The program is conducted as a combination of full-time study in the first two semesters (workload 30 LP each) and part-time study in the remaining 4 semesters (workload 15 LP each). The reason for this is that after the first year, students should have fewer classes and more time to develop their final films from research and conception to shooting and post-production.

The master's program is modular and includes courses totaling 43 semester hours (SWS) with a total of 120 credit points (LP), including the master's thesis(15 LP) and the colloquium for the master's thesis (1 LP).

The first-year core curriculum consists of theoretical seminars whose goal is to deepen students' directing skills. Within their previously chosen specialty, either feature or documentary film, regular courses are offered in directing, dramaturgy, story development, creative methods and market trends. This offering is supplemented by so-called workshops*, in which practical work is developed in collaboration with other departments.

After this introductory year, during which they deepen their theoretical knowledge and build connections within the film university, directors can focus entirely on developing their final projects. These must be carried out with colleagues from at least three other departments and may be co-financed by external partners such as Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (as part of their Leuchtstoff program), ZDF Kleinesfernsehspiel, RBB, or other television stations and funding programs in Germany or German-speaking countries.


For detailed information on the course of study and its contents, please refer to the study and examination regulations, the module descriptions and the study plan. In special cases and upon written declaration by the student, the 2nd year of study can also be completed full-time. The duration of study is then reduced to a total of 4 semesters.

I’ve been looking for an environment that allows my passion in filmmaking to grow together with like-minded people. Filmmaking means teamwork and as directors we collaborate with all departments. At Filmuni, I experience the quality of this creative exchange and what it truly means to learn together and from one another.

Lilith Kugler, MA Directing

One of the best features of the Filmuni is that, if you act on your own initiative, you’ll be able to try out all sorts of different projects. There’s a lot of freedom and support from your mentors in the search of your own cinematic handwriting – so if you’re proactive, the possibilities are numerous.

João Pedro Prado, MA Directing