Literature – Art – Media – Master of Arts


Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree.

For this, the University of Konstanz offers the Bachelor's Programme in Literature – Art – Media.

In the Literature – Art – Media Master’s Programme you will focus on the cultural, technical and aesthetic characteristics of different media and how they manifest themselves in different forms of social communication. You will consider the potential of art and literature to exhibit, disturb and playfully develop further. Thus, through the analysis of concrete artefacts, significant insights are gained about media practices affecting the handling of images, photographs, films, maps or diagrams, narratives and documentation, the collecting of objects or data etc. The approach is from a cultural studies perspective, it is interdisciplinary and is designed to gain insights into current issues. During the course of your studies you will choose an area of focus, such as art or the media, or an interdisciplinary focus that spotlights an interface between literature and art or literature and the media. This is the area in which you will complete your studies.


Degree Master of Arts
Programme start Winter semester & Summer semester
Period of study 4 semesters
Application period 07.05. - 15.06. | 29.11. - 15.01.
Admission restrictions yes
ECTS 120
Number of places 10

Why study Literature – Art – Media in the University of Konstanz?

  • A large choice of options give you a great deal of freedom to independently structure the direction and content of your studies
  • Broad spectrum of interdisciplinary courses
  • Excursions as fixed components of the curriculum
  • Numerous practical project seminars (e.g. on film editing, script writing or exhibition design)
  • Courses in cooperation with cultural institutions (museums, art institutions etc.) and lecturers from the practical sphere
  • Workshops in the university’s own media laboratory CAMPUS MEDIA LAB on topics such as editing, sound and camera techniques


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Graduates can find openings in numerous fields. Typical career prospects include work:

  • in the media and publishing (e.g. editing, press and marketing)
  • out-of-school education (adult education, editor at a university abroad etc.)
  • in public and private cultural institutions (public cultural departments, culture organisers, cultural/study foundations)
  • in communications departments of companies, associations, organisations

After successfully completing your Master of Arts, you can continue with doctoral studies.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

Internship and study abroad


Internships of three months or longer can be taken into account for the media experience module. The LKM Support and the university's Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommendable. The university promotes study abroad via the ERASMUS programme and numerous other exchange programmes with international universities. Our LKM-Support will gladly provide you with more information on studying abroad.

Impressions from students and lecturers


What interests and skills should I have?

  • You enjoy working with scientific and very complex texts
  • The ability and skills required to scientifically analyse and process texts
  • Good specialist knowledge of the subjects and methods in at least two of the three involved disciplines: literature, art and media science

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to document any additional foreign language skills.

German language skills

International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is German.

Admission requirements

  • degree in Literature-Art-Media (or a similar programme) of an institution of higher education or 'Berufsakademie'
  • International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4.

You will find the current regulations for the selection process in the admission regulations (in German).


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 07.05. - 15.06. (winter semester) and 29.11. - 15.01. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far.
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).

Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".

International applicants:

  • If your documents are not available in German or English, you will need to have them translated. Please submit a German or English translation of your documents along with the original versions.
  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent
  • Applicants from China, India and Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy of your home country