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The degree program Photojournalism and Documentary Photography sees the photography of real life as its focus. This means the photographic examination of our surroundings based on both the situation and local reality. Our main focus lies on personal interpretations of reality. This always requires developing a position towards the object itself and towards photography as a medium.
This is why we are looking for students with an interest in the world, who do not think of daily papers as just great wrapping paper for their fish and chips or think that Simon Cowell’s book about Pop Idol is a great piece of literature. We want students who are curious to see the world and do not want to spend the rest of their lives sitting in front of a computer, who know that MAGNUM is not just a type of ice cream and that Cartier-Bresson is not the name of a brand of watches. They should be disputatious and able to dispute. They should think of opportunism as the beginning of the end of each development and be able to do more than spell the words loyalty and solidarity. And last but not least, they should love photography.
These are the people we educate in content, design and techniques of photography with a special focus on reportages, essays and documentations, but also on portrait, architecture and fashion. We offer our students the most advanced photography department, both in the digital and analogue sector. Thanks to our sponsor Lumix, we have our own gear and several rental cameras as well. Our 220 photo students are supported by a team comprising professors, lecturers and laboratory assistants. We are located in the former “Global House” on the Expo grounds. The house is a transparent, modern building with a lot of light.
Within the framework of our study programs, we work with companies such as Bosch, associations, foundations like the Volkswagen Foundation, newspapers and magazines (F.A.Z., Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Weser Kurier, stern, Der SPIEGEL, Chrismon, Cicero and others). These projects prepare our students for their future careers.
What’s more, the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts cooperates with the Association for the Promotion of Photography in Hannover to organize the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, which has enjoyed great success in the Design Centre and several of the pavilions on the Expo grounds every two years since 2008.
We are proud to have been cooperating with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for internships for several years, and we are proud to receive continual financial support from renowned companies like Panasonic and Lower Saxony’s insurance group, VGH.
The bachelor degree program Photojournalism and Documentary Photography takes 8 semesters, including one semester for internships. It is possible to add a master program of two semesters.
Besides the tuition fees, aspiring students should calculate another 100 to 150 euro per month for materials and other expenses. For beginning students, we have a number of analogue and digital cameras that can be borrowed. After two semesters all students should have their own equipment, including at least one semi-professional digital camera and a laptop or netbook.
In the future, the students have the opportunity to work in the field of photography for magazines, books- and daily newspapers. Further spheres are photography for public relations, picture editing for photo agencies, magazines and newspapers, art buying in the advertisement and curatorial work for galleries, trusts and museums.
We are very successful in our work. During the short history of the Photography field of study, students from Hannover have received numerous awards such as the World Press Photo Award, UNICEF Photo of the Year, the Henri Nannen Award, the CNN Journalist Award, the New York Photo Award, College Photographer of the Year and the Mark Grosset Prize. These competitions take place not only among students, but among professionals as well. Success is based on the performance-oriented, critical thinking towards photography which we require from every student.
Degree program Photojournalism and Documentary Photography,
Prof. Rolf Nobel and Prof. Lars Bauernschmitt