Undergraduate Courses in Berlin
Find out how to apply for undergraduate courses at MetFilm School in Berlin.
All applicants need to be 18 years or older at the time the programme begins.
All applicants will be interviewed, either in person or online, with a member of our Admissions Team. This will allow us to understand your reasons for applying for a place, and your suitability.
Please note: all undergraduate programmes are taught in English, and are validated by the University of West London in the UK. All students will receive a UK Higher Education degree from the University of West London.
Please read this information carefully and if you have any questions please get in touch with us.
How to Apply for Undergraduate Courses in Berlin
Students can apply for undergraduate courses at MetFilm School Berlin directly through our website.
Applicants under the age of 21:
Applicants under the age of 21 must provide evidence of meeting the UCAS Tariff for their chosen course. Applicants may also provide equivalent qualifications, specified below. We will convert your grades into UCAS points upon application, but if you need more information, please visit the UCAS Tariff Table.
If you are over the age of 21:
If you are over the age of 21, you are considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.
The selection for mature students takes into account previous experience alongside academic requirements. Applicants will be guided through the application process by a member of our Admissions Team, who will evaluate how your experience will support your undergraduate education.
We recommend applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the academic criteria submit their application, and we will then be able to make a full assessment.
Please find below essential information for direct applications to our Berlin undergraduate courses.
If you need further information to aid your application, contact our Admissions Team by phone at +49 (0)30 767 33 31 71, by filling out our contact form, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You Will Need
As part of your application, you will need to supply the following information:
- A completed MetFilm School application form. This includes a personal statement of 500 words, an important part of the School’s selection process.
- A copy of the applicant’s passport. This should clearly show the picture page and passport number.
- (Optional): A CV which is up to date, including a full educational history and all other work or relevant experience.
- (Optional): A portfolio, including scripts, photography, artwork, films, etc.
- (If required): Language Certificate
- (If required): APS Certificate of the Academic Evaluation Centre. Applicants with an Indian, Chinese, and/or Vietnamese school or university degree must provide an APS Certificate to confirm that documents submitted are genuine, and that the academic achievements suffice to study at a German university. Country specific information can be found here:
Apply for your BA programme
BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking (Two-Year)
- Location: Berlin (BUFA Studios)
- Entry Requirements: UCAS Points: 64*
*Please note: we will convert international degrees into UCAS Points. Please speak to our Admissions Team if you are unsure about this.
BA (Hons) Screen Acting*
- Location: Berlin (BUFA Studios)
- Entry Requirements: UCAS Points: 100**
*BA (Hons) Screen Acting includes additional submission material, listed below.
**Please note: we will convert international degrees into UCAS Points. Please speak to our Admissions Team if you are unsure about this.
We qualify applications and interview suitable candidates on a first-come first-served basis, and accept applications until the available spaces have been filled.
We highly recommend that international applicants who require a visa pay their final installment no later than May, so that they can start the visa application process before June. This is advisable due to extremely high demand for study visa interview appointments, which can lead to waiting times of several months for an appointment, with an additional 6-12 week validation period. Please check the German embassy’s website in your country of residence for country specific timelines or contact Admissions for advice.
To ensure your application process goes smoothly, we advise you to discuss your application with a member of the MetFilm School Berlin Admissions Team, who will be able to advise you on all queries.
For all our undergraduate courses, we require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent), with at least a 6.5 in writing, and 5.5 in listening, reading, and speaking. You must prove you can read, write, speak, and understand English to a certain level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.
Alternatively to IELTS, the following tests are satisfactory to demonstrate B2 English Level: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge PET, ESOL Skills for Life Level 1 and 2, Trinity Level 1. Upon receipt of your application the Admissions Team will contact you if we require proof of your language ability.
For our Berlin campus, applicants studying on undergraduate courses from the EU/EEA can prove their level of English through their final English grades from high school, or if they have previously studied a degree that was delivered in English. If their English grades do not meet the requirements, they will then need to sit an IELTS or TOEFL.
You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are from one of the following countries or territories, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of them:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- the Bahamas
- the British Overseas Territories
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
You also do not need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following applies:
- You are a national of Canada
- You have proved your level of English in a previous VISA application
German Visa Information
German Visa Information
Please find the key information on the German Student visa process below:
Do I need a Visa?
No Visa Needed
EEA and Swiss nationals who hold a passport from an EU country, including those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, do not need a visa to enter Germany.
Residence Permit Needed
Nationals of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, do not need a visa, provided they apply for a residence permit (for study purposes) within three months of entering Germany.
Nationals of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco, and San Marino can also apply for a residence permit (for study purposes), provided they don’t intend to work in Germany before or after completing their studies.
International students from ALL other countries must have a valid student visa before they travel to Germany.
The German Student Visa
If you fall into the ‘Visa Needed’ category above, you must apply for a visa for study purposes via the German diplomatic representation in their home country.
Students intending to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree must not travel to Germany on a Schengen/Tourist visa, as it is not possible to convert a tourist visa into a long-term study visa after entering the country.
The application process for obtaining a German Study Visa may differ depending on the country you are applying from. To find the nearest German Embassy/ Consulate in your home country, visit this page and select your country.
Most applicants will be required to make an in-person appointment at the embassy in order to apply for their visa.
The German Student Visa is for those who have applied for a course at an institution and have received a letter of admission to the institution.
Usually Required Documents
Requirements for different countries can apply, but generally applicants are required to submit the following with their visa application:
- Valid Passport
- Proof of health insurance
- Application form and declarations duly signed
- Copy of passport key pages
- Visa fees
- 3 passport photos according to biometric specifications, not older than 6 months
- Personal cover letter explaining the exact purpose and duration of stay
- Acceptance letter – from MetFilm School
- Proof of financial means to cover living expenses: must be evidenced by one of the following documents: confirmation of scholarship ‘Verpflichtungserklärung’ (declaration of commitment) by sponsor living in Germany or ‘Sperrkonto’ (blocked account) in Germany in the name of the applicant showing a minimum balance of approximately €11,208. We recommend that you open a ‘Blocked account‘ as soon as you have a confirmed place on the course. The account may only permit the withdrawal of a certain amount per month (€934). Learn more here.
- To open a blocked account and apply for health insurance we recommend visiting this page.
- (If applicable): Proof of payment of tuition fees.
- (If applicable): Proof of academic qualifications.
- (If applicable): APS Certificate of the Academic Evaluation Centre. Applicants with an Indian, Chinese, and/or Vietnamese school or university degree must provide an APS Certificate to confirm that documents submitted are genuine, and that the academic achievements suffice to study at a German university. Country specific information can be found here:
Applicants are not required to submit a German language certificate to study with us.
Please note: This list is not exhaustive therefore it is important that you check the relevant German Mission website for your country to ensure you provide all of the required documents.
Work Rights & Further Advice
International Students are able to work 180 half days per year (four hours a day) whilst studying in Berlin.
You can find out more advice for international students looking to study in Berlin on this page.
The Selection Process
Once you have submitted your application, a member of the Admissions Team will be in touch to discuss next steps. If successful, the applicant will be contacted to arrange a formal interview, which can be conducted in person or online.
MetFilm School will then let applicants know their enrolment decision within an appropriate time frame.
If you are accepted, you will be given an offer directly from our Admissions Team.
Applicants that are accepted onto an undergraduate programme will then be obliged to complete their enrolment. To do so, applicants need to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance is paid according to the terms and conditions as described in the offer letter issued to accepted students.
In accordance with our Terms and Conditions, the full balance of second-year fees are due by June of that same year. For example, a student who starts their second academic year in September 2021 should have paid their second year fees by June 2022.
Please note: All Non-EU applicants will need to pay the entire first year course fee before the School will be able to issue an Acceptance Letter, which is needed for their student visa application.
Complaints and Appeals Process
MetFilm School’s aim is to consider all applicants fairly, equitably, professionally, and in a timely fashion. We are sorry if your expectations have not been met, and hope that we can resolve any issues that have occurred.
If you are dissatisfied with the way that your application has been handled, or the behaviour of any member of staff during the admissions process, then in the first instance you should seek informal resolution with the Admissions Manager you have been allocated.
For more information on how to further escalate an appeal or complaint, please consult our Admissions Policy on the Policies and Key Documents page.
If you need further information to aid your application, contact our Admissions Team by phone at +49 (0)30 767 33 31 71 or by email at email@example.com.