HFBK Hamburg

Public Universities University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK)

HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg was founded in 1767, and offers a wide range of subjects for a higher artistic and scientific education.

HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg

HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg is a competitive arts academy that only accepts a small group of applicants every year. With a few hundred students, the HFBK promotes experimental working methods and encourages students to find innovative solutions to issues in artistic disciplines. Subjects cover a range of artistic areas ─ from 'classic' artistic subjects, such as painting and sculpture, to stage design and contemporary media.

Degree programmes

Consecutive bachelor and master programmes offer students the opportunity to connect these subjects and follow their own interests. In fact, first-year students are encouraged to explore all artistic areas to find their own preference. It is the student's decision to combine a variety of disciplines, or to simply focus on one. Classes are taught in small seminars and in individual or group tutorials, and students work intensively in studios.


HFBK has a well-stocked artistic library (website in German): particularly well-represented is 20th and 21st century art, and monographs of work of international artists and designers. Since the 1990s, HFBK has furthermore been reconstructing an archive of staff and student files, art collections and a press archive to assist scientific and cultural research and teaching.

Tuition fees and entry

HFBK, like many other universities in Hamburg, doesn't charge any tuition fees. Courses are conducted primarily in German, with occasional English guest lecturers, so students must be able to speak German. The HFBK offers German courses to students in collaboration with HafenCity University Hamburg.

For further information see the official website.