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Mission Statement

The five departments with their bachelor’s and master’s courses maintain a diverse range of links with educational institutions both within and outside of Europe. The Design faculty has changed all its courses over to the BA/MA format. The Design courses follow a particular intercultural philosophy that is implemented in the form of regular exchanges of students and teaching staff and also by joint cooperation projects with international partners.

International Role

The courses in the Design faculty are very diverse: Fashion, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Multimedia|VR, Communication Design and Design Studies, and master’s courses in Ceramics and Glass Design, Textile Design, Toy and Learning Aid Design. For this reason, the international links are also structured in a variety of manners. These links range from joint workshops, block seminars and excursions, right through to regular personal contacts with the aim of discussing and reflecting on the quality and orientation of teaching and research.

National Role

In its local region, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle has a high profile and enjoys significant goodwill, and this has a very positive effect on the university’s active network. The Halle Design Award is organised every two years on an international basis by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in close cooperation with the university and is supported by numerous small- and medium-sized businesses. The ‘Designhaus Halle’ is the university’s start-up initiative, which offers close links with the campus to around 35 graduates, start-up entrepreneurs and young professionals in their first few years outside of the university. Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle has a unique position in Germany. It was founded shortly before the Bauhaus 100 years ago and is now the second-largest art university in Germany and is one of the best ranked institutions of its kind.

Main Focus

Since the university’s foundation in 1915, its educational philosophy has been based primarily on two guiding approaches: close links between the design studio and the workshop, and the common first year of studies taken by all students in the Design faculty with its broad repertoire-building in basic artistic and design skills. BA/MA courses that can be structured by students according to their own individual preferences and diverse interdisciplinary and intercultural links are additional characteristics of courses of study in Design.

Faculties and Departments

Faculty of Design Faculty of Fine Arts

Bachelor Level Programs

BA – Design: Industrial Design (including Toy Design and Ceramic/Glass Design) Interior Architecture Fashion Design (including Textile Design) Communication Design Multimedia|Virtual Reality – Design Fine Arts: 5-year-programs (Diplom für Bildende Künste) Painting/Graphic Arts (including Book Art, Textile Art, Glass/Object Art) Plastic Arts (including Sculpture, Metalalwork, Ceramics, Jewellery) Media Art Art Education

Master Level Programs

MA – Design (1 – 2 years) – Conceptual Fashion Design – Conceptual Textile Design – Design Studies – Design of Playing and Learning – Editorial Design – Furniture and Interior Design (FID) – Industrial Design – Interior Architecture (IA) – Multimedia Design – Photography – Product Design and Applied Art (Porcelain, Ceramics and Glass)

Research Activity and Main Areas

Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle has one of the largest and best-equipped Design Studies areas among German and European design universities. In 2008, a master’s course in Design Studies was introduced. In addition, third-party research is carried out in cooperation with industrial companies in the design departments, and we also participate in major research projects with other educational institutions.

Doctorate Level Programs

In 2014, the university was granted the right to award doctoral degrees and it has also started awarding doctorates in the area of Design Studies since the winter semester 2014/15.

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

All of the above listed programs

Application Deadlines

15 May for winter term and 15 November for summer term

Application advice: https://www.burg-halle.de/hochschule/studium/international-office-akademisches-auslandsamt/erasmus-exchange-students/ 

Teaching Languages

Teaching language: German 

English on request for presentations, discussions etc.

Semester Dates

Winter: October – February

Summer: April – July

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Average living cost € 790


Bachelor: 630
Master: 150

Exchange Students

Incoming: 25
Outgoing: 30

Teaching Staff

Professors: 30
Lectures: 39
Other permanent teachers: 55
Part-time Teachers: 100

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