Master Film

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The standard period of study in the MA Film of the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts is 4 Semesters (2 years). This equals 120 ECTS. The maximal duration of the programme is 8 Semesters.

The MA Animation programme is a project-based study and centred around the individual projects of the studntes. Animation projects can be:

  • production of an animated short film
  • a concept for a longer animation format, e.g. a series or a feature film, including the production of a trailer
  • an explorative project or expanded animation project, e.g. a XR experience, or an installation using animation.

Mentoring and coaching are individual and growing parts of the programme are composed of eligible courses. We specialise in storytelling and the development of individual and personal styles and stories, close to the animation scene and animation industry in Switzerland.

Part-Time Studies

Due to the modular structure of our programme and the large extent of eligible content in our programme, we can offer highly individualized study paths for part-time students. The standard duration of part-time studies is 6 semesters but it can be extended to 8. You should be able to take part in our courses on three days of the week at least to study part time.

Application Requirements

You have the possibility to study in MA Animation as aa bachelor (or equivalent) in a design-relevant topic (including social science, philological, historical and critical studies) and a strong portfolio of filmic work you have pursued. For the MA in Animation you will need a BA in Animation or an equivalent.

Modules and Courses

Programs and Courses are explained on this page.

The modules of the MA Animation are explained on the website.

The programme of the MA Film has elective courses in the Transfermodule (TM), the Fachmodule (FM) and the Exchangemodule (EM). Some courses we offer are clustered into "tracks" and can be enrolled in as a whole. Find a list of all eligible courses in our Programmes and Courses-Section.

Students choose those tracks to specialize in their studies in a certain field (Film Financing (TM); Self-Marketing (TM); Expanded Cinema (FM)). The Fachmodule and the Exchangemodule have a list of free eligible courses from which to choose the necessary number of units to pass the module. Those courses are provided by the MA Film and partly by other study programmes of the Lucerne University of Arts.


Business tracks

The students of the MA Film have to choose one of two "business tracks" in their first semester of the Transfermodule. The choice is made according to the goal for their master thesis.

Film Financing Self Marketing
In the Film Financing Track, students will develop the "Film Dossier" for their master project. The dossier is needed for the financing of the film in the Swiss system of film funding. It is the basis for the cooperation with a production company. The student will develop the final version of the Film Dossier with the company she*he works with and it will be handed in to the funding bodies by this third party company. The following three courses/days are part of this track: The self Marketing Track provides the basic knowledge for students who plan to start their own company, work as freelancer, as an artist or apply for jobs in the field of our studies. It gives information about alternative ways of funding in the arts and culture as well as a foundation of business-principles if you start your own business.


The Fachmodul gives freedom to chose from a variety of courses to obtain the non-mandatory party of the module. It comprises a total of 12 Credit Points (CP) with semester modules A, B and C. Six of those are mandatory and 6 are eligible. Students are free to chose the eligible courses, but to give you a possible guideline for your choices we cluster some of these courses to our Expand Media Track. We encourage you to chose all courses in this track if you are interested in spatial filmic forms.

Expanded Media (6CP)
DK.MAAF Expanded Cinema 1

DK.MAAF Expanded Cinema 2

DK.MAAF XR Production DK.MAAF Video for the Stage DK.MAAF Film in Spatial Contexts Expanded Cinema Guest-Workshop (tba)

Other Courses

Narration Skills
  • Scriptwriting
  • Design Techniques
  • Camera and Image-Making
  • Character Design in Animation
  • Editing & Montage
  • Sound design
  • Drawing as a Language
  • Knowledge Mediation
  • Found Footage
  • Film Analysis
  • Workshops
  • Sound Editing
  • Drawing as a Language
  • Storyboarding

Eligible courses from the MA Fine Arts, which you are able to choose are announced at the beginning of each semester on Sharepoint or with presentations.

Film Viewing List

This is a mandatory part of the Fachmodul in the MA Film. You chose from a structured list of films and audiovisual work to learn about the history of your wider profession. Please find all information on the following website: Viewing List


In the Exchangemodul, your freedom to chose is expanded to the whole 12 CP and you have a larger variety of possibilities to chose from. You can acquire the necessary points for the Exchangemodul with - among others - the following courses and activities:

  • Courses of the FM and GM (e.g. the ones listed above)
  • Individual Projects (refer to the "regulations" of the MA Film for guidance)
  • Courses from other programs of the HSLU (MA and BA)
  • IDA-courses (in the spring semester)
  • Internships from outside the school
  • Filmdossier or Selfmarketing course from FM (the course you didn´t chose before)

For more information please refer to the regulations of the MA Film.

Introductory Courses

These give no Credit Points for your studies.

DK.MAAF Kamera Einführung DK.MAAF Sound Einführung DK.MAAF Schnittplatz Einführung NAKUS (in Cooperation with the BA Animation)

MA Film Team

External lecturers:

Rent Equipment

Exchange / Studying abroad

Students of the MA Film can study abroad for one or more semesters. The Lucerne University of Art and Design has a list of partner institutions worldwide. If you are interested, you can profit from existing Exchange Programms or go abroad as a free mover. For more information please refer your questions to the international office.

Grants, Scholarships and Foundations

Check the Film residencies for scholarships, residencies and project financing that can be applied for by filmmakers and artists.


If you have any questions regarding the screenings of our films, please contact the promotion coordinator.

Distribution and Sale

Former and current Students of the MA Film

Student Film


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