BA (Hons) Photography

This three-year or four-year international route Bachelor of Arts in Photography will introduce you to the fundamentals of the creative industry, specifically focusing on photography, and provide you with the opportunity to refine a career path in this specialised field.

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BSBI’s BA (Hons) Photography programme offers subject-specific expertise and interdisciplinary skills to craft your unique learning journey. This programme fosters experimentation, intellectual inquiry, and a global perspective. With four core themes: The Real, The Body, Spatial Practices and Expanded Practices. These themes span across across levels 4 and 5 and will allow you to enhance and diversify your photography expertise.

Berlin School of Business and Innovation is in partnership with University for the Creative Arts (UCA). As a result of this partnership, BSBI is able to offer the BA (Hons) Photography programme. UCA is an acclaimed creative institution in the UK that ranks highly in all three of the major UK league tables. The university has also been ranked 13th out of all UK universities in the Guardian League Table 2020; and ranked no.7 in the 2021 Guardian League Tables for Business, Management & Marketing.



What will the student experience?

As part of an interdisciplinary programme network, you can collaborate across disciplines and tailor your education to meet your own personal requirements.

Inclusivity and diversity are embedded in the curriculum to expand your experience and grow your global outlook.

This programme prioritises employability, guiding you to build a professional portfolio and navigate various contexts. Your future success as a creative practitioner is our focus.

Why study this programme?

The focus on preparing graduates of BA Photography for their future careers is central to our educational approach. In this programme, each student can get support to find and prepare for industry placements tailored to their needs. We use our broad network in the creative industries to connect you with opportunities that match your interests and career goals. Studying with us means not only gaining theoretical knowledge but also getting a path to real-world experiences, setting you up for a successful career in your chosen field.

Who should take this programme?

The BA (Hons) Photography at BSBI Hamburg is designed for individuals with a passion for visual storytelling and a keen interest in mastering the art and craft of photography. This programme is particularly well-suited for:

Programme price


Location: Hamburg

2024 October: International students Price: €11,000/year | EU students Price: €8,450/year

Special offer effective until 31 July 2024: Up to 40% savings for International Students | 10% savings for EU Students

Terms and conditions apply. Find out more here.

The School’s admissions process is subject to the Consumer Contracts (Terms and Conditions). Information on your Right of Withdrawal and our Refund Policy can be found in the BSBI study agreement.

Portfolio Scholarship Competition

Students have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and the chance to receive a scholarship on tuition! This competition is valid on the Faculty of Creative Industries programmes being offered at the Hamburg campus.

Best Portfolio (Study for Free!)

1 Student | 100% Scholarship on Tuition

Second Best Portfolio

10 Students | 50% Scholarship on Tuition

Third Best Portfolio

20 Students | 40% Scholarship on Tuition

Find out more about how to apply here.

Programme Structure

The majority of your work will be completed in groups and on-going support will be provided through the use of structured, targeted individual tutorials and online tutorials.

The learning and teaching will consist of a variety of elements such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, animated/non-animated video, practical work, seminars and trips. The assessment strategy will include individual/group reports and/or presentations, case studies, essays, portfolio development, reflective journals and experiential work-based activities.

The modules of this programme are offered and delivered 100% on campus. Students will also have additional access to course and reading materials via the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) platform.

Teaching takes place Monday to Saturdays, during morning, afternoon, or evening sessions.

Please note: each year is divided into three terms.


  • Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  • Digital Storytelling
  • The Body
  • Professional Identities
  • Learning Enhancement
  • Personalised Learning Experience: Digital Portfolio or online showcase


  • The Conscious Practitioner
  • Conceptual Disciplinary
  • Expanded Practises
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Experience


  • Final Major Project- Development
  • Critical Context Final Major Project- Realisation (PHO)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students should be able to:


  • Apply good knowledge of English to communicate relevant international, cultural, contemporary knowledge and historical, theoretical and professional contexts.
  • Demonstrate a range of general, specialist and transferable skills and competencies relevant to both postgraduate study and future employment.
  • Create a resourceful application towards presenting progressive photography results in terms of authorship, team efforts and all aspects of commercial animation production.

Application to the industry

  • Demonstrate the ability to creatively apply appropriate technical skills to produce a self-initiated body of work.
  • Showcase the relationship of the body of work with photography’s connection to ‘the real.’Create individual responses to all forms of animation production.
  • Creatively apply appropriate technical skills to produce a resolved body of work.
  • Creatively apply a range of appropriate skills to produce a self-initiated and fully resolved body of work that responds to unit themes.


  • Demonstrate professional skills through project management presentation and communication of ideas.
  • Develop a special focus on their chosen and specified field of animation results.
  • Develop an in-depth technical skillset to demonstrate their broad level of authorship and agency in their creative practice.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical debates relevant to photograhy in its wider cultural context.
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Career Progression

Graduates from our Photography programme at BSBI Hamburg campus are well-prepared for diverse and dynamic career opportunities in the expansive world of photography. With a combination of technical expertise and creative flair, our alumni have successfully ventured into various industries, including:

Hamburg shows it is at the heart of the creative industries within Europe.

Designers can benefit from digitization and the positive economic situation in Germany, did you know the industry has had an average growth of 4.1% until 2014-2019 in the communication design industry? 


Established Creative Agencies: 

Study in Hamburg, close to creative agencies like Jung von Matt, Blynk, Serious, Paperlux Studio, Sum.Cumo. Better yet, be near to start ups featuring client portfolios reaching from BMW, Google, Airbus to Mercedes Benz and Mc’ Donalds.

BSBI’s dedicated Careers Service helps graphic design students and alumni reach their career goals and realise their potential. The Service offers specialised support and aims to build long-lasting relationships with local and national employers. To find out more about the support available, visit the Careers Service website.

The Virtual Student Lounge

BSBI offers you the opportunity to attend our Virtual Student Lounge to help you gain an insight into life at the school. Through a video call consultation, you’ll be able to get a virtual campus tour, learn more about our programmes, bursaries and scholarships, and get answers to any questions you might have regarding the admission procedure.

You’ll also be able to discover more about living and studying in Europe’s start-up capital, Berlin and find out more about the services on offer at BSBI.

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