Application. How to get your study place

Two students select photos they created from the "image/con/text" symposium in our lecture hall. Photo: Maximilian von Lachner

1. Clarify study requirements

You need a high school diploma (Abitur, Fachabitur) or an equivalent recognized qualification to study with us. Foreign applicants require a language certificate if their native language is not German.

2. Create digital portfolio

The portfolio has to be submitted digitally as a PDF. We would like to see the following elements:
•   a letter of motivation*
•   three photo series** or two photo series and one video.

The motivation letter should revolve around the following questions: What do Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography mean to you? Why exactly do you want to study with us? What do you want to achieve in your profession later on? This text should be placed on the first page of the PDF and be about half an A4 page long (max. 2000 characters).

Depending on the topic, the three photo series should each consist of 10 to 20 photos. Put a text page in which you introduce the topic in three or four sentences before every photo series.

For videos, please note the maximum length of 2 minutes (if you submit longer videos, we will only watch the first 2 minutes). Introduce videos with a still image, a short introductory text, a list of the crew, and a clickable link in the PDF. The link should lead to the video without a password (e.g. on Vimeo, Youtube, Google Drive, or similar).

*The portfolio should show that you are interested in our core profile in education, visual journalism and documentary photography.

**By photo series, we mean reportage, essay or portrait series. But there should be at least one reportage, and it should be about people somehow. The other photo series can also deal with architecture, portraits, landscapes, etc. But it is always important to us that each photo series is about people. However, it is always essential to us that each work has a thematic bracket.

3. Send application form

Please register here by March 15, 2023, complete your application, and upload your work samples. All further steps are explained in great detail on the page. During the application process, you fill out an application for admission and send it with your CV by mail to the Faculty III – Department of Design and Media at Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Only then can you upload your work samples, and you will receive a confirmation if this is successful.

4. Wait for decision, create homework assignment

After reviewing your application materials, we will notify you by mail within three to four weeks whether you have been admitted to our artistic aptitude test. With this letter, you will also learn the topic for the homework assignment that you will implement until the exam.

5. Artistic aptitude test

The artistic aptitude test takes a full day on-site in Hannover. In the evening, you will find out the score you have achieved, and that’s how you know if you passed.

6. Wait for notification, register for the study place

The official confirmation will be sent to you promptly after the artistic aptitude test. Only with this written confirmation is the result official, and you can register – usually by July 15 of each year – at the Academic Affairs Service Center for a study place.

Book a free appointment now. During the portfolio review, we will answer your questions about the studies and your portfolio.

Current on-site dates:
Tuesday, 31/01/2023 – 2:00 p.m. (fully booked)
Tuesday, 14/02/2023 – 2:00 p.m.

The artistic aptitude test takes place every year on two days in May. Photo: Maximilian von Lachner

At a glance:

1. Abitur, Fachabitur, or equivalent recognized degree.

Under certain circumstances (if you can prove superior aptitude in the artistic aptitude test), you can do without.

2. Language certificate at the beginning of the study:

German Language Examination for University Admission (DSH 1) or the Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF) Level 3 in 4 skills. After the third semester: English at level B2. Native speakers are exempt from the language requirements.

3. Proof of artistic ability for our course of study.

This is provided in an artistic aptitude test.

Photo from the reportage "Isaya's Dream" by François Klein

In the digital application, we would like to see three photo series or two photo series and one video. Show us that you are curious and interested in socially relevant topics.

Show us that you are interested in socially relevant topics.

Englisch Alt-Text Photo from the work "Germany's Queens" by Anna-Kristina Bauer

Among the photo series, there should be at least one reportage, which should tell about people somehow.

Photo from the work "Brothers" by Marlena Waldthausen

Depending on the subject’s size, the three works should consist of 10 to 20 photos. Videos should not be longer than two minutes.

Photo from the series "No man's land" by Daniel Chatard

We recommend that you attend a free portfolio review early.

Photo: Maximilian von Lachner

We welcome the applicants to the design center.

Photo: Maximilian von Lachner

You have to implement two tasks on-site within approximately 4 hours.

Photo: Maximilian von Lachner

You can print and label the assignments in our workrooms in the basement.

Photo: Maximilian von Lachner

Throughout the day, colloquia will be held with four applicants each.

Photo: Maximilian von Lachner

In the end, you will find your score and thus know whether you have passed.

Each year, there are numerous inquiries about the selection process for the Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography programme. Here you will find our answers to the most frequently asked questions.

When is the next application period?

The application deadline is March 15 each year.

What is the application procedure?

After you submit your portfolio with work samples, the application for admission, and the declaration of consent for the artistic examination in the Design and Media department, an admission committee will evaluate your portfolio. If you receive 3 out of 15 points for this, you will be invited to the artistic aptitude test on-site in Hannover.

When is the artistic aptitude test, and how long does it last?

The artistic aptitude test usually takes place in the third week of May and lasts from 9 am to approximately 5 pm. The invitation is sent in writing.

How likely is it that I’ll be accepted?

We accept 37 students every year. Although there are always significantly more applicants than study places, you have good chances if you are curious, interested in socially relevant topics, and have an eye for exciting pictures. So be brave and send us your application!

Your contact persons will be happy to assist you with your personal concerns. However, due to the large number of inquiries, we ask you to first check our FAQ to see if your question may have already been answered.


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