Requirements for admission to study at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe are:

  • an appropriate school education
  • proof of artistic or theoretical aptitude

School Education

The prerequisites of school education for course admission are:

  • General higher education qualification or
  • Subject-specific higher education qualification or
  • Comparable previous school education (to a general or subject-specific higher educational level)

Information on which other previous school education is recognized as comparable, can be found in § 58 Paragraph 2 of the State Law on Education Baden-Württemberg (LHG BW) - the student office/examination office can offer information on individual cases.

It is not possible to study at the university with a technical college qualification.

Course applicants with a previous education which only allows eligibility for particular courses (subject-specific qualifications), can only be admitted to these courses.

For the course subject Art Research and Media Philosophy, either a qualification in Latin or knowledge of two foreign languages are required. English knowledge is desirable in all subjects.


Artistic or Theoretical Aptitude

Admission to course studies requires an aptitude examination in all subjects. Artistic aptitude (for artistic courses: Exhibition Design and Scenography, Communication Design, Media Art, and Product Design) or theoretical aptitude (Art Research and Media Philosophy) is examined.

The aptitude examination for artistic courses consists of:

  • a pre-selection based on statements of purpose as well as the submitted portfolios with work studies,
  • an oral examination.

The aptitude examination for Art Research and Media Philosophy consists of:

  • a pre-selection based on statements of purpose
  • an oral examination.

Statement of Purpose (All Subjects)

A text of one or two sides as accompanying text explaining application motives, on the question of chosen course study, own work and general artistic concerns, is required in addition to the application documents.


Portfolio (Art and Design Courses)

For art and design courses, a portfolio with ten to twenty self-produced work studies is required. In addition, videos, DVDs as well as diapositives (35 mm) may be submitted. For Media Art, one or more videotapes and films (in digital form) may be presented; furthermore, applicants for Media Art are asked to attach an additional video of no more than two minutes, on themselves and their interests.

There are no specifications on the side of the university. The applicants should put their work together using their own judgement, so that they can see themselves and their artistic confrontation best represented.


Oral Examination (All Subjects)

The oral examination cover in particular the personal motivation and the submitted work samples and are conducted continuously during the application phase. The dates will be announced at least ten days in advance (outgoing mail).