Applicants must have completed a higher education program, preferably in the humanities, social sciences, economics, or law. An applicant can hold a traditional German degree, such as a Magister or Diplom, or a Staatsexamen title or a bachelor’s degree in these subjects. Additionally, applicants must have gained practical professional experiene for no less than one year which is related to the subject of the master´s programm.
There is no age limit for applicants. In addition, there are no quotas imposed according to the subjects in which candidates have completed their prior programs.
Yes. The Institute for Cultural and Media Management is highly interested in ensuring diversity in the student body. However, applicants who do not speak German as a native language and have completed their studies at a foreign university or equivalent institution must demonstrate adequate language skills for their studies by passing the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) or providing proof of equivalent language skills. Please see Sec. 3 of the admission regulations (Zulassungsordnung) for more information.
The application process has two stages.
A detailed written application in German is required. The application must include the following documents:
– Curriculum vitae, organized in outline format
– Certificates, documents, and other supporting documentation
– Three-page statement of purpose (Exposé) on the topic “Inhalt und Selbstverständnis praxisbezogener Kulturvermittlung” (Content and Self-Conception of Practice-related Cultural Mediation (cf. Sec. 5 of the admission regulations (Zulassungsordnung)).
– For applicants whose native language is not German, the written application must also include the required proof of language skills.
Students are admitted once per year, for the winter semester. The deadline for applications is June 30 of the same year. Written applications must have been received, in full, by no later than on this date at the central admissions office (Zulassungsbüro) of FU Berlin at Iltisstr.1, 14195 Berlin. Late applications will not be considered.
The selection committee makes a preliminary selection based on the written applications. Seventy applicants are then invited to attend a personal interview with the selection committee. The interviews last about 20 minutes and typically take place in August. Following the round of interviews, 25 applicants are admitted to the program. Admission notices and rejection notices are sent in writing.
Imortant notice: Please make sure (before the personal interview!) that you fulfill all necessary requirements, namely a degree (Magister, Diplom, Staatsexamen title or a bachelor’s degree), preferably in the humanities, social sciences, economics, or law and the required practical professional experience related to the subject of the master´s programm of no less than a year.
For student counselling please contact Dipl.-Päd. Dagmar Boeck (during her office hours or by agreement).
According to Sec. 5 of the admission regulations (Zulassungsordnung), the topic of the three-page statement of purpose is “Inhalt und Selbstverständnis praxisbezogener Kulturvermittlung” (Content and Self-Conception of Practice-related Cultural Mediation). Within the overall framework of this topic, you can determine the focus of the content, depending on your previous professional development, the fields in which you work or your expectations for your future career or your reasons for applying to the Institute for Cultural and Media Management.
The aim of the statement of purpose is to provide the selection committee with a broader view of who you are. For that reason, subjective statements and opinions are explicitly encouraged. Theoretical references and the use of quotes and footnotes are also possible.
Often, the topic of the statement of purpose is the starting point for the interview. You should also be able to say something about your reasons for applying. In addition, to prepare for the interview we recommend that you study the newspapers closely so that you can state an informed opinion on current issues in cultural policy.
The master’s program lasts four semesters, including the final examination. During that time you are required to earn a total of 120 credits (Leistungspunkte), apportioned to eight modules.
Various examinations are required for the individual modules. You must pass these examinations while you are enrolled in the program. The types of examination vary and may include oral examinations, written term papers, and presentations regarding the practical projects that are integrated into your studies. The final requirement for the program is a master’s thesis (Masterarbeit). Evaluations are performed according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
One particular feature, and a specialty, of this application-oriented master’s program is the practical projects that are integrated into students’ studies, under the leadership of the Institute. In these projects, students collaborate as members of a team to put the theoretical knowledge they have acquired into practice. Most of these projects extend over more than one semester. The final project is a presentation, which varies by project. Participation counts toward program requirements and the presentations are evaluated as required examinations.
In line with the philosophy of the Institute for Cultural and Media Management, the courses fall into three groups.
First, students attend weekly seminars, lectures, and lab courses or discussion sections, following the classic university model. The theoretical fundamentals they learn in these courses are supplemented through presentations, papers, and practical exercises.
To supplement these courses, there are also block seminars held on the weekends.
The third component is participation in the practical projects, which in most cases extends over more than one semester. These projects do not follow a regular weekly schedule. Instead, participants set the schedule themselves, with meetings taking place as frequently as needed according to the status of the project.
Each student must complete the program at the end of his or her fourth semester. Students must register for the master’s examination (Masterprüfung) with the board of examiners (Prüfungsausschuss) in written form by June 30 of the year in which they wish to take the exam. The topic of the master’s thesis is chosen in coordination with the program coordinator of the master’s program in Arts and Media Administration, from any subject covered under Modules 1 through 6 as set out in Sec. 5 of the study regulations (Studienordnung).
The thesis must be completed within three months. An oral examination is held upon completion of the thesis. For details, please see the examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung).