Photography Schools in Europe

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Photography is an in-depth discipline that requires time and effort to master. Studying photography in Europe exposes students to world-renowned monuments, architecture and natural wonders. From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Brandenburg Gates in Berlin, creative inspiration abounds. It is typically more expensive for non-Europeans to attend schools in Europe, so a great deal of planning and budget is necessary before making a final decision.

European Academy of Fine Arts

This school is based in Germany, but runs an English-language photography program in Barcelona, Spain. Only 12 students are admitted to the course, and they must furnish their own materials, such as a camera and tripod. Dates and course fees vary, but tuition does not include travel or accommodation costs. Students learn how to take colour and black and white photographs in keeping with a series of themes outlined by the instructor. Courses cover technical knowledge, as well as format and composition.

European Academy of Fine Arts Aachener Strasse 63 D-54294 Trier Germany +49 (0)651 99 84 6 0


Located in Paris, France, Gobelins is a school of applied arts, print and digital media. The photography courses at this school have given graduates the opportunity to work as professionals in photography, digital retouching, publishing, media, illustration and more. There are 700 students enrolled in Gobelins’ 11 international locations, including France, Germany, England and the United States. Students take courses such as Aesthetic Image, History of Art and Photography and Digital Editing.

Gobelins (Paris Campus) 73 bd Saint-Marcel 75013 Paris +33 (1) 40 79 92 79


The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts is in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Known as FAMU, it offers a three-year bachelor degree program in Photography, as well as a two-year masters program. Courses include Basic Photo Imaging and Studio Photography 1, and are offered in English as well as Czech. According to the FAMU website, prerequisites for studying photography include a clear talent for producing creative work, as well as a basic foundation in art and photography technique. Tuition costs in early 2010 were 8,700 euro per year, or about £8,125. A 1,700 euro scholarship is given for years two and three, contingent upon students completing academic requirements within a prescribed time frame.

FAMU Smetanovo nabrezi 2 116 65 Prague Czech Republic +420 234 244 360

The Darkroom

The Darkroom is an international school of photography in Florence, Italy. The photography programs have been designed to prepare professional photographers for multimedia work. The standard course lasts one year and begins in October or November each year. Classes are available in Italian and English, so speaking Italian is not necessary, although students may find it helpful. Students attend class three times per week. The student is not awarded a bachelor's degree after completing the program.

The Darkroom Via Antonio del Pollaiolo 172/A Florence, Italy +39 055 52 75 595

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