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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. Hanne Loreck

Main representative / Deputy

Prof. Dr. Bettina Uppenkamp / Prof. Jesko Fezer

Prof. Dr. Hanne Loreck / Prof. Raimund Bauer

Prof. Dr. Michaela Ott / Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries

Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld / Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania

Prof. Dr. Petra Lange-Berndt (Univ. HH) /

Wiebke Schwarzhans (Doktorand*in)

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.

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.

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?