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Sculpture in the Bachelor study programme

Sculpture can be broadly defined as any aesthetic form in 3 dimensions (sculptures, other 3–dimensional forms, installations, object art, concept art, performance art). The »Sculpture« department’s aim is to lay the foundations for an independent artistic position and to provide guidance for reflection on theoretical and practical questions about sculpture in the present day and in the past. In addition to this, it follows the HFBK's interdisciplinary approach to study by addressing the related disciplines of Time-based Media and Painting. Time-based Media and Painting is an integral part of this study area and will help students to define their own artistic goals in the wider context of artistic and visual production.

Today the available technical possibilities are just as diverse as the scope for artistic expression. Students should gain an insight into the technical, genre-specific and general aesthetic and theoretical requirements and fundamentals of sculpture as a genre, and learn to use them to develop their own ideas and concepts. Here the main composition categories are the classical fields of form, colour and surface design, with all their many variation and combination possibilities. Students' learning and research in this context are structured by their own artistic development intentions, and an individual artistic approach emerges through the interplay between practical and conceptual work. Intensive work with forms and materials and learning about the available creative technical possibilities for execution of artistic work will take place in the workshops for forming in plaster, ceramics, artificial materials, wood and metal.

As well as the realization of artistic work, the course also deals with presenting and mediating art in the context of the various institutional and social fields available within the art business system. As well as the annual exhibition, the college's own gallery also offers an opportunity to explore and discuss matters relating to presenting pictures and to their reception.

The accompanying academic training in art history, art theory, aesthetics and gender studies gives additional depth to the artistic questions and experiences, and offers historical and theoretical knowledge and practical methods that help to advance students' artistic understanding of themselves and of history.

Sculpture in the Master study programme

»Sculpture« includes all three-dimensional aesthetic creations: sculptures, other plastic artworks, installations, object art, concept art and performance. The aim of studying Sculpture is to establish one’s own independent artistic position and to learn to think critically about practical and conceptual questions in sculpture, both in the present and historically.

Students will expand their aesthetic, technical and theoretical knowledge by working in the university’s studios and workshops. They will learn how to create their own artistic development plans and how to turn them into reality. Study will be based around the student’s personal artistic development plan, and each student’s own artistic approach will be refined by a combination of practical and conceptual work. The classical fields of artistic creation, from conception to realisation, including understanding of form and colour and all their various modulations, will be the guiding principle.

Today, the possibilities for artistic expression are as diverse as the available technological possibilities. Additionally, the workshops for forms in plaster, ceramics, plastics, wood and metal will provide opportunities to work intensively with materials and shapes and with technical processes for implementing artistic ideas.

Apart from conceiving and realising artistic projects, this course of study involves presenting and communicating these projects in all the diverse arenas of the art world – both institutional and public. Students will improve their presentation and publication techniques. Besides the annual exhibition and the university’s gallery, cooperation with local and trans-regional exhibition institutions will provide plenty of opportunities to develop professional techniques.

The accompanying scientific education in art history, cultural sciences, art theory, media theory and aesthetic studies will extend students’ artistic experience and understanding of artistic issues. It will also provide them with knowledge of art history and theory, plus methodical skills which will help them to fully develop their own potential as artists.

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.