Master

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.

Application

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 )

Master of Science ( University Bremen )

All Applicants

International applicants

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 b.harte@hfk-bremen.de or a.schmidt@hfk-bremen.de, Uni applicants contact the UBremen international office at master@uni-bremen.de

Corona

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

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.

Curriculum Vitae

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).

Contacts

Postal Addresses

Universität Bremen
SfS / Master Digital Media Application
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Germany

Hochschule für Künste Bremen
Dezernat 1
Master Digital Media Application
Am Speicher XI 8
28217 Bremen
Germany

Email Addresses