Uniquely, the Film and Television Semester in Bonn combines four production classes: "Cinematography," "Editing," "Directing" and concludes with a six-week "Intermediate Production" session, which allows students to make their own documentary while in Europe. In this intense setting, students explore hands-on filmmaking as they live and learn within a different culture.
The academic program is a rigorous one. Students must undergo a thorough screening process to participate in the program. The nature of the Bonn semester, consisting of intensive three-week workshops, demands highly motivated students. All production classes are mandatory and are structured in such a way, that one class builds on the previous class.
Students become quickly immersed in production in a European setting. They receive expert, hands-on training in directing, cinematography, editing and documentary production. Students will also have the opportunity to partner with German music academy students who can provide original scores for their films. In the process, each student learns about the challenging relationship between art and technique in a foreign setting and how each serves the other. Students learn the practical aspects of mounting a production: budgeting, location scouting, casting, set design, post production and the importance of safety in all aspects of what they do. The projects document the real world of Europe. These finished works are produced and owned by the students, and many are distributed and celebrated through festivals, and other exhibition channels.
Beethoven's hometown on the Rhine River, Bonn represents a typical German city and a traditional academic city with over 35,000 local university students. Numerous film and television production companies and film distributors are located in the region as well as Europe's largest public/private broadcasting companies and Europe's largest studio facilities, attracting various branches of the media.
German Language Courses (required):
Euro Culture and Media I
Film and Television Production/Screenwriting Courses:
These courses are segments of a workshop module. These are mandatory courses unless students have fulfilled course requirements (completed course grades required). Screenwriting majors should confer with their advisors prior to registration.
Intermediate Film Production / Production for Screenwriters
PROD 350 / SCWR 498
Cinematography / Cinematography for Screenwriters
PROD 365 / SCWR 498
Editing / Editing as Rewriting Storytelling
PROD 366 / SCWR 498
Directing / Directing for Screenwriters
PROD 379 / SCWR 329
(consult with program director)
*Classes are subject to change. Please visit the Study Abroad Office for an updated course listing.
HOUSING AND MEALS
For true cultural immersion, students will live with host families who also speak English. Accommodation with a host family, breakfast and dinner, and a public transportation pass are included in the program fees. During excursions with overnight stays, two meals will be covered through food stipends or group meals.
Students participating in the program are encouraged to explore the vicinity of Bonn, as well as other cities in Germany and Europe. The program includes several half-day and full-day excursions as well as on-site studies to give students a deeper insight in their major. Depending on opportunities, students will attend film festivals, media exhibitions, theater performances and presentations by distinguished speakers and participate in guided tours. A major excursion to Berlin and/or Prague will complement the academic courses.
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
Fall Program Costs: (click here