Studying Art

Office for Student and Academic Affairs

T: +49 (0)345 7751-532, e-mail: studinfo(at)


Visionary thinking and design

The BURG offers people working in the arts a broad spectrum of subject-specific and theoretical teaching and a place where they can test and professionalise their skills in intellectual exchange and practical collaboration with university lecturers and fellow students. Today, more than 1,000 students are enrolled at the university, which was founded in 1915.

The BURG encourages visionary thinking and design beyond exploitation contexts, offers free spaces and promotes individual paths. With their ideas and works, their visions and positions, the students should contribute to the social discourse as mature, critical and independent individuals. A broad-based basic education in theory and practice, excellently equipped laboratories and workshops, research and projects - also in cooperation with institutions and companies - and interdisciplinary networking and discourse form the framework for this.

The study programme

The Art Faculty at BURG offers eleven fields of study in the study courses Painting/Graphics, Sculpture and Art/Teaching. The degree programme ends with a “Diplom“; in the Art/Teaching degree programme, graduates receive the First State Examination.

The standard period of study is 10 semesters, of which 4 semesters are completed in the foundation course and 6 semesters in the main course. The two-year teaching of the basics in the foundation course provides students with the starting point for intensive study in their chosen degree programme. The basics are studied interdisciplinarily across all degree programmes.

All students are provided with fixed studio spaces where they can experiment and explore their own formal language. Every year in mid-July, at the end of the academic year, the workrooms are transformed into exhibition spaces for the annual exhibition, where the students present their projects and works.

International network of the Burg

The university promotes exchange and maintains contacts with numerous art and design colleges and universities worldwide. The cooperation with partners from culture, business and private or public institutions complements the study programme in a subject-related manner.

Network Europe

The Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle is integrated into various international networks. It has a wide range of contacts in Western Europe and with universities in Central and Eastern Europe. Within the framework of the ERASMUS programme, the Burg maintains cooperation agreements with approximately 53 partner schools in 20 countries all over Europe, for example with art colleges in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Great Britain, Turkey and Portugal.

Cumulus network

Since spring 2005, the BURG has been a partner in the Cumulus network of European universities. Cumulus is a network of 165 art and design colleges. The aim of the universities involved is to generate a dynamic and flexible academic forum that links the best international training institutes. International projects, easy transfer among the universities and student exchange are the main focus.


The BURG is a member of ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts).

International Co-operations

The Burg also cooperates directly with a large number of art colleges outside Europe, for example in Canada, Japan, the USA, China, India, Vietnam and Cuba.

Our partner schools in the Erasmus programme

Our partner schools in the Promos programme

Save the Dates

11 January 2024

Study Information Day

Registration and application for the entrance examination for Bachelor, Diploma, Staatsexamen in winter semester 2024/25

1st December 2023 to 11th March 2024
Online registration for the entrance examination Bachelor.

1st December 2023 to 26th February 2024
Online registration for the entrance examination Diplom and Staatsexamen
The applicant portal will be activated on December 1st, 2023.

Registration and application for the entrance examination for Master programs in winter semester 2024/25

April to May 2024  
Online registration for all master programs for internal applicants. External applicants can apply for most master programs, except Interior Architecture M.A. and Furniture and Interior Design M.A. (application only possible for summer semester)
The applicant portal will be activated in April 2024.

More information

FAQ for master application. 

FAQ for Bachelor, Diploma, State examination application.

May 2024

Buddy Day (register here)

Registration and application for the entrance examination for Master programs in summer semester 2025

Ocotber 1st 2024 until 15th November 2024
Online application for all master programs for internal students (external students can only apply for Multimedia Design M.A. , Interior Architecture M.A. and Furniture and Interior Design M.A.) The applicant portal will be activated at the beginning of October.






Studieninformationszentrum, Neuwerk 7, 06108 Halle (Saale)
Telefon: +49 (0)345 7751-532, E-Mail: studinfo(at)  burg-halle.  de