“Photography Studies and Research” (M. A.)

On this page you will find information on the application and the aptitude test as well as on the documents you will need to provide at the time of enrolment, if your application is successful.

Application | Registration

For the study course “Photography Studies and Research” you will need the following documents:

  • Application to participate in the qualifying examination (open from 16. November to the deadline on 31. May)
  • CV/Résumé
  • One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school
  • Leaving certificate or transcript of records of your former unversity/ies
  • If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test (simple copy) or other international educational achievements (simple copy) that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:
  • A representative chapter from a larger essay or article on photo history or photo theory of about 30.000 characters
  • Declaration that the submitted representative chapter has been prepared independently

Dates for the submission of your application

For winter semester 2020/21: All your application documents (representative chapter and other documents) must be submitted by mail until 31.05.2020 at the latest to:


+49 (0) 201_6505-1411

Aptitude test

Your aptitude is determined in a two-stage process. A first selection is made on the basis of your essay. All applicants who are deemed apt, will be invited to take part in the aptitude test in about July. Please note that you have to be on site for the second part of the aptitude test.

The Aptitude test on site consists of an approx. 20 min. interview. The interview mainly deals with your submitted article as well as your personal motivation for joining the Master programme “Photography Studies and Research”. This personal discussion should also determine your rhetorical skills, social skills and study- as well as subject-specific interests.

Details on the process can be found here:

No. 262 | Regulations to establish artistic aptitude and the study course-specific aptitude for the "Photography Studies and Practice" and "Photography Studies and Research" Master study courses at the Folkwang University of the Arts from 14.09.2016 | 29.09.2016

Documents for enrolment

  • Completed application form for enrolment (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
  • Completed application form for Folkwang Card (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
  • Proof of existing health insurance
  • Certified copy of leaving certificate of your last attended school (certified translation where applicable)
  • Certified copy of your bachelor certificate (certified translation where applicable)
  • Evidence of sufficient language skills, if you did not acquire your qualification for university entrance in Germany
  • Proof of payment of the social contribution

If you have any questions regarding the enrolment process, please contact:


+49 (0) 201_6505-1411