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At Goethe University Frankfurt, the International Master in Cinema Studies is conducted as a research-oriented in-depth study program with an interdisciplinary perspective. Teaching covers the areas of film analysis, film history, film aesthetics, film philosophy, media aesthetics, experimental film and queer theory, as well as marginal and non-canonical audiovisual forms such as scientific, industrial and educational film.

In addition to the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies, Philosophy, Art History, German Studies, and American Studies also participate in the master's program. The courses are offered in close cooperation with the DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum as well as a number of other non-university partners (F.W. Murnau Stiftung Wiesbaden, Kinothek Asta Nielsen, and others). The teaching program also includes the Kracauer Lectures in Film and Media Theory, which are usually held in English, as well as the Lecture & Film series held at the DFF cinema. Upon request, the Institute can assist in arranging internships at partner institutions.

Unterrichts- und Prüfungssprachen

The language of instruction at Goethe University is generally German. Additionally, within IMACS between three and five courses are offered in English each semester in Frankfurt. In addition to the regular seminars, the Kracauer Lectures in Film and Media Theory and the Lecture & Film series, two English-language lectures series, are also held each semester, for which a course credit can also be taken in the form of independent study. Term papers can generally be written in German or English. In German-language seminars, participation in group discussions is also possible in English, but should be discussed with the instructor upon registration.

Nevertheless, we recommend that incoming students attend a German course during their stay at Goethe University. The International Office, together with the International Study Center (ISZ), organizes a free "Deutsch Intensiv Kurs für Austauschstudierende“ (DIA, a German Intensive Course for Exchange Students) every year in March and September. IMACS students can participate in this course if they have already acquired German language skills at level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you would like to participate in the DIA course, please check the appropriate box on the online admission application.

During the semester, various courses are also offered to improve and deepen your German language skills. Please ask for the information sheet for study-accompanying German courses when enrolling.