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A study program for future TV specialists

Starting from 2008, Hochschule Hannover has offered a study program totally different from other journalistic graduate programs in Germany. Apart from regular schools of journalism, where you might only get in touch with motion picture journalism after a few semesters, Hochschule Hannover gives its students the unique chance to specialize in TV journalism from the very first day of their studies.

The graduate program consists of both providing scientific expertise and practical training, which can be seen from the special way our students graduate: in addition to a regular master thesis (4th semester), each student produces his or her own documentary film (2nd/3rd semester) of about 30 to 60 minute’s length. A selection of these films will be uploaded soon.

Our graduates‘ degree is called Master of Arts in TV Journalism. This qualification entitles its holder to apply for doctoral studies as well.

Due to the emphasis on practical training – for example concerning camera, sound design and post-production – our study program is the perfect start to your media industry career.

 

Curriculum

Our curriculum is tailored to the requirements of the TV industry. Its core contents are: basic academic knowledge of TV journalism, market trends, new production models, production and post-production, media economics, corporate media, media law, and dramaturgical composition. The curriculum is being continuously updated regarding new TV formats and recent market developments.

 

Overview of the main subjects (modules) of TV Journalism (M. A.)

Module manual (German)
Mandatory exams (German)

Module Basic Knowledge
Coming from different B. A. programs, our students’ knowledge and skills are aimed to reach an equal level. This is one of the most important tasks during the first and second semester in order to ensure good teamwork within in the group.

Module Media Economics and Media Law
TV journalists need to be aware of legal and economic circumstances for TV broadcasters and motion picture production companies for example, which is at the heart of this module.

Module Dramaturgical Composition
This module is all about extensive research, realization and dramaturgical creation of journalistic TV formats such as documentary films. It also provides an overview of special requirements regarding corporate media films.

Module Science of the Journalistic Film
Analyzing different genres of journalistic films using common methods from the field of social sciences is one of the main aspects of this module. Both methodical expertise and knowledge of the historical development of television play an important part.

Module Production and Media Technology
Students are supposed to become producers of their own TV reports with an emphasis on high broadcast quality. Light, sound, and camera training is essential.

Module Post-production and Corporate Media
Post-production, montage, sound design: all that happens between filming and broadcasting is taught here.

Module Practical Training and Critical Reflection
This module deals with presenting and discussing the students‘ projects.

Module Master Thesis
Students at Hochschule Hannover are working on their master thesis for five months using a set of different methodical approaches such as theories from the social sciences, film analyses, or hermeneutics. The topic of each master thesis is to be chosen individually.

 

Our aims – your aims

From your undergraduate program, you have already learned what journalism as well as motion picture production is about. Our TV Journalism (M. A.) graduate program takes you one step further. We encourage you to be creative and develop new and truly innovative TV formats, making you a sought-after editor, a popular producer and a highly qualified TV journalist specialized in feature films and documentaries. After four semesters, you will have learned about every single step that is necessary for a successful TV production: from your first storyboard idea to shooting films and doing post-production.

 

Our partners – your partners

We are closely cooperating with German and international TV broadcasters such as RTL, SAT. 1, NDR, and BR as well as the German Channel of Romanian Television at Bucharest. Students really benefit from our network. All our professors have many years of practical experience in the TV industry, which makes it a lot easier for students to get in contact with media businesses and TV broadcasters after graduation.