Education and Training


State accredited art academies offer artistic training that is recognized worldwide. New doctoral programmes for artists have helped to establish the field of artistic research. Artistic approaches to knowledge production are thus generated in close cooperation with the restructuring of European universities and greater standardization of degrees and qualifications gained.

Art Universities

There are just under 30 state accredited art universities and academies in Germany, offering a great variety of study programmes. Usually admission requirements include a portfolio of work samples, with further requirements that differ from institution to institution.

List of all German art universities:

Overview of art universities in German-speaking Europe:

German Society for Photography

Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie

The website of the German Society for Photography (DGPh) offers a comprehensive overview of study opportunities in photography and the great variety of institutions offering training.

Information for International Students

Language Test


TestAS is a central standardized examination that tests the ability of international students to study in Germany. On the basis of the test, applicants can receive information as to how they compare to other candidates. Good results can improve the chance of gaining a place at a German university.

Independent Art Schools

Independent art schools in private or public administration offer a wide variety of artistic and cultural education programmes, including preparatory courses for application to an art academy or university. These schools are based on principles of a non-elitist art practice.

List of independent art schools:

Freie Kunstschule Stuttgart

Freie Kunstakademie Baden-Württemberg

Freie Kunstakademie Gerlingen

Freie Kunstschule Köln

Wiesbadener Freie Kunstschule

Freie Kunstakademie Mannheim

Freie Kunstakademie Essen

Freie Kunstschule Hamburg

Freie Kunstakademie Frankfurt

Freie Kunstakademie Augsburg