Combining artistic creativity and academic education, the program provides students with extensive screenwriting and dramaturgy skills for all forms and genres of cinema and television as well as other media. In artistic one-to-one and group courses, students learn how to write texts for films and to independently create screenplays. The program's theoretical courses focus on the historical and theoretical fundamentals of drama, literature, and audiovisual media as well as the analysis of the dramaturgy and esthetics of film and television works. In lectures, students acquire both technical skills and theoretical knowledge. Film screenings allow them evaluate examples. Engaging in analytic discussions during seminars, students further enhance and independently apply their knowledge.
Exercises and creative workshops bring artistic skills and academic knowledge together, thus combining theory and practice. In interdisciplinary projects, students' key task and opportunity is to collaborate with students from other programs as screenwriters or dramaturgical assistants. This includes that all students independently direct a short film based on their own screenplay. These projects allow for the assessment of their writing skills. Courses and workshops with guests complement the curriculum and offer practical insights into special subjects.
The program's goal is to provide students with the artistic and academic skills they need for the corresponding jobs (writing, dramaturgical and editorial work) in the film business as well as in public and private television, the radio industry, and the new media.
The program comprises the following modules: Introductory Courses, Media History, Dramaturgy, Screenwriting I, Practical Project I, Screenwriting II, Literature, Media Market I, Serial Writing, Media Dramaturgy and Esthetics, Practical Project II, Media Market II and Forms of Media, Preparing a Full-length Film Project, Bachelor's Thesis.
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