Application

We are pleased that you are interested in studying at our university. Here you will find information about the application process as well as about the documents and work samples you must submit.

Admission can only be granted to those who meet the admission criteria and have successfully demonstrated their artistic eligibility for the respective program. The procedure for determining artistic eligibility is divided into preselection and eligibility assessment and is carried out in accordance with the currently valid regulations and statutes of the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

The link to the university application portal can be found in the application process under Section 1 - Application Instructions.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted only once a year for the Winter Semester. The application period is January 1, 2025 through January 30, 2025. Please note that this is a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline.

Attention: Please note that changes regarding the application deadline and the procedure for determining program-specific eligibility are possible. We therefore recommend that you check this website regularly for information.

Application procedure

1. Notes on the Application Process

All applicants must apply online. Please use the Film University's application portal for this purpose.

ATTENTION! Shortly before the application deadline, server problems and delays in the online application process may occur due to many (last minute) applications. So do not wait until the last day of the deadline! Applications and late submissions after the application deadline will not be accepted!

ATTENTION! You should have prepared all the required files before registering in the university application portal.


Please note:

  • Applications in paper form will NOT be considered.
  • Registration/application in the university application portal is exclusively possible during the application period. Please note that the application deadline is a cut-off deadline.
  • An administrative fee is charged for the application. Applications for which the administrative fee has not been remitted will not be considered for the assessment procedure.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for the assessment procedure.
  • You can track the processing status of your application in the university application portal. Please refrain from making inquiries by telephone.

1.1. General documents

  • Curriculum vitae in table form (PDF)
  • Reasons for choice of study or letter of motivation (PDF)
  • Proof of practical work experience (PDF)

1.2. Proof of University Entrance Qualification

If you have acquired your university entrance qualification in Germany, please inform yourself about the required proof in the paragraph 'German Certificate’. If you have acquired your university entrance qualification outside Germany, please inform yourself about the required documents you must submit under ‘Foreign Certificate’.

For the B.A. program Animation the regulations of Section 9 para. 2-4 BbgHG (Brandenburg Higher Education Act) apply.

German Certificate:

Please submit your university entrance qualification (PDF) with your application, usually:

  • General university entrance qualification (Abitur) or subject-specific university entrance qualification
  • General or subject-specific entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences
  • Other university entrance qualifications as per Section 9 para. 2 BbgHG (Brandenburg Higher Education Act)
  • Applicants who do not hold any of the aforementioned qualifications or an equivalent qualification are requested to submit their most recent school report (PDF)


Foreign Certificate:

If you obtained your university entrance qualification or first academic degree abroad, please submit the university entrance qualification/school leaving certificate (PDF).

 

Please note:

  • Special regulations apply to applicants from the People's Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, please inform yourself.

1.3. Proof of German Language

If you obtained your university entrance qualification at a non-German-speaking institution and do not hold German citizenship, you must provide evidence of sufficient German language proficiency at least at the DSH-1 level or an equivalent language certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please upload this with the other application files in the university application portal.

The recognized language examinations for the Bachelor program Animation are detailed here.

If you do not have a language certificate of the level required by the degree program by the application deadline, you can apply if you have a language certificate of at least level B1.

An application without a language certificate or a language certificate with a lower level than B1 is incomplete and will not be considered for the assessment procedure.

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. Upload Work Samples

At least 20 artistic work samples produced with analogue and digital media must be uploaded. The work samples must be accompanied by a synopsis in PDF format. These work samples should demonstrate an intensive examination of their own content and themes in relation to artistic animated film.

The content of the work samples is freely selectable and should include self-made works that demonstrate both artistic and visual-narrative skills. It is recommended to submit digitised analogue and digital artistic work samples from the following areas, for example:

  • Animated films, animation samples and films or videos related to animation in which applicants have participated. Works from all areas of animation are accepted (e.g. drawn animation, stop-motion, computer-animation, etc.).
  • Sketches, drafts, character designs, background design and documentation material created in connection with your own films.
  • Storyboards (initial visualisations of cinematic ideas in coherent image sequences, possibly an animatic/animated storyboard).
  • Motion studies (graphic works in which movement sequences of people or animals are depicted).
  • Drawings (e.g. nature studies, nudes, portraits, costumes, animals, people, still lifes, architecture, interiors, landscapes, etc.).
  • Colour design (e.g. graphics, collage, photography, painting or analogue/digital works that deal with the artistic effect of colour).
  • Sculpture and spatial studies (analogue/digital modelling, sculptures, puppet making, model making documented by photographs or 3D representations).
  • Sketchbooks (drawings, visual ideas and experiments, collage, typography, drafts, etc.; sketchbooks can be submitted completely digitised).
  • cross-border and interdisciplinary works (e.g. comics, caricature, graphic novels, illustration, photography, collage, video, performance, installation, games, expanded animation, etc.).

With the exception of moving images (animations, films, videos, etc.), all artistic work samples uploaded digitally in the application portal must be presented again during the aptitude test in an analogue portfolio as originals. Digital artistic work samples must be printed out, dated and signed. The analog portfolio must be accompanied by a table of contents that corresponds to the digital submission.

2. Pre-Selection

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. 

3. Admission Test – documents to be submitted:

With the exception of moving images (animations, films, videos, etc.), all artistic work samples uploaded digitally in the application portal must be presented again during the aptitude test in an analogue portfolio as originals. Digital artistic work samples must be printed out, dated and signed. The analog portfolio must be accompanied by a table of contents that corresponds to the digital submission.

3.1. Admission Test

Creative / Practical Assignment:

  • Practical assignment in the field of creative and subject-specific visual arts
  • Animation exercise
  • Storyboard
  • Musical aptitude test (rhythm / melody)

Written Assignment: 

  • Written part: Examination of analytical-reflective language skills

Interview: 

  • Interview on the applicant's artistic and personal profile.

 

The result of the eligibility assessment will be communicated in writing no later than 4 weeks after the last part of the assessment.

ATTENTION! Shortly before the application deadline, server problems and delays in the online application process may occur due to many (last minute) applications. So do not wait until the last day of the deadline! Applications and late submissions after the application deadline will not be accepted!

Office of the Course

For questions related to the program, please contact the program office to book an academic advising appointment.