Information for prospective students
Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design offers a full spectrum of undergraduate courses up to Master’s level (Diplom) in fine arts, design, art history, and philosophy.
- Media Art
- Art Research and Media Philosophy
- Communication Design
- Product Design
- Exhibition Design and Scenography
The study program at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design is designed to be as flexible as possible. All classes at the university are open to students from each faculty. The default language of tuition is german. International and guest professors whose first language is not german hold classes in english.
Classes are small, to provide an intensive learning situation, with around 20 students per professor. Around 400 students make up the student body. Over 20 per cent of students are foreign in origin. A network of international exchanges is possible with academies in the USA, Japan, Europe, and Australia.
The Diplom qualification is by default 9 semesters (4.5 years) and is comparable to completing a master degree. The program is punctuated by two major exams, the Vordiplom and the final Diplom exams. The content of these varies according to faculty. Art Research and Media Philosophy must pass a written exam followed by an interview with unprepared questions from different areas of theory. For art and design students, it is common to prepare an exhibition or submit a work that has been prepared over the course of one or two semesters.
Once a student at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, it is also possible to complement your studies with courses from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in areas such as sociology, architecture, philosophy, and european history
How To Apply
Application Deadline: May 31st
Applicants from outside Germany are required to present adequate knowledge of the german language, and must possess a high school leaving certificate to be accepted to the entrance exam. DAAD has information on which countries' high school qualifications are accepted in Germany.
You must send your high school leaving certificate to be accredited by the
Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste
1 70191 Stuttgart
In order to be admitted to our entrance exam, make sure to get this certificate recognized by the Stuttgarter authority head of the application deadline.
The following certificates are accepted as proof of sufficient german language knowledge:
- DSH (Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) Level 2
- TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) Level 4
- passing the final assessment test in German as a foreign language at a preparatory college in Germany
International degree applicants must complete the same application process as german students.
Applicants for artistic majors are required to hand in a portfolio of 10-20 works. If preferred, applicants for media art may instead hand in one or more video tapes or digital works. Applicants who are interested in film shall additionally make a short video (max. 2 minutes) about themselves and their interest in cinema. Applicants for Art Research and Media Philosophy must not hand in a portfolio, but submit a 10 page essay, preferably discussing an artistic or art historical topic. All applicants must additionally hand in a 2 page essay explaining their motivation and intentions to study. If accepted to the entrance exam, you will be required to appear for a spoken interview in German and (except of Art Research and Media Philosophy) an artistic exam. Letter of acceptance or refusal to study is usually given within 2 weeks of the exam.
Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe
Once you receive an invitation to attend the entrance exam, a temporary visa can then be issued for travel to Germany if necessary. Short-term visas are issued
- by embassies and consulates outside Germany
- if applicable, at foreign registration offices inside Germany
A residence permit will be issued once you have successfully been admitted to your studies in Germany, and renewed on a one or two yearly basis for the duration of your degree. Special regulations apply to students and applicants from member states of the European Union / European Economic Area.
For further information please contact
- the german embassy or consulate in your home country or
- the responsible foreign office in your city or administrative district in Germany
For further questions, please contact our Student Services Office: