FAQ about the application
CAN I STUDY AT MUTHESIUS KUNSTHOCHSCHULE WITHOUT ABITUR?
Applicants without a general university entrance qualification (German: Abitur) can study at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in the Bachelor’s program if they pass the artistic aptitude test with a grade better than 2.0. Please tick the following box for this in the application portal: “Ich stelle einen Antrag aufgrund besonderer künstlerischer Eignung”.
CAN I APPLY FOR A HIGHER SEMESTER?
An application to a higher subject semester is possible if you are already studying or have studied in the same or a related degree program. In the bachelor’s degree programs Scenography / Interior Design, Liberal Arts and Art Teaching at Grammar Schools an application for the winter semester for a higher subject semester is only possible for odd-numbered subject semesters (3rd, 5th, 7th semester) and an application for the summer semester only for even-numbered subject semesters (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th semester), since the academic year has been introduced.
Applications for higher semesters are not subject to a separate procedure and are also made in the respective application period via the university’s own application portal.
I PASSED THE APTITUDE TEST AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY – CAN I USE IT TO ENROLL AT MUTHESIUS?
Students who have passed the artistic aptitude test at another art academy can ONLY enroll there. This does not entitle you to a place at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule. Every prospective student (including those who change universities) must apply to us and have their artistic aptitude confirmed by our examiners.
WHAT LANGUAGE SKILLS DO I NEED TO STUDY AT MUTHESIUS?
At the Muthesius Kunsthochschule, courses are held in German. The following proof of German language skills is required for admission:
- Communication Design, Industrial Design, Scenography/Interior Design and Art Teaching at grammar schools (Bachelor and Master): C1 (Goethe C1, DSH 2, Test-DaF 4×4 or telc C1 Hochschule)
- Liberal Arts:
- Bachelor: B1 (Goethe B1, ÖSD B1 or telc B1)
- Master: B2 (DSH1, Test-DaF 4×3 or telc B2)
DOES THE PORTFOLIO HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIFIC TOPIC?
Applicants are free to choose the topics of their works, no topic is prescribed. The works do not have to be thematically related. If you are unsure which of the artistic works belong in the portfolio, you should attend one of our portfolio consultation appointments. They are offered free of charge to prospective students by professors at our university.
HOW DO I DIGITIZE MY PORTFOLIO FOR UPLOAD TO THE APPLICATION PORTAL?
You can document your approx. 20 independently produced works with photos or scans and ideally upload them as a PDF file in our application portal. There are no restrictions with regard to file size. If you cannot combine your work in one PDF file and, for example, use other formats such as JPG, this is also possible without any problems in our application portal. Sketchbooks can be submitted digitally in excerpts and count as one work.
- For media works, for example videos and sound works, the application portal is also available for upload.
- Objects, for example sculptures or other 3-D entities, can be photographed from different perspectives using a smartphone or camera. You can then annotate the photos with dimensions of the objects, notes on the materials used or information on the creation of the work. This is not a must!
WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD MY ORIGINAL PORTFOLIO HAVE?
A homemade folder should be particularly well made so that the work samples in it survive transport well. Since it also passes through various stations within our university, it must be as light and handy as possible. High-quality folders do not make up for poor quality of work samples. Even supposed upgrades of portfolios through sticking must be well considered.
The specialized trade offers a manageable number of drawing portfolios. We recommend a neutral portfolio from the medium-priced segment. Folders are often soiled or damaged after the first application and should then be replaced with a new one.
WHAT SIZE IS SPECIFIED FOR THE ORIGINAL PORTFOLIO?
- B.A. Communication Design, B.A. Scenography/Interior Design, B.A. Industrial Design: Outer dimensions 62.0 x 86.0 cm.
- B.F.A. Liberal Arts, B.A. Art Teaching at grammar schools: External dimensions 84.0 x 118.0 cm, maximum thickness 15 cm.
Larger folders cannot be accepted!
HOW DO PORTFOLIO CONSULTATIONS CURRENTLY TAKE PLACE?
Professors at our university regularly conduct free portfolio consultations. The portfolio does not have to be complete at the time of the consultation. We recommend seeking advice as early as possible, ideally in the year prior to application. Information on scheduled consultations can be found here.
FAQ about the artistic aptitude test
HOW DOES THE APTITUDE TEST PROCEED?
If you have passed the portfolio, you will be invited to the practical part of the artistic aptitude test.
The final grade for the artistic aptitude test in the bachelor’s application is made up of three parts: the grade for the portfolio, the grade for solving the tasks from the practical test, and the grade for the interview in the colloquium.
In the master’s application, a master’s interview takes place after the portfolio has been passed.
WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE APTITUDE TEST? (Bachelor)
All working materials that will be necessary for the tasks will be listed in the invitation.
HOW DO I FIND ACCOMMODATION FOR THE EXAM DAYS?
The Bachelor aptitude test takes place on two to three consecutive days at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule. The AStA will be happy to help you find accommodation. Please contact email@example.com.
HOW DO I GET MY PORTFOLIO BACK? (Bachelor application for the summer semester 2024)
- Communication Design: If you take part in the practical part (Part II and III) of the qualifying examination, your portfolio will remain at the university until then. It will then be returned to you after the examinations.
- Applicants who do not take part in the practical part of the qualifying examination can pick up their portfolio by appointment or have it picked up by an authorized person. You will receive further information on this with the rejection letter.
- In exceptional cases, we can return your folder to you by mail, provided you have booked a prepaid pickup with a parcel service. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for this.
- Note: Folders that are not picked up within a time period specified in the rejection notice must be destroyed.
- Industrial design: If you take part in the practical part (Part II and III) of the qualifying examination, you must bring your original portfolio to the university for the examinations. After the exams you can take the portfolio back with you.
I FAILED THE APTITUDE TEST – CAN I RETAKE THE TEST?
If you have not passed the portfolio or the practical part of the artistic aptitude test, you may repeat the aptitude test once (at the earliest in the next possible application period. Attention: in the study programs B.A. Scenography, B.F.A. Liberal Arts and B.A. Art Teaching at grammar schools the application is only possible for the winter semester).
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