HFBK Hamburg

Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Hamburg, Germany

HFBK is one of the leading art schools in Germany, offering undergraduate and graduate programmes from fine art, design, and film to theory and art history. A central role is given to topics chosen by students and project-related and experimental working methods. HFBK professors include international heavyweights, such as Werner Büttner, Thomas Demand, Jutta Köther, Anselm Reyle, and Andreas Slominski, which certainly contributes to the school's international reputation. Read more about HFBK here

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf, Germany

The Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, founded in 1773, has had an important history as a German art academy. Joseph Beuys was both a student and a professor at the Kunstakademie, and the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher taught students of the so-called ‘Düsseldorf School of Photography’ at the academy in the mid-1970s. The Kunstakademie currently has a number of internationally prominent artists on its teaching staff, including Andreas Gursky, Katharina Fritsch, Gregor Schneider, Christopher Williams, and Tomma Abts.


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Royal College of Art, London

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is an entirely postgraduate institution of art and design – fine art, applied art, design, communications, and humanities – offering the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD. The RCA is a based in central London and has 2,000 students supported by nearly 500 staff and over 800 visiting lecturers. The RCA focuses on project-based education, face-to-face teaching and learning, and professional orientation. The teaching staff – renowned artists, designers and writers – also practises and engages in research. In addition to taught programmes, the RCA is a research-intensive environment, with faculty members of international stature working alongside early-career research fellows.

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Central Saint Martins, UAL, London

Central Saint Martins is part of the University of the Arts London. It is one of the UK's top colleges for art and design and has an international reputation for being one of the world's best art schools. With its international profile, longstanding links to London's cultural institutions and organisations, and active community of graduates, CSM offers students a broad range of professional experiences. The MA Fine Art Course and MA Photography Course is research based and supports a broad range of experimental practices.

HGB Leipzig

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Fine Arts – Leipzig, Germany

The Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig - founded in 1764 - is one of the oldest art schools in Germany. There are four programs for painting, graphic design, photography, and media art. HGB is renowned for its rigorous practical artistic training, and art theory is an essential part of all courses. Since the late 1990s, the academy has been associated with the ‘Neue Leipziger Schule’ and the paintings of Neo Rauch, who was a student at HGB and later a professor at the academy. Read more about HGB Leipzig here 

UdK Berlin

Universität der Künste Berlin / Berlin University of the Arts – Berlin, Germany

Berlin has become Germany's undisputed capital of artistic creation and UdK is Berlin's pre-eminent art school. That fact alone leads to many UdK graduates having their first exhibitions at one of Berlin's 400+ art galleries. The public university prides itself on being one of the most diversified universities of the arts in the world with more than 70 courses, and UdK offers graduate and post-graduate programmes in a wide range of subjects, from fine art, music, and theatre to teaching art. Read more about UdK here

Städelschule Frankfurt

Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule – Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Städelschule is an internationally respected academy of fine arts. Each year about 500 young people from around the world apply for admission to the Städelschule and 20 are accepted. In addition to the fine arts programme, the Städelschule has masters programmes in Architecture and Curatorial Studies, as well as the Institute for Art Criticism. Faculty members include Peter Fischli, Willem de Rooij, Douglas Gordon, Michael Krebber, and Tobias Rehberger. Read an article about the Städelschule here

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KHB Berlin

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin – Berlin, Germany

With 10 Meisterschüler in 2017, KHB allows for an intimate study experience and close contact and exchange with faculty members. The academy is proud of its tradition of combining theory and practice and has 13 workshops and studios for students to work in different media. Read more about KHB here

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Slade London

Slade School of Fine Art – London, UK

The Slade is part of UCL (University College London) and is a leading international art school. Slade students benefit from being at the centre of London’s art world, with access to world class galleries, museums, libraries, and cultural institutions. The Slade has a dynamic studio-led research culture and students develop their own work with tutorial and technical assistance according to their needs. Slade alumni include a large number of Turner Prize winners and nominees. Read more about the Slade here

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