January 6, 2017

MA Serial Storytelling

ifs internationale filmschule köln
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The MA Serial Storytelling at the ifs internationale filmschule köln is the first graduate degree program of its kind. Focusing on both local and international series markets, this intensive two-year degree program combines story development skills with collaboration techniques and the innovative approach of artistic research. This program is ideal for young professionals who aspire to make story development for series projects in a variety of forms and platforms their professional goal. It is the new vision of young professionals like our students that is driving revolutionary change in the industry today.

–Acquire a wide-ranging skill set that combines the tools of professional screenwriters and an in-depth knowledge of creative teamwork
–Master models and methods of serial storytelling formats
–Gain hands-on experience in collaborative as well as individual screenwriting, including the creation of a drama series within a writers’ room led by an expert professional showrunner
–Work with highly acclaimed international writers, producers, showrunners and executives such as Lisa Albert (Mad Men), Jane Espenson (Battlestar Gallactica, Game of Thrones), Hagai Levi (In Treatment, The Affair), Jeppe Gjervig Gram (Borgen, Follow the Money), Peter Nadermann (The Team), Morgan Gendel (The 100), Anna & Jörg Winger (Deutschland ’83), and Frank Spotnitz (X-Files, The Man in the High Castle)
–Benefit from privileged networking opportunities and co-operations with broadcasters and series festivals (e.g. RTL, ZDF, Sky Germany, Film Festival Cologne, Série Series in Fontainebleau)
–Experience the opportunity of Cologne’s diverse production community as a center for TV production, software development, web companies, and hi-tech video gaming

The school
Established in 2000, ifs internationale filmschule köln is consistently ranked as one of the best film schools in Germany, based on its outstanding student support, excellent teaching and project work, and active festival participation, including a Student Academy Award in 2012.

In cooperation with the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, the ifs offers Bachelor’s degree programs in Screenwriting, Directing, Creative Producing, Cinematography, Editing Picture & Sound, Digital Film Arts and Production Design, as well as international MA programs in Serial Storytelling and Digital Narratives. Several new Master’s programs are currently being developed. In addition, the school offers several further education programs for media professionals that provide training in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from Costume Design to a Masterclass Non-Fiction.

The school is a member of CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools, and maintains partnerships with a global network of film schools and universities.
Duration: 2 years (maximum 11 weeks of classes per semester + online consulting)

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MA Serial Storytelling at ifs internationale filmschule köln: call for applications 2017

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