Established in 2000, ifs internationale filmschule köln is consistently ranked as one of the best film schools in Germany, based on its outstanding student support, excellent teaching and project work, and active festival participation, including a Student Academy Award in 2012.
In cooperation with the TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences, the ifs offers Bachelor's degree programmes in Screenwriting, Directing, Creative Producing, Cinematography, Editing Picture and Sound, Digital Film Arts and Production Design, as well as international Master's programmes in Serial Storytelling and Digital Narratives. Several new Master's programmes are currently being developed. In addition, the school offers several further education programmes for media professionals providing training in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from costume design to a master class in non-fiction.
The school is a member of CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools. It maintains partnerships with a global network of film schools and universities.