The 4-semester, Digital Media master program, taught in English, is a joint program by the University of the Arts Bremen (Hochschule für Künste, or short HfK) and the University of Bremen (Universität Bremen or short UBremen). We offer an exciting program combining theory and technology, art and science, design and informatics. Students from both universities are encouraged to cross over to the other university respectively and take classes outside of their focus. Students do not only take classes at both institutions, they also have access to both institutions resources for a truly interdisciplinary experience. The course of study at HfK is called Media Design, it leads to a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. The course of study at UBremen is called Media Informatics, it leads to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree.
Depending on your interests, preferences and qualifications you apply either to UBremen or to HfK via each institution’s respective application portal.
Schedule and Application Process
Master of Arts ( HfK )
- April 1st: HfK online application portal opens up. You begin by creating a user account here.
- May 31st: Final application deadline, both application portals will close.
- Mid June: Invitations for online interviews will be sent to applicants who passed the first part of the selection process. UBremen applicants will not have an interview as part of their application process.
- June 29 – July 1: Interviews for selected HfK applicants via video call. If the Corona situation permits it, in-person interviews will be offered optionally.
Master of Science ( University Bremen )
- March 1st : UBremen online application portal opens up. You begin by creating a user account here. This is a step-by-step guide to the UBremenUni application portal.
- May 31st: Final application deadline, both application portals will close.
- Beginning of July: Results of the selection process will be sent out by email to all applicants. A letter of admission will be sent to all successful applicants.
- October: Enrollment at either HfK or UBremen. Original/attested copies of certificates have to be filed with respective student’s offices. Details and deadlines will be given in the letter of admission.
- Beginning of October: Beginning of classes
If you have visa-related questions, or if there are problems that keep you from coming to Bremen by October, HfK applicants please contact the HfK International Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, Uni applicants contact the UBremen international office at firstname.lastname@example.org
We assume to be able to return to regular on-site instruction by October. If we have to continue with online or hybrid instruction – in spite of our best efforts -, we will inform you as soon as possible. For up to date information about restrictions due to the Corona pandemic refer to each university’s webpage:
General Requirements of Application Documents
All required documents have to be uploaded to the online application portals of either HfK for Media Design applications, or UBremen for Media Informatics applications. This means you may need to scan some paper documents first. Please ensure that the scans are readable but not of excessive file size. A resolution of 100 to 150 dpi is sufficient. All documents have to be in PDF format. The total size of all your documents for upload may not exceed 50 MB, this includes all documents listed below, with the exception of your portfolio, which can be uploaded or submitted via a link (see details below). Make it easy for the admission committee to review your documents. Structure your portfolio and often “less is more”.
If your application is successful, you will have to hand in original documents for enrollment. Attested copies of certificates will only be accepted if they are issued by German authorities. In addition, you need a valid passport or a birth certificate for your enrollment. Documents written in either English or German are acceptable. You are required to provide certified translations of documents written in other languages. Applicants from Mongolia, the People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam are required to first contact the “Akademische Prüfstelle” (APS) of the German embassy in their country in order to receive a certificate without which they can not be granted a visa. In your own interest, to prevent any loss of valuable documents, only use the electronic system. Do not send paper originals.
Documents required for the application
- Letter of Motivation
- Curriculum Vitae
- Certificate of English Language Proficiency
- Certificate of an accepted bachelor’s degree or equivalent (including transcript of records)
Letter of Motivation
Tell us why you want to study in our program, tells us about your interests, background, expectations, plans and what you think you can bring to the program, anything that you feel we should know, but keep it brief. One page will usually suffice.
Please submit a compact curriculum vitae (CV), no autobiography. You can design your own format (we recommend as a pdf file), or use the European Union’s official Europass CV creator. The primary purpose of the CV is to give us an overview of your education, your artistic, academic and/or professional career and your skills. Be clear and complete, but keep it brief. One page will usually suffice.
English Language Proficiency
For admission, you will need to prove good skills in the English language with one of the following certificates: * C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages * TOEFL Internet-based 95 points * IELTS Band 7, Cambridge CAE, Grade C, Unicert III similar (check the full list on this website https://www.fremdsprachenzentrum-bremen.de/1072.0.html?&MP=1072-2031&L=1 )
Your certificate has to be handed in for enrollment. To ensure the timely arrival of your language certificate, do not ask TOEFL or other test providers to send it to us directly. Rather, upload a scan of the certificate in the application portals. Later, you will be asked to present the original or an attested copy. The requirement for this certificate may be waived if the former degree qualifying for this master’s program was taught in English or if the school education qualifying you for university entrance was in English. In such a case, please leave a remark in the appropriate comment field of the online application portal and provide proof that the instruction indeed was in English if this is not self-evident, as for instance for studies at regular universities in the U.S.A. or in the UK.
Certificate of bachelor’s degree or equivalent
In order to get accepted into the master’s program, you need at least a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.Sc.) in a field relevant to digital media (e.g., digital media, computer science, systems engineering, design, fine arts, media arts, architecture), or an equivalent degree. You can already apply now for this master’s program if this qualifying degree is underway but will be issued before October 1 this year and if you provide proof of having accomplished at least 150 ECTS credits in that program. To verify if your former degree(s) qualify you for the entry to our master’s program, we rely on the official German database called Anabin. If your former degree cannot be found there, we will contact the German Central Office for Foreign Education. Note that in rare cases the title B.Sc. or B.A. alone does not warrant admission; in particular, a two-year bachelor’s degree will not suffice. Please do not forget to add information about your former program of study (such as a Web address).
Portfolio, Work Samples
The portfolio could include any artistic, design, academic, scientific or theoretical work, as well as professional work and achievements, that illustrates your interests, your (artistic) position, your experiences, your knowledge and skills, as well as any other aspect you feel we should take into consideration. The choice of formats is free. There is also no definite number of works or projects to be included, although a number of 10 – 20 works has proven to suffice. The portfolio can be uploaded to the online application portal ( for example as PDF ) or the portfolio can be sent via postal mail (avoid sending original, non-digital artwork via postal mail; use digital replicas instead. ) or the portfolio, i.e. your work, your projects, can be submitted as a link to your personal website, your private upload space or repository. It is advisable to use the latter option, because of the limited space (50 MB) available within the application portals, which may be used up by those documents, that have to be submitted via the portals (see list above).
SfS / Master Digital Media Application
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Master Digital Media Application
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- HfK Student’s Office: Arnika Gerding email@example.com
- HfK International Office: Birgit Harte firstname.lastname@example.org
- Uni Student’s and International Office: email@example.com
- Program Coordinator: Claudia Kessler firstname.lastname@example.org *Speakers of the Program: Prof. Peter von Maydell email@example.com, Prof. Ralf Baecker firstname.lastname@example.org, Prof. Dr. Johannes Schöning email@example.com, Prof. Dr. Gabriel Zachmann firstname.lastname@example.org