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Why Cultural Journalism?

Comprehensive training

In two years, this compact study programme will prepare you for work as a journalist in and for cultural editorial departments. The course culminates in an internationally recognized Master's degree. The study programme is practically orientated and will qualify you for the four main areas of printed media, television, radio and online. Besides theoretical seminars and lectures, the programme comprises workshops and projects in small groups and intense individual supervision.

Art and science under one roof

At Berlin University of the Arts, creativity and science generate an inspiring atmosphere for all those involved in culture. The wide spectrum of offers facilitates interdisciplinary study. The UdK Berlin is the ideal place for the Master's programme in Cultural Journalism, the university environment ensures the enduring quality of the study programme. 

Purpose of study: Cultural journalist

In the main, most people find out about cultural affairs from the features section of daily newspapers and cultural programmes on television. But cultural journalism means more than writing recensions, theatre or film reviews. Teachers and students at the UdK Berlin experiment and test new formats. During your studies you will develop an overview of the cultural industry's complex structures and the various processes that help to create culture. You will learn methods by which to explain cultural politics, and develop a sense for current trends and developments on the cultural scene, learning to describe them as well. Cultural journalists are the critical mediators between creative producers and a culturally interested audience.

Professional Perspectives

Routes to journalism
Our graduates' routes into the professional world of journalism are diverse, individual and creative – just like their journalistic profiles, which have developed over the course of the study programme.

Route 1 – Editorial offices
Besides an attractive number of offers including seminars, lectures, workshops, and projects, the study programme offers one thing first and foremost: possible contacts to journalistic practice. In a total of 20 weeks full-time practical experience, our students can establish their own networks in journalism. Around 130 institutions of journalism are available Berlin- and Germany-wide. In this way, our graduates have found their way into editorial departments, e. g. at the Berliner Zeitung, the tageszeitung – taz, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday paper or into various online editorial offices.

Route 2 – Media innovation
Graduates' paths may also lead to major media agencies (e. g. KircherBurkhardt). The study programme follows an approach to training that is both well-founded and generalist, conveying the necessary journalistic competence and key qualifications for work in many different fields. Professional skill in the journalistic disciplines, knowledge of the processes behind artistic and cultural production, and sensitivity to creative trends and innovations –  these characteristics are what make cultural journalists into outstanding communicators, capable of inspiring others through language.

Route 3 – Creative media niches
Everyday & Anarchy, Art & Kitsch, Power & Fairy-Tales… just some of the headings of the online portal neukö, which provides fresh, entertaining and sometimes scurrilous local journalism in and from Berlin-Neukölln. Reportage, interviews, photo series and videos guarantee a diverse stream of aural and visual information. And who invented it? Graduates of Cultural Journalism, of course!

Route 4 – Promising internships
Some graduates, meanwhile, choose a route to the journalistic field of their choice via promising traineeships, whether at national newspapers, public radio broadcasters, or abroad with Deutsche Welle.

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