Christiane Kruse | Birgit Meyer | Anne-Marie Korte (EDS.) – Taking Offense

Taking Offense

Religion, Art, and Visual Culture in Plural Configurations

With contributions by:

Nika Spalinger | Norbert M. Schmitz | Simon O’Meara | Monica Juneja | Maruška Svašek | Tania Becker |
Jürgen Wasim Frembgen | Asif Jehangir | Jojada Verrips | Christoph Baumgartner | Christiane Kruse | Birgit Meyer | Anne-Marie Korte

2018.383 pages, 64 b/w & 9 col. fig., french paperback € 49,90
ISBN 978-3-7705-6345-6
series: dynamis

What makes a picture offensive to some people and not to others? In diverse, pluralistic societies around the world, images are triggering heated controversy as never before. Their study offers a perfect entry point into the clashes between different values, (...)

19. April 2018 ·

Just arrived: Sensing the Ocean. A Collaboration between Art, Design and Science

“Sensing the Ocean. A Collaboration between Art, Design and Science.”

Tom Duscher, Stephan Sachs, Manfred Schulz (Editors)

“Sensing the Ocean” is based on the collaboration between the Kiel Marine Research Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design. The book shows how artists, designers and scientists can complement each other creatively, what differentiates artistic and scientific research, and illustrates how the interplay of competence gives rise to new insights.


20. April 2017 ·

Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel, at the Leipzig Book Fair!

For many years, the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design has been presenting its book and print art to the international audience at the Leipzig Book Fair. This year it will again be represented in the book & art segment (hall 3, booth G 301). Here, the Art Academy Kiel presents outstandingly designed printed works and special typographic book designs from the field of study »typography and book design« (Prof. Annette le Fort and Prof. André Heers). Every year the University’s booth is designed by students for the Book Fair.


20. April 2017 ·

Laundry Narratives: Reflections on Design, Laundry Practices and Sustainability

28. Juni 2016, 19:00-20:30 Uhr
Emma Dulcie Rigby, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

In this presentation I will discuss the key insights from my practice-led PhD.  Through re-examining laundry as a social practice the research develops a series of design provocations to challenge the organisation of laundry practices, and by extension the frequencies and processes in which laundry is carried out. It highlights that understanding laundry as a social practice opens a space to reconceptualise design, laundry behaviour and sustainability. This provides an alternative lens from which to view and develop design theories and practice for sustainability in fashion.


26. May 2016 ·

Designing the Social-Material: Idea, Process and Challenge

Seravalli Lecture

Design for Social Innovation, Transformation Design or Transition Design are emerging design practice, research and study. In spite of the differences in the name, philosophy and mode of operation, they share the same ambition of applying design competence to co-create a more sustainable way of living. Thereby they expand the subject matter of design beyond the material to include the social. If traditional design creates new artefacts for particular social context, be it at work, at home, or in school; then these emerging practices are aimed to create alternative ways or conditions of working, living and learning with the support of new material and digital artefacts.

In Wintersemester 2015/16, we intend to look more closely at designing that reconfigures the social as well as the material in transdisciplinary codesign research and practice. (...)

26. October 2015 ·

“Research Practice Dialogue” – Guest Lecture Series

“Research” and “Practice” were arguably the most important words in academic design discourse in the last 20 years. These were spoken often in
the context of developing design research at the University. Currently there are a number of models established: Research Through Design,
Practice-Led/Based Research, Project-Grounded Research, and Constructive Research. They all share the ideas that designing is a form of inquiry
which has its own particular methods that should be capitalized. Secondly, they see that designing should form a (major) part of design research and
should generate trustworthy knowledge to serve and renew practice.

In SS 2015, we intend to look more closely at designing that engages with specialised scientific knowledge or emerging technology in the context of
interdisciplinary research and development. (...)

5. May 2015 ·

What If There Were No Centre of Gravity? – Reflections on Decentralisation and Nonconformism

Of course I can’t write about flowers and beads and birds and trees. And lovers in the park and all of that stuff n dem. But what the use to write about them something dem, when you sit late in the park at night and a man comes and shoots you and take your woman and rape her. What the use to write about flowers, when the pollution will wither it up! You have to write about the reality or the different. You have to write about South Africa and the youths in the ghetto. You have to write about the England. You have to write about all these things.    Mutabaruka, Intro to Check It

Mutabaruka’s statement could stand as an epitome of the work we do at SAVVY Contemporary and my curatorial practice in general. (...)

21. April 2015 ·

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. (...)

23. February 2015 ·

FAQ for Applicants

About Money…

Study fees

Schleswig-Holstein has not yet decided to introduce study fees. This is also valid for the Muthesius University. However, a fee is payable to the Studentenwerk (Services Authority) every term. This includes a transport pass for the use of local public transport in and around the City of Kiel.

Statutory health insurance

All students are required to have health insurance. Students who are privately insured can become exempt from their statutory insurance obligation. To do this, it is necessary to apply in writing to a health insurance company requesting “Befreiung von der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherungspflicht als Studierende oder Studierender” [“Exemption from the statutory insurance obligation for students”]. This exemption cannot however be reversed and is valid for the whole period of study! This step should be not be taken without prior consulation.

Choosing a health insurance company

Generally, in Germany, students are insured by the statutory health insurance company with which they were last insured or are still insured. Self-insured students can choose at any time from…:

  • the AOK (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse – General Health Insurance Fund) of their local municipality or place of study
  • any “Ersatzkasse”, an alternative or supplementary insurance company
  • a company, trade or agricultural health insurance fund
  • a miner’s or marine health insurance fund

For student health insurance particularly reasonable rates are available. They are available up to the 14th term of study, up to 30 years of age at the most. The costs of insurance is the same for all insurance companies.

Beginning Your Studies…

Applying for several courses

The choice of a course of study can be difficult for first-time students. This is why the Muthesius introduced free Portfolio Consulations for interested students. These consulation appointments take place regularly in the current term. The professors/teaching staff at the consulation express their recommendations based on the work presented during the consultation. Applicants for several different courses of study at the Muthesius University are not accepted. The choice of course of study must be decided beforehand. Students who have passed the aptitude exam at another academy or university can ONLY enrol there – there is no entitlement to a study place at the Muthesius University. Each interested student must apply and have his or her artistic aptitude confirmed by the examiners.

My Portfolio


Applicants for the Bachelor’s programme can freely choose the themes of their work. No suggestion is given. Students who are unsure which artistic or design works should be included in the portfolio, should make use of the Portfolio Consulation. They are offered free of charge by professors of the Muthesius University.

Materials of the portfolio

A self-produced portfolio should be well-made so that the works survive transport well. Since they pass through various departments at the university, they have to light and easy to handle. Valuable portfolios do no compensate for the insufficient quality of the works. Also, apparent upgrades of portfolios by adding attachments should be well considered. Specialist shops offer a comprehensive assortment of portfolio holders. We recommend a neutral portfolio from the mid-priced range. Often, portfolios become dirty or even damaged after the first application and should be replaced if possible.

Portfolio consultation

Professors at our university regularly carry out Portfolio Consultations free of charge. An appointment is not necessary. Interest students bring their own work to the consultation. It does not have to be complete. We recommend obtaining advice as early as possible, ideally one year in advance of application.

Portfolio return

After the artistic aptitude examination applicants can pick up their portfolios from the administration building. The dates for this are given in writing.

Assessing Artistic Aptitude


The final grade of the artistic aptitude exam consists of several parts: the grade for the portfolio, the grade for the completion of the set tasks of the practical exam on site and the assessment of the interview at the end of each examination.

Work materials

All work materials necessary for the exam are listed in the invitation.

Accommodation for the Examination Days

Here you can obtain assistant from the AStA (Students’ Union) at

Looking for a room in Kiel

The ​Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein (Services Authority) is a partner and helper for all students of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. As given in law, this institution promotes the economic, social and cultural interest of all students and thus creates a social environment supplementing the general teaching at institutes of higher education. The Studentenwerk also offers accommodation. Applications are carried out online via Online-Form (in German).

During Your Studies

Course Catalogue

A digital study planner has replaced the printed version of the course catalogue. The data on the courses contained therein are maintained and updated by the teaching staff. Changes or supplements are thus immediately available to eveyone. Also, incom is a digital work platform which is available to members of the Muthesius University after registration. It offer the possibility of exchanging information on academy-internal projects, presentations and changes in personnel.


According to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) students receive a number of credit points for each successfully completed module examination. The abbreviations CP for Credits or Credit Points and PP for Prüfungspunkte (Exam Points) are also common. A wide range of effort counts towards the creditable workload, e.g. the course preparation and review as well as visits to events. One credit corresponds to ca. the workload of 30 hours of study. To attain a Bachelor’s degree 180 credit points are necessary, in Fine Arts (B.f.A) 210, for the Master’s 120.

Accredited study courses

All Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are accredited before being introduced. The accreditation agencies test and assess whether the courses of study correspond to the general and specific standards. The asessment of the design of the structure and content of the course of study serves as a basis for assessment by external specialists. The aim it to strengthen the quality of the teaching. The studyability and occupational relevance have to be assessed. The mobility of the students should also be increased and the international acceptance of the degrees improved.

From Bachelor’s to Master’s

Acceptance for a Bachelor’s degree

The Bachelor’s degree is the first academic degree and a vocational qualification. Further study can be done, does not however have to be. Students who would like to complete a Master’s course of study need a Bachelor’s degree as proof of qualification. Since the Bachelor’s degree course at universitites vary with regard to from and content, it is not possible to globally accept the Bachelor’s degree as a rule. Students wishing to take up a Master’s degree at the Muthesius University have to apply and pass the aptitude examination of the corresponding departmental commission.

Acceptance conditions for a Master’s degree

The basic conditions for access to the Master’s programme is always the first vocational qualification, i.e. a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university qualification (e.g. diploma). According to the law governing institutes of higher education in Schleswig-Holstein, access to a Master’s degree course is dependent on several other conditions. At the Muthesius Academy, this is a grade of 2.5 in the Bachelor’s degree as well as a pass in the Master’s aptitude examination.

Consecutive study courses

Changing from Bachelor’s to Master’s can be done in different ways. If the Master’s degree courses build on the content of a Bachelor’s degree course, then it concerns a consecutive Master’s course. In this case, students intensify their specialist knowledge in the course of studies in which they obtained their Bacherlor’s degree.

Diploma supplement

In addition to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, the Diploma Supplement provides information about the contents of the course of study and enables future employers at home and abroad to better classify the degree. In particular, it provides information about the admission criteria, the study requirements and the course of study, also the status of the awarding institute. The Diploma Supplement thus makes it possible to change institutes of higher education more easily.

After the Master’s Degree


After studying for a Master’s degree it is possible to continue towards a PhD. It aims at a particular promotion of artistic-academic talents and close integration of theoretical reflection mixed with artistic and design practice inside and outside the Academy. Within the time frame of (usually) three years, according to the PhD regulations, doctoral candiates acquire a Dr. phil. in subjects or research fields which are taught at the University. These are Arts, Media, Design and Spatial Strategies.


Creating and strengthening contacts to former members is the aim of the alumni network. Interdisciplinary connections are forged between those who have completed their studies at the Muthesius University and today’s students and professors. Those interest sould fill out the application form and send it to the Presidium of the University.