Help for art and design students from Ukraine

Art and design students from Ukraine are welcome at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design. In order to build a creative bridge, we have enabled a fluent transition for refugee students. We are open to working out individual solutions together which are adapted to the respective situation of Ukrainian students and which allow them to continue their artistic and design work as quickly as possible. This is carried out in direct consultation with the responsible professors. The Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design welcomes the helpfulness, solidarity and participation of its students, teachers and staff.

Shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine, the Presidential Board decided to admit students from Ukraine to the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in an unbureaucratic and simplified manner. There are several options for this:

  • Students who would like to continue their studies begun in Ukraine at the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design will be able to enrol at our university after an individual examination of our capacities. For more information, please contact Silvia Rosenberger, Department for Student and Academic Affairs,
  • There is also the possibility to become a guest (non-enrolled) student for free. For more information, please contact Silvia Rosenberger, Department of Student and Academic Affairs,
  • Prospective Ukrainian students can also apply regularly for the winter semester 2022/23 for the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Fine Arts, Art for Teachers of Grammar Schools, Industrial Design, Communication Design and Scenography – the application procedure starts on 1st May. More information is available here: and from Janina Schilling in the Student Secretariat,


If you would like to help, you can find an overview of offers in Schleswig-Holstein here:

If you are a Ukrainian student or researcher and need help, you can find a selection of offers here:


The Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Kiel is deeply appalled by the war in Ukraine. Because the Russian attack represents a blatant breach of international law. The university management is very concerned about the lives and well-being of the Ukrainian people, all the Ukrainian artists, academics and students.

“Our thoughts are especially with the artists, the designers, who are oppressed and persecuted by the imperialist dictatorship of Moscow,” says Dr Arne Zerbst, President of Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design.

“Against the background of Russia’s despicable war of aggression against Ukraine, we will critically review our cooperation with the art academy in St. Petersburg. We cannot and will not cooperate with an aggressive, lying and inhuman regime! We are aware that many of the staff and students of our Russian partner institution resolutely reject the attack on Ukraine. In view of the war, we nevertheless consider it inevitable to question our cooperation with the Russian art academy.”

Since 2017, the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design has been cooperating with the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design in Russia. There is currently no cooperation with a Ukrainian art academy.


25. April 2022

In Focus

The main goal of the Muthesius University in Kiel is to promote art, design and spatial strategies via research and development projects as a focal point for work and intellectual debates. As the only art university in the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Muthesius is not only a place to develop culturally relevant biographies but with its project studies also a place of particular experimentation and realisation. To a certain extent, the profile of the Master’s programme represents study courses and development possibilities for students unique in the Federal Republic of Germany.

“At the centre of the Muthesius University’s focus is art and design, the creative and productive. Around this centre there revolves the fundamental relationship between theory and practice. This reciprocal relationship is a permanent process, a circular movement around the centre held by art and design. It needs free space to move. Thus, the firt condition for art and design at our university is freedom! To study at the Muthesius is the desire to use this freedom to mature into an equally creative and productive personality. In this way, we can provide our students with personal biographies”, promises President Dr. Arne Zerbst.

Around 660 study places are currently spread across the study courses in Fine Arts, Fine Arts for Secondary School Teachers, Spatial Strategies, Communication Design and Industrial Design.


Training and education at the Muthesius are project-oriented. Students are encourage early to gain experience with real clients. The Project Office, the Publication Office and the Centre for Media are interdisciplinary departments which help students to complete their projects successfully.
By particpating in the excellence clusters the Muthesius University is one of the internationally visible and competitive research institutes contributing to the sustainability of research in Germany. Numerous cooperation partners at local, national and international level appreciate the Muthesius University’s interdisciplinary structure and the personal atmosphere of the class sizes of a maximum to 20 students – an excellent basis for discourse leading to innovation.


Each term, students and lecturers discuss national and international positions in art and design within the framework of interdisciplinary workshop weeks and internally organised, public symposia. International lecturers are always a part of these required courses. Young people from over 30 countries around the world come together in Kiel to study art and design. They make up 14 per cent of the student body, with an increasing tendency. This puts the Muthesius University above the national average.


In order to make the variety of the Muthesius University more informative, in addition to the »official« information pages (the coloured half of the website) there are over 30 weblogs (the white half of this website) updated by the individual study courses/departments themselves (in German only).



Winter semester 2023/24
Start of semester: 01.10.2023
End of semester: 31.03.2024
Start of classes: 23.10.2023
End of classes: 16.02.2024
(non-lecture period: 23.12.2023-7.1.2024)

Summer semester 2024
Start of semester: 01.04.2024
End of semester: 30.09.2024
Start of classes: 02.04.2024
End of classes: 19.07.2024