Practice-oriented. Innovative. Profound. The bachelor’s programme Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography will open the door to editorial desks, publishing houses and media companies.

The programme teaches multidisciplinary visual skills based on the media of photography and video. We focus on journalistic and documentary narratives.

Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Start of studies Winter semester (September 1)

Application deadline March 15

Teaching languages German or English

Types of studying Full-time and part-time

Duration of studies 8 semesters

Admission mode Selection procedure / artistic aptitude test

What is the aim of our programme of study?

Our students qualify as image experts and visual journalists.

What are the professional prospects?

Our graduates work in various fields: Some work as freelance photographers, video journalists, or camera operators, and they finance their freelance documentary projects with scholarships and grants. Others opt for a permanent position after graduation, e.g., as a picture or video editor at a newspaper, curator at a gallery, or multimedia producer at an NGO.

A steadily growing number of job offers, which we regularly send out via our alumni mailing list, testify to the high demand for visually trained experts. In addition, more and more graduates are establishing their own start-ups and benefitting from the international network associated with our programme.

How does a bachelor’s degree in Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography differ from other programmes?

We differ from traditional journalism programmes in focusing on the visual (e.g., photography, video, and data visualisation). Unlike most photography programmes, we focus on journalistic and documentary storytelling. Along with our bilingual orientation and innovative teaching concepts such as the Educational Newsroom, this results in a globally unique programme.

The "Galerie für Fotografie" (GAF) in Hannover exhibits the students' bachelor projects twice a year. Photo: Marvin Ibo Güngör

During my studies, I was given a toolbox that I can now use to grow as a photographer.

China Hopson, Alumna
Excursion to the Sprengel Museum. Photo: Rafael Heygster

The students from Hannover take journalistic photography very seriously and are trained to a high practical level.

Henner Flohr, Head of Picture Desk, F.A.Z.
In our studios in the basement of the Design Center, students have the opportunity to produce 360° films. Photo: Rafael Heygster

The open exchange is what I particularly appreciate about the Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography program. All students find their way here.

Elke Latinović, Deputy Lead Art Buying, C3

And after the bachelor’s degree? Episode #1 of our alumni video series with Jonas Wresch, a freelance photographer in Hamburg.

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Dean of Studies, Design and Media department

Application and admission procedure

Study programme coordination, studio management

Hochschule Hannover
Faculty III – Media, Information and Design
Expo Plaza 2
D-30539 Hanover