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Study Visual Effects in Germany: 4 Universities with 5 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2024/2025)

Updated: 02-28-2024 | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Visual Effects (VFX) is an innovative field within the digital arts, focusing on creating and integrating computer-generated imagery (CGI) and effects into film, television, and other media. This discipline blends creativity with technical skills to bring to life extraordinary visual experiences. Students learn about 3D modeling, animation, compositing, motion capture, and special effects software like Adobe After Effects and Maya. The curriculum emphasizes the art of making believable visuals that enhance storytelling, from subtle enhancements to grand, imaginative scenes. Skills developed include digital animation, photorealistic rendering, and visual storytelling. Career paths for VFX graduates include roles as VFX artists, animators, compositors, or special effects technicians, where they play a crucial role in the production of visually stunning and engaging media content.

Overview

masters
5

Study Programs in English

universities
4

Universities

ranking
1

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

€ 0 (3 programs for EU citizens, 2 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

€ 6,300 per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between April 15 and September 01

Summer Semester

between and

View all 5 courses still open for next intake

Top-ranked German Universities in Visual Effects

#21QS Online MBA Rankings: Europe
IU International University of Applied Sciences

private (state-approved) University of Applied Sciences

No. of Students: approx. 100,000 students

Program Fees: € 3,930 (per semester)

Tuition Fees

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3 English Degree Programs for Visual Effects in Germany

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Become an expert in expanded realitiesLive in Darmstadt, the “City of Science”Practice your learned skills during industrial placements
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Become a top game designerLive in Darmstadt, the “City of Science”Practice your learned skills during industrial placements

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2024/2025

Summer Semester 2024

Winter Semester 2025/2026

Open Programs

Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
20% local admission restriction (local NC)
20% no admission restriction
60% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

60% directly at University
0% directly at University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
40% via uni-assist

2 English Degree Programs for Visual Effects in Germany

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Become an expert in digital design, animation, and visual effectsLearn how to use modern design software to create 3D Models and animationsOption to choose your campus: Munich or Düsseldorf

Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

6 (1 program )

Minimum:

74 (1 program )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (1 program )

Maximum:

6 (1 program )

Maximum:

74 (1 program )

Maximum:

B2 First (FCE) (1 program )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

6 (1 program )

Maximum:

6 (1 program )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

74 (1 program )

Maximum:

74 (1 program )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (1 program )

Maximum:

B2 First (FCE) (1 program )

Program Features

2-7 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Beginning

Winter intake

60%

Summer intake

20%

Winter & Summer intake

0%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Visual Effects

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Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

public University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 26,000

Program Fees: € 0

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Furtwangen University

public University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 6,600

Program Fees: € 0 - € 1,500

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

IU International University of Applied Sciences

private (state-approved) University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 100,000

Program Fees: € 3,930

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Mediadesign University of Applied Sciences

private (state-approved) University of Applied Sciences · No. of Students: 700

Program Fees: € 4,710 - € 6,300

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)