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Master of Fine Arts

With the Masters degree, the HFBK offers students a course of study centred around the student’s own planned artistic and/or scientific development, allowing issues of interest, working methods and processes to be critically analysed, deepened and to become differentiated.

The interdisciplinary Master degree encompasses all of the artistic and scientific subjects which can be found in the different departments as followed:

Students will have access to workplaces in studios. They will be intensively supported by tutors in developing their projects, through individual and group discussions. The scientific studies on offer will sharpen their ability for critical reflection with regard to their own artistic issues, methods and ways of working, as well as supporting ongoing research projects. Exhibition projects and events within and outside the university context will educate the students in dealing professionally with forms of presentation and with processes of distribution. On completing their degree, students will present their artistic and/or scientific work, which will also be documented in an accompanying publication, in front of a large audience.

Students will be able to deepen and differentiate their artistic and/or scientific abilities. They will be able to develop work which is experimental in a way which emphasises the aesthetic arguments behind the work, the statement it makes and its strengths. They will be able to gain skills in appropriate craft processes which will enable them to express, refine and further develop their artistic ideas. Students will gain extensive knowledge of the history of art and theoretical concepts which will enable them to analyse and determine the state of development of their own artistic work and both increase and enhance their artistic productivity. Students taking a scientific subject will also learn to formulate theoretical problems, to develop an argument which traces their implications, and arrive at a conclusion or thesis.

The normal amount of time needed to complete this degree is 4 semesters.


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.

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.