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, 2024 through January 31, 2024. 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 (Sections 1.1. to 1.5. only) before registering in the university application portal.

  • Sections 1.1. to 1.5. must be uploaded in the university application portal! Documents (Sections 1.1. to 1.4.) and the work samples (Section 1.5.) will NOT be processed in paper form!

ONLY Section 1.6. is to be sent by post:

Please mark the work samples with your name and applicant number (from the university application portal). Send ONLY the work samples (Section 1.6.) together with the signed application form (from the university application portal) within the application deadline to:

Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Studiengang Animation
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 Potsdam

  • Personal submission of work samples (Section 1.6.) is exclusively possible at the reception/mail office from Monday to Friday during the application period.
  • Postal items that are subject to a COD or customs fee upon receipt will not be accepted.

Please note:

  • 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.

Please note:

If you do not have a language certificate for the level required by the degree program by the application deadline, please  inform yourself here.

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

Please upload the following work samples for proof of eligibility:

  • Work samples must be clearly listed with details of content (PDF).
  • Animation films, animation samples, or other animated work that the applicant has worked on (1080p/720p, MP4, max. 750 MB). The work can be from all areas of animation (drawing, puppet, cut-out animation, computer animation, etc.). 
  • Works from the field of installation or multimedia should be prepared photographically or as videos (MP4, JPG, MP3, max. 250 MB).

The restrictions specified by the university application portal apply. Video files must be playable in current browsers without additional software/codecs.

1.6. Submission of work samples by post

The following additional work samples (marked with your name and applicant number from the university application portal) must be sent by post and with the signed application form from the university application portal.

The contents of the portfolio must be clearly identified in an enclosed table of contents.

  • Sketches, drafts, character designs, documentation material, etc. that were created in connection with your own films may be enclosed in the portfolio as original drawings, printouts or photographs.
  • A portfolio of self-produced works in the field of artistic design that show skills in both visual art and visual storytelling; the works, which must be submitted in their original A3 to A1 format, must be dated and signed. It is recommended that work be submitted from each of the following areas:
    • Drawings (e.g. nude, portrait, costume, animals, people, still life, architecture, interiors, landscape, etc.) must be submitted as handmade originals on paper/cardboard/painting support
    • Color design work samples (e.g. graphics, collage, photography, painting, analog or digital, exploring the visual and artistic effects of color)
    • Drawn motion studies (works in which motion sequences of people or animals are depicted)
    • Storyboard (initial visualization of a cinematic idea in coherent sequences of images)
    • In addition, further works from related visual design fields (e.g. comics, caricatures, illustrations, photographs or collages) may be included.

Digital works from these fields must be printed out in at least A3 format, dated and signed.

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

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: 

  • Analysis of the content and form of an animated film  


  • 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.