• Filmmuseum Potsdam - Technology Collection, Dr. Ralf Forster talks to students of the film university; Photo: C. Wahl


Christiane Großkopf
Room: 1305
Phone: 0331.6202-271


Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl
Room 1312
Phone: 0331.6202-278

Information brochure

  • Filmmuseum Potsdam – Collections Department, Head of Collections D. Molitor talks to students of the film university; Photo: C. Wahl
  • Filmmuseum Potsdam – Collections Department, M. Tafelski in the restoration workshop; Photo: C. Wahl
  • Film University Library, Photo: U. Figge
  • Filmmuseum Potsdam Photo: J. Leopold


The Film Heritage M.A. program is an integrative and interdisciplinary degree program dealing with the global audiovisual heritage and, in particular, film as a key medium of the 20th century and an important basis of today's digital media culture. The collaboration with Filmmuseum Potsdam, the university's artistic and practical degree programs as well as numerous Berlin-Brandenburg-based institutions preserving film culture ensures that practice is added to the theoretical parts of the program. Audiovisual media have an ever-increasing impact on daily life in our societies. The settings in which these media are produced and used as well as the involved technologies and materials are becoming more and more diverse and complex.While the number of films is increasing every day, the period during which they are "new" is steadily decreasing. Every film that premieres today will be part of the film culture heritage of tomorrow. At the same time, every "old" film may be considered a "new" film as long as it hasn't been integrated in the canon or received enough attention.

Film Heritage (M.A.) Curriculum

The curriculum of the four-semester Film Heritage M.A. program focuses on heritage issues relating to audiovisual media. On the basis of projects, students choose specific areas of specialization while acquiring knowledge in the fields of film and media history, archive and museum studies, information science as well as media law and technology.

During the first two semesters, students learn the theoretical foundations while dealing with numerous practical examples. At the same time, they receive an introduction to the various areas of specialization they can choose from in their third semester.

Among other subjects, the theoretical foundations of the program include:

- Cultural memory and cultures of remembrance
- Theory and history of archives, (media) libraries, and museums
- Film history
- Source studies in media history
- Media archeology
- Media technology
- Media law and politics
- Documentary and artistic use of archive material

In their third semester, students focus on practical projects in their respective areas of specialization - such as curatorial and editorial work, digital accesses, film education, archiving and restoration, or cinema and festival program scheduling. The M.A. examination in the fourth semester consists of the Master's thesis and the oral defense of the thesis.

Career Opportunities

In the future, there will be an increasing demand for specialists who review, archive, re-contextualize, and deal with the vast number of films that potentially belong to the global film heritage, who make them available to the public, and who ensure the transfer of knowledge about them. Career opportunities for graduates are based on the following dimensions of film heritage:

- the constantly changing definition of film heritage and the process of canonization (e.g., science, journalism, politics, education)
- films as part of the cultural memory of humanity (e.g., UNESCO)
- the safeguarding, evaluation, restoration, and reconstruction of films (all types of public and private archives)
- cataloging and contextualization (databases, metadata)
- institutionalization (management and public relations)
- media politics and media law
- programming and editing for different media (cinemas, festivals, museums and exhibitions, online platforms, DVDs and Blu-rays, TV)
- film education (didactic materials and strategies)
- the artistic, scientific, and commercial use of archive material

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