Photo: Edlin Jap

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

Dates: multiple dates from May to July 2024    Language: English

Number of participants: 6                                  

We will be able to accept more applicants for the Orientation & Mentoring sessions.

Location: Filmuniversität Babelsberg and online          
Cost: Participation is free of charge 

In the PrepClass, international prospective students learn about the diverse study opportunities at Babelsberg Film University - from Bachelor to Master. If you would like to apply for an artistic degree programme, we will help you with your application. This offer is aimed in particular at prospective students with a refugee background.

The PrepClass takes place every summer semester and consists of two modules: Orientation & Mentoring and an experimental short film workshop.

The new call for applications is expected to be published in January 2024.

Content & Objectives

Orientation & Mentoring

Participants will learn about the variety of study opportunities at the Film University in Babelsberg – from Bachelor to Master degree with a focus on the artistic study programmes. If you are interested in one in our artistic study programmes, 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 programme 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 during the preparation of the application and the application portfolio.

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

‘Die Insel’

‘Die Insel’ is an interdisciplinary 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 realised 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 since 2017: 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 eight time in 2024.

Application & 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.

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).