Master of Arts in Filmculture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation

Goethe University Frankfurt

Program Description

Master of Arts in Filmculture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation

Goethe University Frankfurt

This is a program of study in Film Culture which is unique in this form in Germany: Archiving, programming, presentation educates highly qualified scientific personnel for institutions of film and media culture with the main area of focus in the fields of archiving, preparation and mediation of AV media format.

Building on the deepened knowledge about film history and film theory, the program of study provides basic knowledge of the technical, systematic knowledge, administrative, economic and legal aspects of archiving, programming and presentation of commonly used film and AV media formats. Special attention is given to the challenges of digitalization of analog stocks, care, and upkeep of digital archiving media and publication and circulation of digital files.

The graduates furthermore acquire knowledge of the structures and practices of the cinema and film culture, AV media production and distribution and the characteristic of markets for AV media products.

They will become familiar with basic questions in the area of copyright and copyright law as well as, particularly, also with the problems involved with usage rights and ownership rights in the practice of circulation of film and AV media materials. They finally acquire theoretical and practical competencies in the area of curation of films, that is programming and presentation of AV media archive stocks in the cinema, in museums and at festivals, but also on digital platforms. Engagement with the subject matter film is embedded within the framework here of an aesthetic-theoretical reflection of the role of the curator and the cultural practice of the exhibition.

Completion of studies qualifies the graduate to take up positions in the areas culture management, public and private film and media archives, companies in the film and AV industry such as production and distribution companies as well as internet providers, television (editorial team, programming, media archiving), journalism/being a film critic, internet editing and platform design, museum work with a main focus on film and AV media as well as curator activities in the field of film culture (cinema and festival programming, curator-type work in museums, exhibition spaces and other establishments for the visual arts). There is also the possibility of further qualification in the course of a doctoral studies program.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a similar subject.
  • If you didn't study your Bachelor's degree in the field of "Theater-, Film- and Media Studies" at the Goethe-University:
    • Transcript of Records and
    • Extra page with the study-related courses (title of the course, research paper etc., CP and if possible the grade)
    • Study-related courses are courses in theory, aesthetics, history, and analysis of film and media.
  • Knowledge of two modern foreign languages (Niveau A2) or knowledge of one modern foreign language and skills in Latin or Greek proven by:
    • high school diploma (A-levels diploma) or corresponding high school certificates and transcripts rated no lower than "adequate" (4.0), or certification of classes in English 3 years.
    • certification of successfully completed language courses (with at least 120 proven hours of instruction time) from a German and/or foreign university.
    • lecturers (or other experts) report on language proficiency acquired through international residency, university language courses, or self-study.
    • VHS-Certificate.
    • other certificate recognized as equivalent by the selection committee.
  • letter of motivation.
    The letter of motivation with an abstract for a deepening project, which clarifies the specific research interests of the applicant. The project will be further developed during the two-year study program and prepare the final master thesis.
    The letter of motivation presents, in particular, the personal and specific interest in the Master's Course film culture, possibly with a description of previous professional or practical experience or relevant, even extra-curricular activities that can provide specific information on the ability for the Master's program (maximum 700 words).
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.

Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current transcript of records; at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points) must have been obtained; the Bachelor’s thesis must be finished or almost finished. Provisional admission is valid for 6 months.

Mode of admission

Admission is restricted.

This school offers programs in:
  • German
Goethe University Frankfurt

Last updated February 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Oct. 2019
4 semesters
Full time
370 EUR
Approx. 370 € administrative fee per semester (incl. free public transport)
Germany - Frankfurt, Hesse
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