Nicole Haeusser received her BSc and MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Following her graduation, she was a production co-ordinator for Reuters News, and on independent films in London and then worked as a camera operator on a German TV series in Spain before relocating to the United States.

Haeusser completed her MFA in cinematography at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where she studied master classes with Conrad Hall, Owen Roizman, Laszlo Kovacs, Roger Deakins, Joan Churchill and Johnny Simmons. She was the recipient of numerous film awards and grants, including the Motion Picture Association of America Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Grant and the Technicolor Thesis Grant, which was the basis for her thesis paper on the Digital Intermediate.

Her documentaries and shorts have aired on US and British television and numerous international festivals, the Showtime documentary Voices of War to outstanding reviews.