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For applicants from abroad:

Answer: DSH Level 2, TestDAF Level 4, Level B2 (Goethe Institute) (Not required for Technical Directing).

Answer: Mainly in German. Some English-language modules are also offered. English-language seminars also take place regularly at Animationsinstitut.

Answer: Before applying to the Film Academy, qualifications must be submitted to the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart for confirmation of equivalence to the German high school leaving qualification (Abitur). (see info)

Info: Recognition of foreign certificates

Further information on the recognition of foreign certificates can be obtained from the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart (ABK), Department of Studies and Examinations

Foreign applicants who have a secondary school leaving certificate (diploma, not an interim report) must provide this certificate “for the determination of equivalence” to the German Abitur (university entrance qualification), before submitting their application. It must be submitted in a franked DIN A4 envelope, with the applicant’s address on the back, to:

State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart,
Department of Studies and Examinations,
Am Weissenhof 1,
D-70191 Stuttgart,

Please use this link to submit your documentation to the ABK using the recognition form:


If you have a pre-qualification and/or a Bachelor’s degree, please submit the certificate in the following format:
- Original certificate (will be returned to you) or
- certified copy (kept by the university) plus
- notarially certified copies in German or English (kept by the university).

Applicants from Korea

A Scholastic Ability Test (Arts & Athletics) is also required.
All documentation must be provided in the original!

Applicants from China

An APS certificate is also required (more details can be found at: https://www.aps.org.cn/web/)
All documentation must be provided in the original!

A decision is made based on the findings. We recommend submitting certified copies.

More information can be found on the website of the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart (ABK): www.abk-stuttgart.de

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien