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University of Fine Arts Hamburg Bachelor and Master Study Programmes

The University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK) is an institution of higher education in the arts and their theory. With its wide range of subjects, the HFBK offers the opportunity to study interdisciplinarily and to qualify both in the arts practice and in theoretical domains. Students work in studios and are extensively supported by art and theory tutors in seminars as well as in individual and group tutorials. The aim of studies is to enable students to raise new issues in all artistic disciplines and to achieve innovative solutions. A central role is given to engagement with topics chosen by students themselves and project-related and experimental working methods.

The HFBK's consecutive Bachelor and Master study programmes comprise all of the artistic and theoretical subjects which can be found in the different departments: Sculpture, Stage Design, Design, Film, Graphic Art/Typography/Photography, Painting/Drawing, Theory and History, Time-based Media.

Students with the Bachelor Degree are free to decide whether to take classes in several departments or in a single one. This open structure guarantees maximum flexibility and allows students to determine the content of their studies in art and/or theory themselves. The regular time needed to complete this degree is 8 semesters.

With its Masters degree, the HFBK offers students a course of study centred around the student's own planned artistic and/or theoretical development, allowing issues of interest, working methods and processes to be critically analysed, deepened and to become differentiated. The regular amount of time needed to complete this degree is 4 semesters.

The HFBK supervises dissertations, which engage with art-theoretical or philosophical concepts relating to analysis of the arts and addressing their essential nature. It is possible to register either for research based on practice and a written element, or for research by written thesis only.

Applications may only be made for the winter semester of each academic year, usually beginning in October. The application period for the academic year 2010/2011 ends on 5 March 2010. International applicants are most welcome.

Contact: Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Service Office, Ms Susanne Dudda, Lerchenfeld 2, 22081 Hamburg, Germany; tel.: +4940428989–264; e-mail: susanne.dudda@hfbk.hamburg.de; www.hfbk-hamburg.de