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Film TV and video Studies in Germany

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Television, film and other types of media are essential to all facets of our society. The study of these media has, therefore, been incorporated in most countries across the world. Studying TV, film and other media helps students to acquire a clear understanding of how we communicate, embody, and replicate on ourselves and the globe. This is indeed a very interesting study to pursue and the types  of media are not only limited to TV and film as a student also get to learn other types such as digital media, the internet and music video. As a student, you also get to study audiences, content, social context, production, technology, and aesthetics.  If you are wondering where to pursue a program in TV & film why not try Germany as it has some of the best film schools in the world. Read on below to find out some of the film schools in the country and the programs offered.

The Film Academy Baden- Württemberg

This academy was created in 1991as a non-profit limited liability organization. Presently, it is one of the best film schools in the world. The school is located in Ludwigsburg and it cuts across the complete range of film studies in the country. The curriculum at the school is project-oriented and it initiates learning by taking part in all the different phases of a television and film production thus making studying at the institution a very exceptional experience. There are over 300 very skilled professionals from the media and film industry who teach the students and oversee their projects.

A number of courses are offered by this film academy. Some of these include technical directing, film music, production design, cinematography, animation, series, editing, interactive media, screenwriting, and directing (documentary, education, feature, publicity). Besides these courses, the institution also has a Master class which offers a one-year program in distribution and marketing, and film production specifically for learners from all around Europe who originate from a wide range of careers.

The Academy for Film and Television Konrad Wolf Potsdam

This film school is also at times referred to as Konrad Wolf Academy for Film and Television (HFF). This school is a public university of Brandenburg County and is located in Potsdam, on the grounds of the renowned Babelsberg Film Studios. It was established in 1954 and is the oldest media learning institution in Germany. A central part of the teaching concept at HFF is, from one perspective, a h2 specialty aware of their own social roots and the ability to apply the newest media technologies and on the other hand, supplemented by scientific expression of local and universal media products within their individual past or present appearances.

The mix of scientific and artistic subjects with practical subjects that have a controlled theory is very important for the education structure at the university. Fantasy and imagination meet with practical prerequisites. This learning system is very unique in the German-speaking media learning institution. It interlaces learners in personal study courses and learners of various courses working side by side in projects. As a result of the teamwork skills, students at the university are able to develop their individuality and personality.

This university offers about 11subjects for students to choose from. These courses include sound design, media specific acting, set design, animation, television and film direction, film music, television and film production, AV media sciences, film script/television dramaturgy, editing, and camera. The institution also has good global links as it collaborates with about 10 learning institution across the world varying from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography located in Moscow, to the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, and the Communication University of China located in Beijing.

The German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)

This TV and film academy was established in 1966 and is located in the center of Berlin at the Potsdamer Platz, where the film festival Berlin is held annually. The academy provides professional training for artistic careers in television and film and has roughly 150 learners and about 250 projects by students are done annually.

The academy works closely with lecturers who are mostly freelancers, and experts working in the television and film industry. The institution also works closely with ARTE and the Berlin/Brandenburg TV station RBB to produce 3 short films, each 30 minutes long for RBB and 10 short films, each 5 minutes long for ARTE.

The institution offers three main courses of study. These include producing, cinematography, and directing. Students go through two years of basic learning where they get to finish a compulsory program that is aimed towards the production of both first and second-year film at the end of every year. The learners also get to create programs after their interests. They also produce an “Individual Film”. This is compulsory in the third year. Students also produce a thesis film and a complimentary hypothetical work so as to complete their 4-year program at the academy.

Hamburg Media School (HMS)

Hamburg Media School was established in 1991 and is located in the city of Hamburg. The institution provides 2-year courses in cinematography, production, screenwriting, and directing. Like all the other film institutions, Hamburg Media School integrates theory with practical lessons and film productions. Some of the lecturers who teach at the academy are renowned German directors such as Sönke Wortmann and Heinrich Breloer, Michael Ballhaus who is a cinematographer, and Armin Mueller-Stahl who is an actor.

Met Film School Berlin

The Met Film School in London was started 11 years ago and as a result of its success, it opened a campus in Berlin. The Met Film School Berlin complies to the same attributes as those of Met’s London School, and it offers thorough pragmatic film production experience taught by experts in the industry in a film studio that is active. All the lessons are taught in English but there are a few weekend classes taught in German. The Met Film School Berlin is located at BUFA. This is the studio that has been the home to film productions since the Weimar Republic and it is among the oldest film studios in Europe. As a result of the school’s location, the students are able to get first-hand experience of the day to day life of a working film studio. The location also positions them in the hub of the city.

Academy For Media Arts Cologne (KHM)

This film academy was established in 1990 and it provides a learning concept that incorporates and cross-links the disciplines of theory, art, and film, in a degree course called Media and Fine Art. The curriculum advances a multilayered and an interdisciplinary involvement with media studies. There are two stages in this curriculum. The first state offers simple artistic and hypothetical knowledge in the first year. The second stage, and also the postgraduate studies give every student the chance to concentrate in disciplines varying from feature film, photography, animation, video and light art, experimental and documentary film, scenography, and so on.


This is a private school in Berlin and was established in 2001. The institution has a fascinating structure in which it operates like a community of film producers where they teach each other, rather than a traditional vertical learning structure. FilmArche provides a 3-year program in production, directing, camera, scriptwriting, and editing. The fees are paid in the form of a monthly membership fee of €50. From this fee, experts are invited to give talks and colloquiums as per the self-arranged educational modules. The institution also provides workshops for students not enrolled in the school at an extra fee. All the courses offered are taught in German.

University of Television and Film Munich

This university is referred to as Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, HFF Munich in German. It is a public financed film school located in Munich and was founded in 1966 by a declaration of the Bavarian government. This is one of the most respected film schools in Germany. Some of the courses offered by this university include television and film drama directing, cinematography, and documentary film just to mention a few.

Institut für Schauspiel, Film- und Fernsehberufe (iSFF)

This institution offers more studies in various programs such as TV/film, theatre and musical, and dubbing. The classes in every program are organized in workshops in various subjects within a particular discipline. Every workshop has its own plan and the fee for one three months workshop can rise to €4000. The institution also offers weekly and weekend workshops whose fee can be as little as €120. This, however, depends on the length of the workshop.

These are just but a few of the TV and film schools present in Germany. There are other smaller institutes such as the SAE Berlin, Tv-Akademie, and the L4 Institut among others. These offer further studies of  programs such as film and script, digital film, digital journalism, film production and directing, and sound design just to mention a few. If you are passionate and about film and would love to have a career in that industry, then feel free to visit the above-named academies and universities and find out which works best for you.

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