Photography and film

Higher vocational college diploma

Photography is a practical, commercial educational program. The program provides you with a solid platform for working as a film and still photographer.


August 2023


Full-time, 2 years

Study points


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Never before has there been more job opportunities for a photographer.

This program will provide you with necessary knowledge and skills within techniques, aesthetics, communication and creative tools for film and photo production. Through lectures, assignments and exercises, you will learn about known photographic genres, while developing your own personal style.

The program concentrates on the role of the still and film photographer in society. You will learn how to set yourself up as a photographer, and the opportunities that exist in different industries.

Program structure

1st term

Techniques and post-production 1

  • Basic techniques for photo and film
  • Post-production for photo and film

Theme-based project 1

  • Documentary
  • Composure
  • Portrait
  • Film

Theory and aesthetics 1

  • History of photography
2nd term

Techniques and post-production 2

  • Studio techniques
  • Film techniques
  • Lighting
  • Post-production

Theme-based project 2

  • Fashion
  • Art
  • Film
  • Lifestyle
  • Content production

Theory and aesthetics 2

  • Aesthetics and art history
  • Regulations and legal framework
3rd term

Techniques and post-production 3

  • Workshops
  • Professional photo and film production
  • Drone film and photography

Selected genre project 1

  • Advertising
  • Fashion
  • Portrait
  • Editorial
  • Documentary
  • Autumn exhibition
  • Specialist assignment
  • Magazine

Theory and aesthetics 3

  • Criticism and analysis
  • Business development
4th term

Portfolio and your own practice

  • Running and promoting a company
  • Working practices
  • Portfolio

Selected genre project 2

  • Dissertation


  • Portfolio
  • Technical exam
  • Themed exam
  • Final exhibition

Job opportunities

There is growing demand for film and still photographers. Never has the photographer had more opportunities than now, and after qualification, you will be able to work commercially with photography in a wide range of industries.

For example: as a fashion, portrait, advertising, documentary, press, sports, home and lifestyle photographer.

You will also be able to work as a film photographer. That means you can make films as an add-on or main product for your customers. But a qualification from Norwegian School of Photography should not be confused with pure film studies.


The best qualification you could have is a genuine interest in the profession.

You will be assessed on the following criteria
  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Alternatively, other qualifications at a corresponding level.*
  • Enrollment test in the form of a portfolio. Your portfolio must show your experience and understanding of the profession. The enrollment test will account for 50 % of your points, and grades obtained 50 %.

*Other qualifications are knowledge and skills you have gained from education, paid or unpaid work, working for organisations or hobbies. Other qualifications are assessed to determine whether you have a skills level equivalent to that from qualifications from upper secondary school. You must be 19 years of age or older during the enrollment year to be enrolled on the basis of other qualifications.

Read more on other qualifications at NUCAS.

How to apply

Feel free to contact us if you need help with the application, or are unsure if you can apply.

1. Register your application

Go to NUCAS.

The application portal opens on the 1st of February. Final date for applications is April 15th at 23.59.

    2. Enrollment test

    The enrollment test consists of submission of your portfolio. It must contain 10–20 still photos and/or videos, and showcase your interests, talents and skills within photography. Your portfolio can contain your best work, or represent one or more projects you have worked on. There are no constraints on the design of your portfolio. Upload your enrolment test along with your application to NUCAS.

      3. Interview

      If you are qualified for enrollment, you will be contacted to arrange an interview with the college. This is a good opportunity to get to know us – and for us to get to know you! Interviews can be conducted in person or digitally. An interview is a means of support for applicants, at which you can justify your choice of portfolio and provide more details. You can also ask questions concerning the programme. The interview does not count towards the points awarded for your portfolio.

        Tuition and fees

        Term fees: NOK 59,500

        Mandatory membership of SiT (Studentsamskipnaden i Trondheim (student welfare association): NOK 600 per term

        Mandatory membership of ONF (Organisasjon for Norske Fagskolestudenter (organisation for Norwegian vocational college students): NOK 85 per term

        All programs are approved by NOKUT, the national quality assurance organ, and supported by Lånekassen.


        Check out the work by some of our former students!

        Yrjan Olsnes

        Year of study: 2019–2021

        Veslemøy Vråskar

        Year of study: 2004–2006

        Victor Kleive

        Year of study: 2012–2014

        Sebastian Bjerkvik

        Year of study: 2015–2017

        Renate Thorseth

        Year of study: 2004–2006

        Stian Foss

        Year of study: 2003–2005

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