Application Process

Interested in studying at Neue Schule für Fotografie?

The application deadline for Summer Semester 2020 is 17 November 2019. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview on 29/30 November 2019.

We have an Open Doors Day on Saturday 2 November 2019 from 13:00 to 19:00, during which prospective students can visit our school, talk to teachers and see our student’s work, as well as book a Portfolio Review.

Summer Semester 2020 starts 24 February 2020 and ends 23 August 2020.

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If you don’t speak German, check out our International Class.

Apply for the International Class (English)

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.