Digital Film Design VFX

Why study „Digital Film Design“?

The beauty of moving pictures!

Moving images and visual effects are your passion? You love to create dark creatures, futuristic Cyborgs or fearless androids? Developing epic battles in far-away galaxies is exactly your thing? And you love colorful worlds, exciting stories and heroes traveling the universe? So do we! At the Mediadesign University we will teach you how to visualise storylines and how to bring 3D-animations to life!  

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7 semesters

ECTS points



Bachelor of Arts


01.10.2024 (Wintersemester)


English, German


Berlin (EN)
Düsseldorf (DE)
Munich (EN)
Munich (DE)


On site

Monthly fees

EU from 785,00 €
Non-EU from 1.050,00 €


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You can look forward to:

Visual effects
Film production & games

Your Program

Courses at mdh cover the complete range of film design, including virtual reality, augmented reality, VFX and even 360-degree filming. The theoretical foundation of Design is taught in lectures, but practical know-how is gained in real-life projects. Key qualifications taught over the course of your studies are, amongst others:

  • Film design & staging
  • Computer graphics, visualisation & typography
  • 3D-modeling, animation & drafting

Your study content

Enhancing your skills and abilities

Apply your new skills and know-how directly in practical exercises. Just like in real-world projects, you will develop genuine film material with your team, combining it with digital elements. This way you not only learn the craft of cinematography, but everything you need to know about the design, planning and execution of film projects.

Intuitively you will become familiar with increasingly complex technology and tools. We begin with Autodesk Maya. In Compositing you will learn After Effects and Nuke. At a later stage, we add designing with the 3D-software Houdini.

At the end of the program, all our students will have accumulated sufficient material to produce their own demoreel, which all graduates need for their application portfolio before entering the job market.

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Our showreel

Exhibition Hall

"Pink Pals" (Digital Film Design)

"Pink Pals" (Digital Film Design)

This bachelor film was created within only 12 weeks.

Bachelor Film "Pink Pals"

"Pink Pals" (Digital Film Design)

Bachelor thesis in the form of a group work.

Odysseus (Digital Film Design)

Odysseus (Digital Film Design)

Science Fiction Film in Space

Home (Digital Film Design)

Home (Digital Film Design)

"Home" calls for better protection of our planet and all its inhabitants.

Hoverbike (Digital Film Design)

Hoverbike (Digital Film Design)

Tech Project from the 4th semester.

Bachelor Film (Digital Film Design)

Viral (Digtial Film Design)

This graduation film takes a critical look at our social media consumption.

Still Life (Digital Film Design)

Still Life (Digital Film Design)

Still life from the 1st semester.

Still Life (Digital Film Design)

Still Life (Digital Film Design)

Digital still life, 1st semester

Still Life (Digital Film Design)

Still Life (Digital Film Design)

Still life from the 1st semester.

Render Frog (Digital Film Design)

Render Frog (Digital Film Design)

Lecturer project on 3D animation & render.

Your Career

Target group - Who should study "Digital Film Design"?

  • Creative talents, who like to draw, paint and make movies
  • Computer nerds who have an interest in learning Design techniques
  • Storytellers who can develop ideas and write

The film industry is booming. Netflix & the like have set new standards. Films und tv series are more popular than ever. Other industries, too, make more and more use of animated visuals, as for example in cinematic game trailers or commercials.

What our partner companies say


"The students of the Mediadesign University have a broad range of basic knowledge. Furthermore, their ability to work in a team and adapt quickly allows them to be integrated into ongoing productions. Therefore, we gladly accept mdh students as interns and, following their studies, as junior artists in our team."

Christina Caspers-Roemer, Head of Studio & Business Development

Trickstudio Lutterbeck

"The students of mdh are well qualified. We look forward to hiring more!"

Christian Asmussen, Production Manager

Application requirements

Enrollment Requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Abitur) or equivalent diploma, i.e. IB or A-levels (check with our counseling department whether your diploma qualifies)
  • English skills. Language proof: TOEFL IPT: 543, TOEFL IBT: 74, IELTS (Academic): 6, Cambridge FCE: B2, PTE Academic: 59, IB Diploma: English A or B at HL or SL, BI 'English Language Proficiency Exam': PASS. We also accept Duolingo.

Information for applicants from abroad: You have the possibility to check your international certificates independently in advance via uni-assist and to inform yourself about the requirements for your admission: TO UNI-ASSIST

Personal Requirements

  • Creativity and imagination
  • A feel for aesthetics and an eye for design quality
  • Interest in filming trends and audiovisual media
  • Being a team player

Your personality and talents are more important than top grades!

Please apply via e-Mail (or regular mail). This is what we need from you:

  • A motivation letter (tell us what inspires you – ca. 1 page)
  • Representative work samples (Sketches, pictures, collages or early work, etc…)
  • Relevant grade reports as well as a resume with your current photo
  • You may apply during the school year (even before secondary school graduation)
  • Graduation diploma can be submitted after completion of your secondary school

Tuition Fees

  • Campus Berlin: English language program: EU citizens: 4.710,00 EUR/Semester | Non-EU citizens: 6.300,00 EUR/Semester
  • Campus Düsseldorf: German language program: EU-Citizens: 4.662,90 EUR/Semester | Non-EU citizens: 6.300,00 EUR/Semester
  • Campus München: German language program: EU-Citizens: 4.662,90 EUR/Semester | Non-EU citizens: 6.300,00 EUR/Semester

For all courses we charge a one-time registration fee of 490,00 EUR and a one-time examination fee of 1.050,00 EUR.
For non-EU citizens, the one-time examination fee of 1.050,00 EUR is included in the tuition price.
In case of prepayment (semesterly, annually, completely) the tuition fees can be reduced by up to 5%. (This discount is not compatible with early registration discounts).



Lecturers Showreel

Your career prospects

Your future employers are studios from the film and television industry, such as Trixter, Scanline, Pixomondo or Rise FX. But also "classic" companies, such as BMW or Bosch/Siemens.

Possible professions after graduation are:

  • 3D Generalist
  • 3D Animator
  • VFX Artist
  • VFX Coordinator
  • FX Artist
  • ...

Your career prospects after graduating from Mediadesign University are promising, both creatively and financially. Our graduates have already achieved financial success, including one former student who joined as a VFX Coordinator after graduation and achieved an annual salary of €43,000.

Invest in your creative passion and gain not only professional fulfillment, but also the opportunity to succeed financially! The Mediadesign University prepares you optimally.

Alumnus Markus Frank - Digital Film Design (B.A.)

Head of VFX-Department / VFX-Supervisor, Cine Chromatix, Berlin

IMDb, LinkedIn

"The Mediadesign University is characterized by its practice-oriented teaching concept. The lecturers are experienced professionals from the industry who pass on their expertise with great enthusiasm and commitment. They gave me valuable insights into the different areas of media and helped me develop my own skills."

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Alumna Patricia Feldmann - Digital Film Design (B.A.)

Chief Operating Officer, Cine Chromatix, Berlin

IMDb, LinkedIn

"I benefited in many ways from my studies at mdh. Above all, it was important for me to go through each area once. This was possible due to the many different projects. Our student teams were structured like they are in the real working life. That helped me a lot to find my way." 

Alumna Patricia Feldmann (Chief Operating Officer, Cine Chromatix, Berlin)

Let us guide you

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Jun 24

Online Open Campus - 18.06.2024 - 16:00