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.
Full-time, 2 years
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.
Techniques and post-production 1
- Basic techniques for photo and film
- Post-production for photo and film
Theme-based project 1
Theory and aesthetics 1
- History of photography
Techniques and post-production 2
- Studio techniques
- Film techniques
Theme-based project 2
- Content production
Theory and aesthetics 2
- Aesthetics and art history
- Regulations and legal framework
Techniques and post-production 3
- Professional photo and film production
- Drone film and photography
Selected genre project 1
- Autumn exhibition
- Specialist assignment
Theory and aesthetics 3
- Criticism and analysis
- Business development
Portfolio and your own practice
- Running and promoting a company
- Working practices
Selected genre project 2
- Technical exam
- Themed exam
- Final exhibition
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 1 February. Final date for applications is April 20th.
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.
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 58,500
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!