COURSE INFORMATION

Our diplomas aim to engage students with limited or no experience in the fields of film & television production. Whilst this may sound like an introductory course it’s actually far from it! The courses will deliver a broad depth of information and aim to get students working independently on major projects.

Accredited by dBs Berlin, our Filmmaking Diploma is designed to supercharge your portfolio with 30 films. You walk away with an impressive showreel, an understanding of the elemental and greater complexities of visual storytelling, technical knowledge and real filmmaking experience. The diploma above all is an experiential year of training which is the most legitimate form of accreditation we can think of.

Yes, many students choose to further their studies by continuing on to the first year of the degree after completing the diploma.

You will also complete the diploma with a showreel of 30 films, which can be very beneficial as part of any portfolio-based applications.

Our Bachelor (Hons) degree is an internationally recognised undergraduate bachelor of arts programme, administered through the University of St Mark & St John in the UK. It is suitable for students that have some prior experience in film production and aims to push students both creatively and technically and will provide the necessary skills to enter employment, further study or to produce their own work.

dBs Film’s degrees are accredited by the University of St Mark & St John (MARJON), a small, specialised university based in Plymouth in the South West of England, with around 3500 students. In 2012 they achieved 87% in their student satisfaction survey and 79.9% for teaching excellence in the Sunday Times university guide. We already work closely with this university to deliver our music degrees in both the UK and Berlin and have had a very successful relationship with them for a number of years.

With over 175 Years of heritage, tradition and experience, MARJON has travelled a long road in becoming first a university college and now a full university. The university’s degree courses comply fully with the European Diploma Supplement Transcript and have equivalent ECTS values for all modules in keeping with the Bologna Declaration at the Convention for the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in the European Region.

MARJONs is listed as an accredited degree awarding university on the following UK Government websites:

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
UK Government recognised bodies

University website: marjon.ac.uk

Yes, you do!

Our degrees are awarded:
Semesters 1 & 2 (Stage 1) = 60 ECTS Credits
Semesters 3 & 4 (Stage 2) = 60 ECTS Credits
Semesters 5 & 6 (Stage 3) = 60 ECTS Credits
Total Degree = 180 ECTS Credits

Our degrees are Bachelor of Arts awards. .

Classes take place Monday to Saturday between 10:00 & 20:00, with taught study hours usually taking place over two or three days (maximum of 6 class hours per day) every week, with breaks for lunch.

We make every effort to fit actual taught class time into 2-3 days a week to allow students time outside of this period to work on their portfolio, carry out part time work etc.

Sept 2017 - July 2018

September 2017 - July 2020.

The diploma is 1 year long - 36 weeks, full time.
The degrees is 3 years long - 30 weeks per year, full time.

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply at any time! We process applications from January on, but if you submit between September - December, we will hold on to it until then. We will always keep you aware of when places are becoming limited.

Once we have received and processed your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Once you’ve had your interview and our team has approved your application, you will be sent a letter of offer. In order to confirm your acceptance of the offer and your place on the course, we ask that you pay a €750 enrolment fee (this amount is then deducted from your total annual course fee). When we’ve received the deposit we will send you your acceptance letter and you’re officially one of us! Please note that the enrolment fee is applicable each year of study, to ensure your place for that year.

Every application we receive has an interview with one of our senior members of teaching staff, usually conducted over Skype or the phone. In the interview we will go over your application, experience and motivations for joining the school and also answer any questions you/we might have. This is an informal meeting and is a chance for us to meet with you and make sure you are applying for the right course at the right level. As all our classes are in English, this is also a chance for both us and you to be sure you will be comfortable in your lessons.

We currently have approximately 230 students studying both music and film, here at dBs Berlin.

Classes have no more than 20 students.

Please be aware we are not able to offer student visas in Germany for students outside of the EU because our courses, although delivered in Berlin, result in a UK based qualification and therefore the German visa authorities will not issue a German student visa for our college.

Citizens of EU countries or those with an EU passport, do not require a visa to study in Germany.

For non-EU citizens:

Before you make your application, we do ask that you investigate the options for obtaining a visa for your country of origin. If you are made an offer to study with us, you will be required to show evidence of your visa before we can officially accept you on to the course.

For more extensive information click here for our main visa website page.

FEES & FINANCE

Each year and for all courses you will be required to pay a €750 enrolment fee to secure your place in the course. You will then be required to pay the annual balance. You have two ways to pay the balance - either as a one-off payment or a monthly subscription payment.

The one-off payment does work out slightly less, however we offer the subscription option as this is often very helpful for managing your budget. Note that if you choose the subscription payment you are still eligible for the full course fees if you choose to finish your studies early. Please see our terms and conditions for details of this agreement.

Visit our fees and finance page to see exactly what you pay and what you get.

Have a look at our blog item on this subject called Berlin a Budget Paradise for Students. In the blog we’ve given official figures but in reality it’s possible to live even more cheaply than this.

Heres another more general page on student finance and living costs from the German Academic Exchange services. Scroll down to ‘What is the cost of living in Germany?’. Remember that Berlin is actually around 10-20% cheaper than the rest of Germany for most costs such as accommodation and food expenses though!

STUDYING WITH US

Both the diploma and degree courses have large elements of project work and practical assignments, which must be achieved to schedule and within the time spent studying the course. However, there are no exams.

All classes are taught in English and any coursework is also submitted in English.

Being able to communicate with your tutors and classmates is very important to keep up with your work and to enjoy your time at dBs Berlin. We have suggested English levels below and will take steps to assist you, but please do take the time to consider your own comfort levels with both written and spoken English.

For the diploma course most of the submitted work is of a practical, non-written nature however to fully make the most of your course we do suggest a minimum of IELTS 6.0.

For the degree level course MARJON have set the following English requirements.

We fully intend that students studying on our courses will leave the course with a higher level of English than when they started and offer English support classes to help you achieve your best results.

As Berlin is an international city you will find that English is widely spoken, which does make it fairly easy to get around. However, learning German will make your time here much easier and more fulfilling!

Our courses are focused on providing a broad range of relevant skills to prepare you for working in the real world, helping you to bridge the gap between studying in a classroom and making a living from your work. This means having tutors who can pass on their own experiences, working on projects which can become your calling card, and picking up skills in areas not normally touched on by other courses.

Berlin is currently one of the most creative cities in the world with thousands of artists and filmmakers looking for people to collaborate and work with and to help promote their productions. You will also be in an environment with over 200 other students looking for people to work with on projects; being in these kinds of environments fosters creativity and provides unique opportunities that studying in other places, or learning from the internet, just doesn't!

As with any study though, we can't guarantee jobs straight out of the course, however the more you take advantage of the opportunities provided by dBs Berlin, the more likely you are to find a way into the industry.

As well as recruiting people who are experts in their specific fields, so that you gain as much knowledge and advice from their real-world experience as you can, we strive to place tutors who provide students with the care, supportive atmosphere and stimulation required to get the most out of their course of study.

In addition to our tutors’ experience and tutoring ability, we organise regular guest visits from industry professionals for one-off lectures, pitching panels, and critical feedback on your projects throughout the course. We believe in the value of receiving real industry input on a regular basis to enhance your own personal development.

ABOUT THE DIPLOMA

Nothing is guaranteed in the creative profession. Every success story has forged their own path, and you'll have to do the same. However, all of our tutors are part time at dBs - the other part of their time, they're working professionals, and that means there are often projects on which you could have the chance to work. We're also contacted quite often by outside organisations or companies looking for teams of students, and these are a great way to make connections. Sometimes they're even paid!

In the Diploma, workshops and roundtable discussions will have between 16 to 20 students. Projects will be assigned with 4 to 6 members per group.

Everywhere! Berlin is an international city, and dBs reflects that. We have students from all across the globe, and you'll be working and collaborating with them.

Students are required to be over 18, but beyond that we don't have an age limit. We do have participants as young as 18 and others over 30, although generally students on the Diploma tend to average around mid-20s.

On the film diploma, there's no requirement for you to have any experience in filmmaking. There's also no requirement that you are a beginner. Try to think of the Diploma as a challenge - it's a place for you to come and work hard under limiting conditions to train your creative muscles and build up your skillset. We offer several weekly workshops and roundtables to equip you with any technical knowledge or aesthetic feedback you might need, but only if you need them.

BUILDINGS & EQUIPMENT

The short answer is yes. Bookable time will be provided and can be reserved for personal and school projects, outside of scheduled class time. We want our equipment to be used!

However, especially in the case of taking equipment off-site there will be an equipment rental contract in place that outlines what happens in the case of any damages or loss of equipment. There will not be any charge for using our equipment.

You will need an external hard drive either a USB or Thunderbolt connection. We would also recommend a pair of good headphones for audio editing. Access to editing facilities and camera equipment will be provided as part of the course. You may already own or have access to your own camera or computer equipment, which is a great start as being able to practice whenever possible is a huge part of becoming an expert.

We’re currently building our brand new film facilities at our main education centre in Friedrichshain. So while that means you can’t see the cinema, film studio, edit suites and other dedicated spaces you will be learning in just yet, you can still come and see our existing music production facilities, and meet the existing dBs Music team.

We currently have four floors of teaching spaces that house IT suites, recording studios, a student services hub, radio station, various technological toys and even a dedicated Electronic Music Production Lab!

To begin with, we provide complete on-set production packages, including Canon C100 cameras, a range of lenses, audio recording equipment, camera support and grip gear, and both tungsten and daylight lighting kits.

As the year progresses, we will be adding to the inventory as the curriculum requires, and will be keeping the technological components of our equipment base as current as possible, seeking to ensure the most up-to-date learning experience we can. And in order to give students access to the widest range of equipment possible, we will be building relationships with local rental companies within Berlin.

Yes you can! We are very happy to arrange tours of our film and music production training facilities and studios with our Open Days. These are a great opportunity for you to get a feel for our atmosphere and the fantastic environment you will be working and learning in.

If you would like to come and visit, please just get in touch via admissions(at)dbsfilm.net.

LIVING IN BERLIN

We can recommend different ways of searching out accommodation and will certainly help with any problems or communications, but do not actually place students in accommodation ourselves as we don’t currently have the facilities to do so.

We’ll always try to help our students with advice and support though and are always keeping an eye out in Berlin for local opportunities or developments.

Unfortunately this is not yet possible because dBs Film is not part of the German state funded education system and therefore do not qualify for subsidy. StudentenWerk seldom have enough places for the demand in Berlin in any case, so many students go to private accommodation providers, some of which are shown as links on our main accommodation web page.

Yes, we have dedicated student services team to help you get the most out of your time studying and living in Berlin! We host regular parties in venues around Berlin that work as a platform for our students to perform, experiment and hone their skills, plus we have our own online radio station run and promoted by dBs Berlin students.

We keep an up to date database on events and services in Berlin and will help where we can with understanding German authorities or official processes, such as registering yourself as a resident or how to set up a phone account.