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Studying art

Painting or analyzing? These four study programmes focus on theoretical and practical art.

Jasmin Siebert, 11.10.2019
Studying art in Germany: An overview
Studying art in Germany: An overview © iStock

Fine Arts Diploma at the der Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (AdbK)

Eunji Seo (34) will complete her course at the AdbK in 2020. She had already studied art in her home country, Korea, and in Marseille. She came to Munich on the Erasmus programme in 2012, and stayed. “Here, I can already exhibit my works professionally while still studying,” she says. Eunji Seo loves the many time-honoured buildings in the city and is often out and about in galleries. Her fondness for architecture is reflected in her paintings. She often works in pencil with fine, irregular lines on canvass to generate optical vibrations in the viewer.

A artista Eunji Seo estuda Arte Livre na AdbK de Munique.
A artista Eunji Seo estuda Arte Livre na AdbK de Munique. © privat

At the AdbK many students come from abroad, and in Seo’s class they account for almost 50 per cent. Applicants do not have to speak perfect German; it is their artistic talent that counts. The professors assess the applicants’ portfolios and choose their students personally.

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Product Design (Bachelor) at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)

The UdK Berlin is the largest arts university in Europe. If you want to study product design there, you must first complete an internship in a crafts business plus a homework assignment. The entrance exam focuses on two days of creative design tasks. After this each applicant must present his or her portfolio of works. Then you can begin studying design. Students spend eight semesters working independently on experimental projects. In this way they develop their own ‘creative signatures’.

Art History and Aesthetics (Bachelor) at the University of Kassel

This course at the University of Kassel offers art history and aesthetics from the Middle Ages to the present. All forms of artistic expression are included. Practical experience, research seminars and excursions are all part of the study programme. This bachelor degree has free enrolment, lasts for six semesters and must be combined with a minor subject, for instance philosophy, a foreign language or mathematics.

Art History (Bachelor) at the Technical University Dresden

In Dresden normally all applicants can enrol freely to study art history. The six-semester bachelor course provides fundamental knowledge about European and American art history from late antiquity to the present, as well as art of Africa. During studies works from different fields are investigated with regard to their creation and functions, their effects and reception. There are numerous museums and castles for interesting and leisurely discoveries in Dresden and the surrounding areas.


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