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Studying with a child

In 2014, the HFBK Hamburg received an »audit familiengerechte Hochschule« (family-friendly university audit) certificate from Berufundfamilie gGmbH, an initiative of the not-for-profit Hertie-Stiftung foundation. Re-certification took place in 2017.

In the spirit of this audit, the HFBK aims to make working and study conditions progressively more family-friendly, and, in particular, to support students with children in combining family activities with studying. Numerous measures have already been implemented by the HFBK to achieve this.

The Studierendenwerk Hamburg can provide you with further information on studying with children and childcare.

Maternity leave regulations for pregnant and breast-feeding students

To enable the university to undertake the steps requisite to ensuring the protection of mothers, we rely upon pregnant and breast feeding students to notify the university of their status. Nevertheless, this does not represent a statutory requirement and you can also choose the point at which you provide this information. Please find the notification of a pregnancy and statement covering the periods of statutory maternity leave as established by German maternity leave legislation here. All information (communicated in person, in writing or in digital form) pertaining to a pregnancy (and the estimated delivery date e.g. via a copy of the mother’s pass) or the breast feeding period is to be submitted to: The office of student affairs and examinations Wartenau 15, Room 01, 22089 Hamburg, Mail:

The parent and child room

The parent and child room in the main building offers a comfortable withdrawal space for play, relaxing and changing nappies. The key can be obtained from the gatehouse.

Childcare during events

A care service is provided by the Notfallmamas (»emergency mamas«) to accompany symposia, lectures and events at the HFBK Hamburg. If you require this, please book in good time at

Free-of-charge emergency childcare

If your regularly available daycare is not available or your child is not well, but you are faced with important events or deadlines in your studies, you can make use of the services of the Notfallmamas (»emergency mamas«). Qualified and experienced staff can be with you at short notice (within 2 hours), without bureaucracy. The university will pay all costs.

It is simple: before using the Notfallmamas service for the first time, you must perform one-time registration at

In the event of a childcare emergency, you should then contact them directly at

Activities for children

During the Annual Exhibition and the Graduate Show, there are special tours for children in addition to the tours for adults in each case. The »child island«, designed by students, means that children can be artists themselves during the exhibition.

Welcome to the HFBK

All students who are parents of small children can pick up a small gift for their new arrivals from Ingrid Jäger. We look forward to seeing you!

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.