To be eligible for admission to the degree programmes in Fine art, Media Art and Design, Visual Communication, Product-Design and Teaching Qualification (Secondary Education) in Art Education (First and Dual Subject), students must have the higher education entrance qualification and pass an aptitude test.
However, according to the Thuringian Higher Education Act § 61 par. 3, students may, "in exceptional cases ... be allowed to enter an artistic course of study ... or an artistic/design-related course of study ... solely on the basis of a passed aptitude test."
A general higher education entrance qualification is mandatory for admission to the degree programmes Teaching Qualification (Secondary Education) in Art Education (First and Dual Subject). The aptitude test assesses whether the applicant possesses the necessary knowledge and artistic or design aptitude for the degree programme in question.
Once passed, the results of the aptitude test are valid for three years. The aptitude test can be retaken twice. The process for gaining admission to an artistic/design degree programme is separate from the application process for the aptitude test.

Application for the aptitude test in the degree programme Fine Art

There are three steps to passing the aptitude test:

  • First, you must submit the application with all the required documents for the aptitude test within the prescribed period of time. 
  • Then a committee reviews and selects applications in a pre-selection process.
  • If your application is selected, you are then invited to take a practical examination and, if necessary, an oral examination.

Please submit the following documents to the Faculty of Art and Design:

  • Informal letter of application stating the course of study you wish to pursue
  • Copies of secondary-school graduation certificates, professional training or internships
  • Handwritten CV
  • Portfolio containing 20 samples of original work (max. size: 70 x 100 cm, no three-dimensional objects, pelase note your name on the backside of your works) and a written statement confirming that you indeed produced these works 

Address:

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar 
Fakultät Gestaltung
Dekanat Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 7
D-99423 Weimar

Application deadline: 31 March

For each degree programme, there is an examination committee that pre-selects candidates based on their submitted works (portfolio). Those selected are then invited to take the aptitude test. Along with this invitation, candidates receive an assignment to be completed at home, which they should bring with them to the examination. The practical part of the examination (and oral part, if deemed necessary) is scheduled between 15 June and 15 July of each year.

Language requirements:

Lessons are taught in German. You must provide proof of German language proficiency with one of the following or equivalent certificates: 

  • DSH-2 (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache - DaF (mininum 4xTDN 4) 

For further information visit the website of the Language Centre.

Return of work samples:

Candidates may pick up their work samples after the objection period is over (two weeks after receiving notification of the results of the aptitude test) at the Dean's Office at the Faculty of Art and Design, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 7, from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 3 pm. If requested, the materials can be returned by postal delivery at the candidate's expense. After three months following the conclusion of the aptitude test procedures, the Faculty of Art and Design is no longer obligated to keep the candidate's submitted work samples on file.

Application for the aptitude test in the degree programmes Teaching Qualification (Secondary Education) in Art Education (First and Dual Subject)

The selection of the students of the degree programme Teaching Qualification (Secondary Education) in Art Education (First and Dual Subject) is based on an aptitude test:

  • First apply for the aptitude test.
  • You will then receive an assignment to complete at home within a prescribed period of time. 
  • You must then take a practical examination, come to a personal interview and present of up to 20 original samples of your artistic work. 

Your completed assignment will be evaluated to determine whether you may take the practical and oral part of the aptitude test (pre-selection).

To apply for the aptitude test, there are two ways:

1. Fill out the registration form online. You will then receive a confirmation of receipt by email as well as the task for the due date.

or

2. Submit an informal letter of application that identifies which course of study you are applying for or the following » form.

 

There is an examination committee that pre-selects candidates based on their submitted works (portfolio). Those selected are then invited to take the aptitude test. Along with this invitation, candidates receive an assignment to be completed at home, which they should bring with them to the examination. 

Language requirements
Lessons are taught in German. You must provide proof of German language proficiency with one of the following or equivalent certificates:

  • DSH-2 (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF (mininum 4xTDN 4)

For further information please visit the website of the Language Centre.

Application for the aptitude test in the degree programmes Media Art and Design

(©Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Foto: Candy Welz)

Media Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor’s programme in Media Art and Design begins each winter semester.

The prerequisite for admission is the Allgemeine Hochschulreife (German higher education entrance qualification) or equivalent qualification. Applicants must also pass an artistic aptitude test, the specifics of which are determined by the Qualifying Examination Regulations in Media Art and Design. In the case of outstanding artistic talent, applicants may be admitted without the German higher education entrance qualification.

Prerequisites for International Students:
German language skills of level 2 (DSH) or 4 (TestDaf). If you have any questions relating to certification, please contact Frau Johanna Theuerkauf at the Office of Student and Academic Affairs: Johanna.theuerkauf(at)uni-weimar.de

To register for the aptitude test » please register online

or

apply in writing by post until 31 March of the current year. Applications should be submitted by 31st March of each year and should include a cover letter, a Curriculum Vitae in tabular form and a stamped addressed envelope (size: C5).

Applications should be sent to:
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Fakultät Medien
Bauhausstraße 11
D-99423 Weimar
Germany

Applicants who pass the aptitude test can then enrol online.

[ Online application form ]

Application deadlines: 31st March of each year
Enrolment deadlines:
30th September of each year

Media Art and Design, Master of Fine Arts

Students can begin this course of studies in either the winter or summer semester.

Application deadlines:
Applications for the artistic aptitude test should be submitted (date of post mark) by 15th May (winter semester) or 31st January (summer semester).

Application and Admissions Procedures:
The prerequisite for admission to the degree programme is either a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Art and Design from the Faculty of Media or a first university degree recognized as professionally relevant by the responsible examination board. Applicants must also pass an aptitude test based on their artistic portfolio. The specifics of this are determined by the Qualifying Examination Regulations in Media Art and Design. A personal interview is not a compulsory part of the procedure.

You must hand the following documents in to the Faculty of Media. Please make sure they are complete:

  1. artistic portfolio containing DVD, CD or print versions of own work
  2. completed form detailing planned areas of specialization
  3. cover letter of max. 1 A4 page (letter of motivation, incl. nomination
  4. of planned area(s) of specialisation from the Degree Programme in Media Art and Design)
  5. CV in tabular form (incl. contact details)
  6. unauthenticated copies of previous academic certificates
  7. German language certificate (DSH 1)*


Applications should be sent by post to the address below. Email applications are not permitted:

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Fakultät Medien
Bauhausstraße 11
D-99423 Weimar
Germany

* Language requirements for international students:
In order to be admitted to the Master's programme, international students are required to provide proof of German language skills (level DSH 1 or TestDaF3). For further information or questions concerning these requirements, please contact Johanna Theuerkauf at: Johanna.theuerkauf(at)uni-weimar.de.

Please bear in mind that passing the aptitude test does not in itself mean admission to the degree programme. Along with a positive reply, you will be provided with a link to  the online application form. We will then check whether your enrolment is valid on the basis of the documents you have submitted (previous academic certificates and proof of language skills). This confirmation of your artistic aptitude is valid for 2 academic years, i.e. the year of your application and the following year of study.

Enrolment deadlines:
Successful applicants can then enrol online by 30th September (winter semester) or 31 March (summer semester).

English-Language Study Programme in Media Art and Design (MAD), Master of Fine Arts

Students can begin this course of studies in either the winter or summer semester.

Application deadlines:
Applications for the artistic aptitude test should be submitted (date of post mark) by 15th May (winter semester) or 31st January (summer semester).

Application and Admissions Procedures:
The prerequisite for admission to the degree programme is either a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Art and Design from the Faculty of Media or a first university degree recognized as professionally relevant by the responsible examination board. Applicants must also pass an aptitude test based on their artistic portfolio. The specifics of this are determined by the Qualifying Examination Regulations in Media Art and Design. A personal interview is not a compulsory part of the procedure.

You must hand the following documents in to the Faculty of Media. Please make sure they are complete:

  1. artistic portfolio containing DVD, CD or print versions of own work
  2. completed form detailing planned areas of specialization
  3. cover letter of max. 1 A4 page (letter of motivation, incl. nomination
    of planned area(s) of specialisation from the Degree Programme in Media Art and Design)
  4. CV in tabular form (incl. contact details)
  5. unauthenticated copies of previous academic certificates
  6. German language certificate (A 1) and English language certficate (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS)*


Applications should be sent by post to the address below. Email applications are not permitted:

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Fakultät Medien
Bauhausstraße 11
99423 Weimar
Germany

* Language requirements for international students:
In order to be admitted to the study programme, international students are required to provide proof of German language skills of level A1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). In addition, candidates must provide proof of very good English language skills (e.g. TOEFL min. 80 points or IELTS min. grade 6.0).

Please note: The Chair of Interface Design offers a complete English-language course programme. The other chairs offer partial English-language course programmes. As a significant number of the projetcs and specialist modules are taught in German, we recommend that applicants have attained a level of German higher than the stipulated A1.
Before the beginning of each summer and winter semester (in March and September), the Language Centre of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar offers intensive German courses.

For further information or questions concerning these requirements, please contact Johanna Theuerkauf at: Johanna.theuerkauf(at)uni-weimar.de

Please bear in mind that passing the aptitude test does not in itself mean admission to the degree programme. Along with a positive reply, you will be provided with a link to  the online application form. We will then check whether your enrolment is valid on the basis of the documents you have submitted (previous academic certificates and proof of language skills). This confirmation of your artistic aptitude is valid for 2 academic years, i.e. the year of your application and the following year of study.

Enrolment deadlines:
Successful applicants can then enrol online by 30th September (winter semester) or 31 March (summer semester).

Joint Study Programme in »Integrated International Media Art and Design Studies« (IIMDS), Master of Fine Arts/Master of Literature

The Joint study programme in IIMDS begins each summer semester.

Application deadline:
Applications for the artistic aptitude test should be submitted (date of post mark) by 31st January of each year (summer semester).

Application and Admissions Procedures:
The prerequisite for admission to the joint study programme in IIMDS is either a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Art and Design from the Faculty of Media or a first university degree recognized as professionally relevant by the responsible examination board. Applicants must also pass an aptitude test based on their artistic portfolio. The specifics of this are determined by the Qualifying Examination Regulations in Media Art and Design.
As part of this test, there will be a selection procedure in the form of an interview, which will take place every February. Candidates should have good professional and language proficiency skills and be highly motivated. Successful candidates will be admitted to the IIMDS joint study programme.

You must hand the following documents in to the Faculty of Media. Please make sure they are complete:

1.    artistic portfolio containing DVD, CD or print versions of own work
2.    completed form detailing planned areas of specialization
3.    cover letter of max. 1 A4 page (letter of motivation, incl. nomination of planned area(s) of specialisation from the Degree Programme in Media Art and Design)
4.    CV in tabular form (incl. contact details)
5.    unauthenticated copies of previous academic certificates
6.    international applicants: German language certificate (B 1) and English language certficate (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS)*
7.    German  native speakers: English language certficate (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS)*

Applications should be sent by post to the address below. Email applications are not permitted:

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Fakultät Medien
Bauhausstraße 11
D-99423 Weimar
Germany 

* Language requirements for international students:
In order to be admitted to the study programme, international students are required to provide proof of German language skills of level B1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). In addition, candidates must provide proof of very good English language skills (e.g. TOEFL min. 80 points or IELTS min. grade 6.0).
For further information or questions concerning these requirements, please contact Johanna Theuerkauf at: Johanna.theuerkauf(at)uni-weimar.de

Before the beginning of each summer semester (in March), the Language Centre of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar offers intensive German courses for international applicants. We strongly recommend that you enrol on such a course

Please bear in mind that passing the aptitude test on the basis of your artistic portfolio and a successful IIMDS interview do not in themselves mean admission to the degree programme. If you receive a positive reply, you should apply online to the Bauhaus-Universität. We will then check whether your enrolment is valid on the basis of the documents you have submitted (previous academic certificates and proof of language skills).

Enrolment deadline:
Successful applicants can then enrol online by 31st March of each year (summer semester)

If you have any questions relating to the contents of the study programme in IIMDS, please contact our Academic Advisor.

Application for the aptitude test in the Undergraduate degree programmes Visual Communication and Product Design

The aptitude test for these degree programmes is divided into three parts:

  • First, apply for the aptitude test in the course of study in question. 
  • You will then receive an assignment to complete at home within a prescribed period of time.
  • You must then take a practical examination, come to a personal interview and present of up to 10 original samples of your design work.

    Your completed assignment will be evaluated to determine whether you may take the practical and oral part of the aptitude test (pre-selection).

    To apply for the aptitude test, there are two ways:

    1. Fill out the registration form online. You will then receive a confirmation of receipt by email as well as the task for the due date.

    or

    2. Submit the following documents and post it to arrive no later than 31 March of the year: 

    • an informal letter of application that identifies which course of study you are applying for or the following » form
    • a stamped, self-addressed C5 envelope  (with the correct amount of postage)
      You will then receive the task by post.

    Address:

    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
    Fakultät Gestaltung
    Dekanat
    Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 7
    D-99423 Weimar

    Application deadline: 31 March

    Candidates who are invited to take the aptitude test for the degree programmes Visual Communication and Product Design should bring ca. 10 work samples to the practical examination.

    Language requirements:

    Lessons are taught in German. You must provide proof of German language proficiency with one of the following or equivalent certificates:

    • DSH-2 (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)  
    • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache - DaF (mininum 4xTDN 4)

    For further information visit the website of the Language Centre.

    Application for the aptitude test in the Master's degree programmes Product Design/ Sustainable Product Culture and Visual Communication/ Visual Cultures

    To apply for the aptitude test, please submit the following documents: 

    • Informal letter of application stating the course of study you wish to pursue
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Copy of the certificate from a university degree (Bachelor, Diploma or comparable degree)
    • Letter of motivation (one page, DIN A4), fully explaining your wish to pursue your academic and professional goals and a focus of study
    • Portfolio containing samples of original design work  
    • Copy of proof of native-speaker proficiency in German (copy high school diploma (Abitur) or  first professional qualification in a German - speaking country)
      or
    • Proof of language proficiency in the German language at level B 2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) by language certificates DSH-1 or TestDAF (4 x TDN 3) or equivalent

    Address: 

    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
    Fakultät Gestaltung
    Dekanat
    Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 7
    D-99423 Weimar

    Application deadline: 31 March

    You will be invited to take the aptitude test for the consecutive master's degree programmes Product Design/ Sustainable Product Cultures and Visual Communication/ Visual Cultures after a review committee has evaluated your submitted samples (portfolio) and decided that you may proceed with the aptitude test (pre-selection) and oral examination, if necessary. You will receive written notification of the result of your aptitude tests no later than four weeks after completing the test.

    Language requirements:

    Lessons are taught in German. You must provide proof of German language proficiency with one of the following or equivalent certificates:

    • DSH-2 (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)
    • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache - DaF (mininum 4xTDN 4)

    For further information visit the website of the Language Centre.

    Application for the aptitude test in the Master's degree programme Public Art and New Artistic Strategies

    To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, candidates must have attained a first-level professional qualification from a university/college of art in a degree programme of no less than eight semesters, or an equivalent degree as confirmed by the examination committee. The selection of the students of the degree programme is based on an aptitude assessment examination consisting of:

    • Documentation of artistic work
    • Completed homework assignment
    • if necessary, a personal interview

    To register for the aptitude assessment examination please either perform the

    » online registration for the aptitude assessment examination test (by 15 January)

    or submit the following documents to the Faculty of Art and Design by 15 January:

    You will receive the link to the homework by e-mail.

    In the next step please submit the following documents by post to the Faculty of Art and Design by 31 March:

    • Documentation of artistic work (preferably in a format no larger than DIN A4)
    • Completed homework assignment (The homework assignment will be sent to you by e-mail after registration.)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • uncertified copy of your higher education entrance qualification (Abitur, A-levels)
    • uncertified copy of your certificate of graduation from a university/college of art, along with a uncertified copy of your transcript
    • Language certificates (see section on language requirements below)

    Address
    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
    Fakultät Kunst und Gestaltung
    Public Art and New Artistic Strategies
    Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 7
    99423 Weimar
    Germany

    We ask you to please send your application materials to us by post – not via e-mail!

    Attention!

    Foreign applicants must include certified copies of all certificates and transcripts in the original language along with their translation in English or German. Applicants from the People's Republic of China are required to submit the certificate issued by the DAAD Academic Evaluation Centre in Beijing.
    You will receive the link to apply for admission online as soon as you have passed the aptitude assessment examination.
    Applicants who fail the aptitude assessment examination will receive written notification to that effect. We will return your materials by post if you include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient international postage with your application.

    Language requirements:

    English
    Students in this degree programme require very good English language skills. If you are not a native speaker of English, you must provide proof of English language proficiency with one of the following certificates:

    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, Level C
    • TOEFL computer-based 213, paper-based 550 or Internet-based 79 – 80 points
    • IELTS Band 6.0
    • or another certificate of equivalent level

    This also applies for German-speaking applicants. An exception can be made if a candidate has earned a previous degree or diploma in an English-speaking country.
    If a candidate does not quite fulfil the language proficiency requirements, he or she may choose to participate in an intensive language course in Weimar, as well as take language courses during the semester in order to meet the language requirements.

    German
    To ensure that foreign applicants are able to cope with life in Germany, they must have some basic knowledge of German. Applicants must provide proof that they have gained the first level of competence A1 laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This requirement is met by providing one of the following:

    • Start Deutsch 1 certificate from the Goethe Institute
    • another certificate of an equivalent level
    • certificate confirming completion of at least 130 to 160 hours of German language instruction

    If a candidate lacks sufficient knowledge of German, he or she may choose to gain the necessary language skills in an intensive language course at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar before the first semester begins.

    Recommendation for foreign applicants:

    We recommend that foreign applicants participate in two language courses in August and September before commencing their studies (a four-week course at the Bauhaus Summer Academy and a three-week course at the Language Centre at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar). 
    Candidates can also participate in an intensive German language course (24 hours of instruction per week) during the summer semester (April to July), which can be extremely helpful for preparing for study in Germany.

    Information about language examinations:

    British Council 
    Cambridge Proficiency
    Goethe Institute
    Adult education centres (VHS) and university language instruction centres

    Address:

    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
    Fakultät Gestaltung
    Public Art and New Artistic Strategies
    Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 7
    99423 Weimar
    Germany

    Application deadline: 31 March

    phone: +49 (0) 36 43 / 58 33 92
    fax: +49 (0) 36 43 / 58 33 93
    e-mail: mfa[at]gestaltung.uni-weimar.de

    Degree programme contacts:

    Prof. Danica Dakić
    Jirka Reichmann

    www.uni-weimar.de/mfa

    Application for admission to the PhD programmes Art and Design/ Fine Art/ Media Art

    Prerequisites:

    To be eligible for admission to the PhD programmes Art and Design / Fine art, 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]gestaltung.uni-weimar.de.

    For further information concerning the application please contact Dr. Christa Billing via e-mail alexander.schwinghammer@uni-weimar.de

    Application deadline: 31 March of the year (inbox)