On Every Level

What was once the Finkenau Gynecological Hospital is now a place of learning for young, media-savvy professionals from a broad range of fields.


Dr. Katharina Schaefer (Commercial Director)

The Hamburg Media School is renowned for providing a thorough education in media in the City of Hamburg, a media and sciences hub. Since its foundation in 2003, the Hamburg Media School has provided practice-oriented, interdisciplinary professional training programs to media managers, journalists, and filmmakers. The Hamburg Media School has become established as a media sector think tank, working together with renowned companies to offer targeted support and tailored training options to young media professionals and conducting research in order to develop practically applicable solutions. Thus, the HMS successfully contributes to supporting and connecting burgeoning media talent. The Hamburg Media School is organized as a public private partnership in order to strategically serve its purposes. In addition to the City of Hamburg, Hamburg University, and the College of Fine Arts of Hamburg, more than sixty companies support the Hamburg Media School, primarily from the media sector.

Through its foundation on the Hamburg Art and Media Campus, the Hamburg Media School is the perfect location at the center of a dense network of institutes of higher education, companies, and creative enterprises. An infrastructure of partnerships and close scientific and business ties form the basis for longstanding cooperation in teaching and research, as well as the vibrant intermingling of theory and practice. This places the Hamburg Media School in a special position in academic competition and the media landscape. The course catalogue at the Hamburg Media School is concentrated in the fields of Media Management, Journalism, and Film. This selection of courses unites creative and administrative talent under one roof and ranges from publically accredited MA courses, to a BA program in Digital Media, to our variety of accessible seminars. Special focus is placed on fulfilling the need for lifelong learning. Selected programs and tailored training seminars are offered to participants with full-time jobs, and individual sessions are organized that are adapted to meet the needs of specific companies.

Close cooperation with the media economy as well as with national and international partners in research and education in Hamburg provides an interdisciplinary, scientifically founded, and practice-oriented curriculum. The Hamburg Art and Media Campus is home to a modern media infrastructure, which includes TIDE, the Hamburg Media School’s television and radio station. Renowned and experienced faculty from the media sphere supplement our body of esteemed personnel. Thus, the theoretical and conceptual findings conveyed in the courses can be applied and built upon in practical projects with goals relevant to current issues in the profession. Small class sizes of about 25 students per year in each MA program and 35 students per year in each BA program ensure direct contact between students and teachers and intensive fostering of students during their studies. In addition to professional knowledge and practical skills, the teaching philosophy at the Hamburg Media School emphasizes the development of methodological, social, and personal abilities. In the course of their programs, students create permanent teams in which they complete cooperative projects. This work style is oriented to professional reality and fosters fundamental characteristics such as operational readiness, responsibility, independence in work, communication skills, and the ability to work in a team.

The most important goal at the Hamburg Media School is the union of a high-quality education in media and the direct linkage of this to the Hamburg Art and Media Campus.

Other major goals are to keep pace with current and future developments in media and media society, to ensure the continued dynamic development of the programs themselves, and to maintain a position as a think tank in the media branch. In light of these ends, internationalization is a key component in our research and teaching. In addition to our existing partnerships, cooperation of this kind is continually expanding. The draw of the Hamburg Media School programs is further increased through a comprehensive exchange of know-how with other media markets and early familiarization with the markets of the future. Companies benefit from an extensive network of contacts and new research findings generated in consideration of specific international conditions.

In addition to its role as a think tank, the Hamburg Media School is also the motor for the union of existing practical and scientific media talent in Hamburg. Through intensive exchange and improved cooperation, synergies are created that further strengthen Hamburg as a science and media hub. The organizational structure of the Hamburg Media School as a GmbH that is beneficial to the community offers a maximum possible degree of flexibility.

Our students attest that the HMS is a gateway to the world.