Preperation class for international applicants
Photo: Grzegorz Karkoszka

The PrepClass prepares prospective international students for their application at the Film University.

Dates: May 17-21/ 25, June 1/8 & 14-18, July 6 2021

Language: English
Number of participants: 6Location: ONLINE*
Costs: Free of charge 

* except for the excursion in June, provided that this is in accordance to the general measurements of the Filmuni in order to counteract further spread of the coronavirus

The PrepClass is directed at prospective international students who would like to apply to a degree program at the Film University. The class offers a mix of practical exercises, individual course guidance, and help with creating compelling application documents and work samples. This workshop particularly addresses immigrants as prospective students.

The preparation class takes place in the summer term and consists of two parts: orientation & mentoring, as well as an experimental short film-workshop ‘Die Insel’.

The course is free of charge and will be held in English.

Application deadline for the PrepClass is 8 March 2021. Please, apply via our online registration tool.

Content & Objectives

Orientation & Mentoring

Participants will learn about the variety of study opportunities at the Film University in Babelsberg – from Bachelor to Master Degree, artistic study programs. If you are interested in our study program, we will support you with your application.

Alumni of the Film University will deliver insights into practice and talk about their experiences with the application process as well as the study program and their professional career. This way the PrepClass participants learn from former students and get valuable input and feedback for their own start into the film industry.

Current students of the Film University will accompany the PrepClass participants until the application process is finished. They will help with individual and personal counseling and support the participants with the preparation of the application and the application film.

In addition to that, the participants will get individual counseling meetings with lecturers from different study programs to clarify individual questions regarding the application.

‘Die Insel’ – with Jean Boué

‘Die Insel’ is an experimental short film workshop in which international applicants and students of the Film University will develop a short film idea from script to screen.

In three storytelling workshops the participants will develop an idea for a short film which will be realized on an excursion in Brandenburg. Participants may choose a subject to inspire their film, or participate in the suggested theme of arriving in an unknown surrounding. The goal of this workshop is to connect PrepClass participants with students from the Film University by working hands-on as well as gaining experience with student film productions.

The Summer School will cover the costs of accommodation for the excursion, travel and meals will be paid by the participants themselves.

Past Run

A couple of projects which were finalized during the PrepClass run of 2017 and 2018: The audio play "Damascus Requiem" and two movies. „The Letter“, „A Piece of German History“, "Berlin Disappears", "Erdbe" and "Light", which were all shown in an open university context. "Damascus Requiem" was awarded the AMIKO Award 2018.

The PrepClass will be held for the fifth time in 2021.


17 May, 2 pm-6 pm Opening Event
18 May, 2 pm-6 pmInsight into practice
19 May, 2 pm-6 pmInsights into practice
20 May, 2 pm-6 pmInsights into practice
21 May, 2 pm-6 pmInsights into practice
25 May, 2 pm-6 pmStorytelling-Workshop „Die Insel“ with Jean Boué and students of the Film University
1 June, 2 pm - 6 pmStorytelling-Workshop „Die Insel“ with Jean Boué and students of the Film University
8 June, 2 pm - 6 pmStorytelling-Workshop „Die Insel“ with Jean Boué and students of the Film University
14-18 JuneExcursion and realization of a film project „Die Insel“
July 6Closing event and project presentation, feedback and review, next steps in the application process


Workshop instructor

Jean Boué is an author, director and producer of documentary formats for public television and cinema. Many of his films have been broadcasted internationally and shown at festivals. His films have been awarded the German Grimme Prize and the European Civis Award, among others. He holds scholarships from DEFA and the Robert Bosch Foundation. In 2000, Jean Boué founded the production company JABfilm. He is a member of the German Documentary Association Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm and the German Filmakademie. Since 2013, he is a regular lecturer at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

PrepClass | Jean Boué

Application and Admission

The PrepClass particularly addresses immigrants who live in Germany as prospective students. Whether you are interested in a bachelor or master degree, during the PrepClass the participants will get to know the different artistic study programs as well as their entrance requirement.

Applicants need to be at least 18 years of age and have already gained practical experiences.

After your successful online registration you’ll receive an application form. Please fill out the form and send it back to us.

Based on that application form we will invite you to a personal interview, which will take place between 22-26 March 2021.

The PrepClass is supported by the State of Brandenburg within the network ESiSt - "Erfolgreicher Studieneinstieg für internationale Studierende im Bundesland Brandenburg" and by the German Academic Exchange Service and its programme Welcome – Students Helping Refugees, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).