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Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover

The degree programme photojournalism and documentary photography sees its focus on the »photography of the real life«. This means the photographic examination of the surroundings on the basis of the situational and local reality. Our main focus lies on the personal interpretation of the reality. This always requires to develop of a position towards the object itself and the photography, as a medium.

Photos: Andy Spyra

For this, we are looking for students with an interest in the world. Students who do not think of daily papers as a great wrapping paper for their fish and chips or who do not think that Simon Cowell’s book on Pop Idol is a great piece of literature. Students who are curious to see the world and do not want to spend the rest of their life sitting in front of the computer. Who know that MAGNUM is not just a type of ice cream and that Cartier-Bresson is not the name of a brand for watches. Who are disputatious and are able to dispute. Who think of opportunism as the beginning of the end of each development and who can not just spell loyalty and solidarity. And last but not least, who love photography.

Those are the ones, we educate in content, design and technique of the photography with a special focus on reportages, essays and documentations but also on portrait, architecture and fashion. We offer the most advanced photography department, both in the digital and analogue sector, to our students. Thanks to our sponsor Lumix we dispose of our own gear and, in addition to this, also of numerous rental cameras. The approximately 160 photo students are being supported by three professors, one lecturer and three laboratory assistants. We are located in the former “Global House” on the Expo area. The house is a transparent and modern building with a lot of light coming in. 

Besides that we cooperate with companies (e.g. Marc Shoes, Baden-Baden Event GmbH, Klinikum GmbH) with foundations and associations (e.g. association of museums, Sparkasse foundation Lower Saxony) and with newpapers and magazines (e.g. F.A.Z., Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Brigitte, mare).

The degree programme photojournalism and documentary photography also organizes the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism together with the photojournalist organisation FreeLens every second year. After the very successful premiere of the festival in 2008 with exhibitions in Design Center and several other pavilions of the former expo grounds in Hannover (www.fotofestival-hannover.de) the second Lumix Festival took place in June 2010.

We are proud to cooperate with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung since several years for interships, and we are proud to receive continual finanical support from renowned companies like Panasonic and the Lower Saxonian insurance group VGH.

The bachelor degree programme Photojournalism and Documentary Photography takes 8 semesters, including one semester for internships. There is a possibility to add a master programme of two semesters.
The tuition fees are 500 euro plus the administration fee of around 260 euro. For materials and other costs you should calculate another 100 to 150 euro per month during the semesters. For beginning students we have a number of analogue and digital cameras to borrow. After two semesters all students should have their own equipment including at least one semi-professional digital camera and a laptop or netbook. 

In their future the students have the opportunity to work in the field of the magazine,- book,- and daily newspaper photography. Further spheres are the photography for public relations, to work as a picture editor for photo agencies, magazines and newspapers, the art buying in the advertisement and the curational work for galleries, trusts and museums.

We are very successful in our work. During the short history of the field of study photography, students from Hannover received numerous awards. Not just in competitions amongst students, also in competitions amongst professionals. The success bases on the perfomance orientated and critical thinking towards photography which we require from each stude

Degree programme Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, Prof. Rolf Nobel


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