Photo: Linus Dessecker

Professional Photography

Practical exercises are used by lecturers to familiarise students with different genres within photography from portrait, reportage, architecture, product, landscape, and staged photography.

Tasks are set to teach the basics, alongside which students work on their own projects, developing their own worflows and interests. Group tasks during and outside class serve to consolidate teamworking skills. In class students discuss their works to hone their perception and imagination. They learn that photography can be used as a form of expression and discovery, the meaning of which changes as it is contextualised by the viewer.

Students learn to skillfully reflect upon and defend their photographic positions within the contemporary field of photography and knowledge.

Eva Bertram, Bertram Kober, Eva Maria Ocherbauer and Marc Volk

Photo: Judith Schenk

Principles of Visual Design

Students learn the basics of composition and the rules of visual design. Through drawing and painting exercises, students observe and school their own perception, learning to consciously design. Themes dealt with in class deal with figure-background relationships, basic contrasts, shape contrasts, levels of abstraction, pregnance, levels of order, room, tone, rhythm, colour, typography, and printing techniques.

Bodo Müller


Photo: Ben Chislett

Photographic Techniques

In photographic techniques, students are taught the practical aspects and techniques of analog and digital photography. In the darkroom students learn how to develop film and make their own black and white and colour prints. They learn studio lighting and how to use different strobe systems, cameras, and lenses. On the digital side students are taught to make their own fine art prints using high class Epson printers.

The technical aspects of photography are taught through practical exercises exploring of the influence light, aperture, exposure, sharpness and focus.

Arne Reinhardt, Ben Chislett


Photo: Thommy Gebhardt, final year project 2012

Digital Pictures

In this subject, students are taught digital darkroom methods. They learn how to manage, edit, organise, layout, and export images.

Starting out with raw data, students learn to develop concepts and workflows to process images appropriately. Themes dealt with in class include format, proportions, toning, colour, contrast, focus, errors, resolution and layout.

Eckart Pscheidl-Jeschke


Prof. Manfred Schmalriede with First Year students at Gemäldegalerie

History and Theory of Photography

How is photography used to best effect?
How does photography differ from other media?
What methods and forms of presentation, directions, styles and genres can be found within photography?
How have staged, artistic, and popular photography developed historically?

In History and Theory of Photography these questions are discussed alongside the ethic and legal aspects of images. The analysis of images and narratives orally and in writing serves to sharpen students’ perception and communication skills. Group and solo presentations give students the analytical, critical and research skills to write their final year thesis.

Prof. Susanne Holschbach, Prof. Manfred Schmalriede

Foto: Marc Volk, Sascha Weidner als Gastdozent in der Neuen Schule

Photographic Praxis

Guest lecturers share their practical knowledge from the field. Common themes range from classes on being self-employed, copyright law, licensing, financing, funding, organising shoots, going on assignment, the art market, or critiquing photography.

The wide-ranging workshops from specialists give students an essential look into the working world and their first business contacts.

Guest lecturers include Michael Biedowicz, Dr. Christiane Stahl, Dr. Matthias Harder, Dr. Peter Funken, Hannes Wanderer, Jan von Holleben, Sven Görlich, Felix Hoffmann, Martin Liebert..

Photo: Marc Volk, meeting and portfolio review with John Gossage in New York