Admission Requirements "Live Art Forms"

Admission Requirements "Live Art Forms"

The following requirements are necessary for admission to the MA Live Art Forms program:
(1)    a first professional university degree at least at Bachelor level acquired in

  • an artistic or design course, especially in the visual or performing arts, with a standard period of study of at least six semesters at a university, art college, college of drama, music or film, technical college, university of applied sciences or equivalent institution of higher education, or
  • a course of study in the humanities, social sciences, political science, or natural sciences, with a standard period of study of at least eight semesters at a university, technical college, or equivalent institution of higher education,

(2)   proof of language skills in English as a foreign language TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) with a score of 72 – 94) or Cambridge Certificate FCE (First Certificate in English), IELTS (5,0 – 6,5) or TELC English B2, TELC English B2 University 
German competence level A1 of the European Reference Framework to be submitted until start of studies and
(3)    successful completion of the qualifying examination
(4)    Applicants whose highest degree is BA level must also have at least one year of independent professional experience, which they will be asked to exemplify during the qualifying examination.



To study at the academy, you will need to meet the specified admission requirements. Your application must also include proof of your artistic and creative aptitude in the form of a portfolio and you must take part in an online interview. Applications must be uploaded by April 14th, 12:00 noon, to the online application portal, which will be activated at the start of the application phase on March 15th.
This year we will accept your portfolio and written application documents in digital form only.


=> online application tool 

For orientation, please take note of the information for student applicants Master’s program Live Art Forms and Information for the digital application 2022/2023


Required documents

The following documents must be uploaded in English to the academy application portal by 12:00 noon on April 14th:


Information: You can only upload one single file in PDF format with a maximum of 12 MB per document type. Please name them according to the following scheme: document type _lastname.pdf (example: curriculum vitae_mustermann.pdf).

1 | letter of motivation, one page size DIN A4,
2 | description of the work project planned during the course of study and how it will be realized in terms of time and location, on a maximum of 2 pages size DIN A4,

3 | tabular curriculum vitae of no more than two pages size DIN A4, 

4 | portrait photo (optional),

5 | university degree diploma,

6 | proof of language skills in English as a foreign language TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) with a score of 72 – 94 or Cambridge Certificate FCE (First Certificate in English), IELTS ( 5,0 – 6,5) or TELC English B2, TELC English B2 University 
German competence level A1 of the European Reference Framework to be submitted until start of studies and

7 | work samples of your own artistic work in the form of a digital portfolio with a maximum length of 40 pages, which can contain a maximum of 5 hyperlinks to time-based documentations of a maximum total length of 15 minutes and a maximum of 3 hyperlinks to web-based projects and apps, 

8 |  a written statement of authorship for all submitted work (You can find a corresponding form on our website at application-and-acceptance-process/ )

9 | and in case your portfolio contains hyperlinks, a signed statement: "I certify that the artistic works viewable through the hyperlinks listed in the application were created prior to the submission deadline of April 14th 2022, 12:00 noon and will not be altered thereafter."

10 | Complete and signed registration form

You can upload your documents to the application portal  by 12:00 on April 14th.


We regret that incomplete applications will not be considered.


Important note for applicants: The master's program Live Art Forms is currently still in the process of accreditation, which will be completed soon.
At the present time of application, however, the final result of the accreditation is not yet available and cannot be guaranteed.


Qualifying examinations

The qualifying examinations are a two-stage selection procedure for applicants to the master's program. After the portfolio review, selected applicants will receive an invitation for the online interview. The qualifying examinations are structured as follows 

1 | preselection round and portfolio review,
2 | oral examination.


1 | Applicants shall submit some works allowing an assessment of their artistic talent and aptitude in the pre selection round for admission to the practical examination.

2 | Applicants who are assessed as being suitable on the basis of the work submitted for the preselection round shall be admitted to the oral examination. The interviews will be held in English. The date will be communicated via e-mail to applicants admitted to the examination.



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Application and Acceptance Process

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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. An online application tool will be activated at the beginning of the application phase (March 15th - April 14 th, 12:00 noon).


=> online application tool 





  • Declaration form (Declaration that the submitted works have be produced unaided)




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. 



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. 



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