Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design

Founded on 1st January 2005, the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel is Germany's northernmost and youngest school of higher education devoted to the systematic study of art and design. Thanks to an innovative course structure, the Academy's concept features a diverse programme of curriculum options in the fields of art, spatial strategies and design. The history of the Academy began in 1907 with the founding of separate classes in artistic design at the School of Applied Arts, the Muthesius Academy. It is a story of constant, gradual change in both curriculum and academic structure. The newly founded Academy of Fine Arts and Design will in future offer approximately 400 places for students.

The Art Academy's size enables it to offer project-oriented and practical instruction in small groups - a tradition harking back to the days of the Muthesius Academy - as well as close contact between instructors and students. What is new is the interdisciplinary course structure, which links all fields at the Art Academy, thus providing the students with a great diversity of subject areas. As a result, new interdisciplinary projects can be undertaken: an optimal preparation for the students' later professional careers. In this regard, modern media play no less important a role than that of the traditional canons of art and design.

General information for students

Information regarding applications (deadlines and fixed dates), costs, admission and info brochures are available from the International Office:

Tel: +49-(0)431-5198-501

Every year, in June, there is an information fair for those interested in studying at the Art Academy. This July, the annual exhibition, Einblick-Ausblick (>Insight-Outlook<), offers an overview of the students' end-of-course art projects and an insight into life at the Academy. Exact dates and further information regarding studies at the Academy of Fine Arts can be found on our homepage. It also contains the application forms and the current course catalogue available in German only.


Bachelor and Master study programmes

Bachelor of Arts: 3-year study programme 

Bachelor of Fine Arts: 4-year study programme

Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts : 2-year study programmes

Application deadlines:

Bachelor Interior Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts once a year: 1.-15. May

Bachelor Industrial and Communication Design and all Master study programmes twice a year:

1.-15. May and 1.-15. November. 

A German language certificate is required for international applicants. DSH 2 or TestDaF 4x4 are accepted.

Fields of study

Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
art basics, sculpture, ceramics, painting, the art of the media, drawing/graphic art

Industrial Design (B.A.)
structural design, interface design, technical design

Communication Design (B.A.)
photography, conception and drafting, language and communication, typography and layout

Interior Design (B.A.)
spatial strategies/structures (scenic design)

Art Education (B.A.)
in cooperation with the Christian-Albrechts Univ. in Kiel for the examination for teachers at "Gymnasium" (high school/grammar school)

Fields of study and subject areas

There are 28 subject areas within the Art Academy's network structure. They are covered by the three fields - art, spatial strategies and design - as well as in the Centres for the Media and Theory.

Central Institutes and Units
The centres for media and theory, the open workshops, the computer lab and the library are open to students of all subjects.

The Centre for Theory encompasses the subject areas aesthetics, cultural theory, media theory and visual studies, as well as the Forum: a unit devoted to interdisciplinary studies and projects in the grey area between theory and practice.

Proficiency in technical and aesthetic skills offered by the new media is of great significance for all fields of study. This is the function of the Centre for the Media, with the subject areas digital and interactive media, and time-based media.


Studying in Kiel is more than merely attending courses at the Art Academy. One should not discount the significant role played by living in a city whose essence owes much to its geographical location on the Baltic. It is the sea that puts its mark on Kiel's recreational options for the students, as well as other influences: the city's rural surroundings and, of course, its cultural events. Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, is certainly no burgeoning metropolis. Its location, however, on the western fringe of the cultural and economic region of the Baltic, makes it a significant factor in establishing contacts with Scandinavia and the countries on the eastern fringe of the Baltic.

Across the borders

The Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts takes advantage of its closeness to Scandinavia and the other countries bordering the Baltic by continuing to extend its cooperative network schemes with other academic institutions in the region. This provides students with the option of studying at a foreign university or art academy. This opportunity is enhanced by the introduction of Bachelor and Master degree programmes via the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), as well as the assistance offered students by the Office for Foreign Students.