We welcome applicants from all countries and language regions. We are proud of the diversity of cultures, dialects and biographies that come together in a class. German is the official language of instruction but most lecturers speak English and French as well.
Yes, it's true that not everyone gets a place. But if you don't try, you’ll never know what the admissions committee thought of your application. It’s often especially applicants who have submitted very good portfolios who seem most surprised when they discover they have passed the selection process.
Expectations: We expect applicants to have a passion for drawing and a curiosity about the world, a joy in learning and a willingness to experiment. We are not looking for a particular style but are instead explicitly seeking diverse points of view. Nevertheless, it is prerequisite of the course that applicants are willing to discard preconceptions and old habits of seeing; to re-evaluate fixed aesthetic ideas in order to step boldly into the unknown.
All of this should be visible and tangible.
Unfortunately, part-time study is not possible, but students may take a year off to earn money.
Practical portfolio tips:
Size, presentation: your portfolio should be manageable to handle.
You must consider and decide which works to select for presentation. Those who show everything end up demonstrating their inability to decide.
It is admissible to submit some copies of original works, but a portfolio should primarily comprise of original analogue works rather than reproductions. Original works are essential for assessing suitability for the course.
Before applying, you must decide whether you want to study illustration fiction or non-fiction. Those who find the decision difficult should write this in their cover letter. If necessary, both admission committees will look at the portfolio.
Sketchbooks are welcome, unfinished work has its place, development steps are exciting – the admission committee loves surprises.