Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts

The Master's programme in fine arts prepares trained artists for professional independence. It serves to deepen and individualise the student’s own artistic profile and provides a platform for engaging with and mediating art. The programme focuses on a self-selected artistic project and on the student’s development as a professional freelance artist.

Special Features of the Degree Programme

Reflection and Artistic Exchange

In the scope of regular colloquia, issues in contemporary art discourse are dealt with as well as topics in art theory, aesthetics and social science.


Preparation for a Freelance Career

The programme prepares students for the various aspects involved in being a professional artist.

Topics include:
•    Legal and financial conditions for freelance work as an artist
•    Self-marketing
•    Planning and implementation of exhibitions
•    Planning and implementation of culturally educational projects
 

Parallel Project

A significant component of the programme’s concept is to support you in developing and pursuing your own course of study. For this purpose, when you apply for the programme, you should include a proposal for an artistic project on a topic that you would like to develop and work on intensively throughout the period of your studies. You pursue and realise your individual project parallel to your studies.
 

Interdisciplinary Exchange

Students from all disciplines learn together in the Studium Generale, an essential part of all degree courses at Alanus University. In the lectures and seminars of this cultural studies programme, current social phenomena are discussed as well as philosophical issues and topics in art history.


Internationality

Study trips and international projects take place regularly.

Part Time Studies

Students can also acquire their master's degree in a part-time course. In the case of part-time studies, the study content is taught as part of regular seminars and events and spread over the duration of 8 semesters.

 

Admission Requirements

Proof of completion of a higher education degree in fine arts of at least three years' duration, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent degree such as an Akademiebrief or arts diploma.

Admission to the programme is also possible for candidates who do not proceed to the Master's programme directly after a previous programme. These candidates must have completed a higher education degree in applied arts, e.g., design, art therapy, art education or similar. Any prior Bachelor degree programme must have a standard period of study of at least three years and require 110 CP to be obtained in art practice. Should these CP not have been (fully) obtained, candidates are permitted to post-qualify.

Foreign applicants require proof of sufficient German language skills, both spoken and written. More information is available from the International Office.

Application and Selection Procedures

The Master’s programme can be started in either Autumn or Spring Semester. Applications can be submitted year round.

To apply, you must first register in the Campus Core application portal. After successfully registering, you can log in to the portal and submit your application. Here you will find further information and assistance on the online application as well as the link to the application portal.

After receiving your online application, we invite suitable candidates to an aptitude test. Please bring your application portfolio with you to this appointment!

In the aptitude test the applicants present their motivation to study and their project proposal to a jury made up of professors.

In exceptional cases, such as applications from abroad, it is possible to submit a digital portfolio. Please contact our service office for information.

Please note that - due to the corona crisis - it could be that the aptitude test has to be carried out digitally
 

Guidance Counselling and Portfolio Coaching

We offer free guidance counselling and portfolio coaching.

Due to the corona crisis  this service is currently being carried out digitally.

You can find the current dates here.

Please feel free to contact us for further information:

Service Office
Department of Fine Arts / Sculpture
Telephone +49 2222 93211146
E-Mail Astrid.Ewert@alanus.edu

Special Features of the Degree Programme

Reflection and Artistic Exchange

In the scope of regular colloquia, issues in contemporary art discourse are dealt with as well as topics in art theory, aesthetics and social science.


Preparation for a Freelance Career

The programme prepares students for the various aspects involved in being a professional artist.

Topics include:
•    Legal and financial conditions for freelance work as an artist
•    Self-marketing
•    Planning and implementation of exhibitions
•    Planning and implementation of culturally educational projects
 

Parallel Project

A significant component of the programme’s concept is to support you in developing and pursuing your own course of study. For this purpose, when you apply for the programme, you should include a proposal for an artistic project on a topic that you would like to develop and work on intensively throughout the period of your studies. You pursue and realise your individual project parallel to your studies.
 

Interdisciplinary Exchange

Students from all disciplines learn together in the Studium Generale, an essential part of all degree courses at Alanus University. In the lectures and seminars of this cultural studies programme, current social phenomena are discussed as well as philosophical issues and topics in art history.


Internationality

Study trips and international projects take place regularly.

Part Time Studies

Students can also acquire their master's degree in a part-time course. In the case of part-time studies, the study content is taught as part of regular seminars and events and spread over the duration of 8 semesters.

 

Admission Requirements

Proof of completion of a higher education degree in fine arts of at least three years' duration, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent degree such as an Akademiebrief or arts diploma.

Admission to the programme is also possible for candidates who do not proceed to the Master's programme directly after a previous programme. These candidates must have completed a higher education degree in applied arts, e.g., design, art therapy, art education or similar. Any prior Bachelor degree programme must have a standard period of study of at least three years and require 110 CP to be obtained in art practice. Should these CP not have been (fully) obtained, candidates are permitted to post-qualify.

Foreign applicants require proof of sufficient German language skills, both spoken and written. More information is available from the International Office.

Application and Selection Procedures

The Master’s programme can be started in either Autumn or Spring Semester. Applications can be submitted year round.

To apply, you must first register in the Campus Core application portal. After successfully registering, you can log in to the portal and submit your application. Here you will find further information and assistance on the online application as well as the link to the application portal.

After receiving your online application, we invite suitable candidates to an aptitude test. Please bring your application portfolio with you to this appointment!

In the aptitude test the applicants present their motivation to study and their project proposal to a jury made up of professors.

In exceptional cases, such as applications from abroad, it is possible to submit a digital portfolio. Please contact our service office for information.

Please note that - due to the corona crisis - it could be that the aptitude test has to be carried out digitally
 

Guidance Counselling and Portfolio Coaching

We offer free guidance counselling and portfolio coaching.

Due to the corona crisis  this service is currently being carried out digitally.

You can find the current dates here.

Please feel free to contact us for further information:

Service Office
Department of Fine Arts / Sculpture
Telephone +49 2222 93211146
E-Mail Astrid.Ewert@alanus.edu

The most important thing at a glance

Course Duration
2 years (4 semesters) of full-time studies, 4 years (8 semesters) of part-time studies

Degree
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Tuition Fees
416 €/month full-time
310 €/month part-time
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Financial Support
BAföG loans possible, more details under funding.

Contact
Department of Fine Arts
Service Office
Telephone +49 2222 93211147

Fine Arts
Kunstwerk der Alanus-Studentin Katharina Reschke
Antonia Grube, "Antonia und blaue Flasche"
Kunstwerk von Michael Weiß, Kunststudent an der Alanus Hochschule
Kunstwerk der Kunststudentin Christiane Wien mit braunen Filzrechtecken auf dem Boden