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Information for First-Years

Welcome to the HFBK, the University of Fine Arts Hamburg!

Welcome to the HFBK, the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg! In the hope that your first days at our University will not be too confusing and that you will soon be able to throw yourself into your studies with spirit and enthusiasm.

HFBK president Martin Köttering would like to invite you to the »Semester Opening Ceremony« on Wednesday, 4 November 2020, at 6 pm. Due to the current situation the opening will be available as a livestream on YouTube.

Introductory Meetings

Please find the Hygiene concept for the introductory events here.

Please finde an introduction to the »Bachelor of Fine Arts«

Introduction to the Master study program "Fine Arts"
Tuesday, 03.11.2020, 10-12 am, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium

B.A. Teacher education
Wednesday, 28.10.2020, 10-12 am, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium

M.Ed. Teacher education
Wednesday, 28.10.2020, 1-2 pm, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium or lecture hall

Central Meeting: Setting-up of starter classes

Due to the number of persons, the basic classes are divided into time periods.

On Wednesday, 4.11.2020, Lerchenfeld 2, Aula, the first semester students will be welcomed in classes by their professors (the allocationthe to the classes will be done in advance by mail).

  • 10-11 am Class Valentina Karga / Class Bernd Schoch
  • 12.30-13.30 pm Class Heike Mutter / Class Michael Beutler
  • 15 -16 o'clock class Abel Auer / class Annika Larsson

First Department Meetings

These dates are mandatory for Bachelor and Master students of this classes:


Wednesday, 4.11.2020, 9.30-10 o'clock

Location: Outside by the main entrance in front of the HFBK, on the wooden grandstand by the lantern. Dress warm!


Tuesday 3.11.2020, 12.30-14 pm

Place: Aula Lerchenfeld


Tuesday, 3.11.2020, 10 am

digital via BBB:

Welcome Gathering for International Students

The international office would like to welcome all international and ERASMUS students at HFBK Hamburg. We will provide you with useful information regarding your studies at HFBK, answer your questions and afterwards show you around the university.
Mon, 2 November 2020, 10-12 am, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium

Welcome for international students
Mon, 2 November 2020, 1-3 pm, Lerchenfeld 2, auditorium

First Years' Trip for Bachelor Students

The new starter classes (in groups of 2 classes) probably spend 4 days each in the Falsterhus in Denmark. The dates for 2020/21 are due to Corona not set yet.


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.