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Photography | Master of Arts

Critical perspectives on photography and new visual media



The M.A. Photography is an exciting opportunity for photographers and designers to deepen their knowledge of photographic practice, expand their theoretical understanding, and develop a unique and advanced photographic vision they can carry with them throughout their careers.

Our students gain the tools to think and look critically at their work and the work of their peers, while also looking outward to the professional world of image makers and the historical roots of the medium. While studying at the Berlin School of Design and Communication, you’ll not only benefit from a thriving interdisciplinary community within the school. You’ll also engage with the exciting creative environment of Berlin: a unique city flooded with artists, curators, scholars, galleries, museums, and media companies, which also boasts a large and thriving international population.

Your studies

The state-recognized Master in Photography offers students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of photography, with a focus on intersections of photographic and creative practice, theoretical concepts, and philosophical questions. This connection between theory and practice is considered in terms of cultural, social, and historical contexts. Existing patterns of thinking are questioned and expanded through radical perspectives.

Developing a critical eye for both their own concepts and photographic images and those of others enables students to develop their own insightful approaches and individual visual languages.

The program also sheds light on media and its functions and is designed with enough flexibility to allow each student to find the right platform for honing their own photographic orientation and approach to artistic practice.

Your career prospects

The M.A. Photography prepares students for immediate entry into a variety of fields at an advanced level. This could mean, for example, working as an independent artistic or applied photographer, photo editor, art buyer, or art director. The extensive range of courses and options for individualization allows students to gain the skills needed to successfully launch their careers.

Due to the program’s theoretical focus, graduates will also be able to pursue careers as curators for museums and galleries. The degree category Master of Arts also allows students to pursue an academic career path, including doctorate and postdoctorate qualifications.

Your application

This is a consecutive graduate program, which is designed for candidates who have already completed their first degree in the field of photography, another similar design-related programme, architecture or art history.

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M.A. Photography – Research and university collaborations

Since 2010: 3D research group, stereocamera prototypes test, regular excursions and stereo projections in 3D cinema at 3IT - Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. 3IT – Fraunhofer HHI

Since 2015: Joint practical projects as well as regular excursions and exhibition visits to the Wolfen Industry and Film Museum. IFM Wolfen

photography exhibitions and publications, visits from international arts festivals, regular university exchanges of students and lecturers with the Film School Łódź (Poland). Film School Łódź