Suitability test

at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle

Art faculty and Design faculty

Applicants for ‘Diplom’ degree and state examination courses in the  Art faculty and for Bachelor’s courses in the Design faculty have to demonstrate that they have a particular artistic/creative talent and suitability for their chosen course in the so-called ‘suitability test’, which aims to determine their artistic and design suitability. Information about the procedure and scope of this test is provided here.

Please note that particular rules apply to applications for  master’s courses in the Design faculty. Information about the application and selection procedures can be found on the pages for the various master’s courses in the Design faculty.

FAQs on studying at university

Please also consult our answers to frequently asked questions  (FAQs).

Important information on the procedure for the suitability test

The suitability test can be divided into the following main components:

  • 1. Preselection
  • 2. Main procedure
  • 3. Subject-specific interview

Schedule in Art faculty

Preselection takes place on the first day. The results are announced around 1.00 p.m. The main test procedure then begins on the afternoon of the first day. The subject-specific interviews only begin on the morning of the third day.

Schedule in Design faculty

Preselection takes place on the first day. The results are announced around 7.00 p.m. The main test procedure begins on the second day at 8.00 a.m. The subject-specific interviews are held in parallel and the procedure is complete at the end of the second day.

Differing arrangements in the Communication Design course

Preselection takes place on the first day. The results are announced around 6.00 p.m. The main test procedure begins at 9.00 a.m. on the second day. The selection interviews are held in groups of three (depending on the interview circumstances) on the third day. The exam ends that evening.

Type of tasks

Depending on the course, six or seven detailed artistic and design tasks will be assigned, with different time allowances. These will generally include tasks that test drawing ability (e.g. model sketching), colour sensitivity, imagination and creativity. So-called specialist tasks (e.g. design and materials tasks) and a psychometric test are also included in the Design area.


Applicants who have taken part in the evaluation procedure will be notified in writing of the result of the test. We hope you will appreciate that we cannot engage in individual discussions on exam results while the exams are being processed.

Date of suitability test

The next suitability test will be held from 19 to 24 March 2018

Online registration

Online registration for the suitability test can be carried out from 1 December 2017 to 11 March 2018

Ordnung zur Feststellung einer besonderen künstlerischen und gestalterischen Befähigung


M.A. schedule

Applications for master’s courses can be made from 1 April to 15 May for the upcoming winter semester, and − only for Photography and Multimedia Design − for the upcoming summer semester.

Prüfungs-, Aufnahmeprüfungs- und Studienordnung für die Master-Studiengänge