Saar College of Fine Arts

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Saar College of Fine Arts
founding 1989
Sponsorship state
place Saarbrücken
state SaarlandSaarland Saarland
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Gabriele Langendorf
Students 409 (WS 2013/14)
Employee 53
including professors 16

The University of Fine Arts Saar in Saarbrücken (HBKsaar) is the only Academy of Saarland . It was founded in 1989 and emerged from the State School for Arts and Crafts founded in 1924 and the School for Arts and Crafts that existed from 1946 . 1971 to 1989 she was with today's University of Applied Sciences of the Saarland to the college of Saarland together.

The educational concept is project-oriented and interdisciplinary. The lessons take place largely as studio and project work with integrated specialist and theoretical offers. The educational structure, which is based on flexibility, therefore provides for a high degree of permeability between the individual courses and independent work.


The following undergraduate courses are offered at the university (Bachelor or Diploma degree, or state examination):

Masters courses

In addition to the consecutive master’s courses in Fine Art, Communication Design, Product Design and Media Art & Design, the Saar College of Fine Arts offers non- consecutive master’s courses in curating, museum education, and public art / public design. These are closely networked with the regular course offerings at the university and emphasize special vocational qualification aspects in their focus. The media informatics master’s course is offered in cooperation with Saarland University , as well as the cultural management master’s course in cooperation with the Saar University of Music and the Saarland University of Technology and Economics .

Degrees and standard period of study

As a first professional degree that gives HBKsaar in a bachelor degree program the degree Bachelor of Arts , in a diploma course the degree diploma . Subsequently, a Master of Arts degree can be obtained in a master’s course . The courses in art education conclude with the first state examination. The standard period of study in a bachelor's degree is eight semesters, in a diploma degree ten semesters and comprises the basic course (four semesters) and the main course. The standard period of study for the degree in art education for teaching at grammar schools and comprehensive schools as well as for vocational schools is ten semesters, for teaching at secondary and comprehensive schools and secondary and comprehensive schools eight semesters.


main building
Institute for contemporary art in Saarland, laboratory building

The main building of the art college, a historic baroque building, which originally housed an orphanage and later classrooms for the neighboring Ludwigsgymnasium , is located behind the Ludwigskirche in the center of Saarbrücken , together with the pavilion buildings behind it . In addition to the rectorate and administration, the library and media center, archive, studio and seminar rooms, mechanical workshops, a photo laboratory and a cafeteria are housed here. The university has a printing center at the nearby “Tummelplatz”. The so-called E-House, another neighboring former school building, houses studio rooms as well as the university's photo, sound and video studios.

Additional land uses HBKsaar in Völklingen on the site of a former steel mill work, the Völklingen that the 1994 World Heritage of UNESCO counts. The studios for plastic and sculpture with various workshops have been housed here since 1989. Since the complete renovation of the premises at the end of 2003, additional studios, workrooms and project rooms have been available for guest lecturers as well as for seminars, workshops and exhibitions at the university. The Völklingen location is also being expanded as a development center for interdisciplinary projects and is the location of the S_A_R project office.

Affiliated to the university is the Institute for Current Art in Saarland at the Saarlouis location . The institute's task is to promote artists as well as conveying art. To this end, the institute collects and archives data on artists and the art scene in Saarland . The prepared information material is made available by the institute via various media. In addition to publishing in print media , this is done through exhibitions, lectures, discussions, art education projects, interdisciplinary workshops and symposia . In addition, the institute conceives, supervises and documents artistic competitions. The institute places particular emphasis on the preparation of catalog raisonnés of artists and the inventory of works of art in public space that were created in Saarland after 1945.


Well-known professors at HBKsaar

Well-known alumni

Web links

Commons : Saar College of Fine Arts  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Application information. In: Retrieved March 19, 2020 .
  3. Michael Jähne: 20 Years Institute for Current Art, in: Open Network, 20 Years Laboratory, Institute for Current Art in Saarland, Réseau ouvert, les 20 ans du Laboratorium, Institut d´art contemporain en Sarre, ed. v. Jo Enzweiler, translation into French by Anne-Marie Werner, Saarbrücken 2013, pp. 20–25.
  4. Open network, 20 years laboratory, Institute for Contemporary Art in Saarland, Réseau ouvert, les 20 ans du Laboratorium, Institut d´art contemporain en Sarre, ed. v. Jo Enzweiler, translation into French by Anne-Marie Werner, Saarbrücken 2013.
  5. , accessed on September 24, 2015.
  6. Kirsten Lehnert, Nicola Kleinecke: Shining harbinger of the Lower Saxony state exhibition / premiere of the light installation "Farbdepesche" at the State Museum Hanover , press release from January 15, 2014 (2 pages DIN A4), Lower Saxony State Museum Hanover
  7. HBK Saar, URL archive link ( memento of the original from July 25, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. July 25, 2015 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Coordinates: 49 ° 13 ′ 57.7 "  N , 6 ° 59 ′ 6.7"  E