Bachelor of Fine Arts - Painting / Graphics / Photography
Experiment with Art
The aim of the degree programme is the formation and development of an original and authentic visual language in the field of contemporary fine arts. Independent work, willingness to experiment, and personal responsibility of the students are just as much hallmarks of the programme as the training of technical, manual and theoretical skills. The students’ own artistic plans and projects structure learning and working from the very start. We attach great importance to a pleasant learning atmosphere and close and intensive support of our students.
Reflecting on Art
This personal artistic approach is developed through combining hands-on work with joint talks, discussions and colloquia, and supplemented by theoretical courses and colloquia. Emphasis is also placed on developing the ability to reflect on a personal artistic position and embed it in a broader social and cultural context
Basic Subjects (1st – 2nd semester)
The first two semesters are devoted to acquiring the fundamentals, learning preliminary visual and technical skills, and dealing with essential issues in art and cultural studies.
• Fundamentals of design, perspective, colour theory
• Painting, drawing, graphics
• Photography, new media
• Art history, art theory
Core Subjects (3rd - 8th semester)
The advanced and core modules from the second year onwards serve to deepen and individualise positions on practical and aesthetic issues. The aim is for students to develop their own contemporary visual language on the basis of the artistic skills and knowledge they have acquired and for them to be able to reflect critically on it. During the core subject period, students work under the close guidance of a professor. In addition, interdisciplinary seminars and workshops on various working techniques and theoretical fields are offered (e.g. printmaking, performance, installation, public projects, excursions).
The students present their current work in regular exhibitions. They gain skills in exhibition organisation and technology as well as experience in catalogue production and public relations. Participation in symposia and various projects both inside and outside the university, as well as an internship, are core components of the programme.
Starting in the third semester, seminars on career orientation and professional life, parallel to the practical artistic work, offer the opportunity to gain insight into additional career opportunities in the field of fine arts, such as art mediation and cultural management. The Studium Generale supplements the programme in the fine arts with theoretical subjects, especially aesthetics, art history, cultural studies, and philosophy.
Bei der Wahl des Teilzeitstudiengangs Bachelor of Fine Arts - Malerei / Grafik / Fotografie werden die oben beschriebenen Studieninhalte individuell auf 12 Semester verteilt.
In case of part-time studies (Bachelor of Fine Arts - Malerei / Grafik / Fotografie) the study content will be spread individually over the duration of 12 semesters.
Broad Artistic Spectrum
The programme covers all major areas of contemporary art: from painting, graphics, sculpture, installation, artistic photography and digital media to participatory projects and interventions in public space.
Intensive and Individual Support
We attach great importance to a constructive and personal working atmosphere. Almost 200 students from around 20 different nations are currently studying in the Department of Fine Arts. They are guided and supported by 9 professors and around 20 lecturers and artistic staff members.
Spacious Working Environment
More than 2000 m2 of studio space, a printing workshop, a media workshop equipped with the latest technology, and a photography studio are available. All students are provided with their own studio workstation, which is accessible around the clock.
Trips abroad and international projects take place regularly.
Students from all disciplines learn together in the Studium Generale, a supplementary cultural studies programme that is an essential part of all degree courses. Cross-disciplinary projects, with students studying drama or business administration, for instance, provide new perspectives.or instance, provide new perspectives.
Exchange programmes with partner universities in South America, Palestine, South Africa, Poland and Northern and Southern Europe make it possible to spend one or more semesters abroad. Stays abroad are highly encouraged. The recognition of academic achievements is guaranteed by cooperation agreements with the partner universities.
• General or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification (Abitur)
• Without a general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification certificate, admission is still possible when, during the entrance exam, evidence of outstanding artistic talent is determined or when the applicant has completed vocational training, including at least 3 years of career experience
• Passing the art entrance exam
• Foreign applicants require proof of sufficient German language skills, both spoken and written. More information is available from the International Office.
The degree programme always starts in the Autumn Semester. Entrance exams are generally held in spring and summer. Only written (no digital) applications are accepted. Application documents can be submitted year round. The application form and a list of the required documents are available under Downloads.
After reviewing your application documents, we will invite you to take an aptitude test. Bring a creative and representative portfolio to this appointment.
The portfolio must include:
• approx. 20 paintings
• approx 20 drawings (sketchbooks are accepted)
Larger works and canvases can be presented as photo documentations. You are free to choose the focus of your portfolio. Artistic photography can replace paintings/drawings.
Works submitted for the entrance exam must have been created independently and should be no more than 2 years old.
The portfolio should reflect the student’s motivation to study and experiment.
We offer free guidance counselling and portfolio coaching. If you are interested, please contact Simon Halfmeyer to schedule an appointment.
Class observation days and studio visits are offered free of charge. Please use the contact button located in the upper right to make an appointment.