FAQs Studies & Application

Who can apply? Are there tuition fees? How old should applicants be? Here you can find answers to these questions.

FAQ Studies & Application

Who can apply?

Applicants should be 21 years old at the beginning of their studies. Practical experience or academic degrees in related fields are not requirements, but increase the chance of admission.

To enrol in studies at the DFFB, candidates must go through a comprehensive application process. The DFFB invites a small proportion of applicants to attend a one-week entrance examination at the
academy. This examination is overseen by an examination board.

Final qualifications?

All graduates receive a DFFB certificate.

The DFFB, however, does not offer master’s or bachelor’s degrees. For directing, producing, cinematography and editing students, the curriculum ends with the production and completion of a graduation film. For screenwriting students, it ends with the completion of a graduation screenplay.

Is the DFFB approved by the state?

In terms of entrance requirements and scope of studies, the DFFB is comparable to German state universities of fine arts, or arts and sciences programmes of study.

How to apply and when?

September: Applications for the preselection process are published on the DFFB website.

November-December: period opens for the online application process.

April: Applicants are informed of the decision of the examination board, and a small number of applicants are invited to attend the entrance examinations.

May-June: Entrance examinations at the DFFB

The candidates will be informed in advance regarding the precise dates and structure of the examination week.

How old should applicants be?

Applicants should be 21 years old at the beginning of their studies.

Which language skills are generally required?

Please note that good written and spoken German is required to study at the DFFB.
Foreign applicants have to prove their German language skills in the form of the Goethe Certificate B1 (or equivalent), which has to be presented at the beginning of the second part of the application, the examination week at DFFB in Berlin.

The second language spoken at the DFFB is English. We require good English skills from all applicants.

Cost of study?

Directing // Cinematography // Producing //
Editing/Sound:

For annual registration fees and equipment insurance, the DFFB levies a surcharge of  225,00 € per academic year. During the first four academic years, students also purchase a BVG semester ticket (participation in public transportation), which currently costs approximately 380,00 €.

Drehbuchakademie / Screenwriting:

The DFFB screenwriting programme is an externally funded programme, therefore students of this progamme pay different tuition fees. These fees are:
First academic year:  1.200,00 € plus fees for a BVG semester ticket
Second year of study:  750,00 € plus fees for a BVG semester ticket
Third year of study:  450,00 € plus fees for a BVG semester ticket

How much does the BVG semester ticket cost?

The BVG semester ticket costs currently  380,00 €.

What financial support is there?

Information about financing your studies can be found at the Social Guidance Office of the studierendenWERK BERLIN

Housing

The DFFB does not have any student residences.

Information on student residences and other useful tips on the subject can also be found on the pages of the studierendenWERK BERLIN.

What about health insurance?

Every student in Germany needs to have a proof of health insurance. By having a student ID and a registered home adress you can go to any public helath insurance company to recieve a student contract. You can find more infos at the German Students Board.

What opportunities are there for university sports?

Students of the DFFB can use opportunities for university sports at other universities, e.g. at the TU Berlin.

If you still have questions, please contact us via email: ed.b1544474815ffd@o1544474815fni1544474815