NRW is one of the most attractive training hubs for media and creative professions in Germany. It is, above all, the training institutions’ close connections to NRW’s industry that offer the young generation of media and creative professionals excellent opportunities for the future. On the other hand, a concentrated higher education and research landscape as well as a wide range of training courses ensure the long-term development of NRW as a media hub.

Facts and figures

  • more than 250 media-related courses
  • 757,000 students, including 102,000 new entrants
  • more than 40 training and over 60 further education programmes
  • ifs international film school cologne, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), Technical University Dortmund, Folkwang University of the Arts, RTL Journalist School, Cologne Game Lab, and others
  • funding and scholarship programmes: Gerd Ruge Grant, Wim Wenders Grant, Mediengründerzentrum NRW, CreateMedia.NRW
  • journalism: multidisciplinary courses and practical training

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Education in NRW
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW grants
Mediengründerzentrum NRW grants

Simone Stewens
CEO ifs internationale filmschule köln
Production companies from cinema to games, many TV broadcasters and a wide range of educational and further training opportunities: NRW provides the ideal environment for those studying film and media – both during their courses and afterwards.
Prof. Björn Bartholdy
Co-Direktor and Media Design Professor Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln
Gamescom, Developer Award, Clash of Rea¬lities ... the threads of the industry regularly converge in NRW. Apart from internationally operating companies, there is also an active scene of newcomers here. We have shown great commitment to educating and supporting them. And NRW is a good place for this!
Prof. Kurt Mehnert
Dean of Folkwang Universität der Künste
NRW is a region where some of Europe’s most outstanding challenges are concentrated: migration, structural change, urban development, and not least the creative industries. As a result, it provides a particularly stimulating environment for artistic training.
Peter Kloeppel
Director RTL School of Journalism
The competence and creativity of those working in the media in NRW, the expertise and cooperative willingness of the state’s diverse educational and further training institutions, and the successful media companies based here: all this provides an optimal network for the RTL School of Journalism, within which we can all cooperate to offer qualifications with a future.
Michael Steinbrecher
Professor for Television and Cross-Media Journalism, Institute for Journalism, TU Dortmund
North-Rhine Westphalia has major players like WDR and RTL, but also courageous experiments such as the Dortmund-based participation channel nrwision. What's more, there are top-class courses in Journalism and Media Studies. The TV and film industry in NRW deserves to feel self-confident.
Prof. Frank Döhmann
deputy rector, Academy for Media Arts Cologne (KHM)
The Academy for Media Arts Cologne (KHM) vermittelt its students in the fields of film/television and art, above all, to be courageous in developing their own ideas and critical in investigating existing patterns and formats, not to copy what already exists, but to provoke and develop the new.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Jacob
Rector of the Folkwang University of the Arts
The issues of the future cannot be answered without the arts. That is the great asset of NRW at the heart of Europe: a large number of events, cultural diversity, great academic potential. Our basis for today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow
Prof. Dietrich Leder
Professor for Documentary Film/Fictional Forms/Entertainment KHM
With its courses on Feature Film, Documentary and Experimental film, Script, Camera, and TV Formats, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) has regarded itself since 1990 as an integrative part of NRW as a media region, yet at the same time constantly taking a critical stance towards cinema and television.
Frauke Gerlach
Director Grimme-Institut
The Grimme-Institut has been analysing the quality of media for more than five decades - an important contribution to the media hub of NRW. This began with awards and training programmes and is now complemented by research activities on the digital shift.
Joachim Ortmanns
CEO Mediengründerzentrum NRW
The Mediengründerzentrum NRW supports, advises and helps forge contacts for founders in the field of content production. The more than 90 % successful start-ups reflect the level of innovation in NRW and also contribute to making NRW fit for the future.
Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth
Director Cologne Game Lab of TH Köln
NRW has achieved a unique position in the game landscape. And also through outstanding training programmes. The Cologne Game Lab of Cologne’s Technical University with its nine professors and soon 250 Bachelor and Master’s students is unparalleled in Germany.