Covid-19: MetFilm School’s Response

Covid-19: MetFilm School’s Response

We are, of course, deeply aware of the uncertainty, confusion and fear that the pandemic is creating for us all, and particularly conscious of the questions that it must raise in your and your family’s minds about how your experience as a student will be affected. We hope that you will find the information on this page reassuring and informative.

From this Autumn, we will re-open both campuses fully, and we are committed to offering all current and new students the full learning experience that you signed up to, physically on site. Our BA and MA students here in Berlin have been able to shoot course projects again since June, both on campus and remotely.

During the pandemic, we have learnt some valuable lessons about how to connect with our student community digitally, and as committed as we are to returning to a full campus experience, we are also committed to maintaining and building the enhancements around this experience that our digital environment can facilitate. This includes the Virtual Grindhouse, our new online community, home to a plethora of impressive guest speakers and curated opportunities from across the industry.

In addition, if you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of pandemic related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We guarantee that you will not miss out.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below will answer many of your questions. However, if you have further questions, current students can email help@metfilm.co.uk  and new students and potential applicants can email info@metfilmschool.de call +49 (0)30 767 33 31 70 or speak to your admissions manager.


Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Will my learning experience be any different?

All taught sessions will take place on our campus or in shooting locations in scheduled sessions which will usually take place between 10am and 5pm on weekdays, as planned. You will be expected to carry out your own individual and group practice outside taught sessions. You may also be required to be involved in projects outside of these times during production periods.

When you are on campus, we will follow current German government guidance and best practice in both the Higher Education and film production worlds to ensure that you are as safe as possible. In the event of any further public health lockdowns, we will ensure that your learning experience continues remotely, and all practical production activities and film productions will be rescheduled. We will ensure that your learning goals, filmmaking experience, and qualifications are not harmed.

When will my programme start?

We have made the decision to start some programmes a few weeks later than originally planned in order to minimise risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic, and the end of the programme is also a few weeks later as a result. The new start dates are on the website, and all prospective students have been advised by email about the changes.

What if I can’t get there at the start of the programme?

If you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of pandemic related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We guarantee that you will not miss out.

Will I still have my pre-induction?

Yes. Students on all MA programmes and the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking programme will be invited to participate in our Pre-Induction Online Course, the aim of which is to prepare you for your study at MetFilm School Berlin. The course is structured around screen content viewing, online forum discussions, and supplementary reading to introduce you to the creative and academic skills you will need as an undergraduate student.  This is also an opportunity for you to get to know fellow students prior to the start of the course.


Student Health and Wellbeing

What do I do if I think I have coronavirus symptoms?

Patients with severe symptoms should call an ambulance or contact a hospital emergency room. No one should go to a hospital emergency room without calling first. When they call, they should say that they may be infected with coronavirus so that vital preventive measures can be put in place for ambulance transport and for the patient’s arrival at the hospital. In line with the recommendations of the RKI, confirmed cases of coronavirus should be kept in isolation at the hospital. All of Berlin’s hospitals are able to isolate and treat suspected and confirmed cases of coronavirus.

A number of hospitals in Berlin have set up special coronavirus screening centers. Here, too, you should call beforehand to ask when and how you should travel to the screening center; please observe preventive measures when traveling to the center.

Is MetFilm School open?

From the end of  June we re-opened both the London and Berlin campuses to a carefully controlled and monitored schedule of practical activity and production. We introduced precautions to ensure that everyone remains safe including smaller groups in large spaces, enhanced cleaning and sanitisation, training for all students and staff prior to arrival on site, and risk assessments designed for each type of activity.

From the Autumn, we will re-open both campuses fully, and we are committed to offering all current and new students the full learning experience that you signed up to, physically on site.

Who should I contact at MetFilm School with concerns?

If you have any concerns about the coronavirus, please contact Student Services on 020 8280 9119 or admin@metfilm.co.uk.

Who can I talk to if I’m feeling very worried or down, or I have an urgent problem?

Our Student Welfare team will be available to support you and will respond between 9-5, Monday to Friday. You can contact us on 020 8280 9119 or admin@metfilm.co.uk.

For urgent support outside these hours please contact:

  • Emergency Medical Service – 116 117 and 030- 310031
  • Emergency services – Fire, Police or Ambulance – 112
  • Helpline International (in English and Russian) –  030-44 01 06 07 (English) 030-44 01 06 06 (Russian) daily from  18:00 -24:00
  • Crisis Hotline Free of Charge Referal Service (English) –  0177- 81 41 510
  • Muslim Counselling Hotline – 030-44 35 09 821 (24 h)

Current International/Tier 4 Student Advice

I want to go home to see my family. Is this a problem?

You may travel home and stay with your family when it is safe to do so, but please check any travel restriction in your country.

If you are an international student on a German study visa who has returned to your home country, please ensure that you fully engage with your work through our virtual networks. This is important as your online attendance will be monitored. Please inform the Compliance Team compliance@metfilm.co.uk if you do travel back to your country. Also please provide copies of the re-entry stamp you may receive in your passport, your flight itinerary or boarding pass and remember that you must check your MetFilm email regularly to know of any updates for your course or university announcements.

If you have remained in Germany please ensure that you continue to follow the instructions and updates from the German Government and the Berlin Senat which you can find at https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html and https://www.berlin.de/corona/en/faq/.

What if my visa / residence permit is about to expire?

To extend residence permits, the responsible Foreigners Authorities usually issue a fictional certificate upon application and send it by post in order to avoid public traffic at the authorities. This fictional certificate means that your residence title, including your permission to work, is considered to be valid from the time of expiry until further notice of the Foreigners Authority.

You have booked an appointment to apply for a residence permit before March 18, 2020 or the validity of your temporary residence permit or your fictional certificate is about to expire.

Please register here

If you are in possession of a residence permit and your current certificate has expired or is about to expire.

Please register here

You have registered online or want to pick up an electronic residence permit (eAT): You will receive a letter or an invitation to an appointment as soon as possible.

Please apply in person only in urgent emergencies or if you have an appointment.

Am I an emergency customer?

Your case is considered an emergency if you have to travel for urgent personal or professional reasons. Please note that vacation trips are not considered an urgent, personal reason.

You are not an emergency customer and have not received an appointment. Please read Berlin immigration Office’s FAQ and register online.

You can also contact Nina in Admissions nina@metfilmschool.de who will be able to help you and give you further advice.

I am a Visa students who has returned home, should I continue to study on-line and will my visa be affected?

If you are a visa student who has returned to your home country, please ensure that you fully engage with your teaching through Teams and any other platforms to which you are directed by the School. This is important as your online attendance will be monitored.  MetFilm School will also monitor assignment submissions.

Can I stay in my home country until the end of the term and come back in Autumn 2020

If you have advised us of your return to your home country, you will be on a list of authorised absences for leaving the UK. Continue to check your MetFilm School email and our webpages for updates.

Who do I contact if I need advice regarding my return to Germany?

Please contact the Student Support team who will be able to give you further information regarding your travel/visa by emailing compliance@metfilm.co.uk.


New International visa students starting in Autumn 2020

Can I still apply?

You can still apply for the Autumn 2020 intake. For further information on how to apply, please visit our How To Apply pages for Undergraduate study and Postgraduate study.

Will I still be able to study in Germany?

Yes, we are committed to offering you the full learning experience that you signed up to. All taught sessions will take place on our campus or in shooting locations in scheduled sessions which will usually take place between 10am and 5pm on weekdays. You will be expected to carry out your own individual and group practice outside taught sessions. You may also be required to be involved in projects outside of these times during production periods.

Will I be required to attend?

Yes, if you have entered Germany, you will be required to attend scheduled sessions on campus, and to engage in the online learning community.

What is the start date in Autumn 2020?

We have made the decision to start your programme a few weeks later than originally planned in order to minimise risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The new start dates are now on the course pages of the website and have been communicated to all students enrolled on programmes.

When can I apply for my visa?

Once you have accepted your unconditional offer of a place or cleared your condition on the offer you hold and paid your first years fee, we will check your documentation to ensure that you will be eligible to obtain a visa and subject to you having the appropriate finances in place, we will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS). We will also provide a Confirmation Of Required Student Presence which students from risk countries need to present at their visa interview appointment and at border control upon their arrival in Germany.

Further guidance on visas is available on our Visa and immigration page and on this page by the German government https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/visa/kinds-of-visa/studying/.

Visa decisions will be made by the German visa authorities.

What if there are still border restrictions or I cannot get to Germany?

Yes, if you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of pandemic related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We will work with you to ensure that you catch up on any practical learning that you have missed.

What are the current German quarantine requirements?

Coronavirus regulations mean that if you are coming from a high-risk area and arriving in Berlin by air, land, or water, you are obliged to make your way directly to your apartment or accommodations and to stay there in-home quarantine for a period of 14 days after your arrival. This also applies if you enter from a non-risk area but have been in a designated high-risk area in the past 14 days. The duty to go into quarantine also applies if you first entered another state of the Federal Republic of Germany but were previously in a high-risk area.

The term “high-risk area” refers to a country or region outside Germany for which there is an increased risk of coronavirus infection at the time of entry into Germany. The classification of high-risk areas is carried out by Germany’s federal government, namely, by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Foreign Office, and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, and is published by the Robert Koch Institute.

As a rule, those entering from an EU member state or from the Schengen area are not required to go into quarantine. That also applies to people arriving in Berlin from countries for which the Robert Koch Institute has determined that the risk of infection for the individual appears to be low due to the level of infection in the respective country. That country is then not classified as a high-risk area.

Those entering Berlin who are subject to the quarantine requirement must report to the responsible borough health office. If they also have symptoms that suggest coronavirus infection, they must report this suspicion as well. They are not permitted to receive visitors who do not live in the apartment.

Those entering the country also have the option to ask the health office for an exemption from the duty to go into quarantine. Anyone who has been tested for coronavirus infection in an EU member state or another country designated by the RKI before entering Berlin and who has a negative test result is also exempted from the duty to enter quarantine; however, the test must have been conducted within the last 48 hours. It is also possible to be subsequently tested and to terminate the quarantine if the result is negative.

Can I start my course online?

Yes, if you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of pandemic related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We guarantee that you will not miss out.

What will on campus learning be like?

All taught sessions will take place on our campus or in shooting locations in scheduled sessions which will usually take place between 10am and 5pm on weekdays. You will be expected to carry out your own individual and group practice outside taught sessions. You may also be required to be involved in projects outside of these times during production periods.

Will the campus be safe?

When you are on campus, we will follow current German government guidance and best practice in both the Higher Education and film production worlds to ensure that you are as safe as possible. In the event of any further public health lockdowns, we will ensure that your learning experience continues remotely, and all practical production activities and film productions will be rescheduled. We will ensure that your learning goals, filmmaking experience, and qualifications are not harmed.

How will I be supported?

MetFilm School Berlin has various digital platforms which we use to deliver online learning and support to students when not on the campus. You will also be supported by your programme team, and the School’s Student Services and Academic Support team – which you will also be able to access online if you should have any problems.