Admission Requirements "Fine Arts"

Admission requirements

  1. schoolleaving qualification entitling them to study at a university
  2. or relevant subjectlinked university entrance qualification
  3. completed vocational training

The academy is entitled to make exceptions to these requirements and admit applicants with exceptional artistic talent, which must be demonstrated in the aptitude test.



Application for a place at the academy comprises several components, whereby the applicant's portfolio of works constitutes the basis for pre-selection by the admissions committee. The portfolio should reflect the applicant's interests and an intensive study of content and subjects of the applicant’s choice.


  1. Application letter stating desired area of study
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Certified copies of credentials and academic qualifications
  4. Two passport photos
  5. Portfolio with at least 20 original works of art. Digital works may be submitted in digital form (CD or USB stick). Large, bulky or threedimensional works should not be submitted in original, but as a photo/illustration in the portfolio
  6. Signed statement that the submitted works were created by the applicant without any help
  7. Details of whether application documents should be personally collected or returned by post

Applicants from nonGerman speaking countries must provide proof of sufficient German language skills. The minimum requirement is Level B2 according to CEFR. Applicants who have obtained the general or subjectrelated university entrance qualification outside the scope of the German Basic Law (Constitution) i.e. abroad, must before applying, have submitted all of their certificates (which have to be recognized) along with the „Antrag auf Bewertung von Bildungsnachweisen“ (=application for evaluating foreign academic certificates) to the Academy as soon as possible so that the recognition can be granted before 15th of May. Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia should always submit the APS Certificate. Further details are available from the Secretary’s Office.

Incomplete applications are not eligible for consideration. The academy is excluded from liability for loss or damage of submitted application documents.

Applicants should send all application documents for all courses to the Student Administration Office:


Akademie der Bildenden Künste NürnbergStichwort Bewerbung, Bingstraße 60, 90480 Nürnberg


Aptitude test

Applicants regarded as suitable on account of the works they have submitted (portfolio) shall be admitted to the aptitude test (approx. mid July). It consists of a practical and oral examination.

The practical examination consists of an exercise (4-8 hours, composition of candidate’s choice or subject-related exercise in fine art/goldsmithing and silversmithing and graphic design/visual communication).

The oral examination (approx. 10 minutes) is conducted after the practical examination with the candidate individually and consists of an interview in which questions on art are posed.

The examination results are deliberated by the committee. The applicant admitted to the test is notified of the dates for the practical and oral examination in the notification of admission which is sent to them after pre-selection. The aptitude test can only be repeated once for the same area of study.


Pre-study practical

The pre-study practical is a period of practical work lasting at least eight weeks or an apprenticeship certification exam in a relevant line of occupation which must be completed before commencement of study.

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Application and Acceptance Process

How to apply at the AdBK Nürnberg


Depending on the subject you select, various admission requirements must be fulfilled, including an artistic-creative aptitude which you must demonstrate on the basis of your portfolio and in the aptitude test. Applications should be submitted to the academy from 15 April to 15 May of the respective year at the latest (limitation period).


Students changing university

In principle, students changing university must hold the same qualifications as regular students. If a student has successfully completed foundation studies or a probationary period at an academy of fine arts in Germany or in the EU, they may apply to be exempted from the practical and oral examination. The application deadline expires in this case on 15 January (limitation period) for study commencing in the following summer semester and on 15 June (limitation period) for study commencing in the following winter semester.


International applicants

Applicants from countries in which German is not spoken must submit proof of sufficient fluency in German. The minimum requirement is level B2 according to CEFR. Applicants whose school-leaving qualification entitling them to study at a university was issued outside the territory covered by the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, i.e. in a different country, should submit the required credential and certificates to the academy at the earliest opportunity to permit recognition before 15 May (application date). Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia should submit their APS certificate.


Visting students

Visiting students may only attend the life drawing course and art history lectures. In principle, visiting students require the same qualifications as regular students, but the academy is entitled to make exceptions in special cases. The application deadline expires in this case on 15 January of the respective year (limitation period) for study commencing in the following summer semester and on 15 June (limitation period) for study commencing in the following winter semester.



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