Prof. Holger Felten, Prof. Friederike Girst

Class for Graphic-Design / Communication-Design

Halbe Löcher, Workshop with Felix Burger, Jahresausstellung 2016

Halbe Löcher, Workshop with Felix Burger, Jahresausstellung 2016

Halbe Löcher, Workshop with Felix Burger, Jahresausstellung 2016

Halbe Löcher, Workshop with Felix Burger, Jahresausstellung 2016

Halbe Löcher, Workshop with Felix Burger, Jahresausstellung 2016

Susanne WohlfartPoster, Hundert beste Plakate 2012, 2012

Florian Hemmerlein, Poster, 2015

Florian Hemmerlein, THE NEW NOW, Diploma, 2016

Florian Hemmerlein, THE NEW NOW, Diploma, 2016

Florian Hemmerlein, True Grid, Font, 2016

Florian Hemmerlein, True Grid, Font Glyphset, 2016

Claudia Holzinger, Diploma, 2016

Claudia Holzinger, Diploma, 2016

Claudia Holzinger, Diploma, 2016.

Jonas Höschl, Felix Neumann & Rory Witt, GIB MAPPE, Poster, 2016

Felix Neumann, Poster,, 2014-2016

Rory Witt, Poster, 2016

Felix Neumann, Space, installation, 2016

Felix Neumann, Circles, installation, 2016

Rory Witt, Clickhole, 2016, Installation. Foto: Rory Witt

Rory Witt, Poster, 2016

About the study program

The Graphic Design / Communication Design program is a diploma program with a standard period of 9 semesters. Interdisciplinary, all students of the AdBK Nuremberg initially take 2 semesters of the Basislehre, in which artistic production and reflection are the subject. In order to learn in the workshop and media courses basic techniques of the individual design disciplines - from plaster casting to film editing. However, the events in the Graphic Design / Communication Design class and the weekly class meeting may and should also be attended from the beginning.

Events such as workshops with changing guest lecturers, seminars, study trips to design offices and art colleges, or lectures open to the public at the university with renowned artists and designers make the course of study varied and focal points can be set individually. There are also regular opportunities to realize real projects for clients from culture and business or to participate in competitions. The study structure as well as the discourse are open, so that students can develop their study focus and professional identity in a self-determined way. Cooperation between classes and students is encouraged. Students are supervised by professors Holger Felten, Friederike Girst and lecturer Hannah Gebauer.



For many centuries, design meant nothing more than depicting, "designare". Then, in the 17th century, it was used in English language for preliminary drawings for a work of art or the sketches of a building plan. Since then, the disciplines have proliferated: Industrial Design, Multimedia Design, Graphic Design, Software Design, Fashion Design, Technology Design, Food Design and Open Design. Design is an open, instinctive process, fluid, accessible to everyone, and increasingly popular in its expanded terminology. The AdBK Nuremberg takes on this ( historically ) grown complexity as the only art school in Germany with the specialisation "Graphic Design / Communication Design".

At the threshold of the 21st century with all its unpredictable technical changes, the further development of the media and consumer society can certainly be predicted. Today, the purchase of digital and real-world consumer goods is associated with many promises and anticipated experiences, some of which even function to create identity. Communication can mean the mutual exchange or the one-way message of thoughts, mostly in the form of words and images, and its power should not be underestimated.


For students and teachers in the Department of Graphic Design / Communication Design, it is therefore important to remain critical in the design of these messages in the form of posters, books, magazines, websites, apps, fonts and so on. They should do justice to the content and reach a recipient.

This aspiration and the goal of learning the necessary technical, aesthetic and conceptual skills are promising prerequisites for a successful degree.

Pavilion 16 and the architecture of the Academy, designed and built by Sep Ruf in 1954, promote these principles of transparency and exchange - the buildings are one-storey, light, and democratic.

The degree Diplom in the academic freedom of a non-modularized course of study is corresponding with the basic understanding of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg to be a free space for the development of theoretical and practical skills.

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Artistic Classes

first cycle and postgraduate programmes

Studies at AdBK Nuremberg are organized in a class structure that unites all students regardless of the semesters they have already completed. The permeable class structures allow students to develop freely and independently within the framework of the academic teaching. In open discourse, the students' created works are reviewed and discussed at regular class meetings.


In the field of fine arts with a focus on liberal arts, the disciplines at the AdBK Nuremberg are divided into ten artistic classes, which are led by a professor.

The study of fine arts with a focus on jewelry and device or graphic design / communication design can each be completed in one class. The teacher training program in art at the Gymnasium can be completed in all free classes.


With postgraduate master's program „Live Art Forms“ the AdBK offers further education, which is aimed at interested parties who have already completed their studies.

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Deadlines for application

Apply until April 15th 2024, 12:00 noon

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Opening Hours:

lecture period: Monday till Friday, 7.30 a.m.-7 p.m. / Saturday  9 a.m.-1 p.m.

lecture break: Monday till Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. / Friday, 8 a.m.- 2.30 p.m.


Opening Hours:

Monday till Thursday, 8-12 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. / Friday, 8-12 a.m. and 1-2.30 p.m.


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Monday till Friday, 8-12 a.m.

Fridays by phone only

Examination Office/ International Office

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Monday till Thursday, 9-12 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Opening Hours:

lecture period/ lecture break:
Monday till Thursday: 9–12 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.
closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Please note that the opening hours may change at short notice. Current changes will be announced in time by e-mail, on the homepage and at the library entrance.


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