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The HFBK awards a doctorate, with the title Dr. phil. in art. Appropriately to the trans-disciplinary range of studies offered by the University, dissertations are supervised which contribute from different perspectives to research into the arts, their defining characteristics, context and function.

This includes analyses of artistic works as well as engagement with historical, social, media and cultural processes which have exerted an influence on artistic discourse, or have been and continue to be influenced by it.

The HFBK will also supervise dissertations which engage with art-theoretical or philosophical concepts relating to analysis of the arts and addressing their essential nature.

As well as a scientific post-doctorate, the University permits and encourages doctorates with a large artistic content, whose relationship with scientific doctorate work must be explained.


PhD Committee

Chairwomen: Prof. Dr. Michaela Ott

Prof. Raimund Bauer
Prof. Jeanne Faust
Prof. Jesko Fezer
Prof. Dr. Hanne Loreck
Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania
Prof. Dr. Michaela Ott
Prof. Dr. Bettina Uppenkamp
Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries
Prof. Dr. Petra Lange-Berndt (Universität Hamburg)

Hamburg Research Academy

The Hamburg Research Academy is the central port of call for prospective doctoral candidates, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, junior professors, and their supervisors at nine higher education institutions in Hamburg.

The website contains comprehensive information on the advancement of a career within and outside academia at Hamburg's higher education and research institutions. The Hamburg Research Academy supports its users throughout their academic career or as they consider other fields with target-group-specific events and workshops.

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.