Bachelor Design and Fine Art Programs

Application period for winter term 2020/21 is already closed.

The next period for registration for the aptitude test starts again on 1 November and ends on 10 December 2020 for winter term 2021/22!  The aptitude test itself always takes place at the academy of art in mid-February. An application is only possible for the winter semester.

>>Important dates for interested parties: Portfolio consultings // Info days // Open days 2020

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Study programs of weißensee academy of art berlin

All design departments (Visual Communication, Product-, Fashion and Textil/Surface Design) are offered as a 4-years Bachelor and a 1-year Master modularised program. The regular duration of study is 8 semesters, 240 ECTS-credits (Bachelor) and 2 semesters, 60 ECTS-credits (Master of Arts).
The Fine Arts Diploma programmes (Painting, Sculpture and Stage/Costumedesign) comprise a standard period of study of ten semesters that are completed with a final "Diplom" exam (300 ECTS-credits) and it is equivalent to a Master Degree. All programmes start with the transdisciplinary Art and design Foundation during the frist year of studies.


The application procedure is the same for all Bachelor's and Diploma programmes. Here you will find the individual steps, which are also available for download on the right.

Step 1: Online-Registration for Aptitude Test (Nov 1 - Dec 10)

The application for the undergrade programs, please use only the online application portal of our school. Shortly before the application starts, you will find the link to the application portal here. The online application procedure for undergraduate degree programmes is open again from 01 November - 10 December 2020 for the following winter semester.

Note: The portfolio does not have to be uploaded at this time, but must be submitted personally in February on the first day of the aptitude test. You will receive the invitation to the aptitude test in January, and the invitation may include a small artistic-practical homework. (except sculpture + painting + textile design).

Step 2: Aptitude Test (mid February 2021)

The aptitude test takes place here on site and begins with the submission of the portfolio and a special homework. If the portfolio examination is passed, a further 2-3 days with artistic tasks and an interview with the admissions committee follow.

So you have to be in Berlin in person, also for the risk you don´t get admitted to the test and the entrance exam/aptitude test will be terminated with the portfolio review.

Step 3: Application for study

The submission of all required documents in the original, e.g. the schoolcertificate, takes place only after passing the aptitude test from 01 April - 30 April for admission.

The artistic aptitude test is valid for two years. If you do not pass the aptitude test, you can apply again next year.



If you pass the aptitude test successfully you are allowed/invited to apply for admission at the Berlin Weissensee Art Academy, if you comply with all formalities:

1. artistic aptitude (of weißensee)

2. qualification for entrance to German University
that means a Higher Secondary (School) certificate or alternatively special artistic aptitude, applicants without Abitur can also be admitted to study if they prove a special artistic aptitude in the aptitude test. The secondary school  certificate is sufficient for the Fine Arts Programs!

3. proof of practical experiences in a study relevant field,
6-8 weeks internship, except for applicants in our three Fine Arts programs.

4. Proof of sufficient German language skills for international applicants
At the time of application, at least one language certificate corresponding to the completed qualification level A2 must be submitted for all degree programmes. In the case of a positive decision, the examination certificate should be submitted for admission in April:
For the design courses for example Testdaf 4, DSH 2, telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, DSD II, the C1 examination certificate of the Goethe-Institut or the UDK in the design study courses, stage and costume design;
For the fine arts of painting and sculpture for example telc B2, Testdaf 3, DSH 1, the B2 examination certificate of the Goethe-Institut or the UDK. At the latest at the beginning of your studies.

>>Further important informations on admission and matriculation for international applicants!

Information on admission and matriculation for international applicants

All applicants from Germany or abroad have equal status in the application procedure, provided that international applicants can prove that they have the necessary German language skills. (Exempt are native German speakers and those who have a German Abitur).

All courses and lectures at the weißensee art academy berlin are offered in German only. International applicants must provide proof of at least one language certificate corresponding to the completed qualification level A2 at the time of application. To apply online, the most recent language certificate or a course confirmation of the current language course should be uploaded as a pdf file.

For admission, at the latest at the beginning of the course, the corresponding examination certificate must be submitted.
>For all design courses as well as stage and costume design: either Testdaf 4, DSH 2, telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, DSD II, the C1 examination certificate of the Goethe Institute or the UDK.
>For painting and sculpture: either telc B2, Testdaf 3, DSH 1, telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, DSD II, the B2 examination certificate of the Goethe Institute or the UDK.

In exceptional cases, a certificate of registration for the language examination or proof of the completed B2/C1 course is also sufficient for admission. Please note that the corresponding examination certificate must be submitted at the latest at the beginning of your studies.

Please note: all necessary certificates and documents must be submitted in form of an officially authenticated translation in German or English. Applicants from the People's Republic of China and Vietnam must include the original certificate confirming that the papers have been pre-checked by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS).


To enrol into the academy of art Weissensee costs about 330 € twice a year (every term) and includes the ticket for the local transport. No tuition fees are required!

For further questions about application, admission and study please ask the Student Service.


Susan Lipp
general course guidance

Student Service
weissensee academy of art berlin
Bühringstr. 20 - 13086 Berlin
mail: studienberatung(at)
open hours: room A 1.03 tuesday 11-13, thursday 14-17
telephone advisory service: +49 30 47705 342 tuesday 14-16, wednesday 10-12






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