Practice and theory go hand in hand with us. In addition to the techniques of scientific work and the classical basics, you will learn in a practical way how journalism works in the digital age: This includes research and storytelling as well as media psychology, camera techniques, speech training or cross-media planning. From the first semester onwards, you will pursue your own media and research projects and find out which media profession suits you and your talents through the diversity of the degree programme. The courses take place in small groups. This ensures personal contact between lecturers and students and intensive individual support.
The duration of the Bachelor’s programme Media and Digital Journalism is 6 semesters and concludes with the academic degree Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Please note that the Bachelor Programme Media and Digital Journalism at SFU Berlin is offered in German.
Winter semester 2021/22: 01 March 2021 – 30 September 2021
Formal prerequisite for admission to the degree programme Bachelor Media and Digital Journalism at the Faculty of Psychology in Berlin is
- Proof of higher education entrance qualification
- Language skills: The study programme Master Media and Digital Journalism in Berlin is conducted in German. If the native language of an applicant is not German, German language skills of at least level C1 (according to CEFR) are required for the degree programme in German. For all applicants, knowledge of English is also advantageous.
The admission procedure consists of the online application and the selection procedure. If the admission procedure is completed positively, a place on the course will be allocated subject to the availability of places.
If you are interested in studying media and digital journalism, you only need to upload a few documents via the application tool in a first step:
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of motivation
- Certificate of higher education entrance qualification
The selection procedure consists of a review of the competences required for the degree programme in an admission interview with the BA Media and Digital Journalism programme director, or alternatively with a lecturer in the degree programme appointed by the programme director.
Course Structure, incl. Curriculum
The curriculum of the Bachelor’s programme is divided into ten modules
- Media History
Basic knowledge of the history and development of the media
- Basics of journalism and media design
Basic knowledge of digital journalistic action and work
- Media systems and media development
Basic knowledge of current, political, economic, technical and legal media systems
- Communication in the digital world
Basic knowledge of the effects of digitalisation, principles and forms of expression in the digital landscape
- The psychology of the media
Basic knowledge of the basis of media psychology for application-oriented research in media practice
- Scientific methods for research and practice
Basic knowledge of one’s own research activities and the analysis of studies
- Transfer Intermedial, Interdisciplinary, International
Basic knowledge of different media channels and their use and impact, international and intercultural
- Competence to act in media practice
Basic knowledge of how to act confidently in professional practice and in communication with others
Planning and carrying out the Bachelor’s thesis
- Electives in Radio, TV, Media Psychology
The elective courses serve to specialise in a media field
Qualification Profile and Skills
The curriculum of the Bachelor’s degree programme Media and Digital Journalism follows the premise of a solid basic education with partial specialisation at academic level. The acquisition of theory goes hand in hand with the practical testing of the knowledge to be acquired – true to the ideal-typical specification of the European higher education reform of Bologna.
In the first semesters, media studies and journalism modules dominate; the knowledge imparted and applied by the students form a basis for the desired professional competence. With increasing length of study, students are then able to successfully implement the overall knowledge and skills acquired in increasingly complex practical projects and to reflect on them theoretically.
Partial specialisation takes place essentially in the respective projects as well as within the framework of the elective subjects or the internship.
After successfully completing an internship of at least 240 hours in a media company, the Bachelor thesis is written in the sixth semester. This proves that the students are capable of independent academic work. The basis for this is the continuous confrontation with scientific working and research methods since the first semester.
Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities
The fields of employment for successful graduates are wide. First and foremost, editorial work is possible in various media and their different departments, but there are also areas of work such as organisation and production in media companies. Last but not least, self-employment is conceivable, which is quite common in the industry and especially leaves room for very creative people.
The students are qualified for independent academic work, they have sound professional knowledge and can also apply their academic expertise in practical professional contexts. They are able to lead teams at middle and higher levels.
The Bachelor’s degree enables graduates to take up a Master’s degree programme both at SFU and, in principle, worldwide, taking into account or fulfilling the respective admission requirements.
Bachelor Media and Digital Journalism, M.A. (6 semesters)
€ 3.500,- per semester
Tuition fees are due at the beginning of each semester, after receipt of invoice. The total tuition fees are limited to the number of semesters of the standard study duration of 4 semesters.
Scholarships and Financing
For all questions concerning the financing of your studies, please contact the Student Service Centre in Berlin at:
Phone: +49 30 695 797 2810
Dates and Deadlines
Online information sessions “Studying Media & Digital Journalism
For corona reasons, the information events will take place online until further notice. Interested students are requested to register in person in advance. Appointments outside of these events are also possible by arrangement with the head of the Media and Digital Journalism programme, Prof. Dr. Detlef Gwosc. All information sessions are free of charge and non-binding. If you fill out the contact form with your desired date and send it, it will reach Prof. Dr. Gwosc directly.
- next online info meeting (in German)
The study programme Bachelor Media and Digital Journalism was accredited by the Austrian Accreditation Council in 2015. This means that the study programme has a quasi university TÜV.
All SFU Accreditation Reports are available on the website of SFU Vienna.
Study Service Centre Berlin MDJ
Phone +49(0)30 695 797 28-10
Opening hours: 8.30 am – 4 pm
Prof. Dr. Detlef Gwosc
Director of Studies
Phone: +49 (0)30 695 797 28-14
Programme Coordinator MDJ
Radio Journalism and Moderation
Tel: +49 (0) 30 695 797 28-21
Sassan Yassini Dipl.
Studies Service Centre Media & Digital Journalism
Tel.: + 49(0)30 695 797 28-10