Class Schedule and the Weimar Model
At the Faculty of Art and Design, students study according to the Weimar Model, meaning that this is a project-based course of study. According to this model, projects represent the central unit of instruction. Students work intensively on one topic or one problem solution for the duration of the semester. A project auction (Projektbörse) takes place at the beginning of every semester just before classes begin. The results of this auction determine what classes the students will attend. This auction system thus makes it impossible to provide a list of concrete courses to the home university prior to this auction. Courses in the following disciplines are offered every semester:
- Experimental Painting and Drawing
- Video, Media Art, New Media Installations
- Art and Social Terrain
- Concept Art
- Contextual Works in Public Space
- New Artistic Strategies
The degree programme is taught by Prof. Björn Dahlem (Sculpture, Object, Installation), Prof. Jana Gunstheimer (Experimental Painting and Drawing) and Prof. Christine Hill (Art and Social Terrain).
Media Art and Design:
- Electroacoustic Composition and Sound Design (currently in restaffing)
- Experimental Radio (Prof. Nathalie Singer)
- Media Environments (Prof. Ursula Damm)
- Interface Design: substituted by Jason Reizner
- Media Events (Prof. Wolfgang Kissel)
- Design and Management: Prof. Gerrit Babtist
- Material and Evironment: substituted by guest Katrin Krupka
- Industrial Design: Prof. Andreas Mühlenberend
- Interaction Design: Prof. Wolfgang Sattler
The Project Auction (Projektbörse)
At the beginning of every semester a (digital) »Project Auction« (Projektbörse) takes place at the Faculty of Art and Design. This auction determines which projects and specialized courses the students will be able to attend. The Project Auction (Projektbörse) encompasses three sequential events: project presentations, professor consultations and the ultimate project and practical course selection process.
During the project presentations, professors introduce their current courses in a series of short lectures and presentations. These presentations give the students an overview of the courses to be offered in the upcoming semester.
On the day after the project presentations, students have the opportunity to speak to the individual teachers in the form of a consultation. This gives the students a chance to gather more detailed information about the teacher’s projects and to present their own portfolio. The professors can be contacted on a binding basis and addressed individually.
Course Selection Process for Projects, academic modules and and Practical courses (Fachkurse)
Following the project presentations and consultations, the project and course selection takes place. We are currently working on an algorithm-based selection procedure for the places in the courses. We will publish information about the new procedure as soon as possible.
Notification about admittance in the project, practical and academic modules
The day after the project and course selection takes place, students will be informed exclusively by using the Weimar univeristy e-mail address about the courses they are admitted to.
If students encounter problems in choosing a course, they should contact the following contact persons in this order:
- Lecturer of the desired course
- Academic advisor
- Programme spokesperson
Project modules, practical modules and academic modules
Each student can attend a total of three courses:
- 1 Project module
- 1 Practical module (Fachmodul oder Werkmodul)
- 1 Academic module
Due to the limited faculty capacities and the required teacher to student ratios, it is NOT possible to attend multiple projects or practical courses during one semester. Strict adherence to this rule is expected!
Credits/European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
After the successful completion of a semester at the Faculty of Art and Design, students generally receive a total of 30 credit points/ECTS. This number of credits is obtained by attending the following combination of courses:
1 Project module → 18 ECTS
1 Practical module (Fachkurs/Werkmodul) → 6 ECTS
1 Academic module → 6 ECTS
→ 30 ECTS
All courses, unless otherwise specified, are taught in German. Academic staff may decide individually to what extent the lesson is conducted in English if and when international students participate in the project.
For safety reasons and insurance purposes, you must first attend an introductory course before you may use any of the workshops at the Faculty of Art and Design. You can find out more information about these courses during a tour of the workshops designed especially for exchange students. The International Office will automatically provide you with timely information about this tour.
Learning Agreement and Transcript of records
The Learning Agreement should be obtained from your home university. It includes a list of courses, which the Erasmus student should attend at the host university. It represents an agreement between the student, the home university and the host university. As an exchange student, you will be advised by YOUR academic advisor from your home university about the courses offered at the Faculty of Art and Design.
As stated above, the courses offered at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar for the upcoming semester will not be published until just a few weeks before the semester begins. Furthermore, due to the unique system used for project assignment (i.e. the project auction) it is not possible to define the exact courses which a student will attend and therefore the Learning Agreement can only be filled out on the basis of the general disciplines offered in Weimar. The signature required from the Faculty of Art and Design for the learning agreement will be performed by Jirka Reichmann or Christina Dobritz..
The Transcript of Records documents a student’s performance by providing a list of the courses taken, the obtained ECTS credit points as well as the grades received at the host university and the equivalent ECTS grades. Transcripts are issued to all students by the respective faculty where they completed their study abroad.
At the Faculty of Art and Design Christina Dobritz is the person responsible for issuing the transcripts. Please contact Ms. Dobritz in a timely manner PRIOR to your departure in order to provide her with an overview of the courses you attended, as well as the address where the transcript of records should be sent, i.e. to your home university or to your private address.
Important: Transcripts can be issued only after the teachers have given notification of the results/grades for their respective courses.
Part-time study as an international student during the pandemic
If it is not possible for you to study in Weimar due to the pandemic, it is also possible to start studying part-time.
For this purpose, you should take digital courses amounting to 12 to 18 ECTS.
If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor or Jirka Reichmann, International Counsellor Incoming.