MA Serial Storytelling

»How to be a staff writer; or, why there is no I in team.«
Lawrence Meyers, Inside the TV Writers’ Room

The MA Serial Storytelling at the ifs internationale filmschule köln is Europe’s first and only master’s program focusing on collaborative writing for series. Focusing on both local and international series markets, this intensive two-year degree program combines story development skills, collaboration techniques (»Writers’ Room«), and the innovative approach of artistic research.

Students work with highly acclaimed international guest speakers and scholars, such as Jane Espenson (»Battlestar Gallactica«, »Game of Thrones«), Kath Lingenfelter (»Westworld«), Lisa Albert (»Mad Men«), Annette Hess (»Ku’damm 56/69/63«), Oliver Kienle (»Bad Banks«) or Jeppe Gjervig Gram (»Borgen«). The program is supported by a number of industry partners, e.g. RTL, TVNOW, ZDF, SKY Deutschland, Série Series, Series Mania, and the Film Festival Cologne.


Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Scope: 2 years (4 semesters)
Admission: every other year
Application deadlines:
International track: January 4, 2021
German track: March 1, 2021
Start of program: September 2021
International track: English
German track: English and German

Here you can find the application documents.

Our study programs are academically accredited by the accreditation agency AQAS – Agentur für Qualitätssicherung durch Akkreditierung von Studiengängen e. V..
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The MA Serial Storyelling 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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