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Modern television journalism is required more than ever before to cover the entire spectrum of cinematic design possibilities. Over the years, and with a growing number of factual programmes on German television, quality demand and format variations have increased significantly. Conventional film language and image design, as well as the use of music, are combined with modern practices such as computer technology and dramaturgically designed fictional elements in such a way that the films can meet the expectations of a large audience.
In the programme of study, the theoretical curriculum is always closely linked to the practical content. Firstly, the essentials of television production – such as image design, sound engineering, editing, research, dramaturgy, interview techniques, and writing – are taught. These are closely linked to the comparative analysis of journalistic formats used on German television, as well as the acquisition of knowledge from forward-thinking areas such as Transmedia.
Throughout the course, students produce a number of films, from 20-minute magazines, to a feature-length diploma film at the end of their studies. This knowledge and expertise is taught in seminars by experienced speakers, producers, writers, directors and editors, which are supplemented through contact with programme managers and visits to TV stations.
Television journalism is offered as a two-year project-based study course (lateral entry), as well as a four-year full-time course which includes basic studies and project-based study.
Prof Peter Arens
Dr Joachim Schneider