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Application Design, Film, Graphic Art/Typography/Photography


For formal questions, e.g. about documents, about the application process:

Current Opening Hours

Due to the measures taken to contain the Covid 19 pandemic, there will be no presence hours until further notice. We are happy to help you electronically: Please contact us by e-mail or telephone. In case of need, appointments can be arranged.


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Requirements for Admission

The general Hochschulreife (higher education entrance qualification, in Germany: Abitur) or an equal preparatory qualification recognised by the agency responsible is required to be admitted to the Bachelor study programme »Fine Arts« with the degree title Bachelor of Fine Arts. Applicants without the general Hochschulreife showing outstanding artistic ability may also be admitted.

A selection commission will assess the presence of exceptional artistic ability by examining an application portfolio submitted by the applicant (for those who have completed the Abitur, e.g. high school graduates) or outstanding artistic ability (for applicants who have not completed the Abitur or other university entrance qualifications).

Application process + dates for design, film, graphic Art / typography / photography

Applications are only possible for the winter semester. The following application steps are required for the application period indicated below:

Step 1: Online application

From February 2, 2021 to March 5, 2021, 4 p.m.: Please create an applicant account in CampusNet "

As soon as you start an application, it will be given a number which you should refer to if you have any questions.

Step 2: digital application folder

If you have sent your online application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing an upload link.

Upload your digital artistic application folder with works from the last two years by March 5, 2021, 4 p.m. at the latest,

-> together with the required documents in ONE PDF document.
-> The file size is limited to 70 MB
-> The document must be named as follows: Application number, last name, first name
-> There is no need to submit a physical application folder.
-> Late, incomplete and/or by e-mail received applications or subsequently submitted documents cannot be considered.

For the major field of study FILM: For the major field of study "Film", film works of all kinds from the last two years should be submitted, ideally in full length, not in the form of trailers. Also welcome are screenplay drafts, storyboards, photographs, drawings, collages, sketchbooks or similar examples that best illustrate the applicant's working methods. Please upload your cinematic works in a video portal (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube or similar) and provide the link and, if necessary, the password in the PDF document.

  • The summary of your online application Online application

  • Curriculum vitae in German or English language

  • A copy of proof of school or university education. International applicants* please include a translation in German or English, unless the original certificate was issued in German or English. If you do not receive your certificate until after the application period, please submit a copy of your semi-annual report. Chinese applicants* are requested to have the translation of their certificates certified by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the Cultural Department of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing.

  • a passport/photo

  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language.
    (Proof is provided by presenting the certificate of completion of school or university education at a German-speaking institution or by presenting the certificate of one of the language examinations for university attendance recognized by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder). Certificates of participation in German courses in accordance with the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" up to and including level A2 (approx. 360 teaching hours) at the Goethe-Institut or another language school are also accepted as sufficient proof. In this case, these language skills must be intensified during the first two semesters in an intensive language course. If you are still attending a language course at the time of application and only complete it after the application deadline, please indicate this in your application folder.)

And further:

The decision on admission to the program is made by the end of April of the application year at the latest. Please refrain from making inquiries until then!

You will find all information and decisions in your applicant account in CampusNet.

Your application data will be stored for a maximum of 12 months.

Selection procedure

At the end of the application period, an entrance examination committee will examine the application folders. The commission is composed of three professors, two members of the intermediate academic staff with voting rights and two students without voting rights.

The commission evaluates the application folders in categories from A to C. Applicants who are rated A can begin their studies in the following winter semester. Applicants who are graded B have the opportunity to take part in a succession procedure. In those cases in which an evaluation is not possible on the basis of the application file alone, applicants will be invited for an interview. The interviews usually take place from mid to end of April.

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