We are happy about your interest in our study programs. Please find all the information you need concerning how to apply and all requested application materials.
Please note: As both the application deadline and the process of assessing applicants' aptitude for the program might change, please make sure to visit our website on a regular basis for up-to-date information.
Students who wish to be admitted to the program must meet the admission criteria and successfully prove their artistic eligibility to enroll. The assessment of applicants' artistic eligibility encompasses the pre-selection process and the admission test, both of which will be conducted according to the applicable regulations and statutes of Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.
Only online applications will be accepted. The application form will be available during the application period (please see section 2. online application).
Applications are accepted only once a year for the Winter Semester. The application period is January 4, 2021 through January 31, 2021. Please note that this is a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline.
1. Application materials
All applicants have to submit the requested materials in section 1.1. to 1.5., section 1.3. applies only if the Higher Education Entrance Qualification was not obtained in Germany or at a German school abroad and the applicant does not have the German citizenship.
Please submit your application as one combined document with continuous page numbers, sorted in the following order and use loose binding, such as clip binders or plastic grips (no spiral, coil, comb or other fixed binding types).
Written application documents and work samples must be submitted in German.
1.1. General documents
- signed print-out of the completed online application form
- Index (please also list the work samples)
- CV in tabular form
- An explanation why you wish to enroll in the program
1.2. University entrance qualification certificate
The university entrance qualification complies with §9, paragraphs 2 - 4 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act.
German university entrance qualification certificate
- i.e. a copy of the certificate proving your general or specialized university entrance qualification; applicants who do not hold either of the certificates mentioned above / an equivalent certificate are asked to submit their most recent school certificate
International university entrance qualification certificate
International applicants holding a university entrance qualification from a non-German-speaking institution / foreign school must submit the certificates as original documents or copies, that have been legally certified. If certificates are not written in German or English, a legally certified translation must be included as an original document or a copy that has been legally certified.
Please note: for applicants from the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia and the Socialistic Republic of Vietnam special arrangements apply.
1.3. Language requirements
International applicants holding a university-entrance qualification from a non-German-speaking institution 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 the language certificate. Please inform about the accepted German language proficiency certificates of the study program.
Note: Further information if your German proficiency is lower than the required level.
1.4. Certificates / references of practical experience
- certificates / references (originals or certified copies!) providing evidence of at least 12 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 animation, graphic design / visual communication, or media design. (In exceptional cases, the necessary practical experience can be acquired until the beginning of the program.)
- a table listing your professional experiences (click here for the template)
1.5. Work samples
Work samples showing the applicant's suitability for the program, including each of the following. Please add a table of contents listing the items included in your portfolio.
1- Animated films, Animation samples
Your portfolio must contain animation works submitted as digital film files:
- Animated films, animation samples, or other animation works that you were involved in must be submitted on a USB2 or USB3 stick in common media formats such as QuickTime or MP4. You may submit works from all fields of animation (such as drawing, puppet, cutout, or computer animation).
- Please ensure to write your name on the USB stick. Animated films you created yourself should be saved as separate files. Animation samples or other animation works (such as excerpts from films that you were involved in as part of a team) should be edited into a demo reel. Please make sure to indicate (e.g., via text inserts) what elements you created in these works.
- In addition to a USB stick, you may also submit a video DVD of your animation works to be on the safe side. Animated films you created yourself should be displayed as separate items in the DVD menu. Please do not submit DVDs with complex menu structures.
- A video DVD can be played on any standard DVD player. However, this requires converting video files to MPEG-2 format and creating a video DVD using a DVD authoring software. For both the creation of DVD-compatible MPEG-2 files and DVD authoring, numerous freeware programs are available. Please play your DVD(s) on several standard DVD players (not PCs) before submitting them to ensure that they work.
You may also include works complementing the digitals files:
- such as sketches, drafts, character designs, documentation materials, etc. that were created during the making of the films. These works can be submitted as drawings, print-outs, or photographs.
2 - A portfolio containing your own artistic / creative works showing your visual arts and narrative skills
All works must be submitted as originals, should be in A3 to A1 format, and must contain the date and your signature.
We recommend that you submit works from the following fields:
- Drawings (such as nude, portrait, costume, animal, people, architectural, interior, and landscape drawings, still lifes, etc.) must be submitted as originals and created on paper / cardboard / a painting surface.
- Color work samples (analogue or digital drawings, collages, photographs, or paintings focusing on the visual / artistic effect of colors)
- Motion studies (drawings showing motion sequences in humans or animals)
- Storyboard (a sequence of drawings visualizing the first idea for a film)
Digital works from the fields mentioned above must be printed in A3 format (or larger) and contain the date and your signature.
Moreover, you may submit further works from related types of visual arts – such as cartoons, caricatures, illustrations, photographs, or collages. Installations or multimedia works should be photographed or filmed and then submitted as an extra menu-item on the video DVD.
The content of the portfolio must be clearly stated in the included table of content.
3. Submit your application materials
Please submit the application materials after successful completion of the online application. Clearly indicate your name and applicant number (you will find the applicant number on the print-out of the online completed application form) on all application materials and send them to the following address within the stipulated deadline:
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
- This 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. Please do not call us to inquire about your application status.
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
Creative / Practical Assignment:
- Practical assignment in the field of creative and subject-specific visual arts
- Animation exercise
- Musical aptitude test (rhythm / melody)
- Analysis of the content and form of an animated film
- Interview on the applicant's artistic and personal profile.
Normally, the admission test results will be communicated in writing to the applicant no later than 4 weeks after the last test.
Office of the Course
For questions related to the program, please contact the program office to book an academic advising appointment.