Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS

The project Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS is a qualification program at the UdK Berlin Career College for artists in exile. From April 2020 to December 2021, in a first phase, professional artists in exile will be able to exchange their experiences of continuing education. This will occur the first time throughout Germany together with three partners. The exchange between participants is central to the project at  the Artist Career Forum 2020 (AT). In a second phase in 2021, basic topics of self-employment in Germany will be taught online to professional artists in exile with in-depth workshops, consultations, practical modules, and excursions. These new collaboration will later be evaluated in the third phase. The project’s partners are the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the Global Board Lower Saxony, and the project "INTRO" of the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg. The teaching objectives of these continuing education courses are networking in the local cultural and creative industries, strategic positioning in the respective artistic orientation, and establishment on the Berlin job market.


Consultations: 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 centres 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.

Online teaching: 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 are taught in each case by a learning video or learning materials with a workload of 20 minutes and are continued in a workshop of four hours each. The aim is to teach the basics of being self-employed.

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.

Practical 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.

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.


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

Head of program: Dr. Melanie Waldheim


Course coordination: Manuela Goschy


Team: NN

Partners and sponsors

The project Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS is offered by the UdK Berlin Career College and is funded by the DAAD and in cooperation with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the Global Board Lower Saxony, and INTRO of the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg.