Information for course applicants

Office for Student and Academic Affairs
Jenni Hortig, Telefon: +49 (0)345 7751–532, Fax +49 (0)345 7751–517,       studinfo(at)  burg-halle.  de

Studying at Burg Giebichenstein

Burg Giebichenstein is a modern art and design university that combines elements of a design school, an art academy and a media university. It is renowned internationally and can boast well-equipped studios and workshops for almost all technical and craft processes.

The standard course duration in the  Art faculty  is ten semesters. The course of study leads to a ‘Diplom’ degree in fine art.

The course of study in Art Education finishes with the German State Examination. The teaching qualification for academically oriented ‘Gymnasium’ secondary schools (comparable with grammar schools in the UK) has a standard course duration of 10 semesters, while the teaching qualification for other secondary schools has a standard course duration of 9 semesters.

The Design faculty offers bachelor’s and master’s courses. Bachelor’s courses at Burg Giebichenstein take eight semesters and lead to a B.A. degree. A follow-on master’s course takes two semesters, while a master’s programme in a different design discipline generally takes four semesters.

In all courses, intensive training in fundamental skills and elements from design/art studies are always part of the curriculum alongside the study of the respective major discipline.

Acceptance prerequisites

The prerequisites for studying are the general qualification for university and – depending on the course in question – proof of various practical craft skills and the successful completion of an internal university suitability test. Foreign applicants must provide proof of their German-language skills. The suitability tests for ‘Diplom’ and bachelor’s courses are held every year in late March/April (start of course is always in the winter semester). The deadline for applications for the suitability test is about mid-March each year.

There are particular rules regarding the entry into a master’s course (the application deadline for master’s courses is 15 May and, only for Multimedia Design, 15 November too). For Bachelor Graduates from the BURG, Master’s courses can be started in either the summer or winter semester.

Master’s courses

The master’s courses at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design are directed at graduates of bachelor’s or ‘Diplom’ courses with an artistic/design emphasis. All applicants have to take a course-specific entrance test; interested graduates of other disciplines who have relevant qualifications may also be admitted to a master’s course after taking this test. Most courses also require proof of relevant practical placements or comparable practical experience along with this test.

The objective of every master’s course is the preparation of an individual master’s thesis. Upon successful completion of this thesis, students receive the title of Master of Art. The duration of the course is flexible and depends on the number of semesters of the degree previously completed: the duration can range from a two-semester course (if applicants have a four-year bachelor’s degree in the same subject with 240 ECTS credits or a comparable ‘Diplom’ degree) to a four-semester course (if applicants have a three-year B.A. degree or ‘Diplom’ degree in the same subject, or for graduates of other artistic/design disciplines or other areas).

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Online registration for suitability test (BA)

Online registration for the suitability test is possible from 1 December to 11 March.
Suitability test

Online registration for suitability test (MA)

Online registration for the suitability test is possible from 1 April to 15 May for the upcoming winter semester.
From 1 October to 15 November for the upcoming summer semester (for Applicants from other universities only for Multimedia Design).

LocationOffice for Student and Academic Affairs

Campus Design, Neuwerk 7, ‘Kutscherhaus’ (Coach House), 06108 Halle