Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS

The DAAD project Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS was a qualification program at the UdK Berlin Career College for artists in exile. From August 2020 to December 2021, professional artists were provided with educational videos about main subjects regarding to freelancing and self-employment for professionals. Furthermore, in-depth workshops, consulting, practical modules and excursion were offered to the participants. Teaching goals of the advanced training program were networking in the local cultural and creative industries, strategic positioning in the respective artistic orientation, and establishment on the Berlin job market.

This new cooperation with partners -Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the Global Board Lower Saxony, and the project "INTRO" of the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg - and the respective experience exchange in the advanced training program were realized in form of a symposium called ARTIST CAREER FORUM II.


You can find the program here

Online Workshops: The workshops, in combination with learning videos, deepened basic knowledge across all sectors for the self-employment of artists. The workshops took place online. They were conducted by four different partners.

Videos: Based on the experience gained in the Artist Training's previous projects, specific and relevant content was offered in the DIGITAL BASICS format to all participants of the four locations across all industries. The basics of being self-employed were taught in each case by a learning video or learning materials with a workload of 20 minutes. Topics were: KSK by Harley Aussoleil, Media Law by Henner Merle, Taxes by Mahmoud Achour and Financing by Luca Borkowsky. Director was the Iranian filmmaker Sina Ataeian.

The documentation of the videos you can find here

Consulting: Selected interdisciplinary or industry-specific lecturers offered individual consultations for all participants at the four cities. The focus was on feedback for submitted application documents and portfolios. In addition, advisors from associations and counselling centers who are qualified for the specific needs of refugees were requested. The goal was the individual competence development regarding their positioning on the market based on their application documents and personal objectives.

Modules: The Artist Training already had four years of experience with modularized continuing education in cooperation with the Film University Babelsberg. Two further modules therefore invited partners. The practice modules in Film and Fine Arts were conceptualized by an industry expert and an artist in exile together. The in-depth offer was initially aimed exclusively at the target group from the individual sectors. The objective was to get into the creative industries through application-oriented learning and to position oneself strategically in Berlin. A maximum of fifteen participants were accepted per module. To ensure a cohesive group, the selection was made by the module management.

Excursions: The excursions taook place in addition to the four workshop days and were led by experts and multipliers in the local music, visual, performing arts, and film scenes. 


















For the second time there was be a meeting at 22nd April 2021 for decision-makers and artists in exile living in Berlin and this time also from Hamburg, Hannover and Babelsberg, to network and to exchange. You can find the conference program here.

The documentation to the conference with the recommendations for action is here.

Artist Training Lab for Radical Transformation was a new series of meetings from September 2020 to April 2021. Experts from the Artist Training and the field of anti-discrimination and organisational development were invited to contribute to the lab.The goal was to unpack structural discriminations and disparities within the UdK Berlin and institutions of the cultural sector and develop strategies to help to transform the field of our work. The lab was curated by the theatermaker and producer Chang Nai Wen, who has been with the Artist Training since 2016 and is an advocate of a culture scene with diversity, inclusion and equity. 


The DAAD-funded project Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS offers all over Germany professional traing for artists in exile.

Press release


Head of Project: Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer

Head of Program: Dr. Melanie Waldheim & Sarah Hartmann (Parental Leave Representative)

melanie.waldheim[at] & sarah.hartmann[at]

Media Didactics / Project Coordination: Judith Weber (Nicola Junker)

Media Didactics Babelsberg: Sina Ataeian

Project Administration: Monika Lampe-Streuber (Cornelia Lakomy)

Team: Hoda Taheri, Moira Heuer (Anna Ilin)


Partners and Sponsors

The project Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS is offered by the UdK Berlin Career College and is funded by the DAAD and Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In cooperation with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the Global Board at Landesmusikakademie und Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH, and INTRO of the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg.


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