Bachelor of Fine Arts - Sculpture / Installation / Media
Object art, installation, performance, art in public space, building and media art: this broad spectrum is reflected in the contents of the degree programme. The programme focuses on the development of a personal artistic position through intensive analysis and examination of processes as well as in-depth experience in artistic work. It combines practical work on the material with the study of nature and reflection on the creation. Classical sculptural techniques form the basis for developing individual work processes.
At the same time, the course also emphasises self-organisation as an artist: time and project management, exhibition organisation, invitations to tender and applications, self-marketing and networking. All are integral components of life as a professional artist. The course prepares students for these aspects of their future career in a practical manner and also introduces them to further fields of work in areas such as art mediation and art management. A pleasant, constructive learning atmosphere and intensive support of our students are particularly important to us.
Basic Subjects (1st - 4th semester)
The basic subjects develop classical sculptural techniques and the fundamentals of artistic design. Engagement with issues in basic aesthetics and cultural studies also supports students in their personal artistic development. A 2-month stone symposium in Norway offers the opportunity to acquire initial work experience abroad; a 6-week Land Art unit provides the corresponding project experience.
Subjects include, among others:
• Modelling and casting techniques (plaster, concrete, bronze)
• Wood, metal and stone sculpture
• Form theory as well as nature, portrait and nude studies
• Land art, installation and media art
Core Subjects (5th - 8th semester)
The core subjects serve to develop independent self-expression as well as inspire deeper, more personal reflection on aesthetic questions. This is based on an intense examination of the chosen material, the corresponding techniques, artistic themes, and other positions. Independent studio work is supplemented by participation in elective courses.
Subjects include, among others:
• Independent studio work
• Projects in public space/exhibitions
• Excursions/exchange projects
Students from all disciplines learn together in the Studium Generale, a supplementary cultural studies programme that is an essential part of all degree courses at Alanus University. The lectures and seminars encourage students to reflect upon philosophical issues and thus find and form their own position in the social and cultural context.
The programme is completed with an extensive artistic Bachelor’s project, which is presented to the public. Upon successful completion of the programme, the academic title Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is awarded. The Bachelor’s degree qualifies the student for admission to a variety of Master's programmes. At Alanus University, students can choose from among Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Art Therapy (M.A.), Art Education (M.Ed.) or Business Administration (M.A.). All degrees at Alanus University are state-recognised.
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.
Intensive Artistic Work
Throughout the degree programme, all students have their own studio workstation. A team of professors with different artistic focuses and positions supports and accompanies the development of each individual. The programme focuses on sculptural material. Studies begin with modules on various techniques and develop into independent artistic work. Regular meetings and presentations of work with mutual critique are important components.
Strong Relation to Practice with Focus on Career
Students are responsible for setting up their own workstations in the studios. They organise and document their own exhibitions both inside and outside of the university. Internships with experienced artists as mentors guarantee the necessary insight into everyday professional life. Even during their studies, students are invited to take part in competitions and public projects.
Working as a professional artist requires not only a high level of artistic competence but also knowledge of invitations to tender and applications, marketing and price setting, taxes and insurance as well as project management. The programme thoroughly prepares students to meet these challenges. Starting in the third semester, modules in the field of “Art in Dialogue” provide insight into a variety of other artistic professions: from extracurricular artistic work with children and youth to art in business. The primary goal is to prepare students for a career as a freelance artist.
From the fifth semester onwards, exchange programmes with partner universities in Japan, Norway, Brazil, Portugal and Cuba, among other countries, provide the opportunity for international encounters and promote artistic development. 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, 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 examination
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. Applications can be submitted year round. Entrance exams are generally held from January to September.
Only written (no digital) applications are accepted. 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.
We offer free guidance counselling and portfolio coaching. Sign up by sending a message via the Contact button. Appointments for class observation and studio visits can be made by contacting the secretary.