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.

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New Students Application Procedure May 2022

Dear international applicants please note:

All international applicants have to register at Uniassist first to have their documents, diplomas and certificates checked before handing in their application documents to Muthesius directly.

The Uniassist platform is open from 25th February 2021 to 25th of April 2022 for the start of study in October 2022.

Further information on the next steps for your application at Muthesius Kunsthochschule are available on the website.

If you have any questions please use the listed contacts.


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The Portfolio (B.A.) and Dates of portfolio consultation

How do I know if I am suitable for studying at Muthesius Kunsthochschule? In order to clarify this in good time, our professors offer portfolio consultation appointments for those interested in a Bachelor’s degree. We recommend seeking advice as early as possible, ideally a year before applying. The portfolio does not have to be complete at the time of the consultation. More information and requirements for the portfolio can be found further down this page.


For questions about portfolio consultation, please contact our program coordinators:

Study programWhen / Where?Who?Good to know
Liberal Arts and Art teaching at grammar schools
New dates will be published soon.
Szenography/Interior Design
New dates will be published soon.
Industrial Design
New dates will be published soon.
Communication Design
New dates will be published soon.

Number of works / topics
The portfolio for the bachelor’s application should contain approximately 20 works. 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.

External portfolio courses
Private providers advertise courses designed to prepare students for art or design studies. The offer includes so-called portfolio courses, in which works are created for the application to an art university. These courses do not replace an application. Despite taking part in the course, every student applicant must hand in a portfolio with his or her own work.

Material of the original portfolio
A self-made portfolio should be particularly well processed, so that the work samples in it survive the transport well. Since it also passes through various stations within our art school, it must be as light and handy as possible. High-quality folders do not make up for the poor quality of the 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.

Maximum size of the original portfolio

  • B.A. Communication Design, B.A. Scenpgraphy/Interior Design, B.A. Industrial Design: Outer dimensions 62,0 x 86,0 cm.
  • B.F.A. Liberal Arts, B.A. Art teacher training at grammar schools: Outer dimensions 84,0 x 118,0 cm, thickness not more than 15 cm.

Larger portfolios cannot be accepted!

Digitization of the portfolio
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!


Tips for the portfolio

  • LIBERAL ARTS/ART TEACHING AT GRAMMAR SCHOOLS: The portfolio should be filled with self-developed artistic works that show an examination of artistic problems and an own point of view.
  • COMMUNICATION DESIGN: Here, too, it is helpful to present a comprehensive impression of self-developed artistic works, e.g. drawings, paintings, photographs, collages or sculptures. Representational ability and imagination, development of ideas and empathy are crucial. Here are more tips about the folder in the download.
  • INDUSTRIAL DESIGN: The portfolio should give an impression of the self-developed artistic works from graphics, photography and sculpture. The choice of techniques is free, please only two works created with the help of the computer.
  • SCENOGRAPHY/INTERIOR DESIGN: Important is an insight into self-developed artistic works: Paintings, drawings, photos, travel sketches and texts. In the spatial strategies, in addition to pictorial ability and imagination, the ability to perceive and reflect is particularly crucial.

Who can help me with more questions about the contents of the portfolio?
If you have any questions regarding the contents of the portfolio, please do not hesitate to contact the respective program coordinators: