The master’s degree in film studies is primarily research-oriented. Objects are the history, aesthetics and theory of film or audiovisual media as well as their conditions of creation and impact, which include the interdependence of different aesthetic (especially literature, painting, theater, dance, music) and cultural systems. In this regard, the course should only be thought of in an interdisciplinary manner. In terms of content, the course continues the humanities and cultural studies orientation of the Bachelor course. In accordance with the close connection with the other courses at the Institute for Theater Studies and in various research contexts, the focus is on a comparative art and media studies perspective. The historical, analytical, theoretical and aesthetic as well as the comparative perspective on the objects. This results in two fields of investigation: film history and film analysis as well as film aesthetics and art and media theory.



The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. 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 examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. 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.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

module Film analysis and history
module Film aesthetics and art / media theory
module Specialization I: Method
module Specialization II: Theory
module Focus module
module Research practice



To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in film studies or an equivalent other university degree that corresponds to the content and structure of the Bachelor's degree in film studies at Freie Universität Berlin.



Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The master’s course qualifies primarily for film studies research and teaching as well as for a doctorate in film studies, but also prepares for activities in the following areas: museums (archive and programming), municipal cinemas (curating series), festivals (programming, organization), Specialist publishers (editing), film, television and radio, funding institutions (specialist speakers), foundations, business associations and politics (advice).

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