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

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter semester

Admission restrictions:

Restricted in every semester


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

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Required Bachelor's degree::

Film Studies (B.A.)

under certain conditions (depending on courses taken):
Cultural Anthropology (B.A.) or
Theater Studies (B.A.)


Institute of Film, Drama, 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

The Film Studies/Media Dramaturgy Master's degree program offered at Mainz is unique to German universities. Course participants are given in-depth insight into the history, aesthetics and theory of audiovisual media, whereby the main emphasis is on film. Supplemented by practical media work, the program enables students to critically reflect on and reproduce current forms of international media arts. When applying for admission, applicants are required to choose to major in one of the two fields (Film Studies or Media Dramaturgy).

The Film Studies Master’s degree program is research-orientated and examines the history, theory and aesthetics of cinema and TV feature films, documentaries and animated films as well as filmic aspects of the 'new media', and also incorporates practical aspects of film analysis.
The students are thus provided with an opportunity to extend the knowledge acquired during their Bachelor's film or media studies degree course in a discipline with an artistic and cultural focus.
Graduates of the two-year course will be qualified to work in professions that require flexible skills in dealing with audiovisual media.

Master Entrance Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree showing they have taken a major in Film Studies as part of the integrated Mainz Culture/Theater/Film program, a minor in Film Studies or hold an equivalent degree in a field related to film, art or media studies that shows they have been awarded at least 50 credit points in the subjects film, television or new media by an institute of higher education in Germany or abroad. If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed by the time of application, the applicant must provide proof of two third of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline.

It is assumed that applicants have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; however, course participants will not be required to produce English language written papers or sit exams set in the English language. (No proof of language skills is required).

Applicants who have not acquired their university entrance qualification at a German institute of higher education or hold a degree from a program that was not taught in German will need to provide proof of proficiency in the German language at the level of the 'German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)'.


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).