Art Academy Berlin-Weißensee

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Art Academy Berlin-Weißensee Weißensee Art
Academy Berlin
founding 1946
Sponsorship state
place Berlin
state BerlinBerlin Berlin
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Leonie Baumann
Students 819 WS 2015/16
Professors 35
Annual budget € 12.1 million (2018)
Main entrance area
Berlin memorial plaque for Selman Selmanagić at the Art Academy Berlin-Weißensee

The Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee (spelling: Weißensee Kunsthochschule berlin ) is a university for the training of artists and designers in various fields and was founded in 1946 in Berlin-Weißensee . A special feature is the basic artistic and design course , which is mandatory for all students and which ties in with the tradition of the Bauhaus .

Development of the educational institution

The college was founded in 1946 by metal sculptor Otto Sticht in Berlin as an art school of the north . In 1947 it was officially recognized as an art school by the Soviet military administration and renamed the University of Applied Arts. In 1950 the Dutch architecture and designer Mart Stam became the director of the art school and founded the interdisciplinary basic course. Stam remained director of the college until 1952. In 1953 the college for applied arts was renamed the college for fine and applied arts and 1969 at the art college Berlin.

Since the Unification Treaty came into force in 1990, it has been called the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art (spelling: Weißensee Kunsthochschule berlin ). With the decision of the Berlin Senate to expand the art college in October 1991, the number of students doubled from around 250, and later to around 800.

Location and training content

The facility is located in the Berlin-Weißensee district and has been headed by Rector Leonie Baumann since 2011 . The Mart Stam Society is the university's sponsoring association.

Basic courses are free art with the subjects of sculpture , stage and costume design and painting , as well as the design courses of fashion design , product design , textile and surface design and visual communication . The architecture course was discontinued in 2005 because, according to a senate decision, the training in Berlin had to be "bundled".

The postgraduate master’s courses in Art Therapy and Spatial Strategies - Research-Based Art in a Public Context have been offered for several years (as of 2016).


Entrance frieze: left and right side
Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee Entrance links.jpg
Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee entrance on the right.jpg

In 1956, the university moved into buildings specially prepared for its needs in what was then Straße 203 (today Bühringstraße). It was the remains of a former chocolate factory that had been redesigned by a design team ( Selman Selmanagic , Peter Flierl , Erwin Krause and Günther Köhler ). The administration building was initially converted to accommodate around 240 students and the teaching staff. Workshop rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria were added later. The new buildings and conversions were largely made from recycled rubble bricks , which were completed with prefabricated ceilings. An entrance and connecting wing, which could also be used for exhibitions, completed the university facility.

The reliefs depicting the disciplines and the frieze were created by the artists Jürgen von Woyski and Toni Mau . Large parts of the building complex are listed . The auditorium wing of the Selmanagic building was repaired, refurbished and restored from 2010 to 2011 by the Wüstenrot Foundation , which invested 1.5 million euros. The mural turning point by Arno Mohr in the anteroom of the auditorium was restored.


University Council

On February 12, 2004, the University Council of the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art was constituted . It was introduced as part of the trial clause of the Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHG § 7a) passed in 2003 and is intended to provide strategic advice to the university management and academic bodies. This university council, which is made up of external members from business and society, has far-reaching powers such as approving the draft and establishing the budget or establishing and terminating courses. The current members (as of November 2012) are:

and qua office :

Former members:

University professor

Currently (as of March 2020) the following university professors teach at the art school:

- sorted by subject area -


Stage and costume design

Artistic basics

Art therapy


Fashion design

Product design

Spatial strategies

  • Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (from 1.10.20)
  • Nasan Tur (from October 1st, 2020)

Textile and surface design

Theory and history

visual communication

Former university professors and graduates (selection)

Professors and teachers

In the past, many well-known artists (sculptors, commercial artists, product designers, illustrators and book designers, draftsmen and graphic artists, painters, architects and stage designers) taught at the art college:

- in alphabetical order -


Later, well-known artists emerged from the student body:

- in alphabetical order -


  • Hildtrud Ebert (Ed.): Three chapters Weissensee. Documents on the history of the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art 1946–1957. Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-9805489-0-2 .
  • Samson Dietrich Sauerbier (ed.): Two breakouts. Symposium of the Art Academy Berlin-Weißensee. The first ten years. Sense - senses - teaching. Views on prospects. Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-9805489-2-9 .
  • Gerhard Strehl (Ed.): Campus Weißensee. Festschrift for the inauguration of the new buildings of the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art, April 7, 2011. Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-9814373-0-0 .

See also

Partner art colleges

Web links

Commons : Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

Coordinates: 52 ° 33 ′ 29 "  N , 13 ° 26 ′ 21.5"  E