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 or Art Pedagogy.
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.
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 15 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, for certain courses, 15 November too). Master’s courses can be started in either the summer or winter semester.
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)
Downloads for course applicants (BA)
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).
For Photography and Multimedia Design from 1 October to 15 November (for the upcoming summer semester)
Downloads for course applicants (MA)
General information on applying to study at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle (pdf, available only in German)
General Information on Application for International Students (pdf)
General Information on Application for International Master Students (pdf)
LocationOfﬁce for Student and Academic Affairs
Campus Design, Neuwerk 7, ‘Kutscherhaus’ (Coach House), 06108 Halle