The course

Drawing and Printmaking discipline within the Painting/Graphics ‘Diplom’ degree course

Focuses of this course of study

Students at the BURG will be pushed to develop and question their practice in preparation for a professional life in the arts. It’s a challenging period of study, typically lasting 10 semesters, which begins by learning basic skills in the Foundation courses, and evolves into an intense period of autonomous artistic development.

Within the class there is absolute freedom to experiment, develop new forms of expression, and make mistakes. Many students begin with traditional drawing, and find that their practice leads them into new territories, which might be sculpture, performance, video or sound. Independent research is encouraged, and staff provide regular technical and intellectual support. Throughout their studies, students are given opportunities to exhibit their work in international institutions. Discussing how to plan, install, and promote an exhibition is an important part of the course. 

An essential element of the class is that students learn to articulate their ideas through extensive discussion as well as presentations. This includes research into other contemporary artists.

Alongside their studio practice, students have access to our exceptional print workshops and technicians. The studio has an animation room, as well as a Risograph printer. Within the class we run a small publishing imprint, and frequently exhibit artists books and editions in museums and art book fairs. We collaborate on artistic projects with other art schools, both within Germany and internationally. Every student is encouraged to take an Erasmus semester abroad, and the class regularly has guest students.

A great emphasis is placed on looking at art and discussing it. Each year we make class excursions to visit regional museums and galleries, as well as an overseas trip to visit a significant exhibition or biennial.

We encourage applicants to the course who are dedicated, open, and curious.


General qualification for university entrance, and artistic suitability. No specialist prior technical and craft skills are required. Exceptions: The general qualification for university entrance can be waived in cases of exceptional talent combined with professional experience.


‘Diplom’ degree in Fine Arts

Start of course

Winter semester, first-semester students: 2-6

Standard duration of course

Foundation course: 4 semesters
Main study period: 6 semesters including ‘Diplom’ thesis‘Diplom’ thesis:
Written thesis and practical work, ‘Diplom’ colloquium


There are no university fees

University and examination regulations

Link to relevant regulations (available only in German)

Postgraduate courses

Fine Art
‘Meisterschüler (Master Student)’ course of study