The Master's Programme MA Digital Narratives admits new students every two years in the winter semester. Admission follows a two-stage process.
The next application phase starts in autumn 2025.
The two-stage application process consists of:
- Submission of application documents
- A selection interview
Applicants must submit past work samples, a CV, and assignments to demonstrate their eligibility to participate in the MA Digital Narratives programme. Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and shortlisted applicants will be invited for an online interview. The selection committee will then invite the selected applicants to participate in the programme.
A Bachelor’s degree with proof of at least 180 ECTS (or a similar academic or higher degree). To ensure that the education certificates and diplomas acquired abroad comply with the admission requirements of the ifs (higher education qualifications), applicants can consult the following database: http://anabin.kmk.org.
At least one year of specialised professional practice or similar professional project experience after the Bachelor’s degree.
Proof of programme related aptitude for the MA Digital Narratives.
Very good knowledge of English
B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. by a TOEFL score of a minimum of 72 points (internet-based) or equivalent test results. Native English speakers are exempted from this.
To ensure that the education certificates and diplomas acquired abroad comply with the admission requirements of the ifs (higher education qualifications), applicants can consult the following database: http://anabin.kmk.org. If your degree does not fulfil the ifs's admission requirements, but you have a recognisable talent and previous adequate experience, you may be invited to participate in a separate admission’s procedure to demonstrate your individual artistic aptitude.
Please also check at the German embassy of your home country whether you need to provide an APS certificate by the Academic Evaluation Center for your visa application.
To obtain a residence permit, international students have to demonstrate sufficient funds to secure their livelihood. The required blocked amount for a student visa application is based on the current BAföG rate - the national standard that defines the absolute minimum of a student’s necessary expenses for an adequate standard of living. As of the winter semester 2022, international students must prove that they have sufficient funds to cover an amount of €934 per month or €11,208.00 per year. Note that this amount may change from year to year due to the ongoing increase in costs for housing, electricity, food, etc.
Citizens of member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) – that is Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein – as well as Switzerland have equal legal status in the labour market as German citizens. Students from these countries therefore have the same access to the labour market as German students and are permitted to work without needing prior approval of the German authorities. In general, students are advised not to work more than 20 hours a week. Note that you will have to pay social insurance contributions once you exceed this number of working hours.
International students from countries that are NOT member states of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland are usually permitted to work 120 full or 240 half days per year once they have a valid residence permit for Germany. The immigration office will record these provisions in your residence permit. To work more days per year, you must obtain the approval of your immigration office and the German Federal Employment Agency.
Applicants must submit previous work samples, a CV, and assignments, to prove their aptitude to participate in the MA Digital Narratives programme by submitting through the application form. If short-listed, candidates will be invited to an online interview, after which selected applicants will be announced.
The tuition fees for the MA Digital Narratives are 2.750 euros for EU students and 3.750 euros for non-EU students per semester. This includes a 250 euro contribution to the ifs support association.
The ifs is a cooperation partner of the TH Köln and all ifs students are enrolled at the TH Köln and can use the TH's service offers, such as the semester ticket for public transport, access to the TH's International Office or to the sports courses and facilities.