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Udo Engel

Udo Engel, Professor of animated film

Filmmaker and animation cameraman Udo A. Engel has been a professor in the Department of Film at the HFBK Hamburg since 2008. From 1977 to 1983, he studied Visual Communication / Film at the HFBK Hamburg, and he has since produced independent film projects. Since 1980, Udo A. Engel has worked as a freelancer in the film industry, and has been the expert in charge of photography special effects and optical combination processes on the second units of a number of feature films, documentaries and animation films. He has also been responsible for visual design on a number of music clips and commercials. Since 2002, he has regularly lectured on animation at the HFBK and the HAW, continuing his focus on research into high-definition digital cinematography. His teaching philosophy encompasses every aspect of the medium of film, questioning genre boundaries and incorporating feature films, documentaries and experimental films as well as animation.

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.

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.

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?