diploma and your transcript of records. (If you don't have your diploma yet, you can submit it later.)
  • 2-3 artistic works
  • short idea for a project that you would like to work on in your master’s degree
  • optionally you can also submit further work
  • Motivation letter
  • Proof of language proficiency in English
  • curriculum vitae
  • Copy of ID



  • FCE (grade A, B or C)
  • Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A): 59 points
  • Duolingo 95 points
  • TOEFL 87 ibt (direct recording)
  • TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
  • TOEIC 785 (Listening / Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
  • IELTS (academic) 6.5 in average. Deviations from this rule are governed by the current version of the Language Center's guidelines
  • CAE (grade A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grade A, B or C)



The MA Photography prepares you for immediate entry into the diverse branch of visual art. This can mean, for example, working as an independent artistic or applied photographer, picture editor, art buyer or art director.
Due to the theoretical focus of the program, you are also able to embark on a career as a curator for museums and galleries.
The international Master of Arts degree also enables you to pursue an academic career, including a doctorate and postdoctoral studies

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