If you decide to study, check: Is the institution accredited as a university? Are their degrees recognized by the state? Are the degree programmes regularly reviewed and accredited by external experts? Only if this is the case should the institution be worth your time or money. The Merz Akademie fulfils all these criteria and is also accredited by the deutscher Wissenschaftsrat - an extra-hard test and a label of quality that no state university can offer.
The personal contact to each person is important to us. This starts with student consultation and is also reflected in the curriculum. Up to 25 semester hours per week, during which you have direct contact with professors and lecturers, are quite normal for Bachelor's studies at the Merz Akademie. In addition, there are employees from the workshops, study office and administration who are always ready to listen if you have any questions or problems.
You can put together your own individual modules from the Crossmedia Publishing, Film and Video, New Media and Visual Communication areas. You can concentrate on one area or combine different areas. Project weeks provide for exchange, during which you work on a task with your fellow students in an interdisciplinary team. The close practical relevance of your studies comes from (international) lecturers and speakers who come directly from everyday professional life, are self-employed or have their own agencies at home and abroad. A practical semester is an integral part of the curriculum.
Do you have wanderlust? Take the chance to get to know other countries during your studies and open up your horizons. There are numerous scholarship programs to support you during a semester abroad or during your internship abroad. You can find an overview of the support options at the Merz Akademie here. And what have other students experienced abroad? Some insights can be found in our blog.
Virtual reality lab, photo studio, printing workshops, greenbox and sound studio - the workshops and labs are open for all students. In addition, the Merz Akademie offers extensive rental equipment for photography, filming, sound and lighting, including disco balls. In the university's own library you will find extensive specialist literature on all fields of study and a well-stocked media library with films and videos. Regular investments ensure that the equipment is always up to date.
On the campus in the Kulturpark Berg in the east of Stuttgart, the Merz Akademie offers the best working conditions. Student flat-sharing communities create an intensive atmosphere that encourages study, creative work and social life. Many creative people are based here, as is Haus des Dokumentarfilms or the Social Impact Lab, which supports social start-ups.
The Merz Akademie is a non-state university run as a non-profit institution. In addition to the "classical" tuition fee model, the Merz Akademie also participates in the Income Share Agreements (ISA) of Chancen eG. It allows students to concentrate fully on their studies, while CHANCEN eG pays the fees. In return, the participants undertake to give this opportunity to future generations: Those who work and earn more than a minimum income pay back a percentage of their income later to finance further study places. This means that talent and creativity decide on a course of study, not the financial resources.
In order to enable as many good applicants as possible to study at the Merz Akademie, there are two scholarship programmes: The Förderkreis Scholarship covers half of the tuition fees for up to three semesters. The Deutschlandstipendium, also made possible by members of the Förderkreis, amounts to 300 euros per month for two semesters. Both scholarships are grants that do not have to be repaid.
The investment in studying is worth it. How do we know? The Merz Akademie regularly takes part in a nationwide graduate study conducted by the Institute for Applied Statistics (ISTAT). Questions asked include the evaluation of the range of courses on offer, student satisfaction and the professional situation after graduation. In comparison, the graduates of the Merz Akademie have had significantly better experiences in many fields than their fellow students at other design colleges and art academies.
The merz alumni association offers all graduates of the Merz Akademie the opportunity to stay in contact with each other and to get the latest news from the university. Merz alumni organizes seminars, lectures and workshop discussions that enrich the university's range of courses with valuable practical know-how. The events improve the participants' qualifications for their future careers, enable them to look beyond their own horizons and offer practical assistance in starting their careers. Last semester students in particular, as well as recent graduates, benefit from the promotion of young talent through internships and job offers as well as up-to-date knowledge of the industry.