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 ·

The Application Documents

Our applicants are mostly high-school/secondary school graduates (Abitur). However, people who have an extraordinary, artistic talent can also study at the Muthesius without having the necessary certificates – not however Fine Arts for Secondary School Teachers. How do you know that you qualify to study at the Muthesius University? To clear this up from the start, our teaching staff offers Portfolio Consultations. We recommend you take one of these one year in advance of beginning your studies. This allows enough time to gather all your strength for the artistic aptitude examination.

For the Bachelor’s programme

  • Registration for the Bachelor’s Aptitude Examination
  • CV/Resumé in table form with a photograph
  • Abitur certificate or certificates of equivalent institution for design and/or art
  • Additional certificates for previous training courses, including proof of military or civilian social service, etc.
  • Portfolio (max. DIN A1) with at least 20 original works, with the Portfolio Cover Sheet attached to the inside cover

For foreign students with university entrance qualifications (Abitur equivalent), the following is also required:

  • Proof of application via uni-assist
  • Proof of German language ability (DSH 2 or Test-DaF 4×4 or telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule)

Particular application regulations are valid for students of Fine Arts for Secondary School Teachers in cooperation with the Christian-Albrechts-University. Information on this can be obtained from the Student Secretariat of the Muthesius University or the CAU.

For the Master’s programme

  • Registration for the Master’s Aptitude Exam
  • CV/Resumé in table form with photograph
  • Certificates of Bachelr or Diploma studies with a grade of at least 2.5
  • Proof of previous practical activities (if applicable)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Portfolio (as a rule DIN A4, maximum DIN A 3) with documentary evidence of three projects from the Bachelor or Diploma studies, with the Portfolio Cover Sheet attached to the inside cover.
    Due to financial reasons the portfolio will not been send back. You pick it up personally or via an authorised person otherwise it will be destroyed within a reasonable time.

For foreign students with university entrance qualifications (Abitur equivalent), the following is also required:

  • Proof of application via uni-assist
  • Proof of German language ability (DSH 2 or Test-DaF 4×4 or telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule)

Submission of Portfolio including Application Documents

Muthesius University
Administration Building
, 1st Floor
Postal Address:
Legienstraße 35, 24103 Kiel

From 01. – 15. May and 01. – 15. November
Mon. – Thu. 9 am – 12 am and 1:30 pm – 3 pm

For PhD candidates

  • Certificate of university degree
  • Exposé of dissertation intention with 10 copies
  • Formal explanation of exposé
  • Written confimation from a professor with authority to supervise doctoral candidates
  • CV/Resumé in table form
  • List of academic publications, if applicable
  • Declaration of whether a doctoral dissertation has been started elsewhere.


From applicants with German certificates

Sophie Schultz
T. 0431 / 5198 – 414, E

Student Secretariat
Legienstraße 35, Admin Building, 1st Floor
Mon. – Thu. 10 am – 12 am and 1:30 pm – 3 pm

From applicants with non-German certificates

Maud Zieschang
0431 – 5198 - 501, E

International Office
Legienstraße 35, Admin Building, Room 01.04
Mon. + Thu. 10 am – 12:30 pm
Tue. + Wed. 10 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Appointments also on request!

About the Master’s degree programme

Fine Arts M.F.A.

Prof. Piotr Nathan
T 0431 / 5198 – 447, E

Industrial Design M.A. / Interface Design

Prof. Frank Jacob
T 0431 / 5198 – 475, E

Industrial Design M.A. / Medical Design

Prof. Detlef Rhein
T 0431 / 5198 – 430, E

Spatial Strategies M.A.

Prof. M. Breda
T 0431 / 5198 – 469, E

Communication Design M.A. Silke Juchter
T 0431 / 5198 – 462, E

Fine Arts for Secondary School Teachers M.Ed.

Martina Ide
T 0431 / 880 4638, E
Friederike Rückert
T 0431 / 880 1245, E