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Auditing Students

Current Opening Hours

Due to the measures taken to contain the Covid 19 pandemic, there will be no presence hours until further notice. We are happy to help you electronically: Please contact us by e-mail or telephone. In case of need, appointments can be arranged.

Auditing Students

(in German: Gasthörer*innen)

Depending on the availability of study workplace capacity, the HFBK may enroll persons who wish to advance their knowledge of individual scientific/artistic subjects without seeking to take a state or academic qualification through examination, to attend individual lectures as auditing students. Enrolment is for a single semester; upon application, it can be extended by a maximum of one further semester.

Auditing student placements in the HFBK workshops are not possible. On principle, student achievements cannot be accumulated. Only persons with no intention to apply for a regular study place at the HFBK can be admitted as auditing students

Auditing students are not HFBK members. There is no entitlement to the services of student health insurance or to any other student benefits. Guest attendants are charged a reduced tuition fee of 124 Euros.

For more details please read the information leaflet.

Free Movers

(in German: Gaststudierende)

Depending on the availability of study workplace capacity, the HFBK may enroll persons from other universities, academies, and colleges with whom no cooperation agreement exists and who do not wish to study at the HFBK in the context of national and international exchange and mobility programmes at the HFBK as so-called Free Movers.

In principle, study achievements can be accumulated and, if applicable, be recognised at your own home institution.

As a free mover, you must pay the semester contributionfor the semester in question in full. The semester contribution includes a semester ticket for the Hamburg public transport. You will be informed upon your admission as a free mover regarding the payment of the semester contribution.

For more details please read the information leaflet.

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 will be answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. Due to Corona, only online!

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.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

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.

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?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.