BA in Photography

“Taking a photograph is to recognize – in a split second – the event itself, as well as the strict organization of the visual forms which give it its meaning. It is like placing someone’s mind, eye and heart on the same axis”

Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographer

Photography, beyond its technical dimension, is recognized as one of the widely spread media of communication of the 21st Century, as well as one of the most multidimensional forms of art. Image, today more than ever, is the most direct way of communication and expression.

Photography studies at AKTO examine image composition and the rules of visual communication, the theory and technique of the medium, as well as its specialized applications. They develop students’ creativity, aesthetic culture and critical thinking, while requiring constant updating and mastering of equipment in contemporary technology and digital media.

AKTO created the first organized School of Photography in Greece, in 1970. Many known contemporary Greek photographers and thousands of other successful professionals of the discipline are graduates of AKTO. Having over 40 years of history, as well as the freshness of the most dynamically developing College in Greece, AKTO continues its creative course, operating a University level programme of studies in Photography, in exemplar facilities.

With advertising and communication, press, fashion, portrait, cinema and television, tourism, publications, as well as certain areas of reportage (social, cultural, sports, war etc) and, of course, the internet, graduates of the Photography programme have a broad spectrum of professional applications. They may also do free lance photography, creating their personal photographic studio or company, be employed in photographic or advertising companies, magazines, newspapers, publications, technological labs, cinema, television etc.

Over and above the full time programme, a flexible mode of study, in the form of Open Learning, is also offered.

Following a personal interview and portfolio demonstration, from previous academic experience, should the work cover a broad spectrum of the syllabus, a student may be admitted to an advanced semester or year of studies and complete his/her studies through the Middlesex University programmes.

*This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


This is a three year programme leading to a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree by Middlesex University. An Intensive Foundation Course may be required to enable you to enroll for the programme.

The photography course at AKTO aims to create multi-dimensional photography artists and professionals by combining artistic education with an active involvement with photography applications in the various professional fields. It will develop your awareness of the potential of the discipline, as means of artistic expression and communication, in all its aspects, within the broader area of Visual Arts, as well as a field for professional practice with various applications and differentiations in demands. It will enable you to observe, identify and solve problems, make critical and reflective judgements, develop rational and analytical skills, and an ability to generate alternatives.

You will engage with appropriate related theories within global, historical, contemporary and cultural settings and develop your own critical disposition in relation to Photography. By equipping you with the required knowledge and the ability to manipulate a variety of means and techniques, both traditional and contemporary, as well as providing you with theoretical and historical knowledge and conceptual abilities, it will enable you to focus your work and broaden your perspective. Digital photography is also included in the syllabus from the start of the programme, so as to provide you with the necessary knowledge and practice.

The programme combines the conceptual, theoretical and the practical and enhances your experiential activity and enquiry-based learning and enhances your verbal and written communication skills, and your ability to present original solutions based on international practices.

Its goal is to develop graduates with a sound knowledge of subject- related technology, from the very initial principles and its evolution to the very cutting-edge digital equipment of today and its use, able to engage with a variety of issues creatively, systematically and professionally, demand their place in the employment market and develop their own pathway.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6


In tertiary education, learning and teaching are distinguished for their gradually increasing attempts for self directed independent learning.

AKTO’s learning and teaching practices aim at developing autonomous personalities who can manage the knowledge produced. In a continuously changing professional environment, this educational commitment is of critical importance so as to secure students’ ability to remain competitive.

Art and Design studies at AKTO are based on a broad teaching and learning design. Amongst some of the teaching methods used are the following: Seminars focusing on the theory, lectures on relative topics, as well as workshops, presentations, educational excursions, competitions etc.

Teaching and Learning strategies are divided into three main categories:

Α. Projects – Seminars – Assignments – Lectures

In seminars and lectures students acquire access to notes, video projections and the required bibliography, in order to enable them to learn about all the different aspects of their discipline. Lectures contribute to absorbing basic knowledge, while seminars cultivate critical thinking and ability for multilateral communication. When necessary, extra lessons are also offered, in order to empower students’ learning.

The project briefs, which vary in number for each module and semester, include a detailed description of the requirements of a topic as well as the assessment criteria for the project.

Students’ progress is monitored through project assessment as well as various tests undertaken during seminars and lectures.

B. Additional teaching and learning methods

Knowledge and skills acquired during lectures, seminars and projects is enriched further through activities, such as visits to exhibitions, museums, factories, educational excursions, as well as participation in competitions, exhibitions of student works etc. These activities assist students in absorbing the basic concepts and experiencing their application in real life conditions.

AKTO has a long relation with the industry and the artistic community. This means that, throughout the course of their studies, they will have the opportunity to acquire updated information on important events and developments in their field.

C. Independent learning with the assistance of a supervisor

Supervisors are of vital importance to the entire programme of studies, especially during the final year leading to the Bachelor degree, during which regular meetings with a supervisor are the main teaching method used. The transition from a traditional form of learning to a more autonomous is in line with the general academic strategy of AKTO.



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Athens Campus

11Α Evelpidon Street (Pedion Areos)
Athens, 113 62
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(next to MET HOTEL) Thessaloniki, 546 27
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