Arts in Germany

Study Arts in Germany

With mostly colleges headed by government, education in Germany is not only affordable but also gives you ample opportunity to grow. Besides its universities and Fachhochschulen, German higher education also has a whole range of colleges of art, film and music to offer. The word “college” is used here as a generic term. While most of these institutions are known by the name “Hochschule”, some have names that go back to their historical roots such as (Kunst) Akademie or Schule. They also use names like University of Arts, School of Music, Academy of Film and Television etc.
College of Art, Film or Music are primarily responsible for developing the various arts and for preparing students for careers in Art and Art education. The 58 state (Public) and state recognised institutions currently train around 33, 000 students. 
The particular value attached to artistic talent is also reflected in the study regulations. To ensure that students can fully develop their creative potential, these allow them a lot of individual freedom in how they organise their potential studies. This applies particularly in the Fine Arts. Occasionally college of Art, Film and Music also offer research oriented or FH degree programmes for instance in Media Studies, Musicology or Aesthetics. 
Some universities and Fachhochschulen also offer Art, Design, Film or Music programmes. Admission condition and course contents are much the same as those offered at colleges of Art, Film or Music, but may differ on a case by case basis. Sometimes, the proximity of other subject areas at the respective institutions makes it possible to give degree programmes a specific focus for instance Theory, Philosophy or History.
Some of the teaching is delivered in the form of lectures, seminars and other kinds of courses. However, teaching in these artistic-creative fields attaches particular importance to practical exercises in which students get the opportunity and are expected to develop their musical skills, artistic ability and creative potential. The programme provides both individual teaching and discussion with university teachers and fellow students as a means of allowing each student to develop his/her own personal artistic style. To encourage exchange, studies are often completed as a class. Many degree programmes require students to do internships that last several months. 
A degree course is around 8 to 10 semester and begins in April and October. The Bachelor’s and Master’s programme offered by colleges of Art, Film and Music essentially have the same structure as similar programmes offered at universities and Fachhochschulen. 

How to apply to a college offering Arts in Germany

  • A candidate should hold a general higher education entrance qualification called allgemeine Hochschulreife. 
  • Applicants with outstanding artistic talent may also be admitted to studies without the required school leaving certificate. In this case they have to pass an aptitude test. 
  • The above mentioned option is not applicable when a candidate is applying for a teaching degree. 
  • In most cases applicant must submit a portfolio of their own art or design work.
  • Applicants wishing to study Music are required to demonstrate their ability in an audition. 
  • Some degree programme expects students to spend several months doing an internship. 
  • The course offered at many Colleges of Art, Film and Music are divided into a basic study stage and a main study stage. 
  • Some Institutions test whether students are suitable for the course after two probationary semesters. 
  • Some colleges may ask for TOEFL/IELTS scores


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