Studying Time-based Arts at Burg Giebichenstein

Time-based Arts discipline within the Plastic Arts ‘Diplom’ degree course

Focuses of this course of study

Experimentation – whether individual work or a team project – is at the core of our teaching activities, together with reflection upon and discussion of this work within the class and within the broader context of art. Particular importance is also attached to individual artistic mentoring.

Alongside the specialist class, the Time-based Arts department also includes an area that is open to students of all specialist classes. In this way, students with very different focuses and skills come together in the seminars.

The projects carried out within the department of Time-based Arts reflect the interests of the students and teaching staff. The seminars and workshops provide introductions to the relevant fundamentals. The department lecturers and various guests offer seminars and workshops on a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from film, video, media installations and computer-supported works, right through to sound works. Subsequently, the students work on individual solutions for their projects in close cooperation with the teaching staff.

The focal areas here include film and video, spatially active video installations, computer-supported works and audio plays, right through to sound installations. Inter-disciplinary projects and close cooperation with the Werkleitz Society (Werkleitz Biennial for Media Art) provide further input.

The course of study in the Time-based Arts specialist class takes ten semesters: the foundation course takes four semesters, and the main study period including the ‘Diplom’ thesis takes six semesters. This leads to the awarding of a ‘Diplom’ degree in Fine Art.

The area of the department concerned with fundamental skills and knowledge aims to teach the essential elements of audio-visual work and to introduce students to the broad spectrum of possibilities. This means teaching basic craft skills and, together with the students, investigating how the various formal and aesthetic tools relate to the different types of content.


General qualification for university entrance, and artistic suitability. No prior specialist 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

Postgraduate course

The four-semester postgraduate course is aimed at graduates who have already acquired experience in working with new media and who wish to complete a project within the given timeframe. The prerequisite for admission is a completed university course, a ‘Diplom’ degree or a comparable degree, along with a personal discussion with the department.

Start of course

Winter semester, first-semester students per year: 2-7

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

Postgraduate courses

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