Application Process

Interested in studying at Neue Schule für Fotografie? We welcome applications by prospective students that are at least 18 years old and have finished school. Exceptions will be made for particularly talented applicants.

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The application deadline for the summer semester 2020 is 17 November 2019. When applying by mail, the date on the postmark or delivery company stamp will be considered the official date of dispatch.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview at our school or by Skype in December 2019. Interviewees must bring a current portfolio containing 15 to 40 photographs for discussion. The printed photographs must be no smaller than 13x18cm and no larger than 30x45cm. The portfolio will remain at the school for further consideration and can be picked up once the new students have been selected. The portfolio cannot be returned by post.


Admittance to the Neue Schule für Fotografie is based on the strength of your work, your potential, and your interview. The admission panel will consider the portfolios, the interviews are going to be conducted by a minimum of two members of staff. For the full three-year course, a minimum language level of B1 is required as all classes are held in German.

Neue Schule für Fotografie is a private institution for further education. Students are currently not eligible for BAFöG. We are currently undergoing state recognition, the process should be finished by autumn 2020.

Check our FAQs to get more information about our programme.

For international students, we offer an International Class in English that lasts for one or two semesters.