What was an abandoned barracks and carpark in the early 1990s has been transformed into a unique media education centre. Through their prominent positions in their respective fields, the Film Academy, Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, and the Academy of Performing Arts ensure the highest standards, both in the specialist areas and in interdisciplinary teaching.
A central feature of the Ludwigsburg campus is that the four educational facilities are autonomous in terms of their curriculum content, while simultaneously being interlinked on many levels. Each institution has first-class staff and technical equipment, a far-reaching international network, and a team of outstanding performers and practitioners. This inspiring coexistence and community carries an interdisciplinary spirit, which crosses the borders between narrative forms, genres, and technologies. The options involve film, animation, theatre, the latest digital post-production technologies, transmedia formats and much more in a spatial proximity which is unique in the European academic landscape.
A common credo of the four institutions is the strong project orientation of the study programmes. In addition to inspiration, students will also find the resources for their projects and, with their diverse and ambitious projects, contribute to a vibrant campus life.
Architecturally, the campus is an open and accessible ensemble – a sure sign of the blank canvas for artistic and personal development. In this spirit, the institutions of the campus open up their student rooms for individual development, the gaining of experience, and the development of interdisciplinary networks. The Ludwigsburg Campus remains an important part of the networks of its alumni, regardless of where their career paths lead them to after the completion of their studies.
The Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg
The Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg (ADK) was founded in 2007, and comprehensively prepares students for careers relating to the stage and screen, in a manner which is unique within Germany. The programme of study is practice-oriented and project-based, and cooperation between directors, writers, actors and stage and set designers takes place on an inter-year and inter-programme basis. The study concept of the Academy of Performing Arts focusses on an interdisciplinary approach.
The closeness to the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, the common campus, and the cooperation with the staging and costume design departments at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design enables us to respond to an art which is undergoing major changes and in which theatrical professionals need more than ever to establish themselves more firmly and across the borders of their own métiers. Therefore, in addition to the thorough theatrical training, the ADK arranges integrated cross-departmental and trans-genre projects, which also use new media. Building bridges with various bodies and individuals from the theatrical and artistic industries is an objective of extensive collaboration. The ADK is able to do this with various theatres by participating in festivals and guest performances – on a regional, national and international level. In 2015, the ADK became a member of E:UTSA – an organisation which aims to connect universities and students across Europe – and mitos21, an association of theatre professionals from important and influential European theatrical institutions, which was founded in 2008.
Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg
Since it was founded in 1991, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg has become one of the world’s leading film academies. The project-oriented “learning by doing” concept has greatly contributed to this. The students are taught and mentored by more than 300 highly-qualified experts from the film and media industries. Around 250 films covering a range of genres are created by teams of students each year. Several win prizes at film festivals. The overriding objective of the programme is to prepare students in the best possible way for a successful career in the film and media industries.
Europe’s unique Ludwigsburg Media Campus is spread across two neighbouring sites, which separate the Film Academy (with its Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction) from the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg and the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris. This closeness results in several interdisciplinary collaborations which characterise programmes of study at the Film Academy in the same way as its wide range of international programmes, which are continuously redeveloped. During their studies, about ¼ of students take part in an international exchange with partners in such countries as Argentina, France, Canada, Poland, Lebanon, South Africa, or Israel.
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction
The Institute of Animation of the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg is responsible for the areas of study of animation and interactive media during a programme of study relating to film + media.
In addition, the Institute is responsible for the digital postproduction (online editing, grading, mastering) of all projects made by students of the Film Academy, and is active in the fields of research & development, and organises the FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media.
Integration into the Film Academy is a key part of the work of the Institute. The joint foundation courses in directing, screenplay writing and image design/camera, tutorials in production editing, film history and media theory, as well as cooperation with the documentary film, scenic film and promotional film areas of study, as well as intensive and fruitful cooperation with students from the Film Academy form an indispensable part of the programme of study. Students of the Film Academy have an advantage over those of other universities, as they are able to learn about animation, visual effects and interactive media as part of a wide-ranging programme of study.
The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris is a one-year further education programme for trainee European film producers and distributors, which has been running since 2001. It is offered by the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in cooperation with La Fémis in Paris and the National Film and Television School in London. Renowned teaching staff from the film and media industries teach in the production and distribution departments. The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris offers a programme of study in the fields of financing, promotion, screenplay writing, calculation, production planning, filming, contract law, rental and global distribution, which is unique to Europe.
Every year, nine short films with a common theme are made at the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris. These films are Franco-German co-productions which are produced by ARTE, the SWR, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, and La Fémis. In addition to premiers in Ludwigsburg and Paris, all films are shown, inter alia, at the Max Ophüls Festival, and broadcast on the television channel ARTE.
More information on the Atelier can be found on the Film Academy’s website here.