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The Directing M.F.A. program requires students to focus on either documentary or feature filmmaking. The focus of study chosen during the application process must be pursued throughout the entire program. The program is directed at students who have successfully completed a degree program in the field of filmmaking and can present filmic works revealing an individual artistic approach.

The M.F.A. program aims at the professionalization of students' directing skills. Under the supervision of university professors and with the input of expert guests from the film industry, students further develop their ability to combine dramaturgy, acting, language, images, and music to create a filmic work of art.

During the first two semesters, students focus on developing their own material and regularly work on it small student groups. This provides the opportunity to extensively analyze and discuss material – from the first idea to the finished film – in a safe setting.

Practical workshops as well as the creation of exercise films allow students to explore all aspects of filmmaking and to esthetically shape films while dealing with different genres. Students gain insights into the economic aspects of filmmaking and expand their ability to motivate and lead a team in the making of a film. The graduation project allows them to develop their own artistic position and serves as a "business card" helping them to get into the film industry. In the second and third year of study, the M.F.A. program also encompasses special courses focusing on artistic research.

The program comprises both full-time and part-time study. The standard duration of the program is six semesters (120 credits), with a workload of 30 credits in each of the first two semesters (full-time) and a workload of 15 credits in each of the remaining four semesters (part-time).

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded the degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.).

Directing (M.F.A.) – Curriculum

Study Modules:
Theory and Practice of Documentary Film or Feature Film  
Current Tendencies

Project Modules:
Project Development
Artistic Research Lab

Graduation Modules:
Artistic Graduation Project
Master's Thesis

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