Art Academy Hamburg / Germany

Welcome to HFBK — the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, Germany

The Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) is an institution of higher artistic and scientific education. With its wide range of subjects, the HFBK offers the opportunity to study for interdisciplinary artistic and scientific qualifications. Students work in studios and are extensively supported by art and science tutors in seminars and in individual and group tutorials... /more

Celebrations ahead

HFBK Hamburg is going to celebrate its 250th anniversary in July. We look forward to an extensive programme of lectures, performances, exhibitions, discussions, film presentations, and workshops.

Study Application

The 2017 application period has ended. You will find your notification of acceptance or rejection in your CampusNet account by the end of May at the latest.

Artistic and Cultural Orientation

The single-semester pre-study program for asylum seekers and refugees who may later wish to apply to study fine arts is being continued in the summmer semester. The program participants engage with traditions of thought in Western art, culture, and society.

Hands Off Our Revolution

In response to the »rise of the right wing across Germany, Europe, and elsewhere,« the class of Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin began working to protest xenophobia, misogyny, racism, and intolerance.

The social network site is an experiment in maximizing the potential of the Internet for the special situation of an art university, and for translating analogue into digital.

So, get involved and join the conversation!

Graduate Program »Aesthetics of the Virtual«

HFBK Hamburg is offering places to ten doctoral students as of January 2015 as part of a three-year graduate program. It allows not only for academic doctorates but also the kind of PhDs in which the artistic aspect plays a major role.

HFBK Hamburg launched international »Art School Alliance«

In 2010 started off the international exchange program, founded on the initiative of the HFBK Hamburg and the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. It allows 12 international art students a year to live and study in Hamburg without paying rent or study fees. In exchange, up to 12 HFBK students may... /more

Master of Fine Arts at HFBK Hamburg

In 2008, the University of Fine Arts (HFBK) Hamburg introduced the »Master of Fine Arts«, a unique degree course within the German art academy scene. Artists already holding a university degree are here given the unique opportunity of further enhancing their artistic and practical profile at an advanced specialist and academic level. The interdisciplinary degree encompasses all of the artistic and theoretical subjects, such as painting, sculpture, mixed media, film, photography, design, graphic art, stage design, art theory, and art history... /more


Dates | Openings | Events

23.05.2017 - 18.00 Uhr
Extra. Ordinary Days: #artrules #iam #paintingisalwaysactual
Location: HFBK Hamburg, Folgendes-Raum (2. Stock)

Katja Pilipenko

24.05.2017 - 18.30 Uhr
Throw Up/Metaposen
Location: Kunsthaus Hamburg

Katja Windau  u.a.


24.05.2017 - 19.00 Uhr
TAPU. How to Draw Birds
Location: Bibliothek der HFBK Hamburg

Anton und Jakob Engel
Book Launch und Präsentation

25.05.2017 - 18.00 Uhr
Ports – Vom Recht auf Meer
Location: MS Stubnitz, Hamburg

Lecture Performance, präsentiert vom internationalen Theaterinstitut und Theater der Welt 2017
mit geheimagentur u.a.
Weiterer Termin: 26. Mai 2017, 18 Uhr

25.05.2017 - 19.00 Uhr
Michaela Melián: Electric Ladyland
Location: Kunstverein Hildesheim

Hörspielabend im Rahmen der Ausstellung »Promises of Monsters« in Zusammenarbeit mit BR Hörspiel und Medienkunst