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  • General information

    HFF Munich does not currently offer bachelor or master programs.  Upon successful completion of your studies, you will receive a University for Television and Film graduation diploma.
    HFF Munich admits students to the following degree programs: Feature Film and Television Feature (Dept. III), Film and Television Documentary (Dept. IV), Production and Media Business (Dept. V), Screenplay (Dept. VI), and Cinematography (Dept. VII).

    Courses in the disciplines Media Studies (Dept. I) and Technology (Dept. II) are required curricula for all HFF Munich students. It is not possible to apply for a course of study restricted to these subjects.

    Students seeking deeper understanding or specialization can take advantage of special study schemes offered by the following HFF Munich chairs and subdepartments:
    Filmic Space (chair); Television Journalism (subdepartment); Advertising (subdepartment); Creative Writing (chair); Image, Light, Space (chair); Editing (chair), and VFX (chair). It is not possible to apply for a course of study restricted to these specialized areas.
    Students begin their courses during the winter semester. The standard period of study is nine semesters.  The curriculum includes lectures, seminars, practical exercises, and training productions – starting with the basic course of studies and then, after passing an intermediate examination, during the main course of studies. The degree programs at HFF Munich require full-time study.


    Enrollment is currently free of charge, with no student tuition fees. The only current charge is a Student Union fee of €52 per semester. Foreign students pay the same Student Union fee as German students.

  • Application procedure

    An application to HFF Munich requires the following steps:

    • Written application, with certificates and transcripts, completed assessment tasks, and completed application form (from 15 November to 28 February of the following year, final deadline)
    • Preselection
    • Practical and oral examination (usually in May)

    Each 15 November, the current assessment tasks are posted online. Applicants perform the written / practical assessment tasks for their particular degree program and then submit them, along with the completed application form, by 28 February of the following year (final deadline, as postmarked).
    Applicants are preselected for the so-called aptitude test, based on their submitted application materials and their preliminary evaluation exercise solutions, by a committee from the chosen program. Based on the merits of their applications submitted for preselection, applicants are selected for the practical and oral aptitude test.

    The aptitude test takes three to four days, depending on the degree program. It usually takes place in May.

  • Dates for applications

    Application

    From 15 November 2016, the assessment tasks for winter semester 2017/2018 can be downloaded here.
    The application deadline is 28 February 2017 (final deadline, as postmarked).

    Aptitude test

    The aptitude tests will likely be held in May 2017. By the end of March 2017, you will find the respective test dates for the individual degree programs posted here:
    Feature Film and Television Feature program: to be announced
    Film and Television Documentary program: to be announced
    Production and Media Business program: to be announced
    Screenplay program: to be announced
    Cinematography program: to be announced

    By the end of April, all applicants qualifying for the aptitude test will receive written invitations.
    University Information Day
    The next University Information Day will be the entire day of Saturday, 14 January 2017. The program will be available shortly on our website.


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  • Applying with German certificates of qualifying education

    The educational qualification for admission to HFF Munich is certified usually as either


    1. general Hochschulreife (university entrance qualification) or
    2. field-restricted Hochschulreife (the only accepted fields of qualification being either Design or Business/Commerce).
    3. The above requirements may be waived for applicants demonstrating aptitude and exceptional giftedness in the HFF aptitude test, providing an applicant can show certification of successfully completed state-certified vocational training or of three years of successful, relevant professional occupation.

    Fachhochschulreife – with a certificate specifying “berechtigt zum Studium an Fachhochschulen” (“qualifies to study at technical colleges”) – does NOT qualify for study at German universities or such art “universities” as HFF Munich.

    1. General Hochschulreife (university entrance qualification)
    Your certificate species “Allgemeine Hochschulreife” (general university entrance qualification).
    This qualifies you to enroll in all study programs at German universities, as well as such art “universities” as HFF Munich.

    2. Field-restricted Hochschulreife (university entrance qualification):
    Click here for a sample.
    Your certificate species “Fachgebundene Hochschulreife” (field-specific university entrance qualification), plus the specific “Fachbindung” (field of qualification).
    This qualifies you to enroll in a field-specific range of programs at German universities, as well as such art “universities” as HFF Munich – as well as all programs at technical colleges.
    A field-restricted Hochschulreife (“field of qualification: Design”) qualifies you to apply for the degree programs Feature Film and Television Feature, Film and Television Documentary, and Screenplay.
    A field-restricted Hochschulreife (“field of qualification: Business/Commerce”) qualifies you to apply for the degree program Production and Media Business.

    3. Vocational training and/or relevant professional occupation
    The university makes exceptions for applicants who are able to demonstrate aptitude and exceptional giftedness in the aptitude test, providing the applicant can prove the successful completion of a state-certified vocational training or of three years of successful, relevant professional occupation.
    a.    Proof of vocational training, with the relevant vocational training certificate (please always submit all the pages of the certificate; uncertified photocopies are sufficient).
    b.    Proof of three years of professional occupation relevant to the selected degree program, complete with certificate of employment and references.
    Please note the following:
    - Practical vocational occupation always refers to full-time work.
    - Practical vocational occupation can only be acquired following the completion of school education.
    Sample document for the certification of 36 months of relevant practical vocational occupation.

    Related internships or theoretical work in film or television can be positive criteria for admission preselection, but are not requirements for admission to a degree program.

    Since winter semester 2009/2010, the following stipulations (see Sections 29 and § 30 of the Bavarian Qualifikationsverordnung (QualV, or qualification provisions) also regulate university admission of professionally qualified individuals: click here

    - General university entrance for professionally qualified individuals, under Section 29 QualV.
    General qualification for university entrance, pursuant to Article 45, Paragraph 1 of the Bavarian University Act, is confirmed by one of the following forms of certification issued in the Free State of Bavaria:
    1. certification of a passed master craftsman’s examination, in accordance with the provisions of either the Vocational Training Act or the Crafts and Trade Code; or
    2. certification of a passed further vocational examination that the State Ministry for Education and Culture deems equivalent to the master craftsman’s examination and is completed in accordance with the provisions of either the Vocational Training Act or the Crafts and Trade Code; or
    3. certification of a passed final examination at a public or state-approved technical college or academy.

    - Subject-specific university entrance for professionally qualified individuals, under Section 30 QualV. Applicants for subject-specific entrance to the university must meet the following requirements:
    1. certification of a passed vocational examination, in successful completion of at least two years of vocational training (in accordance with the provisions of the Vocational Training Act and the crafts and trade code defined by state and national law) in a field relevant to the chosen degree program; and
    2. proof (through certificate of employment and references of a subsequent three years, minimum, of full-time professional occupation in a field relevant to the chosen degree program.
    Qualifications acquired outside of Bavaria must be assessed and recognized as equivalent.

  • Applying with foreign certificates of qualifying education

    Foreign certificates of qualifying education (secondary school-leaving certificates, etc.) are all education certificates that have not been acquired in the Federal Republic of Germany.
    Please note: If you decide to apply to HFF Munich, you should have B2 Certificate-level proficiency in German or an equivalent grasp of the language.

    Foreign certificates of qualifying education need to be recognized as equivalent – to either the general or relevant subject-restricted Hochschulreife (university entrance qualification) obtained in the Free State of Bavaria. Without this recognition, applications cannot be considered for admission to HFF Munich.

    Starting with admission applications for the winter semester 2017/2018, the recognition of foreign documents is being handled by uni-assist e.V. / www.uni-assist.de

 uni-assist is a service that processes international applications for study in Germany. It checks and evaluates whether the education certified by foreign documents qualifies international applicants to study in Germany. If the result is positive, foreign applicants receive a so-called Preliminary Check Documentation (VPD), which candidates then include with their direct application to HFF Munich.

    To get your completed education recognized by uni-assist, you must follow a three-step procedure:

    1. 
Apply for a Preliminary Check Documentation (VPD) from uni-assist using the uni-assist online portal.
    You are responsible for providing your documents to uni-assist in time to include your Preliminary Check Documentation with your application documents by the application deadline (28 February of the respective
    year, cut-off date!). We recommend sending the qualifying documents by early January. If our university does not receive the Preliminary Check Documentation within the deadline, your application will be declined for formal reasons. The processing of your VPD application will usually take six weeks after uni-assist receives your processing fee.
    Your application will not be handled until the processing fee has been received.

    2. Once you have applied to uni-assist via their online portal, uni-assist will create a PDF document for you to print out, sign and submit to uni-assist in time (see above), together with the certificates of education and documents listed below.

    The processing of the Preliminary Check Documentation involves a fee.
    uni-assist will not be able to process your application before receiving full payment. For details about the current fees and means of payment, click here.
    For the admissions procedure for the winter semester 2018/2019, you can already submit your certificates of education and documents to uni-assist in Berlin, at:

    Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München
    c/o uni-assist e.V.
    D-11507 Berlin
    Germany

    Please note that the following documents need to be sent as legally attested copy in their original language, accompanied by a certified translation into German or English.
    For further details, please check the uni-assist guidelines.

    The documents to be submitted are:
    - certificate of education qualifying for university studies in the candidate’s country of origin (e.g., baccalauréat, GCE A and O levels, etc.), including the relevant lists of individual grades;

    - for applicants from Mongolia, Vietnam, and the People’s Republic of China: the original of their APS certificate;

    - if applicable: certificate of university admissions examinations successfully completed abroad and/or the letter of admission of the foreign university;

    - if applicable: all foreign higher-education certificates (e.g., colleges, academies, university, etc.), including all relevant lists of individual grades, per semester or year (e.g., transcripts, academic certifications, indexes, etc.). All semesters currently attended or already completed at a German university are to be documented through certificates of enrollment (lmmatrikulationsbescheinigung); and

    - if applicable: certificate of a successful assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung), if this exam was completed at a Studienkolleg in Germany.

    3. Once the preliminary evaluation is completed, with a positive result, uni-assist will send you the Preliminary Check Documentation (VPD) (by e-mail and by letter), for inclusion in your application to HFF Munich. Please be sure to give uni-assist your current e-mail and postal address.
    You will then submit to HFF Munich a copy of the Preliminary Check Documentation (VPD) that you have received by mail from uni-assist, along with your complete application documents, by 28 February (cut-off date!) of the year of application.

    For certain applicants who are able to demonstrate their exceptional giftedness and aptitude in an aptitude test, HFF Munich can waive above qualification requirements, providing these applicants show certification of either successful state-certified vocational training or a minimum of three years of practical experience in a profession related to their desired course of study. Vocational training completed abroad needs to be evaluated for recognition.
    Please send, in advance, a copy of your foreign vocational certificate to:

    Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film Munich
    Administration
    Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1
    D-80333 Munich
    Germany

    Language proficiency:
    To apply and study at HFF Munich, candidates require a very good command of the German language, equal to the Second Level of the German Language Diploma.
    
- All application documents are to be submitted in German.
    - All lectures and examinations are held in German only.

     

  • Application documents

    You can download PDFs of your application documents for the winter semester 2017/2018 from 15 November 2016.

    The application deadline for the winter semester 2017/2018 is 28 February 2017 (final deadline, as postmarked). You must submit the application form along with your assessment task solutions for the chosen degree program.

    You can apply for the following degree programs:

    Feature Film and Television Feature (Dept. III)

    Film and Television Documentary (Dept. IV)

    Production and Media Business (Dept. V)

    Screenplay (Dept. VI)

    Cinematography (Dept. VII)

    The required curricula for all HFF Munich students includes the courses offered by the Media Studies and Technology departments. It is not possible to apply for a course of study restricted to those subjects.

    Students at HFF Munich can intensify their knowledge and acquire specialization in the following Chairs and Subdepartments:
    Filmic Space (chair); Television Journalism (subdepartment); Advertising (subdepartment); Creative Writing (chair); Image, Light, Space (chair); Editing (chair), and VFX (chair).
    It is not possible to apply for a course of study restricted to these specialized areas.

     

  • FAQ – Frequently asked questions

    Here you will find the answers to questions shared by many applicants. For any additional queries, please contact our Admissions Counsellor.

    QUESTIONS about your application

     

    Which degree programs are offered at HFF Munich?

    You can apply for admission to the following degree programs: Feature Film and Television Feature, Film and Television Documentary, Production and Media Business, Screenplay, and Cinematography.

    Does HFF offer a degree in television journalism?

    No, the Television Journalism Chair does not have a separate degree program.

    Does HFF offer a degree in VFX?

    No, the VFX Chair does not have a separate degree program.

    Does HFF offer a degree in editing or animation?

    No, we don’t.

    When is University Information Day?

    Usually on a Saturday in mid-January. The date is posted from November on our website.

    Which qualifications do I need to apply to HFF?

    You need either the general or the field-restricted Hochschulreife (university entrance qualification). The Fachhochschulreife does NOT qualify you to study at HFF Munich. However, you can also apply if you have successfully completed state-certified vocational training or have a minimum of three years of successful, relevant professional occupation.

    When is the period for applying?

    Each 15 November, the assessment tasks are posted on our website. By 28 February of the following year (final deadline, as postmarked), you must submit your complete application portfolio to the university administration.

    Where can I find the assessment tasks?

    How often can I apply to HFF?

    To each degree program you can apply twice.

    Can I apply to more than one degree program?

    Yes, you have that option. You will need to submit all your application forms and documents (application form plus your assessment task solutions) for each separate degree program and specify, on each program application form, the other degree program to which you are applying.

    Is my school-leaving grade average important?

    Admission to study at HFF Munich is based solely on qualification and aptitude.
    What counts is that the solutions you present for the assessment tasks are convincing and carefully conceived.

    How important are internships?

    Experience as an intern is not a requirement for HFF Munich applicants. If you wish to learn more about filmmaking or want to find out if you’re applying for the “right“ study program, internships and/or personal projects can be valuable.

    Is lateral entry to a study program possible; for example, by transferring into an advanced level, skipping the intermediate examination?

    No, we do not permit lateral entry – all applicants must take part in the annual admission procedure.

    How does HFF select the candidates for admission?

    To take part in our preselection process, you submit an application portfolio with your assessment task solutions and the other required documents. We then invite a shortlist of candidates to the main selection procedure. The main selection procedure consists of a multi-day aptitude test, in which the candidates receive a series of new tasks and an opportunity to introduce themselves to the selection committee.

    Can I find sample application films or courses preparing for the entrance examination?

    Neither of these exist.

    Can I enclose works of my own with my application?

    Yes, you may do so, but the committee has no obligation to view these works.

    Can I apply immediately after secondary school?

    Yes, you are free to apply directly following secondary school.

    I have a foreign school leaving qualification. How can I find out whether I can be admitted to the admission procedure?

    You must have your certificate assessed by uni-assist. For more information, click here.

    What can I do, if my university qualifying certificate is not recognized?

    As a rule, if your equivalence assessment is negative, you can assume you will not be admitted to the admission procedure.

    Must I have good German skills in order to apply?

    Yes, your command of the language should be at the level of a B2 certificate or comparable German language proficiency.

    Does HFF offer German courses for applicants?

    No, you will find a good opportunity to learn German through the language courses offered by the Goethe Institute, in Germany and abroad.

    QUESTIONS about the study programs

     

    Can I earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree at HFF?

    No. For the completion of its study programs, HFF issues only diplomas. This means you cannot be awarded a bachelor’s or a master’s degree – nor is lateral entry with a bachelor’s degree possible.

    Which degree does HFF confer?

    HFF confers the diploma. The required study program comprises a core curriculum, which is completed by passing an intermediate examination, and the major studies, completed with the diploma.

    How long do HFF study programs take?

    The standard period of study is nine semesters. However, this duration can be extended by leaves of absence, for example for semesters abroad.

    Does HFF offer English-language study programs?

    No, there are no separate programs in English.

    Can I do a doctorate at HFF?

    Since 2013, HFF Munich offers a single doctorate program, in Media Studies. For more information, click here.

    Do I have to pay tuition?

    Since the winter semester 2013/2014, students in Bavaria are no longer required to pay tuition. Students pay only a Student Union fee of €52 per semester. Foreign students pay the same fee as German students.

    Does HFF grant student scholarships?

    No, HFF doesn’t grant scholarships. Once you have been admitted, though, you can apply for a variety of external scholarships.

    Does HFF have dormitory facilities?

    No, dormitory accommodations are centrally assigned by the Munich Student Union.
    The Student Union provides nearly 11,000 student rooms and apartments in Munich.
    The average monthly rent for a single accommodation is €280,90. Waiting periods range from one to five semesters, depending on the dormitory (as of 11/2016).

    Can I audit courses at HFF?

    Yes, new auditors are admitted each winter semester. Application forms for the current year are available from July on the HFF Munich website. Auditors attend individual HFF seminars, without taking examinations or acquiring student status.
    The auditing fee is €100 per semester (for the attendance of up to five weekly class hours).
    Look here: Guest studies