Film Studies (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Arts (Two-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

6 semesters


Winter and summer semester
Applicants with foreign certificates:Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2
Required course for the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung):
S/G- or G-Course. To find out if you are required to take the Assessment Test, check your Certificate of Recognition.

Admission restrictions:

Restricted in all semesters

Please note that a combination of Film Studies as a major is not possible with Theater Studies or Cultural Anthropology as a minor.


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

Winter semester: June 1 - September 1

Summer semester: December 1 - March 1

If you combine a Two-subject Bachelor whose admission is open with one whose is restricted, the deadlines are:

Winter semester: June 1 - July 15

Summer semester: December 1 - January 15


Film Studies/Media Dramaturgy; Film Studies major (M.A.)
Film Studies/Media Dramaturgy; Media Dramaturgy major (M.A.)

Cultural Anthropology (M.A.)

Theater Studies (M.A.)


Institute of Film, Theater and empirical Cultural Studies


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Film is a form of art in its own right, but not every film is a work of art. Films are also entertainment, propaganda, and/or cultural and historical documents. Film Studies, as a hermeneutic discipline, analyzes and interprets its subjects by reconstructing the questions to which films provide the answers in pictures. Film Studies as a minor on the Bachelor's degree program, comprises course units (modules) in the fields of film analysis, film history, film aesthetics, and film theory. Furthermore, issues of media adaptation (literature to film) dramaturgy, and narratology (for example, film genres in cinema and television) are addressed. The interpretation of cultural models in films and the relationship between tradition and aesthetic innovation are other areas that are covered. Students of the minor in Film Studies gain an insight into the analytical and methodological fundamentals of the field, as well as into the history, aesthetics and theory of film. They are taught to appreciate films as audio-visual artifacts, i.e. to analyze, interpret and critically evaluate them.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).