MA FILM

Successful work in today’s film and media landscape requires contemporary renewal. Perspective, content and aesthetic forms must be re-examined with the aim of challenging and enriching audiences through socially relevant topics and innovative ideas for audiovisual experiences.

Co-creation, cooperation and innovation

The newly conceived Master’s program Film is based on cooperation between students from diverse disciplines who work on rethinking the medium of film in correlation to current social issues and explore new narrative forms. The starting point for this is the idea that collective experience through practical experimentation enriches both the learning process and the production process, the result of which is more than the sum of its parts. Co-creative work can release an energy that amplifies, even multiplies, the potential of individual artistic input. This is where the new degree program comes in and offers filmmakers the opportunity to expand their previously individually acquired subject-specific competences with an integral and substantial understanding of film.

Social relevance

Furthermore, the focus is on the question of why and for whom a film is “created”. In an ever-changing socio-political climate, it is important to consider questions of representation, as these are inextricably linked to questions of representational aesthetics. What narratives are centered, marginalised or erased and why? How, for example, do critical questions of diversity expand aesthetic sensibilities but also possibilities? As Jean-Luc Godard aptly summed up: “It’s not about making political films, it’s about making films politically.”

Exploration and development of one’s own visual language

Another aspect of the study lies in the exploration of the grammatical signs of the visual semantics of moving images and their narrative structure. This includes questions of narrative form, compositional questions – the demands of our time often decide the question of the rhythm of a particular scene. This should enable students to analyse how different techniques create a characteristic aesthetic and help them find a way to their own film language.

The program

On the way to a comprehensive final project, the students will work together in a team to identify current and socially relevant material and analyse it in terms of craft. They will learn to interpret the aesthetic stylistic devices used, try out co-creative forms of material development, explore new creative paths and try themselves out in practical acting workshops – if necessary also away from classic role distributions. Students and lecturers will critically examine the media landscape and its funding models in Europe and think about new forms of production possibilities (green producing, no-budget systems, etc.). Students will experiment with different formats that expand their senses, whether they provide additional perspectives on the actual world, interpret reality with documentary forms or create completely unreal, fictional narratives.

In this way, the study program offers space for an individual and collective, as well as artistic, field of research in preparation for an industry that is facing increasingly complex framework conditions and must respond more intensely to this with new working methods and structures.

Target group and requirements

The German-language degree program is aimed at young filmmakers from audiovisual creative fields (such as directing, producing, cinematography, editing, sound design, screenwriting, production design) with a strong team spirit, interest in co-creative working methods, artistic research and socially relevant topics.

A prerequisite for participation in this Master’s program is at least one year of relevant professional experience.

 

Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters, full-time)
Admission: every other year
Start of program: September 2021
Language: German

Our study programs are academically accredited by the accreditation agency AQAS – Agentur für Qualitätssicherung durch Akkreditierung von Studiengängen e. V.. The MA Film is currently in the accreditation process.

Further information: https://www.aqas.de

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APPLICATION

The MA Film admits new students every other year for the winter semester. Admission is structured as a two-step process starting with written documents (first round) followed by interviews and writing tasks for shortlisted applicants (second round).

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