Studying Film: Getting Ready for the Red Carpet

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Studying Film: Getting Ready for the Red Carpet

Dreaming of the red carpet? These six German schools provide top training for people interested in a career in the film industry.

The Film Academy Baden-Württemberg

The Film Academy is a publicly funded institution belonging to the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is based in Ludwigsburg and covers the complete repertoire of film studies in Germany. The individual courses include: screenwriting, directing (feature, documentary, publicity, education/science), image composition/cinematography, montage/editing, animation, interactive media, series, film production, film music, production design and technical directing. 

In addition to diploma courses the academy’s Master class Paris/Ludwigsburg offers a twelve-month program in film production, distribution and marketing designed especially for students from all over Europe who come from a great variety of career

The Academy for Film and Television Konrad Wolf Potsdam

Germany’s oldest and biggest film academy is based in Potsdam, in the grounds of the world-famous Babelsberg Film Studios. The academy, which was founded in 1954, offers courses in eleven subject areas for over 500 students. They include directing, cinematography, dramatic composition, motion picture science, production and acting as well as animation and film music. The academy also has good international links. It cooperates with ten academies around the globe ranging from the Communication University of China in Beijing, to the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow and the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires.

The German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)

This academy is located in the heart of Berlin, in the Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz. It was founded in 1966, is a recognized source of talented auteur filmmakers and can boast distinguished former students, such as director Wolfgang Petersen. The DFFB has over 100 filmmaking students, and every year awards twelve places for directing, six for cinematography and six for production. Each of these courses lasts for four years.

Hamburg Media School (HMS)

In the media city of Hamburg the HMS, which was founded in 1991, offers two-year courses in screenwriting, production, directing and cinematography. There are six places available every year in each of the four subjects. Like the other film academies, the HMS complements theory with practical classes and film productions. Lecturers who have taught at the academy include well-known German directors, such as Heinrich Breloer or Sönke Wortmann, actor Armin Mueller-Stahl and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. 

Academy for Media Arts Cologne (KHM)

The main emphasis of the four-year diploma course in audio-visual media is on film/television. Approximately 200 students acquire specialist knowledge in feature film, screenwriting and documentary film at the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne.

The University of Television and Film Munich

Academy Award winners, such as Caroline Link and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and the famous Hollywood director Roland Emmerich graduated from this school. Founded in 1966, the University of Television and Film Munich is internationally renowned and develops the talent of around 200 students. The range of subjects includes cinema and television film, documentary film and television journalism, screenwriting, production, media economics and technology and communication and media sciences. 

In addition to the six film academies there are over 30 universities, art colleges and universities of applied sciences offering an interesting range of courses in motion picture sciences, media, design, visual communication and acting.