Media Design teaches the basics of creative film making. Which camera angles exist and which effects do they have on the viewer, what is an invisible cut, what is Mise en Scène? These are just some of the topics that are covered by this class. In addition students create their first small films to experience and exercise techniques.
MT is a course that accompanies students until the sixth semester throughout the whole study and contains the technical aspects of film making. How does a camera work, what is a sensor and what happens with the data? Each semester, a different focus is placed: from studio and tv technology, sound recording to visual effects.
In addition to ethical questions on film design, communication models are also a big portion of this class. Media Philosophy is about for example theories of Kant and Hegel, but also about the conscious and responsible use of media.
From the second semester, students create their own entire films in Media Project. These are short films, documentaries, music videos or experimental approaches. In the classroom, the professors teach both about the creative and technical planning and realization of the project, but also provide in-depth cinematic knowledge. Films are analyzed and theoretical background knowledge is trained with practical exercises covering each film department from screenplay, camera, sound to editing in depth.
Media Management focuses on the production and legal aspects. What is a film insurance? How do I make a calculation? What is a restitution contract?
This class covers the most important works of film history. Students watch and analyse films, discover and discuss the influences of filmmakers as well as technical innovations. What was the Nouvelle Vague, who was Eadweard Muybridge, how did films reflect and influence the time and environments they were made in?
Electives are individually selectable courses. Motion Pictures offers a wide-ranging catalogue of topics for in- depth specialization for example on script writing, camera and editing or visual effects. Open electives can also be booked from other university programmes from the Media Campus such as Animation and Game, Sound and Music Production or Interactive Media Design.
The entire fourth semester is dedicated to an industrial placement. Students chose a company, may it be in Germany or anywhere else in the world for an internship. In a professional environment they gather valuable new experiences. In addition, the internship is a good opportunity to help find a job position to go for after graduation.
The bachelor thesis is the final project which is freely chosen by the students themselves. Bachelor projects can be for example short films, documentaries but also screenplays or analysis and developments of new film technologies.