ifs international film school cologne

TH Köln - Cologne University of Applied Sciences

3D Animation for Film & Games

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Performing Arts, Computer Science, Media Studies, Journalism, Architecture, Design
No. of places
English only
Winter semester: 31 Mar
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
1500€ / 2500€
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
Study mode:
On campus
Registration Fee & Tuition Information:
One-time registration fee: 200 €. The tuition fee is 1,500 € per semester for EU citizens, and 2,500 € for non-EU citizens.

Course Description

IFS describes the program as follows: "The Master of Arts in 3D Animation for Film & Games is a project-oriented cooperative study program of the Cologne Game Lab of the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) and the ifs internationale filmschule köln. It allows students to pursue their career in the media industry, while at the same time expanding their expertise in 3D animation in such areas as design, technology and dramaturgy within an academic context.The course of study covers animated movies, digital games and immersive technologies, such as virtual reality and augmented reality consequently granting students the opportunity to discover unique forms of creative expression and fresh professional perspectives. In the age of converging media, animated imageries as well as their production gain complexity, therefore, creating new challenges for 3D artists. The MA 3D Animation for Film & Games prepares students for this dynamic working environment through a clear hands-on approach, cooperation with the industry and a wide portfolio of media theory, ultimately enabling them to shape the evolving field between linear and non-linear productions."


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in film, games, design, architecture, or equivalent.

Work Experience

12 months of relevant working experience in the media and creative industries.

Language Requirements

Additional information:
Applicants must proof excellent English language proficiency in the program related aptitude test.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:March 01 (German)March 01 (EU)February 01 (Non EU)
Summer semester:
Spring semester:
In 5 days free webinar
How to apply via uni-assist

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
without admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
No. of places available:
Application Fee:
75 € for the first application, 30 € for each additional

Application Documents

Applicants should submit the following documents to this platform:


  1. Portfolio of previous work (link to a webpage).
  2. Project idea that may be pursued during the course of study.
  3. Analysis of a self-chosen 3D or animation project (possible aspects: design, storytelling potential, technical realization, or else) and its implications for the future of this art form. You may choose a project from film, games, or immersive media. (1500–2000 letters).
  4. Motivation letter.
  5. School diploma.
  6. University degree (e.g. Bachelor, Diploma) in film, games, design, architecture, or equivalent.
  7. CV (incl. software skills).
  8. Photo.
  9. Proof of 12 months of professional-practical experience in a media-related area.
  10. For international students only: Validation of the applicant’s school as well as university degree by uni-assist (separate process).


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