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As a result of its varied history, the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) is both a young institution and an old one. The university’s current structure has developed over the decades since its founding in 1975 as “Hochschule der Kuenste” (HdK); in November 2001 the institution was renamed “Universitaet der Kuenste Berlin,” or Berlin University of the Arts. Taking into account its predecessor institutions, however, UdK Berlin has a history of more than 300 years, going back to the founding of the Brandenburg-Prussian Academy of Arts in 1696.
The “Hochschule der Kuenste” was created by the merger of two arts academies, the “Hochschule für Bildende Kuenste” and the “Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst” in what was then West Berlin in the 1970s. Both academies had been close neighbors since 1902, when they began using the building complex at the corner of Hardenbergstrasse and Fasanenstrasse in Berlin-Charlottenburg, which is still in use today.
The History of Berlin University of the Arts – Universität der Künste Berlin (udk-berlin.de)
The Berlin University of the Arts is one of the largest and most diversified universities of the arts in the world. The teaching offered not only in traditional but also digital formats in the four colleges of Fine Arts, Architecture, Media and Design, Music and Performing Arts as well as at the Central Institute for Continued Education / Berlin Career College encompasses the full spectrum of the arts and related academic studies in more than 70 courses. With the right to confer doctorates and post-doctoral qualifications, the Berlin University of the Arts is also one of the few art colleges in Germany with full university status. Teachers in art and music are also educated at the Berlin University of the Arts, the only university in the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg where these subjects can be studied.
Faculties and Departments
College of Fine Arts, College of Architecture Media and Design, College of Music, College of Performing Arts, Berlin Career College, Jazz Institute „JIB“, Dance Institute „HZT“
Bachelor Level Programs
Design (Product Design, Fashion Design), Church Music, Architecture, Visual Communication, Artistic Training/Instruments, Composition, Sound Engineering, Jazz, Music Education, Voice/Opera, Stage Design, Costume Design, Dance and Choreography at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT), Organ/Organ Improvisation, Early Music, Communication in Social and Economic Contexts, Piano, Teacher Training Programmes Fine Arts, Teacher Training Programmes Music
Master Level Programs
Fine Arts, Design (Product Design, Fashion Design), Church Music, Art in Context, Architecture, Design and Computation, Visual Communication, Artistic Training/Instruments, Conducting, Composition, Sound Engineering, Jazz, Music Education, Voice/Opera, Stage Design, Costume Design, Dance and Choreography at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT), Theatre Education/Drama, Cultural Journalism , Sound Studies, Organ/Organ Improvisation, Early Music, Communication in Social and Economic Contexts, Piano, Leadership in Digital Communication, Music Therapy (extra-occupational Master’s Course), Teacher Training Programmes Fine Arts, Teacher Training Programmes Music
Research Activity and Main Areas
Among the world’s Art Schools the Berlin University of the Arts Berlin is comparably outstanding in size, diversity, or wealth of tradition – in both the arts and arts-related science. While the scientific scope and the mix of basic and application-oriented research resemble those of traditional academic universities, the immediate proximity to the arts is what truly sets the UdK Berlin apart. This proximity, together with the ways in which scientific subjects are embedded in the artistic and scientific/artistic degree programs, leads to a strong culture of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary communication. The scientific profile of the UdK Berlin is thus characterized by energetic and varied cooperation among the sciences, as well as between the sciences and the arts.
Doctorate Level Programs
Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS), Graduate School, Hybrid Plattform, Berlin Open Lab
Subject Areas for Exchange Students
The UdK Berlin offers various mobility programs such as ERASMUS + or bilateral agreements (exchange overseas). Almost each course of study allows a one- or even two-semester exchange with its partnerships of more than 170 partner universities in Europe and world wide.
Exchange – Universität der Künste Berlin (udk-berlin.de)
Winter Semester: mid October till mid February
Summer Semester: mid April till mid July
Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)
estimate costs are around 1000 EUR per month