Overview

Overview

The subject of film studies is the history, aesthetics and theory of film and the visual media as well as their conditions of creation and impact, which include the interdependence of different aesthetic (literature, painting, dance, music, etc.) and cultural systems. At the Seminar for Film Studies at the Free University of Berlin, the four areas of film history, film analysis, film aesthetics, and art and media theory are examined. They are researched from a historical, analytical, theoretical, aesthetic and comparative perspective. The film studies course at the Free University of Berlin focuses on the theoretical and historical-critical orientation, ie it is a fundamental theoretical,

The course does not provide any artistic-technical training as offered at film schools and academies. The research at the Seminar for Film Studies focuses on the theory and history of the formation of space and time in cinema as a synaesthetic experience as well as the media history and theory of emotions.

The 60 CP module offer does not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

Program Structure

Film studies is combined as a core subject with a 60 credit module or two 30 credit modules. Film studies are combined with a 90-credit core subject as a 60-credit module.

The film studies course is divided into a basic, advanced and advanced phase. In the core subject of film studies, at the end of the course there is an exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Film studies as a 90 CP core subject

Basic phase

Basic module Film history
Basic module Film analysis
Basic module Film aesthetics and theory

Build-up phase

Extension module Film analysis and history
Extension module Film aesthetics and art / media theory
Extension module Scientific practice and media culture

Consolidation phase

Specialization module Film analysis and history
Specialization module Film aesthetics and art / media theory

Film studies as a 60 CP module offer

Basic phase

Basic module Film history
Basic module Film analysis
Basic module Film aesthetics and theory

Development phase (2 of 3 to choose)

Extension module Film analysis and history
Extension module Film aesthetics and art / media theory
Extension module Scientific practice and media culture

Consolidation phase

Specialization module Film analysis and history or film aesthetics and art / media theory

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. If film studies is studied as a module as part of a combined bachelor's degree program, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.

In addition to the general basic academic training, the course qualifies you for a wide variety of professions in the field of audiovisual media culture, as they have developed and are developing in the film and television industry, the advertising industry and in journalistic, artistic and scientific fields of work. In particular, it enables the assessment, analysis and conceptual development of audiovisual forms of representation in scientific, journalistic, editorial, cultural and knowledge-imparting fields of work. Possible employers can be (film) libraries, (film) archives, universities, art associations, publishers, film studios, television and radio companies, theaters, opera houses, but also public or private administration.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

 


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