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Art School Alliance for Incomings

The ASA programme in Hamburg

The HFBK provides the scholarship students from the ASA partner institutions who are visiting Hamburg with a furnished apartment free of charge for the duration of the scholarship. Students share a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and studio space. The four studio apartments – for two to four – are located in a factory building in the Karolinenstrasse between St. Pauli and the Schanzenviertel district, at the heart of Hamburg’s cultural scene.

The scholarship students will each be assigned an HFBK student mentor who is to study as a scholarship student at the home university of the guest student in the following semester.

During this semester, at HFBK Hamburg, the international exchange students and their mentors will constitute an international class. The study programme consists of regular tutorials given onsite by a succession of HFBK professors. In addition to this, scholarship students have the option of taking part in the classes of their student mentors.

In addition to English-language seminars on the theory and history of art, the HFBK offers a special programme of excursions in order to allow the scholarship students to become acquainted with other German cities and with their museums. At the end of their stay, the scholarship students and their mentors will hold a farewell exhibition entitled Open Studios.

During their stay, the scholarship students are considered to be guest HFBK students. As guest students, they are not expected to pay fees. The HFBK will also bear their costs for their semester contribution to the student union, the AStA general student committee, the hardship fund and the Semesterticket (ticket permitting use of Hamburg’s public transport during the semester).

Apartment address

Art School Alliance
Karolinenstrasse 2a (Haus 5)
D - 20357 Hamburg

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Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

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?