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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 Anja Steidinger. We look forward to seeing you!

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

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.

Katja Pilipenko

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.

photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

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?