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 Portfolio (B.A.) and Consultation Dates


The portfolio should be stable and easy to transport. It contains the student’s own artistic or design work and must be submitted to the Examination Office in time (01.-15.5. for all students, o1.-15.11. for Communication Design and Industrial Design. The date of posting is not sufficient! If the last date for submission falls on a weekend, the application documents can be accepted on the Monday following before 12.00 hrs at the post room of the University. Portfolios which are submitted by post must reach the Examination Office securely packed and postage paid. Adding “Application/Course of Study” guarantees the envelope/portfolio will arrive at its correct destination. Costs for postage/shipment will not be covered by the University.

Portfolio Identification

Each portfolio must be clearly labelled with the name, address and intended course of study. This is accompanied by a form sheet, which is available for download from the Dates and Forms webpage. Each course of study has its own page. These portfolio sheets are filled in by the applicant and attached to the inside of the portfolio cover. The usual application documents should accompany the artistic works in the portfolio.

Portfolio Content

The requirements for the application portfolio differ from course to course. Orientation is given in the sheets available for download under Application Hints. It is highly recommended to obtain advice in a portfolio consultation. They are given by teaching staff at the university, the members of the Examination Commission. The Examination Commission makes a selection from all the portfolios duly submitted before the deadline. Applicants whose ideas could fit well into the profile of the Muthesius University are invited to Kiel for the practical test.

Portfolio Consultation

Use the possibility of getting ready via a preparatory interview and a non-binding portfolio consultation. Formally, the portfolio should contain 20 to 30 original works and not have outer dimensions of greater than 62 x 86 cm  (DIN A1), with the exception of applications in Fine Arts. Three-dimensional works can be photographed. Digital and film works should be documented on CD or DVD as well as in the form of a screenshot. Corresponding storyboards and concept studies should also be submitted in printed form. The dates given below have been set for the winter term. For a portfolio consultation no appointment is necessary. Just go along 🙂 For further questions, please contact the Department for Academic and Student Affairs on+49 431 5198 -414 (Student Secretariat)) +49 431 5198 -501 (fernweh Office for Academic Exchange) +49 431 5198 -404, -500 (Examination Office)

Please look at “Mappenberatung”



About the Bachelor’s programme

Katrin Josam Tel. 0431 – 5198-404,

Examination Office, Legienstraße 35, Adminstration Building, 1st Floor
Mon. – Fri.  9.00 – 11.50 hrs Tues 13.00 – 15.00 hrs