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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

  • around 250 media-related courses
  • 768,000 students, including more than 100,000 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 grant programmes: Gerd Ruge Grant, Wim Wenders Grant, Creator College NRW, Mediengründerzentrum NRW
  • journalism: wide range of courses and hands-on training

More information:

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
Industrial Design | Strategie & Vision at 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
Founding 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
Professor of film production 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.
Dr. Frauke Gerlach
Grimme Director
What began with a prize was later augmented by training programmes and other prizes and now completed by research activities about the digital shift and more: that's the Grimme Institute. But, in essence, more than five decades have been spent here focused on the eternal and equally topical and fascinating question about the quality of media - an important contribution to the media hub of NRW.
Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth
Director Cologne Game Lab 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.
Prof. Sibylle Stürmer
Head of School of Creative Arts, Hochschule Macromedia
NRW rocks! This is the place where more broadcast minutes are produced than in Berlin or Munich and more money invested in feature films than in the other federal states. The hotspot of the YouTubers is here – and it‘s also the place for students to get a foot in the door!
Nadja Radojevic
Chief Executive Director ifs internationale filmschule köln
With its diverse production companies, TV stations and innovative start-ups, the NRW media hotspot offers excellent opportunities for young people - to gain a professional foothold and help shape and sustainably strengthen the location in the future. An optimal win-win situation!
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Stutterheim
Rector Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
The fact that the KHM was founded in Cologne exactly 30 years ago is a great merit of the state of NRW. Many of our graduates stay and work in the region after their studies. In this way, the KHM sees itself as being closely linked to the location and will continue to have a manifold influence on it.