Language and Short Courses 2020/2021

Film Culture in Germany Film Culture

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B2, C1, C2
Target group

This course is open to students, filmmakers, and journalists, who are interested in German film and media culture.


The specialised course "Film Culture in Germany" can only be chosen in combination with and in addition to the language course "Language and Society in Modern Germany". The specialised course in the afternoon takes up eight hours per week and the language course in the morning takes up 20 hours per week. Our weekly programme will be rounded off by practical and informational seminars on German culture and society with 12 hours of lessons per week.

In this four-week course, the basics of film analysis of German films will be taught. Based on this, a joint intercultural film concept will be developed. After learning the technical skills including camera work, light and sound technique, participants will produce and subsequently finalise a film at the cutting table. The course aims to produce a film in an international team and premiere it at the farewell party. Excursions to a film and TV production company in the area and presentations by external speakers (filmmakers, film producers, etc.) will be integrated.

Overview of the course content:

  • History of documentary and feature films in Germany
  • Media competence: thoughts on dealing with the medium of film
  • Producing one or several short films (documentary, experimental or feature film), including conception, realisation, cutting and presentation
  • Analysis of selected historical and current German documentary and feature films
  • Excursion to a film or TV production company
Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
ECTS points (max.)
Dates and costs
Price only on request
Further information on dates and prices

Date of arrival is 2 August between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Additional costs can be incurred for the optional parts of the cultural programme (museum visits, excursions).

Funding: application for DAAD-HSK scholarship

For this course DAAD university summer course scholarships (usually starting at language level B1) are available. If you wish to apply for this course, you can find all necessary information about the scholarship programme and its application requirements here. To submit your application, please note the reference number HSK-0132.

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B2, C1, C2
Language requirements

German language skills level B2 or higher

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Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

We organise single room accommodation. Students may choose between a room in a student dormitory or in a private shared flat. The dormitories feature two-, four-, five- and six-student apartment units, each with a kitchen and single occupancy bedrooms. All dormitories are equipped with a common room as well as a TV room. Dishes and linen are available. In shared flats, kitchens and bathrooms are shared. Costs for accommodation are about 290 EUR per month plus a deposit fee of 100 EUR.


The students' dormitories and private shared flats are equipped with cooking facilities. Several grocery stores and restaurants are to be found in the city centre.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

The course fee includes various leisure time activities: literature café, academic seminars, international choir, theatre workshops, film nights, sports programme, and the almost legendary Summer University parties.
Cultural immersion opportunities include the following: museum visits, local trips, guided city tours. These excursions cost between 1 and 6 EUR. We also offer trips, e.g. to Bamberg, Nuremberg or Regensburg, which cost between 25 and 30 EUR.

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