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Master of Arts in Serial Stortelling

The Master’'s program »Serial Storytelling« guides young professionals in exploring, conquering, and expanding forms and methods of serial narration for TV and digital platforms. Accompanied by renowned series creators, script consultants, and media scholars, students analyze the secrets behind the success of popular series and develop their own innovative series concepts. Series dramaturgy, character development, and collaborative writing processes (»Writers’  Room«) are at the center of their practical work. In addition to narrative and media-theoretical content, the program conveys the basics of transnational markets and new media platforms, and it supports the students in exploring innovative narrative forms, work structures, and distribution channels. For their major writing assignments, students have the opportunity to write either in English or in German, focusing on international or German series markets respectively.


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Serial Stortelling: Course Content

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.

 

This unique combination of local and international qualities provides aspiring series writers with exceptional learning experiences:

  • Acquiring a wide-ranging skill set that combines the tools of professional screenwriters and an in-depth knowledge of creative teamwork
  • Mastering models and methods of serial storytelling formats
  • Developing four to five series projects in different formats over four semesters
  • Creating fascinating characters, compelling ensembles, surprising plots, and sustainable concepts
  • Mastering key soft skills such as pitching, networking and negotiating
  • Gaining hands-on experience in collaborative as well as individual screenwriting, including the creation of a complete drama series within a writers’  room led by an expert professional showrunner
  • Enjoying privileged networking and pitching opportunities, e.g., at international series festivals such as Seriencamp Munich, Série Series in Fontainebleau, or Series Mania in Lille
  • Exploring philosophical and ethical topics and expanding their knowledge of serial storytelling in academic as well as artistic research projects
  • Discussing pressing social issues as well as current trends and visions of future series markets, formats and ways of distribution with acclaimed experts from various fields
  • Transforming these findings into exciting, innovative, and relevant serial narratives.

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Serial Stortelling: Career

Alumni of the MA Serial Storytelling have gone on to work as screenwriters, staff writers and series creators, game writers, transmedia and VR-creators, script consultants and commissioning editors in various markets and for various platforms.


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Serial Storytelling: Academic Requirements

To obtain a Master’s degree, applicants must have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree) with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or a higher degree (e.g. a German »Magister« or »Diplom«) from an accredited university. The ifs welcomes talented applicants who have received degrees in unrelated fields. In justified exceptional cases, applicants with exceptional artistic skills whose CVs lack one or more of these formal requirements may request to enroll in the program as advanced training participants.

 

Work Experience

Applicants must have worked in the field of media production for at least one year. (see FAQ for more details)

 

Language Skills

Applicants need to provide proof of sufficient English language skills (B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. by a TOEFL score of 87 points (internet-based) or equivalent test results. Native English speakers are exempted from this requirement. German language skills are only required for students in the German track.

 

Screenwriting Skills

A solid understanding of the basics of screenwriting and dramaturgy in theory and practice is a prerequisite for this program. This is assessed in the application process. If an applicant’s knowledge and skills in this field prove to be yet insufficient at the time of selection, the applicant may be required to enroll in the ifs’ »Summer School Screenwriting« (or in a comparable course) before the start of the Master’s Program (additional costs apply). In these cases, admission is pending until the missing proof has been provided.


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Institution

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Cologne

Field of study

Media & Communication

Degree

Master of Arts Serial Storytelling

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September 2021

Application deadline

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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

Master of Arts Serial Storytelling

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September 2021

Application deadline

ask the institution

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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