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FAQ about Coronavirus for students

Teaching at the HFBK Hamburg in winter semester 2021/22 will be predominantly face-to-face. Hybrid and digital formats and courses can continue to be offered.

  • All HFBK buildings are accessible to students and lecturers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, the distance and hygiene guidelines still apply, according to the current hygiene concept.
  • All students must sign in and out at the gate with the new chip cards when entering and leaving. Contact lists are currently still available for professors.
  • Here you can download the Hygiene Policy of the HFBK Hamburg.

Starting Monday, August 30, 2021, all persons entering the HFBK buildings (Lerchenfeld 2, Wartenau 15, Finkenau 42) must show 3G proof (Means: Vaccinated, Recovered, Tested). This is either:

  • A negative coronavirus test proof (PCR test valid for max. 48 hours, rapid test valid for max. 24 hours) or
  • A coronavirus vaccination proof (Only a vaccine approved in the EU such as BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals is allowed as proof. If vaccination was done with another vaccine, a negative coronal test must be shown) or
  • A valid proof of recovery

3G proofs are checked daily between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm at the main entrances of the HFBK buildings by the gate staff. Outside of these hours, gate staff will check in Wartenau 15 and Finkenau 42 in the studio spaces. (We are working on a digital solution to quickly collect the 3G proofs, for now the checking is done manually).

Anyone who cannot provide one of these 3G proofs will be referred to the university.

Is it necessary to wear a medical mouth and nose cover in the HFBK buildings?

Use of the studios/seminar rooms/workshops

  • The limit on the number of people in the studios, seminar rooms and workshops has been lifted.
  • If sufficient distance (1.50 m) cannot be maintained, medical masks must be worn (e.g. in seminars or during group corrections).
  • The specifications for ventilation continue to apply (shock ventilation every 20 minutes).
  • Students and staff should bring their own working materials as far as possible, or set aside certain materials in the studios for their personal use. If this is not possible, then the user must ensure that the materials are disinfected when he or she has finished using them. Disinfecting cleansers can be obtained from the Facilities team.

Can I work in the library?

  • Access is limited to a maximum of 22 people.
  • Contact details, length of stay and workplace are recorded.
  • The distance rules must be observed and a medical mouth guard must be worn.
  • -The library staff ventilates every 20 minutes.

Is the Mensa open?

The mensa is open Monday-Friday from 10 am- 3 pm. Hot food will be available in the dining hall and on the terrace, subject to spacing rules and limited seating. There will also be sandwiches & cakes as take away.

Examiniations and Graduate Show 2021

  • The Graduate Show will be held Sept. 24-26, 2021 (Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday + Sunday 11 a.m-8 p.m), Aawards ceremony: September 24, 7 p.m.
  • Due to the difficult working conditions, we offer two examination periods in this semester: First examination period: 28-30 June 2021 (BA and MA degree), Second examination period: 17 September 2021 ( Art Teaching Programme B.Ed./M.Ed.), 20-23 September 2021 (Artistic examination BA/MA). The First Presentation: 06./07.07.2021

Due to the corona pandemic I got into a financial emergency. I have heard of a Bridging Aid for Students in Financial Emergency Situations – how can I apply?

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in a financial or economic emergency situation owing to the corona pandemic with allowances totalling 100 million euros. They are paid out in accordance with the guidelines issued by BMBF via the student service organisations – the Studierenden- or Studentenwerk (STW). The grants were most recently extended for the 2021 summer semester as well.

The Studierendenwerk Hamburg is the contact for students who are enrolled at state and state-recognised universities in Hamburg. Both german and international students who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany can apply for the bridging allowance. Students who are already receiving a loan, scholarship or similar in the reference month can still receive a bridging allowance in case of financial hardship in accordance with the funding guidelines. Depending on proven need, between 100 euros and 500 euros can be paid as a non-repayable allowances.
Online application here:
You can find the most important questions and answers about the bridging aid here.

How can the AStA help me?

The AStA of the HFBK can still be contacted by e-mail for individual and general matters for students of all study departments. In addition, assistance may be requested in a financial emergency:

The standard period of study is also extended for the summer semester due to Corona. What does this mean for my BAföG funding?

For all students enrolled in the summer semester 2020 winter semester 2020/2021 and summer semester 2021 who are not on leave of absence, the individual standard period of study will be extended by two semesters. This is particularly important for students who receive benefits under BAföG, but also for all others who want to keep to their standard period of study.

The semester is counted as a semester of the standard period of study, but at the same time it is counted as a zero semester for certain regulations, such as exceeding the maximum funding period.

Since the federal government had rejected the nationwide blanket recognition of a pandemic-related delay in BAföG, Hamburg's "Law for Coping with the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Higher Education" was continued accordingly in the winter semester 2020/21 and will now be extended to include the current summer semester. The authority to issue the ordinance lies with the Authority for Science, Research, Equality and Districts (BWFGB).

Students who need confirmation of this, e.g. for the BAföG office or for other purposes, please contact the Department for Student and Examination Affairs, preferably by


BAföG application via app: "BAföGdirekt" enables mobile application submission

The app "BAföGdirekt" now makes the previous features of the online application for BAföG available on a mobile basis as well. A central new function is the direct transmission of documents: Documents such as bank statements or tax assessment notices can be photographed via smartphone or tablet and sent directly to the relevant office. The app also provides information about the current status of the application processing and changes in the application status thanks to push notifications. In addition, "BAföGdirekt" can determine the office responsible for the application, including its location, which can also be contacted directly by phone or email. "BAföGdirekt" is available for the iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) operating systems and can be downloaded free of charge from the App and PlayStore.

Further information on the Studierendenwerk Hamburg:




Can I study at the HFBK currently and in the upcoming semesters
as an international student (regularly enrolled or via an exchange program, such as Erasmus+ or ASA)?

If your home country is not subject to travel restrictions by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, you can study at the HFBK Hamburg. In any case, please note the current designation of international risk areas by the RKI and the resulting quarantine or testing obligations. The rules for dealing with Covid-19 in the federal state of Hamburg can be found here. If you have any questions or uncertainties, please contact the International Office.

As a student of the HFBK Hamburg currently and in the upcoming semesters, can I take advantage of international mobility, e.g. within the Erasmus+ or ASA program, as planned?

Your planned stay abroad is possible in principle, but depends on the travel advice of the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and the regulations of the host country. Try to contact your host university early on and plan your stay with special care. Please note any changes in lecture times and/or digital offers. If you have any questions or uncertainties, please also contact the International Office.

The HFBK still imposes a general ban on entry for persons with symptoms of the Corona virus. Please do not go to a doctor's surgery yourself, so that you do not infect other people in an emergency, but call: Hotline for Hamburg: Tel. 428 284 000, Medical emergency service: Tel. 116 117

Corona-positive tested students
have to contact the chancellor Anna Neubauer (with Ute Reiter in CC) immediately, stating all "relevant" contacts from the university environment.

Graphic design: Sam Kim, picture in the background: Sofia Mascate, photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

Graduate Show 2021: All Good Things Come to an End

From September 24 to 26, the more than 150 Bachelor's and Master's graduates of the class of 2020/21 will present their final projects as part of the Graduate Show at the HFBK Hamburg. We look forward to an audience and stimulating conversations about art.

photo: Klaus Frahm

Summer Break

The HFBK Hamburg is in the lecture-free period, many students and teachers are on summer vacation, art institutions have summer break. This is a good opportunity to read and see a variety of things:

ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?