Information for course applicants

Application deadlines

The closing date for online registration for application for the master’s course is 15 May for the following winter semester.


Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
Office for Student and Academic Affairs

P.O. Box 200252
06003 Halle/Saale

Telephone +49 (0)345 7751-532
Fax +49 (0)345 7751-517
E-Mail: editorialdesign(at)  burg-halle.  de


Master’s courses at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design are aimed 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.

Application information

No university fees are currently charged. Foreign applicants may provide proof of their by taking the TestDaf Level 3 or the German Language Test for University Admission of Foreign Applicants (DSH) language certificates. Artistic suitability is generally more important than a language certificate. It will be decided in the application interview whether an applicant with knowledge of English or German can be accepted into the master’s course in Visual Strategies and Stories. Stipends may be available from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, for foreign students. Please take into account the DAAD’s very early application deadlines.

Standard duration of course

The duration of the master’s course is flexible and depends on the duration of the preceding successfully completed degree:

  • Two semesters: In the case of a preceding completed degree in the same subject after a four-year bachelor’s course with 240 ECTS points or a comparable ‘Diplom’ degree.
  • Four semesters: In the case of a preceding completed degree in the same subject after a three-year bachelor’s course or for graduates of art/design courses in a different subject area or other courses

In the final semester, students work on a master’s thesis on an individual topic.