Application

Thank you for your interest in studying at our university. Below you will find information on the application process as well as on required application documents and work samples.

Do you have questions about the application?

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We are planning to restructure the application process in spring 2018 in order to make the first step of the application easier.

The application encompasses the

  • documents submission (items 1.1. -1.7.),
  • online application (item 2),
  • admission test (item 5).

Students who wish to be admitted to a program must meet the admission criteria and successfully prove their program-specific eligibility to enroll. The assessment of applicants' eligibility encompasses the pre-selection process and the admission test, both of which will be conducted according to the applicable regulations and statutes of the university.

You will find the link to our Online Application Portal below in section 2 (Applying Online).

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted only once a year for the winter semester. The application period is January 2, 2019 through May 31, 2019. Please note that this is a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline.

Application Process

1. Preparing Your Application Documents

All applicants are required to submit the application documents specified in sections 1.1. through 1.6. Section 1.3. is only relevant for applicants who hold a university entrance qualification from / who have completed their first degree program qualifying for a profession at an institution in a non-German-speaking country and do not hold German citizenship.

Please insert page numbers on all application documents (with the exception of your work samples) corresponding to the order below and submit them in a spring binder (please do not use spiral or fixed binding). 

Written application documents and work samples can be submitted in German or English.

1.1. Standard Application Documents

  • the signed print-out of the online completed application form
  • a table of contents (please also list your work samples)
  • a CV in tabular form

1.2. Certificate for the Entrance Qualification for a Master Program

For applicants holding a  Certificate for the Entrance Qualification for a Master Program from a German institution, the required certificates are specified under "German Certificates". For applicants holding a Certificate for the Entrance Qualification for a Master Program from a non-German institution, the required certificates are specified under "Foreign Certificates".  For applications to this Master program, the regulations specified in §9, paragraphs 5-6 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG) are valid.

German Certificates: 

Please submit a copy of your certificate to proof the successful completion of an B.Sc. or B.A. program in media informatics, computer science or media technologies or another relevant university degree program. 

In case the Bachelor's degree has not been awarded yet as the applicant still has to take a few final exams and the results of the exams taken so far suggest that the degree will be completed prior to the beginning of the Master's program, the applicant must submit a certificate issued by the registrar's office of his/her university. 

Foreign Certificates:

Applicants who have earned their degree abroad must have their certificates tested and assessed by uni-assist (further information uni-assist). Please consider that the recognition process at uni-assist can take up to 6 weeks (you need the VPD document from uni-assist before our the application deadlines end). Fees are incurred for the checking of your application documents.                                        

Notes:

  • This also applies to German citizens.
  • Citizens of the People's Republic of China, Mongolia, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam are asked to familiarize themselves with the special regulations for applicants from these countries.
  • A proof of knowledge in computer science and audiovisual media production technologies is required.

1.3. Proof of German Language Skills

Applicants who hold a university entrance qualification from a non-German-speaking institution and do not have German citizenship are required to show that they have achieved an overall rating of at least DSH-1 in the DSH ("Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" / German Language Test for University Admission) test or provide an equivalent language certificate complying with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Please submit a copy of your language certificate.

If you wish to apply for this Master program, please click here for information on the accepted language tests.

Please note: If you don't have the required language certificate yet by the end of the application period, please click here. 

1.4. Proof of English Language Skills

A proof of proficiency in English is required.

  • Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT): 83 points
  • TOEFL Computer-Based Test (CBT): 220 points
  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT):  560 points
  • International English Language Testing System 
  • Academic Test (IELTS): Band 6.0 
  • Cambridge (ESOL): Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Note: Applicants, whose mother tongue is English are not required to provide proof of their langueage skills.

1.5. Certificates of Practical Experience

  • Certificates / references (originals or certified copies!) providing evidence of at least 13 weeks of practical experience in the relevant professional field at the time of applying. Certificates / references should detail the type, scope, and quality of work performed. Applicants are expected to have practical experience in the fields of media computer science, software development or audio-visual media productions.
  • table listing your professional experiences (click here for the template).

Please note: Internships, traineeships and positions as student assistant can be included.

1.6. Work Samples

  • Documentation (max. 10 pages) of projects executed within the last three years with focus on one, some or all of the following aspects:
    • technical setups, concepts and software development
    • academic and/or artistic research
    • audio-visual media productions
    • Note: the documentation of a project should describe which of the above aspects it covers, the project's concept, its technical execution and present results.
  • Documentation of your creative-artistic qualifications in regard to audio and/or visual media.
  • Additional representative materials for documenting the above projects such as code or audio-visual media files are welcome (submitted on a USB2 or USB3 stick in common media formats). Footage may have in total a maximum length of 15 minutes.
    Note: Applicants must have made siginificant contributions to all documented projects.
  • Concept in form and content with time and cost allocations and description of a technical setup for a media technology project spanning over about 6 months to complete.

1.7 Project for Orientation (Work Sample)

In your first semester you will be able to carry out your own project for orientation in the field of media technology for which you need to include a concept paper outlining the project over a duration of six months (max. one page). If you have any questions about the technical equipment of the Film University , please get in touch in order to determine which equipment you will be able to use for your project.

2. Applying Online

All applicants to B.A. and M.A. programs must apply online via the university's  application portal.

Please note that an administrative will be charged for each application.

3. Submitting Application Documents

Please indicate your name and applicant number (from the online application portal) on all application documents. Send your documents, the signed application form (from the online application portal), and your work samples to the following address within the stipulated deadline:

Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Studiengang Animation
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 Potsdam
Germany

Notes:

  • Please note that the application deadline is a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline. Applicants who wish to personally submit their application documents can do so Monday through Friday at the university reception office / mail room.
  • Postal items requiring the payment of C.O.D. or customs charges upon receipt will not be accepted.
  • Applications that are incomplete and / or submitted after the specified deadline and / or for which the application fee has not been paid will not be processed.
  • We will confirm the receipt of your application in writing or via the online application portal. Please do not call us to inquire about your application status.

4. Pre-Selection

Based on the materials submitted, the admissions committee will decide which applicants will receive permission to take the admission test and inform them in writing.

5. Admission Test

Part 1: Written

  • Analysis of the content and form of a film  
  • Questions about basic knowledge in media computer science

Part 2: Practical

  • Development of a creative-artistic technical concept based on a given media technology scenario
  • Presentation and analysis of the developed concept

Part 3: Interview

  • Presentation of the submitted concept for a first project and discussion of the concept
  • Questions about practical knowledge and skills for audio-visual media productions
  • Discussion of academic and/or artistic research ideas in the field of audio-visual media

You need to pass Part 1 in order to proceed to Part 2 and 3.

Normally, the admission test results will be communicated in writing to the applicant no later than 4 weeks after the last test.

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