To be eligible for admission to the PhD programme Art and Design, candidates must have attained qualification through an artistic or design degree programme (Magister, master's degree or Diplom) which corresponds to the profile of the Faculty of Art and Design. Especially skilled candidates may be admitted to the programme on the basis of a completed bachelor's degree programme in a related artistic or design course of study. A PhD graduate commission is responsible for determining the candidate's aptitude in such cases.

Candidates must provide proof of English language ability (at least B2 level as laid down by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Foreign candidates must also provide proof of German language ability (DSH-2 or Test DaF, at least 4 x TND4), if they have not already attained a university-level degree in a German-language degree programme.

In addition to the application form for admission to the doctoral programme, please submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificate confirming successful completion of a degree programme at a university/college of art or design (see above)
  • Certified copies of all required certificates. Foreign-language certificates and documents have to be accompanied by certified translations in German.
  • Exposé of an innovative PhD project (3,500 to 4,000 words in length) with a precisely formulated research question or thesis at the intersection between artistic/creative and theoretical discourse.
  • A work schedule and timetable that indicates that the project can be completed within three years. 
  • Documentation of a selection of previous artistic or design works (portfolio), and if available, exhibition catalogues, list of exhibitions and public presentations, press reports, etc. 
  • Completed application form with the names of both mentors, along with written confirmation from both mentors agreeing to supervise the candidate based on the submitted project concept (see the form »Mentor Statement«). 

Candidates should submit an application to either the PhD programme »Art and Design«, »Fine Art« or »Media Art« and must send the application with the other application documents until 31 March of the year in digital form only to the following address dekanat[at]

For further information concerning the application please contact Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alexandra Toland via e-mail alexandra.toland[at]

Application deadline: 31 March of the year (inbox)