Alanus College for Art and Society

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Alanus College for Art and Society
founding 1973
Sponsorship Private
place Alfter
state North Rhine-Westphalia
country Germany
Rector Hans-Joachim Pieper
Students 1536 (WS 2016/17)
Employee 146 (2016)
including professors 43 (2016)

The Alanus University for Art and Society is an anthroposophical , state-recognized private art university with locations in Alfter and Mannheim since 2003 . The university is run by the Alanus Hochschule gGmbH, whose sole shareholder is the Alanus Foundation. The main shareholder of the Alanus Foundation is the Software AG Foundation . The board of directors of the Alanus Foundation consists of Hermann Falk (GLS Treuhand e.V.) and Herwarth von Plate (Managing Director of Alnatura GmbH, Darmstadt). The managing director of the Alanus Foundation is Thorsten Thiel.


Johannishof, pinhole camera photo 1999
Campus I Johannishof
Campus II on Villestrasse

The university emerged from a free, anthroposophically oriented art study establishment founded in 1973 and maintains the tradition of a cross-disciplinary combination of artistic activities. In the 30 years before the official recognition, the then Alanus Hochschule Alfter (AHA) consisted of an old farm that had been converted over the years on a hill above the village of Alfter, the Johannishof . The painting studios, the performing arts (eurythmy, drama), the court theater (large hall), the canteen with a cafeteria and parts of the administration are located here to this day. In addition, Alfter Castle was used, where u. a. the architecture students were housed. After 2002, the area was expanded to include new sculptors' studios, another administration and supply wing and a guest house on "Campus I".

Since 2003 the university has been active in teaching and research in the fields of art and science. In 2009 the newly built "Campus II" opened, which today houses the departments of architecture, educational science, art therapy and economics. The Software AG Foundation invested 14 million euros in the new building and is renting the building to Alanus University. In 2010, the Science Council accredited the university for ten years without any conditions and granted the right to award doctorates in the field of educational science "In a five-year probationary phase (...) with the participation of North Rhine-Westphalian universities".

Since 2011, the university's educational science department has been cooperating with the Institute for Waldorf Education, Inclusion and Interculturality in Mannheim in the field of teacher training . In September 2014, the institute became part of the university, which means that the Alanus University also received state recognition for the institute.

The college is named after Alanus ab Insulis (approx. 1120 to 1202), who taught at the School of Chartres .

The group of sponsors of the university includes the following companies and institutions:


The following courses can be completed at the Alanus University in Alfter:

  • Architecture and Urban Space (Bachelor of Arts), full-time
  • Process Architecture (Master of Arts), part-time
  • Fine arts sculpture / installation / media (Bachelor of Fine Arts), full-time
  • Fine arts painting / graphics / photography (Bachelor of Fine Arts), full-time
  • Fine Arts (Master of Fine Arts), full-time
  • Acting (diploma), full-time
  • Eurythmy (Bachelor of Arts), full-time
  • Eurythmy (Master of Arts), full-time or part-time
  • Art therapy / social arts (Bachelor of Arts), part-time
  • Art Therapy (Master of Arts), full-time
  • Childhood Education (Bachelor of Arts), full-time and part-time
  • Art Education Therapy (Bachelor of Arts), full-time
  • Teaching degree in arts (Master of Arts), full-time
  • Curative Education (Master of Arts), part-time
  • Pedagogy with a focus on Waldorf education / school and teaching (Master of Arts), part-time
  • Pedagogy with a focus on practical pedagogical research (Master of Arts), part-time
  • Pedagogy with a focus on corporate vocational education / adult education (Master of Arts), part-time
  • Pedagogical practice research (Master of Education), part-time
  • Philosophy, Arts and Social Entrepreneurship / Philosophy, Art and Society (Bachelor of Arts), full-time
  • Philosophy of Social Innovation (Master of Arts), part-time
  • Business Administration (Bachelor of Arts), full-time
  • Business Administration (Master of Arts), part-time

The following courses are also offered at the Mannheim location:

  • Social Care / Curative Education (Bachelor of Arts), full-time
  • Waldorf Education (Bachelor of Arts), full-time
  • Waldorf education with a focus on class teacher (Master of Arts), full-time
  • Waldorf education with a focus on inclusion (Master of Arts), full-time

Since 2009, graduates of the drama / speech arts diploma course have been accepted into the ZAV-Künstlervermittlung , the state agency for the placement of performing artists in stage, television and film projects. Admission to sculpture and painting studies is tied to an aptitude test. The same applies to admission to the drama, eurythmy, architecture, art-pedagogy-therapy, art therapy / social art and art therapy courses.

The four-year bachelor's degree in architecture is in cooperation with the Deutscher Werkbund .


The Institute for Waldorf Education, Inclusion and Interculturality , which has been part of the university since September 2014 , was founded in 2011 by the sponsoring company of the Free University of Mannheim after it was refused accreditation by the Science Council . According to the opinion of the Science Council, the Mannheim Free University of Applied Sciences does not achieve “on a fundamental level the scientific level required for a university”. This would “affect the variety of methodological approaches and the claim to meet the standards customary in educational science”. Without such a clarification, however, there is "the danger of making a specific, ideological pedagogy in the sense of a non-scientific educational theory the basis of a university institution."

Due to the cooperation with the Alanus University that began in 2011, study events continued to take place in Mannheim. The exams took place at the Alanus University. In an article in the weekly newspaper Die Zeit , this was described as a “trick” to circumvent the negative vote of the Science Council. Overall, “ pseudosciences ” would achieve higher degrees through such private universities .

Faculties & departments

Faculty of Art and Architecture

  • FB 01: Department of Fine Arts
  • FB 02: Faculty of Performing Arts
  • FB 03: Department of Architecture

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

  • FB 04: Department of Artistic Therapies
  • FB 05: Department of Education
  • FB 06: Department of Economics

Teachers and graduates of the university

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. New rector for the Alanus University. November 23, 2018, accessed December 4, 2018 .
  2. a b c Education and Culture - Private Universities 2016. (PDF) Federal Statistical Office, December 29, 2017, accessed on December 29, 2017 .
  3. ^ Alanus Foundation. Alanus University, accessed January 9, 2020 .
  4. Statement on the accreditation of the Alanus University, Alfter. (PDF) Wissenschaftsrat, May 7, 2010, accessed on March 17, 2015 .
  5. Alanus University now also in Mannheim. Rheinische Post , September 18, 2014, accessed on March 17, 2015 .
  6. Deutscher Werkbund visiting the Alanus University. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on February 13, 2015 ; accessed on January 20, 2016 .
  7. Statement on the accreditation of the Free University of Mannheim i. Size (PDF) Wissenschaftsrat, January 28, 2011, accessed on March 17, 2015 .
  8. Bernd Kramer: Globuli Academy - through the establishment of private universities, pseudosciences gain higher degrees. Die Zeit , September 28, 2012, accessed on March 17, 2015 .

Coordinates: 50 ° 43 ′ 57 ″  N , 6 ° 59 ′ 58 ″  E