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The Materialverlag is an integral part of the HFBK Hamburg, incorporated into the Graphic Art/Typography/Photography department. This in-house press gives students and teachers the opportunity to publish limited print runs of their work results and research. The materialverlag has the character of a laboratory and is – like the integrated workshops – not intended for large-scale productions.

Publications can feature the results of individuals’ artistic work (artist books) and/or material relevant to the University community as well as to interests outside the University. Unlike workshop projects, publications must be of interest to individuals who are not involved in the process. The existing infrastructure of the teaching department (workshops, know-how, logistics) can be used for publications, but the Materialverlag depends on the participation and personal engagement of all those involved – especially the author and his/her supervisor.

Single projects must compete for the available resources; the publication plan for the following academic year is determined by an annual process. Individual projects included in the publication plan must be carried out within the year. From January 2008 there will be a monthly consultation slot for those needing guidance on developing new projects.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show will take place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students will show their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation. Visitors are invited to view the numerous works on site from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A specially developed corona concept will take care of your health during this weekend. We are looking forward to your visit!

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.