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Information for First-Years

Welcome to the HFBK, the University of Fine Arts Hamburg!

Welcome to the HFBK, the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg! In the hope that your first days at our University will not be too confusing and that you will soon be able to throw yourself into your studies with spirit and enthusiasm.

HFBK president Martin Köttering would like to invite you to the »Semester Opening Ceremony« on Wednesday, 4 November 2020, at 6 pm. Due to the current situation the opening will be available as a livestream on YouTube.

Introductory Meetings

Please find the Hygiene concept for the introductory events here.

Please finde an introduction to the »Bachelor of Fine Arts«

Introduction to the Master study program "Fine Arts"
Tuesday, 03.11.2020, 10-12 am, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium

B.A. Teacher education
Wednesday, 28.10.2020, 10-12 am, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium

M.Ed. Teacher education
Wednesday, 28.10.2020, 1-2 pm, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium or lecture hall

Central Meeting: Setting-up of starter classes

Due to the number of persons, the basic classes are divided into time periods.

On Wednesday, 4.11.2020, Lerchenfeld 2, Aula, the first semester students will be welcomed in classes by their professors (the allocationthe to the classes will be done in advance by mail).

  • 10-11 am Class Valentina Karga / Class Bernd Schoch
  • 12.30-13.30 pm Class Heike Mutter / Class Michael Beutler
  • 15 -16 o'clock class Abel Auer / class Annika Larsson

First Department Meetings

These dates are mandatory for Bachelor and Master students of this classes:


Wednesday, 4.11.2020, 9.30-10 o'clock

Location: Outside by the main entrance in front of the HFBK, on the wooden grandstand by the lantern. Dress warm!


Tuesday 3.11.2020, 12.30-14 pm

Place: Aula Lerchenfeld


Tuesday, 3.11.2020, 10 am

digital via BBB:

Welcome Gathering for International Students

The international office would like to welcome all international and ERASMUS students at HFBK Hamburg. We will provide you with useful information regarding your studies at HFBK, answer your questions and afterwards show you around the university.
Mon, 2 November 2020, 10-12 am, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium

Welcome for international students
Mon, 2 November 2020, 1-3 pm, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium

First Years' Trip for Bachelor Students

The new starter classes (in groups of 2 classes) probably spend 4 days each in the Falsterhus in Denmark. The dates for 2020/21 are due to Corona not set yet.


ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

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.

Katja Pilipenko

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.

photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

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?