Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS

The DAAD project Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS is a qualification program at the UdK Berlin Career College for artists in exile. From August 2020 to December 2021, professional artists will be provided with educational videos about main subjects regarding to freelancing and self-employment for professionals. Furthermore, in-depth workshops, consulting, practical modules and excursion will be offered to the participants. Teaching goals of the advanced training program are 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 will be realized in form of a symposium called ARTIST CAREER FORUM II.


You can find the program here

Consulting: Selected interdisciplinary or industry-specific lecturers offer individual consultations for all participants at the four cities. The focus is 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 are requested. The goal is the individual competence development regarding their positioning on the market based on their application documents and personal objectives.

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

The documentation of the videos you can find here

Workshops: The workshops, in combination with online teaching, will deepen basic knowledge across all sectors for the self-employment of artists. The workshops take place at the four different locations in a co-teaching format.

Modules: The Artist Training already has four years of experience with modularized continuing education in cooperation with the Film University Babelsberg. Two further modules are therefore planned to invite partners. The practice module will be conceptualized by an industry expert and an artist in exile together. The in-depth offer is initially aimed exclusively at the target group from the individual sectors. A maximum of twenty participants are accepted per module. The admission requirement is online registration via the UdK Berlin Career College homepage, stating the educational and/or work experience, as well as specific skills for the module topic. To ensure a cohesive group, the selection is made by the module management. The objective is to get into the creative industries through application-oriented learning and to position oneself strategically in Berlin.

Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF: Module Film 26 – 30 October 2020 with Henner Winckler and Jalal Maghout Deadline: 21 October 2020  Facebook

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




For the second time there will 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 program here.

Artist Training Lab for Radical Transformation is 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 will be invited to contribute to the lab.The goal is 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 will be 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 now 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


Media didactics / project coordination: Judith Weber

Media didactics Babelsberg: Sina Ataeian

Project administration: Cornelia Lakomy

Team: Hoda Taheri, 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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