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Information for First-Years

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, 9 October 2019, at 18.00 h at Lerchenfeld 2, Aula (assembly hall).

Introductory Meetings

Introductory Meeting for the Bachelor study programme »Fine Arts«
Tue, 8.10.2019, 11 h,
Lerchenfeld 2, room 229

B.A. Teacher education
Wed, 9.10.2019, 9.30 h, Lerchenfeld 2, room 229

Introductory Meeting for the Master study programme »Fine Arts«
Tue, 8.10.2019, 14.00 h,
Lerchenfeld 2, room 229

M.Ed. Teacher education
Wed, 9.10.2019, 13.00 h
, Lerchenfeld 2, room 229

Central Meeting: Setting-up of starter classes

It is vital that you attend this meeting for all beginners (first semester) in the Bachelor study programmes, where you will be assigned to the different classes.
Wed, 9.10.2019, 14.00 h, Wartenau 15, 3rd floor

First Department Meetings

For all Bachelor and Master students. It is important that you attend this meeting so that you can be assigned core practical courses.

Wed, 9.10.2019, 11.00 h, Finkenau 35, room E.12 ("cinema")
Especially for Film Master students :
Wed, 9.10.2019, 14.00 h, Finkenau 35, room E.12 ("cinema")

Graphic Art/ Typography/ Photography
Wed, 9.10.2019, 10.00 h, Lerchenfeld 2, room 252

Wed, 9.10.2019, 11.00 h, Lerchenfeld 2, Aula

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, 7.10.2019, 10.00 h, Wartenau 15, auditorium (room 27)

German language course
International HFBK students as well as Erasmus exchange students are invited to join the German language courses. Please sign in as early as possible!

First Years' Trip for Bachelor Students

The new starter classes (in groups of 2 classes) spend 4 days each in the Falsterhus in Denmark.

The dates are:

  • 11 – 14 November, Prof. Abel Auer / Prof. Heike Mutter
  • 14 – 17 November, Prof. Valentina Karga / Prof. Michael Beutler
  • 17 – 20 November, Prof. Annika Larsson / Prof. Bernd Schoch


You must enroll before 15 August. To do this, all your documents must be given in to the HFBK. This happens at the beginning of every semester, but after the first semester it is called re-registration.


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.

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.

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?