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.
Located in Western Europe on the river Rhine and surrounded by many medieval castles and towns and beautiful landscapes, Bonn has shaped itself into a global center for peace-keeping, and research on sustainable resources and renewable energies. Bonn as the German United Nations City holds regular conferences on key issues of the future. This creates an excellent international environment for scientists and research institutions to co-operate together. It also provides a vibrant and intense environment for its large student population.
The city’s cosmopolitan openness attracts an international cast of global businesses such as T-Mobile and DHL/Deutsche Post, which have their headquarters here. 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.It is also home to the Deutsche Welle, the international radio and television broadcaster, which broadcasts across the planet.
As for art and culture, Bonn has a phenomenal Museum Mile, incorporating five state-of-the-art museums specializing in a broad variety of disciplines, ranging from German contemporary history to art, photographic history and zoology.
Experience this unique city – its ancient Roman sites, the house where Ludwig van Beethoven was born, and the majestic Rhine, located in the heart of Europe!
THE ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
The Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) is an independent, non-profit educational organization based in Bonn. LMU and the AIB have been partners in providing high-quality study abroad programs for undergraduate and business students for over 20 years. AIB manages all of the onsite logistical details of the program: matching students with host families, coordinating schedules and class-room spaces, planning and leading educational excursions, organizing cultural activities and extra-curricular programming, and offering advice and support during your stay. For more information on the AIB, including videos and photos, please click here
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
Post-Production / Editing as Rewriting Storytelling
PROD 366 / SCWR 498
Fundamentals of 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.
GERMAN LANGUAGE: SPRECHEN SIE DEUTSCH?
You don’t know the difference between „Guten Tag“ and „Gesundheit“? That’s fine. NO previous knowledge of German is necessary! During your study abroad experience in Bonn, all courses whether presented by LMU or German faculty are taught in English. You will find that you can easily get around in Germany, as most Germans speak English well enough to help you out in any situation. However, we want you to be more than a tourist. In our Euro Culture and Media class you will learn enough German to feel less like a tourist and more equipped to enjoy all aspects of everyday life in Bonn.
HOUSING AND MEALS
All students have the opportunity to experience German culture first hand by living with a German host family. We believe these homestays to be the best way for students to immerse themselves into the new German cultural environment. Your host family will also be delighted to help you practice your German! The program fee includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner with the host family, and a public transportation pass for the Bonn region. The families who participate in the Film & Television Program have a long history of welcoming students into their homes. Many students say that living with their host family was one of the highlights of the program. 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.
All excursions included as part of the program are mandatory for program participants.
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
Fall Program Costs: (click here