After studying political science and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, he studied filmmaking at DFFB (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie in Berlin) between 1978 and 1983.
In 1980, Christoph Dreher founded the post-punk post-rock band Die Haut (the first line-up consisted of, in addition to Dreher, Martin Peter, Thomas Wydler and Remo Park). The name of the band was inspired by the book of the same title by GermanItalian author Curcio Malaparte. With Dreher as the only permanent member, the band had changing line-ups (one of the longest lasting having consisted of Dreher, Thomas Wydler, Rainer Lingk and Jochen Arbeit) until its breakup in 2000. Originally an instrumental group with the classical instrumentation of guitars, bass and drums, for their numerous records as well as for live gigs Die Haut frequently collaborated with likeminded international singers such as Lydia Lunch, Nick Cave, Jeffrey Lee Pierce or Debbie Harry.
As filmmakerdirector, Christoph Dreher has been creating audiovisual works since 1979. While still a student, he made several music videos, either for Die Haut ("Der Karibische Western") or for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ("Tupelo", "The Singer" and "Mercy Seat"). With Heiner Mhlenbrock, he made the feature-length film OK OK Der Moderne Tanz.
In numerous documentary films and series, Dreher dealt with issues from the area of popular culture. For example, in the 18-part series Lost in Music, in cooperation with, amongst others, Rolf S. Wolkenstein, Ellen El Malki and Rotraut Pape, Dreher covered contemporary musical genres and their associated cultures and (life-) styles. The innovative style of his films received recognition with the Adolf Grimme Award (in 1994, for Lost in Music) and other awards.
Since 2000, Christoph Dreher has taught audiovisual media at Merz Akademie for Design in Stuttgart.
2010 (Editor) Autorenserien: die Neuerfindung des Fernsehens / Auteur Series: The Re-invention of Television. Stuttgart: Merz & Solitude. ISBN 978-3-937982-29-8
2013 (Co-Author, with Christine Lang) Breaking Down Breaking Bad Dramaturgie und sthetik einer Fernsehserie Reihe Merz Akademie im Fink Verlag. ISBN 978-3770554430
1980 Ok Ok Der Moderne Tanz (Co-Writer/Co-Director, with Heiner Mhlenbrock, 90 min.)
1981 Commercial 40 One-Minute-Adventures in the World of TV (Writer/Director, with Gusztav Hamos, 41min.)
1985 Die Legionre (Co-Writer/Co-Director, with Ellen El Malki, ZDF, 30 min.)
1992 Die Haut live: Sweat (Co-Writer, Co-Director, with Rotraut Pape and Rolf S. Wolkenstein, 60 min.)
1993-98 Lost in Music (Writer/Director, ZDF/3sat/ARTE, 18 episodes between 42 and 60 min.)
1993 Techno Trance (Co-Writer, Co-Director, 42 min., added 10 min. in 1995)
1994 Metal Mania (Co-Writer / Co-Director, with Rolf S. Wolkenstein, 42 min.)
1995 Reggae Revolution (Writer/Director, 60 min.)
1995 Hoch ber Hamburg (Writer/Director, 52 min.)
1995 Hip Hop Hooray (Writer/Director, 42 min.)
1996 Deep into Dub (Writer/Director, 60 min.)
1996 Electronic Jam (Writer/Director, 60 min.)
1996 Chicago Connections (Writer/Director, 60 min.)
1995-98 Freestyle Series (Studio production, Co-Concept, Co-Director, Co-Producer, VIVA TV, 105 episodes of 60 min.)
1995 Streetfashion (Writer/Director, ARTE, 190 min.)
1997 Pop Odyssee The Beach Boys and Satan (Writer/Director 3sat/ZDF, 60 min)
1997 Digital Spirit (Writer/Director, ARTE, 190 min.)
1998 Pop Odyssee House of the Rising Punk (Writerdirector, 3sat/ZDF, 60 min.)
2000 Silver Rockets/Kool Things 20 Years of Sonic Youth (Writer/Director, ARTE, 60 min.)
2000 Fantastic Voyages (Writer/Director, 3sat/ZDF, 7 episodes of 60 min.)"Introducing: The Cosmology of the Music Video"
"Space is the place"
2001 Beck - Permanent Mutations (Writer/Director, 60 min.)
2002 Superhuman (Writer/Director, 58 min.)
2003 Dance the Voodoo The Cosmos of Koffi Kk (Writer/Director (with Rotraut Pape), 45 min.)
2004 Voodoo Transformations (Co-Writer/Co-Director, with Rotraut Pape), ZDF/Theaterkanal, 27 min.)
2005 Youthquake '65 The London Pop Explosion (Writer/Director, 60 min.)
2007 Psychedelic Revolution '67 (Writer/Director, 77 min.)
2009 No Wave Underground '80 Berlin-New York (Writer/Director (with Ellen El Malki), 52 min.)
2012 It's more than TV The new US-series and their makers (Writer/Director, 58 min.)