Artistic and Cultural Orientation
Pre-study program for migrants interested in studying the arts
The single-semester program Artistic and Cultural Orientation (ACO) of the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (University of Fine Arts, HFBK) is for asylum seekers and refugees who are interested in artistic and/or design issues related to film, photography/graphic art, design, and painting/sculpture who may later wish to apply to study fine arts.
Up to 20 program participants engage with traditions of thought in Western art, culture, and society in a theory seminar, and try out forms of working in art practiced in European art universities with HFBK alumni in practical artistic workshops.
Presentations from the different subject areas provide an insight into the various methodical and medial approaches at the HFBK. Subject-specific advice reveals individual educational biographies in more detail.
The program is supplemented by a mentor system. In other words, enrolled HFBK art students will accompany program participants throughout the whole semester to help them orient themselves within the University, give them an idea of the day-to-day life of students, answer practical questions about study, and help them to get to know the art scene.
Excursions and guided tours with a focus on contemporary art life in Hamburg help participants to better understand the environment and culture. At the end of the single semester program, a documentation of having completed the course will be provided (exhibition and/or publication), as public evidence of the experience gained from the exchange.
The program will be taught primarily in German. German as a foreign language courses is therefore taught as part of the program. A B1 and B2 level course will run concurrently with the semester. If they wish, participants may also attend higher-level courses.
Also part of the program is the series of lectures Cross-Cultural Challenges delivered by artists, theoreticians and curators who represent a non-European perspective, aimed at all University members and intended to promote discourse on cultural transfer.
- Attendance is free of charge.
- Participants have »study orientation phase« status, and will receive a participants' document.
- At the end of the semester, a certificate certifying successful completion of the program will be issued to all attendees who have attended regularly and shown commitment to participation.
- Participants will not be entitled to be admitted to the University.
- Participation in the program will have no effect on any subsequent application for a regular study place at the HFBK. In other words, participants will be subject to the same requirements and deadlines as others applying to study art at the HFBK.
- Participants will be unable to claim a semester ticket for use on buses and trains.
- Participants will be unable to claim student financial assistance (BAföG).
Requirements for successful participation
- Demonstrating an interest in artistic and/or design issues
- Attending the theory seminar
- Attending two of the four artistic workshops in the subject areas of film, photography/graphic art, design and painting/sculpture
- An A2 level or better knowledge of German is welcomed. Participation in DaF courses (B1/B2 course concurrent with semester) or demonstration of a knowledge of German to a B2 level.
1st step: Filling out the online application form by 6. March 2018
2nd step: A face-to-face application interview in the period 12.—14. March 2018
Applicants will be invited to an interview by mail or by telephone following the elapsing of the online application period, a short time in advance.
3rd step: Successful candidates will be informed that they have been admitted by 16. March 2018, by mail or by telephone.
4. April 2018, 11.00 h Welcome event
4. April — 11. July 2018 Workshops, seminar, excursions, DaF B1/B2 course
12.—15. July 2018 Final presentation