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26 March 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Changes to the application and admission process for the winter semester 2020/21

Dear applicants,

Due to the current situation and as part of anti-infection measures to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe has adapted the application and admission procedures.

The following courses are affected:

Fine Art: Sculpture and Fine Art: Painting / Graphics

Teaching Degree with Fine Arts (BFA): Sculpture and Teaching Degree with Fine Arts (BFA): Painting / Graphic Art

Teaching Degree with Fine Arts (M.Ed.): Sculpture and Teaching Degree with Fine Arts (M.Ed.): Painting / Graphic Art

The application for the Artist Research extension program ( IMG) takes place in the second semester of the BA study program and is therefore excluded from this procedure.

Please take note of the following guidelines:

1. Application documents:

- Please send your application (application form and other documents) by post no later than April 30, 2020 to the following address:

Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe


Postfach 11 12 09

76062 Karlsruhe

- A personal acknowledgement of receipt of your application documents is currently not possible.
- You can find more information (in German only) about the required application documents at:

2. Sample artworks:
- Examples of artworks must be submitted digitally as a PDF document. The submission of analogue sample artworks (portfolios, objects, documentation, etc.) is not possible at this stage in the application process.

- A PDF document must be no larger than 10 MB and no longer than 21 pages (20 pages for sample artworks + 1 page for CV and personal statement). Embedded videos must be no longer than 2 minutes.

- In addition to the artwork samples, the first page of the PDF document should include your CV and personal statement. This is required in addition your other application documents.

- Please name your PDF document as follows: Degree program, last name, first name.pdf


Freie Kunst, sculpture, Doe, John.Pdf

Teacher training_BA, painting_graphics, Doe, John.Pdf

Teacher training_MA, sculpture, Doe, John.Pdf

This PDF document must be submitted by April 30, 2020 at the latest to:

Please note that only applications meeting all these requirements will be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact the student secretariat:

3. Admission interviews

- If successful at the first stage, the applicant will be informed by post of the exact date (day and time) of the admissions test and interview approximately ten days in advance. The admission tests and interviews may be conducted digitally.

The exam and admission interviews will take place between 22nd and 26th of June, 2020.

Requests to change dates or times of exams and interviews unfortunately cannot be accommodated.

- Subject to the invitation to the second part of the admission process, the originals of the sample artworks should be brought along to the oral examination as an application portfolio.

PDF of the adapted admission process from March 26, 2020 (in German)

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FAQs (List of most frequently asked questions):

• Must the personal statement be submitted in both hard copy and the PDF? If so, should it be attached to the other documents that are sent by post?
Yes. Please submit the complete application documents, including the personal statement and CV, as well as the PDF document.

• As the whole PDF file can only be 20 pages long and the CV and personal statement should both be on the first page, must the portfolio only contain 19 pages?
We have adapted the requirements here: The first page should contain a short CV and a short personal statement. You have 20 pages left for the artistic work. The document can therefore contain a total of 21 pages.

• Can sketchbooks be submitted in person or by post?
No artistic work can be submitted personally or by post. However, it is possible to include, for example, photos of a sketchbook in the PDF document.

• Must the CV and personal statement be the first page of the PDF document?

• Should I omit any marking / labeling of the work in the PDF?
Do not label individual pages. However, please name the PDF document exactly as specified above.

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For detailed information on study options, admission and application, please refer to the information brochure (pdf file in German).

To apply, please use the application (in German) for admission to study.

Enrollment statutes of the Karlsruhe Art Academy (pdf)