Application Procedure

The Master's programme MA Digital Narratives admits new students every two years in the winter semester. Admission follows a two-stage process.

The two-stage application process consists of:
- Submission of application documents
- a selection interview

Applicants must submit past work samples, a CV, and assignments to demonstrate their eligibility to participate in the MA Digital Narratives programme. Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and shortlisted applicants* will be invited for an interview. The selection committee will then invite the selected applicants to participate in the programme.


A Bachelor’s degree with proof of at least 180 ECTS (or a similar academic or higher degree). To ensure that the education certificates and diplomas acquired abroad comply with the admission requirements of the ifs (higher education qualifications), applicants can consult the following database:

At least one year of specialised professional practice or similar professional project experience after the Bachelor’s degree.

In justified exceptional cases, applicants with exceptional artistic skills whose CVs lack one or more of these formal requirements may request to enroll in the programme as advanced training participants.

Very good knowledge of English

B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. by a TOEFL score of a minimum of 72 points (internet-based) or equivalent test results. Native English speakers are exempted from this.


Students from certain countries require a visa and/or a residence permit. In order to obtain a residence permit, foreign students must prove sufficient means of subsistence. The required amount corresponds to the Bafög maximum rate of 861 euros per month, calculated for one year.

Tasks and Examination

General Information

The Master's programme Digital Narratives starts every two years in the winter semester.

Here you will find - probably starting in January 2024 - more information about the application tasks to apply for the next start of the programme in the winter semester 2024/25.

Study Fees and Financing

Study Fees

The tuition fees for the MA Digital Narratives are 2,750 euros for EU students and 3,750 euros for non-EU students per semester. This includes a 250 euro contribution to the ifs support association.

The ifs is a cooperation partner of the TH Köln and all ifs students are enrolled at the TH Köln and can use the TH's service offers, such as the semester ticket for public transport, access to the TH's International Office or to the sports courses and facilities.

Any further questions? We will be happy to help!

Valerie Lang

Assistance Digital Narratives


Assistenz Masterclass Non-Fiction

0221 920188266