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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
EUR 7750 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 7750 per year

All study options

About Film Degree at dBs Berlin

New for 2016! If you are passionate about building and developing advanced practical skills in contemporary film production, cinematography, storytelling, sound designing, writing, post production, creative process and much much more and you’re ready for 3 years hard work whilst based in Berlin you should definitely carry on reading.

You As The Cinematographer

The primary tool of the film-maker is the camera. In the 21st Century that camera could be a phone, a domestic video, a DSLR, right up to a fully-fledged 35mm cine camera. But no matter what is being used to capture image… the master storyteller must have a profound understanding of light, composition, movement and mise-en-scene. In our cinematography modules you will explore them all in depth.

You As The Sound Technician/Designer

When sound entered the movie industry it changed everything. Even today, most filmmakers would describe the audio and soundtrack as being 50% of a movie. In the sound modules you will explore the art and mechanics of recording and editing sound. From microphone choices, through to audio special effects and from music composition to producing the final mix.

You As The Writer

Underpinning virtually every piece of screen content, whether it’s a 60 sec commercial, an hour-long TV documentary or full length feature film, is a narrative – a beginning, middle and end. You will deconstruct the structures of story, exploring the power of moving images to engage and stir emotion in the viewer. This will be in the context of both fiction and the essential narrative of documentary and commercial production.

You As The Editor

Immerse yourself in the precision and power of post-production. You will explore the language and techniques of the edit, look at the technical and psychological aspects of sound design and experiment with visual effects and motion graphics. Our partners ‘Inside The Edit’ offer full access to their internationally acclaimed online training… which includes everything you need to know in order to edit a full length TV documentary (full rushes from a professionally shot production are included).

You As The Intellectual

Great film-makers combine their can-do pragmatic approach with an astute intellect. In our contextual studies modules we support you in honing your critical analysis and understanding of the structures of film. Whilst primarily academic, you will be constantly applying your learning in real world practical projects. These studies will dive in to the history of cinema to explore the birth and development of conventions that are widely used across all media.

You As The Entrepreneur

To become a successful, independent film-maker requires a number of essential business tools. We will explore what it is to build a brand as a film-maker, to becoming competent in using digital media and social networking as a marketing tool, and to build confidence in pitching. We will uncover the mechanics of traditional distribution, agents and film festivals… whilst also looking at self-publishing and distribution in the internet-age. You will have the chance to learn essential networking skills, how to search for and create opportunities and present your own portfolio of work. You can expect to line-up exciting and relevant industry placements during your time on the course.

Thirsty for even more information about our Film Degree?

Learn more about our tutors with Inside dBs Berlin and have a taste of what kinds of projects our students have made.

Interested? Apply now for September 2016 start.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 7750 per yearInternational course feesEUR 7750 per year

Notes about fees for this course

The fee quoted is for a one-off payment style where you can sumbit the lump sum at the beginning of the school year.

We also offer the option of paying €750 month to month for this programme.

For a full schedule of fees, please go to our website.

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications
If you are aged 18 or over and achieved one of the following or their equivalents, you are eligible to apply for any of our degree courses:

A Level, Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Abitur, BTEC National Diploma, Scottish Highers, Diploma di Maturità, di Esame di Stato, Título de Bachillerato or other equivalents

Practical requirements
We'll ask to see evidence of film-related experience you've had with either camera equipment (e.g. a DSLR or handycam), filmmaking software (e.g. FCPx, or Premier Pro) or in the organisation of a production. Where possible you should provide links to a showreel showing films or videos you have either directed, shot, edited, or produced (or a combination of roles), or a CV detailing projects you may have worked on in other departments, photographic essays, or scripts you have written.

We understand that people have vastly different types of experience and we will be happy to take the time to chat with you about where you are at, to help you figure out if this course is right for you.

No formal qualifications?
Don’t worry, you may still be able to apply for one of our courses. We will need to evaluate three things before deciding which course will be most appropriate for you:

  • Your verbal and/or written communication skills in English
  • Your subject knowledge
  • Your practical experience

Visas
Potential students who are citizens of the EU… there’s no need to read any further! You do not need to worry about visas as EU Citizens are free to move anywhere within the EU. All you need to do is register with your local Bürgeramt when you get to Berlin!

dBs Music Berlin is a private college in Berlin. Unfortunately this means that potential students outside of the EU will not be able to achieve a student visa. However, there are other means!

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