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Karl H. Ditze Foundation

In 1979, Karl H. Ditze (1906–1993), shareholder and for many years managing director of the firm Rotring, started his foundation supporting four Hamburg institutes of higher education as well as charitable projects.  

Karl H. Ditze was an enthusiastic lover of art and possessed a very special understanding of the specific needs of art production. In this spirit, the foundation continues to provide significant support for innovative and pioneering projects by young artists today. Without this support, education at the HFBK would lack several of its facets, significant experiences would not be available and artistic achievements could not be attained.  

Meetings of the Karl H. Ditze Stiftung take place twice yearly (in May and November). Apart from promoting international exchange, it is especially active in supporting projects leading to qualifications for professional work, and supporting exceptionally talented students.



Up to date deadlines for submission of applications to the Karl H. Ditze Stiftung will be published every May and November with the respective programme.

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.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

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.