Specialization in »Directing«
in BA Film

Only through a personal artistic vision good directors can bring their stories to life on camera. The aim in the Specialization in Directing is to recognize this specific talent, cultivate it and give it expression in the form of an individual artistic signature style. Along the way, students learn in practical exercises and project work with students of other specializations to shape and coordinate all aspects of staging and production: from the screenplay to the acting, the image and sound design, the production design and editing and right down to the music and the visual effects.

Parallel to working on fiction film, students explore documentary storytelling and thereby the entire spectrum of possibilities that lies between fiction and reality and the wide range of related forms of aesthetic expression. This also involves addressing social contexts and issues.

In addition to learning the craft and skills of filmmaking, the program paves the way to an understanding of the art of film as well as the interaction between the trades and crafts involved, thus enabling students to confidently assume responsibility for a team in the future.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
7 semesters
Admission: every two years
New Start of Study: September 2023 (winter semester 2023/2024)
Application Phase: Summer 2022 until Spring 2023
Preselection (without presence of the applicants): April 2023
Entrance Examination (attendance required): May 2023
Language: German



The Bachelor’s program Film accepts new students every two years starting in the winter semester. Admission takes place in a two-stage procedure.

The two-stage application procedure consists of:
– An online application with specialization-specific application tasks.
– An entrance examination to take place at the ifs.
Candidates are selected on the basis of the submitted online applications and invited to the entrance examination. In this two-stage procedure, applicants must demonstrate their artistic and creative aptitude in relation to the BA Film program and their desired specialization.



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