University of Art in Berlin

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University of Art in Berlin
founding 1696
Sponsorship state
place Berlin-Charlottenburg
state BerlinBerlin Berlin
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Norbert Palz
Students 3535 (summer semester 2017)
Employee approx. 900 people
Annual budget € 88.9 million (2018)
Main building of the UdK Berlin in Hardenbergstrasse

The University of the Arts Berlin (Berlin University, English : Berlin University of the Arts until 2001: University of the Arts Berlin ) is the largest art school in Europe. She goes to the 1696 of Friedrich III. founded the Electoral Academy of Mahler, Sculpture and Architectural Art (later: Prussian Academy of the Arts ) and is thus one of the oldest schools of its kind in the world. The smallest of the four Berlin universities was created over the course of more than 150 years through a gradual merger various educational institutions for music , architecture , visual arts and design .

It is currently divided into four faculties - visual arts , design, music and performing arts - as well as a central institute for further education / UdK Berlin Career College. In addition, it operates two inter-university centers, the Jazz Institute Berlin (with the “Hanns Eisler” University of Music ) and the Inter-University Dance Center (with the “Ernst Busch” Academy of Dramatic Arts ).


The university is spread over around 15 locations, mainly in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district. The main building of the university is located at Hardenbergstrasse 33, near the Zoologischer Garten train station . There are also other buildings in Hardenbergstrasse. For example, there is the former Royal Institute for Church Music at 41 and a university building at number 9. Further university buildings and facilities are in Bundesallee 1–12 (former Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium ), at Einsteinufer 43–53 (former State Technical School for Optics and photo technology ), in Fasanenstraße 1b and 88, there you will find the Volkswagen University Library , in Grainauerstraße 12, in Grunewaldstraße 2-5, in Karlsruher Straße 7a, in Lietzenburger Straße 45, in Mierendorffstraße 30 and in Strasse des 17. Juni 118. The Uferstudios are located at Uferstrasse 23 in Berlin-Gesundbrunnen .


University of Fine Arts on Hardenbergstrasse, around 1928

On September 30, 1975, the Berlin University of the Arts (HdK) was created by merging the State University of Fine Arts and the State University of Music and Performing Arts . On November 1, 2001, the HdK was awarded the title of University . This change of name did not represent a change of status, because the HdK was the only artistic educational institution in Berlin to have the right to award doctorates and was treated in budgetary terms like the other three universities. The reason for the renaming to Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin was the efforts of the university management to describe the range of the offer with an internationally common name. In addition to the Bremen University of the Arts and the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, the UdK Berlin is one of those art colleges in Germany that unite fine arts and design on the one hand, music and performing arts on the other hand under one roof.

The history of the university up to 1975 is complex. The previous institutions on the visual arts and design side include the Electoral Academy of Mahler, Sculpture and Architectural Art (1696), the teaching establishment of the Berlin Museum of Applied Arts (1867), the Royal School of Art in Berlin (1869), and the School of Applied Arts and Crafts (1861) and the Master school of Visual Commercial (1892), on the part of music and Performing Arts, the Royal music Institute Berlin (1822), the Stern'sche Municipal Conservatory of music (1850), which led by Joseph Joachim founded Royal Academic College for Performing Music (1869, since 1918: State Academic College for Music ) and the Hebbel Theater School (founded in 1946, closed in 1951). The Acting course arose from the below 1951 by Hilde Körber founded the Max Reinhardt School of Drama , the 1964 integrated into the then University of Music and Performing Arts and in 1974 with the then College of Fine Arts for the University of the Arts (now University of the arts).

In the winter semester 1976/1977, there was at the Free University of Berlin to prohibitions strike , which spread immediately to all universities and technical colleges in the western part of the city. From December 6, 1976, numerous departments at the HdK also went on strike.

President since HdK Berlin was founded in 1975

UdK Berlin, location Bundesallee
Concert hall of the UdK Berlin, Hardenbergstrasse corner Fasanenstrasse
UdK Berlin, location Einsteinufer , building of the central university administration

Honorary senators of the UdK Berlin

Due to their services to the university, the following people were awarded the honorary senator of the UdK Berlin:

  • Wolfgang Abramowski, 2007–2017 Chancellor of the UdK Berlin
  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau , 1983–1994 professor at the UdK Berlin
  • Hans-Ludwig Feldgen, former professor at the UdK Berlin
  • Hardt-Waltherr Hämer , 1967–1987 professor at the UdK Berlin
  • Dietmar Lemcke , 1964–1998 professor at the UdK Berlin
  • Aribert Reimann , 1983–1998 professor at the UdK Berlin
  • Martin Rennert , 1985–2005 professor, 1989–1995 Dean of the Faculty of Music, 2003–2005 First Vice-President, 2006–2020 President at the UdK Berlin
  • Helmut Roloff , 1950–1978 professor at the UdK Berlin and 1970–1975 director of the music academy
  • Oskar Sala , alumnus of the UdK Berlin
  • Paula Salomon-Lindberg , alumna of the UdK Berlin
  • Jürgen Schleicher, 1975–2006 Chancellor of the UdK Berlin
  • Vivienne Westwood , 1993–2005 teaching position in the field of fashion design at the UdK Berlin

Lecturers and graduates

About 220 professorships teach at the UdK Berlin, of which about 20% are scientifically oriented. In all rankings related to equality , the UdK Berlin occupies a leading position in the Federal Republic: in some faculties the proportion of female professorships is over 50%, a total of almost 40%.

Apart from internationally famous artists such as Ai Weiwei , Aribert Reimann , Olafur Eliasson or Monica Bonvicini , the Artemis Quartet , Heinz Emigholz , Steven Sloane , Francois Benda , Hito Steyerl , Josephine Pryde and others - the fundamental claim of the UdK Berlin is the to appoint the most outstanding representatives of their subjects, although many names are not equally common in design or the performing arts.

See: University professor at the Berlin University of the Arts
See: List of personalities at the Berlin University of the Arts


Over 70 courses are offered at the UdK Berlin. As a result of the Bologna Process , the degrees to be acquired are largely the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts. At the same time, the UdK Berlin has not introduced any tiered courses in any of the liberal arts. Teaching-related and advanced courses, for example doctoral courses, are also offered.

For years, a confirmation has been issued at the UdK Berlin on request, according to which the concert exam passed at the UdK Berlin and the master class in visual arts are equivalent to a doctorate. The faculty also trains not only artists, but also art teachers for different school levels. The Art in Context master’s course is also offered. With the exception of the latter, all courses begin with a two-semester basic apprenticeship, which forms the basis for the subsequent study in a specialist class.

Faculty of Design

Faculty of Music

Faculty of Performing Arts

UdK Berlin Career College

At the UdK Berlin Career College , which was set up especially in 2007 , the further education courses of music therapy , cultural journalism , leadership in digital communication and sound studies and sonic arts can be studied. In addition, certificate courses such as curating, music therapy in a palliative context, artistic narration - storytelling in art and education and creating dance in art and education are offered.

Center for Dance and Jazz Institute Berlin

At the inter-university center for dance , dance, context, choreography can be studied in the bachelor's degree and solo dance / authorship and choreography in the master's degree. The Jazz Institute Berlin offers jazz as a bachelor, master and international master's degree.

Other university facilities

Other facilities are affiliated with the university. The affiliated institute Institute of Electronic Business e. V. in Hardenbergstrasse 19.

As part of the project “Sustainable vitalization of the creative quarter on and around the Charlottenburg campus” (NAVI BC), the hybrid platform for networking science and art was launched in 2008 . Since 2011 this has been based at the UdK Berlin and the Technical University (TU). The office is located in the UdK location on Einsteinufer.

The Career & Transfer Service Center of the UdK Berlin is the first career center at an artistic university in the Federal Republic of Germany. It has been advising and informing students and graduates from all artistic disciplines about their perspectives on the art, culture and media market since 2001. Since 2004, the CTC has also been open to students at the three other artistic universities in Berlin.

KlangKunstBühne is the name of a summer academy for students after completing their studies and has taken place every two years for three weeks since 2003. It is offered by the Faculties of Music and Performing Arts in cooperation with the Central Institute for Continuing Education / UdK Berlin Career College. Also located at the UdK Berlin Career College is the Berlin Summer University of the Arts , which has been offering short workshops every year for international artists from all disciplines and advanced students since 2012.

public relation

The UdK publishes the journal - visual arts / design / music / stage / knowledge four times a year . With a few exceptions, attending the announced events such as B. musical lecture evenings, exhibitions and lectures free of charge.

See also


  • Christine Fischer-Defoy : Art, a stone under construction. The West Berlin art and music colleges in the post-war area of ​​tension. Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin 1991. ISBN 3-89462-078-1 .
  • Monika Hingst, Marita Gleiss (Red.): “Art has never been owned by one person.” An exhibition by the Academy of the Arts and the University of the Arts, June 9 to September 15, 1996. 1696–1996, three hundred years of the Academy of the Arts , College of the Arts. Henschel, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-89487-255-1 .
  • Dietmar Schenk: The Berlin University of Music. Prussia's Conservatory between Romantic Classicism and New Music, 1869–1932 / 33. (= Pallas Athene, contributions to the history of the university and science , volume 8.) Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 2004 ( ISBN 3-515-08328-6 ). ( Preview in Google Book Search)

Web links

Commons : Universität der Künste Berlin  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Facts and Figures. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  2. Performance reports of the Berlin universities. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  3. Performance report for 2018 on the implementation of the university contract. Land Berlin, p. 29 , accessed on August 3, 2020 .
  4. a b c University of the Arts: HdK and UdK Berlin . Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  5. ^ University of the Arts: Masters School for Graphics and Book Trade 1892–1971 . Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  6. Strikkurier , No. 9, January 12, 1977 and No. 11, January 21, 1977.
  7. KlangKunstBühne. From: , accessed on July 25, 2018

Coordinates: 52 ° 30 ′ 29 ″  N , 13 ° 19 ′ 52 ″  E