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Master of Arts in Film

The newly conceived Master’s program Film is based on cooperation between students from diverse disciplines who work on rethinking the medium of film in correlation to current social issues and explore new narrative forms. The starting point for this is the idea that collective experience through practical experimentation enriches both the learning process and the production process, the result of which is more than the sum of its parts. Co-creative work can release an energy that amplifies, even multiplies, the potential of individual artistic input. This is where the new degree program comes in and offers filmmakers the opportunity to expand their previously individually acquired subject-specific competences with an integral and substantial understanding of film.

 

Furthermore, the focus is on the question of why and for whom a film is “created”. In an ever-changing socio-political climate, it is important to consider questions of representation, as these are inextricably linked to questions of representational aesthetics. What narratives are centered, marginalised or erased and why? How, for example, do critical questions of diversity expand aesthetic sensibilities but also possibilities? As Jean-Luc Godard aptly summed up:

“It’s not about making political films, it’s about making films politically.”

 

Another aspect of the study lies in the exploration of the grammatical signs of the visual semantics of moving images and their narrative structure. This should enable students to analyse how different techniques create a characteristic aesthetic and help them find a way to their own film language.


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Film: Course Content

This is what the MA Film at ifs offers:

 

Hands-on experience and taught core competencies, opening up a wide range of career paths

  • Development and realisation of a final project as well as a cinematic prototype and pre-visualisations in co-creative processes.
  • Expanding of the expertise within and beyond one’s own field by providing comprehensive knowledge from the disciplines of directing, creative producing, camera, picture editing and sound design in relation to co-creative artistic work.
  • Exploration and application of co-creative, iterative methods such as Design Thinking and Systemic Thinking.
  • Teaching advanced previsualisation techniques.
  • Deepening knowledge of exploitation methods for audiovisual productions as well as analysing and testing forward-looking trends in these areas (e.g. audience design).

 

Industry connection, pitches and networking

  • Interweaving in subject studies and projects with the other degree programs and further education programs of the ifs/ internal cross-program pitch and project presentation events / peer teaching as appropriate.
  • Participation in selected festivals/networking events up to individual »Matchmaking« between filmmakers and potential employers or creative partners.

 

Artistic research and social responsibility

  • Students learn to identify socially, politically and ecologically relevant topics and to reflect on and discuss them within the framework of the project. At the beginning of the program, each group defines a socially relevant topic together with the subject professor, which serves as a guideline and stimulus for the project work throughout the entire degree program.
  • Working on a personal artistic question.

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Film: Career

On the way to a comprehensive final project, the students will work together in a team to identify current and socially relevant material and analyse it in terms of craft. They will learn to interpret the aesthetic stylistic devices used, try out co-creative forms of material development, explore new creative paths and try themselves out in practical acting workshops – if necessary also away from classic role distributions. Students and lecturers will critically examine the media landscape and its funding models in Europe and think about new forms of production possibilities (green producing, no-budget systems, etc.). Students will experiment with different formats that expand their senses, whether they provide additional perspectives on the actual world, interpret reality with documentary forms or create completely unreal, fictional narratives.

 

In this way, the study program offers space for an individual and collective, as well as artistic, field of research in preparation for an industry that is facing increasingly complex framework conditions and must respond more intensely to this with new working methods and structures.


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Film: Admissions

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) of at least 180 ECTS credits or a higher degree (e.g. a German Magister or Diplom degree) from a recognised higher education institution is required for admission to a Master’s program.

 

In justified exceptional cases, applicants with exceptional artistic talent who lack one or more of these formal requirements may apply to participate in this program as participants in continuing education.

 

Work Experience

Applicants must have gained relevant practical experience in the field of film and media for at least one year.

 

Language Skills

Very good knowledge of German and good knowledge of English required: For applicants who did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German-speaking institution, proof of very good German language skills at the level of the “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” (level: DSH-2) is required; the DSH-2 exam can alternatively be replaced by equivalent certificates or proof.


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Institution

ifs internationale filmschule köln


Location: ifs internationale filmschule köln Schanzenstraße 28
51063 Köln
Deutschland
Nordrhein-Westfalen
T   +49 2219 201880
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Cologne

Field of study

Media & Communication

Degree

Language

German

Start

winter semester - September 2021

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2500 EUR / semester

Tuition fees Non EU: 3500 EUR / semester

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Cologne

Field of study

Media & Communication

Degree

Language

German

Start

winter semester - September 2021

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2500 EUR / semester

Tuition fees Non EU: 3500 EUR / semester

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