• ALMA DEL BANCO AWARD goes to Marianne Kjeldsen

    ALMA DEL BANCO AWARD goes to Marianne Kjeldsen

    This year, the Alma del Banco award for the best thesis was awarded at campus Hamburg as part of the BA exhibition and awarding of certificates for the very first time. The winner is the young photographer Marianne Kjeldsen who convinced the jury with her photographic work and installation "Flaschengeist".

    Marianne's father is a hero. At least that's how he sees himself in the stories he tells his young daughter.

    In her work "Flaschengeist", Marianne again approaches the child she once was and the father of that time. She takes her father's self-awareness as an all-rounder literally and stages him as a racing driver, swimming with the sharks, as a helmsman, as a man without fear. 

    Dealing with her childhood turns into a cheeky tribute that leaves out any accusations.

    This biographical work not only deals with an inner world but also courageously confronts a difficult reference person: one's own father.

     "Flaschengeist" works with different dimensions. Marianne translates her father's stories into two-dimensional photography and into three-dimensional objects that are positioned in space in such a way that they create references to the images. And she lets you guess her story behind her father's stories.

    The members of the jury reacted immediately when entering the room: With goose bumps and great joy.

    We congratulate Marianne on her great success!


    Alma del Banco was a German modernist painter and one of Hamburg's most popular artists. She was born on 24 December 1863 into an assimilated Jewish merchant family in Hamburg and took her on life on 8 March 1943.

    Her work as an artist and networker had a lasting influence on the Hamburg art scene. In 1919, she was a founding member of the Hamburg Secession and from 1920 a member of the Hamburg Artists Association. In 1931, she and other women founded the first German Zonta Club. From 1933, she was persecuted as an avant-gardist and a Jew. In 1933, the Hamburg artists excluded her from their community.

    The prize was awarded in cooperation with the Forum für Künstlernachlässe Hamburg, which owns the estate of Alma del Banco. The aim is to anchor the remembrance and commemoration of important artistic personalities in the consciousness of young artists as an inspiring impulse.

  • A Successful Summer Open House and Bachelor Exhibition at Campus Hamburg

    A Successful Summer Open House and Bachelor Exhibition at Campus Hamburg

    Last Friday, 12 July 2019, the summer tour and bachelor exhibition of the Art & Design Department of the University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) took place at Hamburg campus. 

    The exhibition was preceded by the ceremonial presentation of the final certificates. Prof. Heike Ollertz, Dean of the Art & Design Department, opened the ceremony with a short speech, followed by a speech by Christian Meyer zu Ermgassen and two graduates.

    This semester, the ALMA DEL BANCO AWARD for the best thesis was awarded for the very first time. The winner was Marianne Kjeldsen. In her work "Flaschengeist", she revives the stories that her father told her when she was a little girl and implements them in a touching way.

    Furthermore, the awarding of the scholarships was traditionally announced. This semester, Daniel Friese (film and motion design), David Kern (photography), Eva Röhlsberger (communication design) and Marie-Sophie Sohns (communication design) can be happy about the waiver of the semester fees. 

    The subsequent tour and the bachelor exhibition were well attended. In addition to the bachelor graduates, the students of all Art & Design courses also exhibited their various projects. Throughout the building, visitors could discover unique, creative and inspiring works. Whether concept designs for new sustainable business ideas or analysis for the representation of fictitious characters, from cheerful animations for primary school children to mystical creatures of sinister dystopias - the works were as varied and diverse as our students themselves.

    Another part of the tour was the "Bauhaus Department". As part of a cooperation with the Hamburg Architecture Summer 2019, which takes place from 7 May - 31 July this year and is dedicated to "100 Years of Bauhaus", the students took the anniversary as an opportunity to revive the school of ideas and experimental fields of the famous art and design school.

    We congratulate all bachelor graduates on their graduation and are enthusiastic about what our young artists have created!

    Click here for interviews with the bachelor graduates Isabell Bartnicki, Anna Nurmela, and Vithusan Vijayaratnasingam.

  • Interview with Bachelor Graduate Anna Nurmela

    Interview with Bachelor Graduate Anna Nurmela

    On 12 July, the vernissage of this year's bachelor exhibition will take place at campus Berlin.

    We already met several students and today, we would like to introduce Anna Nurmela and her final project.

    What did you study and why did you choose campus Berlin?

    I studied communication design and before applying to campus Berlin, I was living in Finland. I told myself that someday I wanted to live abroad and since I already knew Berlin, I started to search graphic design schools there that teach in English. I was also interested in illustration but since the programme at UE was in German, I couldn't apply for that one. However, I heard I could take illustration classes together with communication design which sounded perfect for me, so I gave it a try.

    What is the topic of your bachelor thesis and how did you come up with the topic?

    The topic of my bachelor thesis is philosophy of boredom and how to accept the meaninglessness of our modern life. For personal experiences and pure interests, I had been fascinated by philosophy, boredom and nothingness. I understood they were linked together and I wanted to find a way to explain the connection. Slowly, I started reading texts of different philosophers and I found one from Schopenhauer which made me understand my thoughts were universal: “For if life [...] possessed in itself a positive value and real content, then there would be no such thing as boredom: mere existence would fulfil and satisfy us.” This worked as an inspiration for the whole concept and explained what I was realizing. At the same time, I had been taking snapshots with my phone, which I had combined with simple captions. They started to sound very existential since they were based on my everyday thoughts. Starting from 2017 to 2019, I had more than 700 lines of text that I wanted to put in one book. This book ended up being more than 500 pages together with illustrations. In order to create an atmosphere of existential boredom, I added a sound element to it as well, where my friend is reading the pages out loud.

    Which materials and media did you use to implement your thesis?

    For most of the illustrations, I used water-soluble graphite pencils and for some, I used ink on a rice paper. I wanted to use a technique that I could not control much, so that the ink would spread freely and create unplanned forms. This way, I was also able allow mistakes to be part of the final result and trust my instinct. I recorded the sounds with a portable sound recorder and edited them with Adobe Audition.

    What challenges did you face with your bachelor thesis? How did you solve them and what advice would you give to the next bachelor students?

    The biggest challenge was probably to choose how to execute the final project. I felt that I had a good background idea with the written part, but struggled to find an interesting solution for the practical project. I felt that I had too many ideas and that I wasn't sure which ones I should follow. That's why I was happy get the support from my advisors, who pushed me into the right direction when I was wandering too far away from the original idea of existential boredom. After I had decided that the project would be a book, I had to choose how to print it in a way that fit my budget. When I thought that I was ready and going to the printer, I was told that the book is not going to work well with that many pages and that I couldn’t have a folded cover. I was ready to give up on these special wishes and do as they suggested. Luckily, I found another printer that was ready to print the book as I hoped, and I was more than happy with the end result. So, I'd advise to do a lot of research of the printers and ask them questions. Don't abandon your creative printing ideas after the first struggles because there might be someone else who's ready to implement them. This applies to your personal ideas as well: here's always someone who will get them. Also be open to feedback and self-reflection.

    Do you already have an idea of what to do after your degree? What are your plans for the future?

    I want to continue working on my own projects without making any specific plans. Illustrations will be a part of them but I'm also interested in sounds and atmospheres. I want to see where they could lead me and if I can combine them. I hope to find a job as a graphic designer since I still feel there's a lot of things that I want to learn and get better. In the future, I might apply for a master’s degree in some art field but that's something that I will think about later.

    Here, you can take a look at Anna Nurmela's homepage and Instagram profile.

    You can find more information about our communication design course and this year's bachelor's exhibition right here on our website.

  • UE Stories: Marcel

    UE Stories: Marcel

    Cross Dimensional Creator

    Marcel holds a bachelor's degree in communication design from the University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) in Berlin and now works as a digital editorial designer for the international agency Edenspiekermann. As an all-round talent, he is so successful in his profession because he knows all the facets of design thanks to his studies. He not only develops digital concepts for traditional print media and newspapers, but also takes care of everything, from stickers to photography that is incidentally produced in his agency. In his spare time, he also designs and manufactures his own designer furniture. He says about his time as a student at UE:

    "I had a great time during my studies, which had a great influence on me. I am still in close contact with many of my lecturers.”

    Boredom? There is no such thing as
    What Marcel particularly likes about his profession is that he always offers something new: "The exciting thing about communication design is that it illuminates all topics and aspects of design. The basics are incredibly diverse and in the end you can do anything you want with it. So now I'm quite broadly positioned and do everything, from illustrations to animations, videography and event photography, as well as my day-to-day business, which is internally generated in the agency. It's a very varied job."

    From the trial week to design studies
    But it wasn't clear in the beginning that Marcel would become a designer. After graduating from high school, he actually wanted to study guitar. To this day, he composes pieces himself, but primarily as a hobby: "I couldn't imagine it as a profession after all". His father is a trained typesetter and so he came into contact with the UE during a joint visit to a trade fair: "Then, I just did the trial week and convinced my parents that I really wanted to do it".

    A good education is the be-all and end-all
    Marcel says he wants to inspire more young people to start studying communication design. What makes a good designer? "The important thing is to listen well, understand quickly and identify problems. Anyone who is enthusiastic about design and above all, has a lot of openness, has a good chance of making it far. The prerequisite, of course, is that you also understand your craft."

    If you can imagine studying design, he recommends the trial course: "The UE offers a lot and with a bit of initiative you can become anything you want. In addition, the international orientation is a real advantage, because that's how the industry ticks.

    Anyone can study privately
    Instead of moving to another city, I decided to study privately in Berlin and stay at home," he said. The cost was about the same."

    Studying Communication Design
    As a communication designer, you develop designs and graphic representations of all kinds and deal with which elements and which visual language best convey the intended message. In addition to design, this also includes research, analysis, strategic implementation and evaluation. This academic approach to the classic field of design is just as interesting for companies as it is for the media and public communication.

    The professional field is incredibly broad and ranges from branding and corporate design to editorial design and user experience design. All these disciplines are not only about learning the respective craft, but also the target group - and addressing them in a targeted way. As a communication designer, you don't limit yourself to drawing or creating, but come into contact with the most diverse forms of artistic design, from conceptual design to animation or app design, from photo, video to classic typography. In addition to the theoretical foundation, which ranges from design theory to communication concepts, a variety of techniques are taught. However, the focus always remains on the individual freedom of each student.

    At the end of your Communication Design studies, all doors are open to you as a creative all-rounder: as communication designers in demand on the job market, graduates can become creative or art directors in an advertising agency, media houses or government institutions. Communication designers are also ideally suited as strategic consultants. Due to the complexity of contemporary communication, business, science, culture and politics have a great need for designers who are able to communicate concrete content and support communication goals with their creative work.

    You can find out how Marcel's story began as a communication designer and how the University of Applied Sciences Europe supported him on his way to becoming a digital editorial designer at: www.ue-stories.com

  • UE Stories: Niklas

    UE Stories: Niklas

    Creative Space Explorer

    Niklas completed his bachelor's degree in photography from the University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE). Today, he is the editor of his own fashion magazine "Hart" and takes over the tasks of Creative Director and Editorial Designer. What began as a university project at UE is now his life and career.

    "We started as a student magazine in the 6th semester - now we are at the third edition with a circulation of 10,000 copies and stand among the special interest magazines at the station. We are now available in 26 countries".

    Expanding your horizons through your studies
    Niklas originally comes from a small village in Austria, where he was also a member of the local photo club: "There you have a very clear idea of what photos should look like. During my studies, I experienced a reality clash." The studies expanded his artistic horizon enormously: "The studies are very diverse and totally open - in the end you really did everything from fine arts to product photography. In addition, there are many cultural differences between the students. That always makes the project work exciting and new."

    The path is the goal
    About his time as a student, he says: "My studies have completely changed me - I have learned to question everything, but also to go my own way. In addition, my studies inspired me to do many things that weren't on my radar before". In addition to his work as an editor, he continues to be a freelance photographer and fashion assistance in a fashion agency: "If you ask me what I would call my profession, the answer would probably be artist".

    Good job opportunities despite fierce market competition
    Niklas says that there are many good photographers, but at least as many opportunities: "Especially in the social media space, new jobs are increasingly being created and the UE adapts wonderfully to the market situation. As a photography graduate, you are well prepared for your studies here and can show a really broad portfolio. I'd say you're much better positioned than people who do their job without having studied."

    Study photography
    Being a photographer means more than just pressing the shutter button. Choosing the right camera and lenses for each shot is just as important as understanding perspectives and lighting, photographic history and design theory and the right look. In addition, there is a whole range of printing techniques and different camera models. In times of digitalisation, photographers are expected to be familiar with all kinds of tools for image processing and to be able to create the most diverse formats - the profession of the photographer today is much more diverse than a few years ago.

    From the work in a photo studio over an occupation in a publishing house up to freelance work the vocational field is as broadly varied as the task spectrum. There are many specialisations: Whether nature, portrait or event photographer, whether product photographer in advertising or artist. If you are a flexible photographer, there are many doors open to you.

    Students at the University of Applied Sciences Europe learn to work with analogue and digital cameras as well as the classic craft of photo development in the darkroom and printing. Cinematography, design, image processing, composition, colouring, printing, lighting and media law are also taught. This makes them all-rounders who are able to successfully gain a foothold in every field of photography. Thanks to the international environment of the university, the bachelor's degree can be completed in both German and English, and the master's degree is offered exclusively in English.

    You can find out how Niklas' Story began as the editor of his own magazine and how the University of Applied Sciences Europe supported him on his way to becoming Creative Director at: www.ue-stories.com



    From 12 - 14 July 2019, students of Film + Motion DesignPhotographyGame Design, Illustration and Communication Design as well as Bachelor graduates of the Art & Design department of Hamburg campus invite you to their open house and bachelor exhibition.

    An external jury chooses a selection of works amongst all bachelor graduation projects for the Alma del Banco graduation price to award their voices and visions.

    The jury members are:

    Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck
    Anna Henckel Donnersmarck works with moving images in various ways. She creates video projections for theatre, opera, dance and music as well as video installations for exhibitions and museums. She teaches at art schools and works for film festivals with a focus on short film. She is the new head and curator of Berlinale Shorts.

    Stefan Kiefer
    Using surprising ideas to concisely present complex themes is Stefan Kiefer’s passion. His experience from 18 years of designing covers as Cover Editor and Art Director at the German weekly magazine »DER SPIEGEL« goes to show: Art and commerce can successfully complement one another — a million copies sold per week speak for themselves.

    Sabine Cole
    “To tell stories, you need to live stories”. This is why storyteller Sabine Cole always takes you where the best stories are. She has been working in the industry for over 20 years. As the Head of Storytelling at »loved«, she was again asked to be part of the ADC Jury in the area of Corporate Publishing.

    We look forward to your visit at our exhibition. Find out who convinces the jury.

  • Interview with bachelor graduate Vithusan Vijayaratnasingam

    Interview with bachelor graduate Vithusan Vijayaratnasingam

    On 12 July, the vernissage of this year's bachelor exhibition will take place at campus Hamburg.
    We have already met some students and today, we would like to introduce Vithusan Vijayaratnasingam and his final project.

    What did you study and why did you choose campus Hamburg?

    Right after graduating from high school, I knew that I would like to study a creative, digital and economic mixture. However, a classical business studies course was out of the question for me. Then, I found the Communication Design study at the UE and the whole concept convinced me from the very beginning! Some of the professors come from the business world, which gave them a direct practical connection, which was often very helpful. During my studies, I also had the opportunity to combine methods and ways of thinking from a wide variety of disciplines in order to set my focus.

    What is the topic of your bachelor thesis and how did you come up with the topic?

    Since the beginning of my studies, I have worked as a working student for various companies. After the fourth semester, I needed a required internship. As I already had experience with small agencies and medium-sized companies, I wanted to get to know the corporate world. In the end, it ended up being Lufthansa Technik AG in Hamburg. Due to the complex and varied tasks, I was able to get to know a new world of work. During the internship, I built up a network and was offered a bachelor's position after the internship. After much consideration, I finally decided on the topic of "Process improvement and optimization through the development of a user interface concept for the engine MRO area".

    The aim is to digitize a manual process by introducing a scanner. The scanner will be used to identify the smallest millimeters/micrometers/nanometers of damage to the inner skin of the engine. The inner skin of the engines is damaged by influences such as sand, dust and pollen deposits or granulate. At present, the staff working on the findings are manually recording this damage on an area of 25 cm x 25 cm. This means that they sit down in front of the engine, draw the surface, measure the depth, length and distance to the nearest point with a dial gauge and a caliper. Then, the values are manually entered into a table. On such a small area more than 500 small damages can come together. In order to digitize this process and to make it easier for the staff to work with the findings, I am developing a target group-oriented user interface concept, the front-end, which is then developed by an external software agency in the back-end.

    Which materials/media did you use to realise your thesis?

     I received a lot of materials from Lufthansa internally. But what was particularly decisive was the actual and target analysis as well as the target group analysis, which I carried out on site. The analyses and the resulting results were the basis for the development of the user interface concept.

    Then, of course, literature and online sources, because you cannot write a bachelor thesis without them. I also had to deal with new programmes like Adobe Experience Design (Adobe XD) and Balsamiq.

    What challenges did you face with your bachelor thesis? How did you solve them and what advice would you give to the next bachelor students?

    During my studies, I already had some modules in the area of UX/UI (User Experience and User Interface) and was able to get to know this rather complex bachelor topic very well. But I needed a good control system and I had to create a schedule to keep the important deadlines. Sometimes it was quite difficult for me because I also worked as a working student in international strategic marketing at Edding AG. There, I’m also dealing with UX and UI topics and I am constantly expecting new tasks. That was quite stressful at times but I also wanted to keep learning through my working student job in addition to my bachelor's thesis.

    I also had to teach myself the new programmes. So I watched different tutorials and dealt with the programmes in advance.

    My tip for future bachelor students: gather experience and learn, be open, disciplined, self-confident and believe in yourself, make a plan and go through with it! Sometimes, you have to take risks because you learn from your mistakes and grow with your tasks.

    Do you already have an idea of what to do after graduating? What are your plans for the future?

    After my studies, I would like to do the masters degree directly or work if I get an offer for a full-time job. I would like to do my Master's in Innovation Management/ Digital Business Management or Marketing Psychology. I have already looked at a number of degree programmes but the decision has not yet been made. I also want to develop professionally in this direction. At some point, I would like to set up my own agency in addition to a full-time position. But these are still thoughts for the future.  Nowadays, you have a lot of possibilities with this degree. Today, there are professions that did not exist four or five years ago. And that will continue to develop in the course of digitalization. That is why I have many opportunities to try out various different things in the future.  


    Here you can find the LinkedIn and Instagram (vithu_2211) profile of Vithusan Vijayaratnasingam.

    You can find more information about our Communication Design course and this year's bachelor's exhibition right here on our website.

  • Fashion photography – A new cooperation with Kunsthochschule Weißensee

    Fashion photography – A new cooperation with Kunsthochschule Weißensee

    The fashion photography course of Campus Berlin has started a new cooperation with the fashion design students of the Kunsthochschule Weißensee under the lead of Prof. Katrin Thomas, professor for Photography at UE.

    The photos will be exhibited together with other semester papers from all courses on the weekend of 6 & 7 July 2019 during the tour of the Open Day at Weißensee Art Academy.

    With this tour, the university invites a wide-ranging audience with different expertise to gain insights into the work of the students. Students are thus given the opportunity to present their work to the public and make initial contacts.

    Are you also interested in photography, design or illustration?

    Find out here about our comprehensive range of courses offered by the Art & Design department.

    When: 6 and 7 July 2019, each from 12 pm to 8 pm
    Where: Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin (Bühringstraße 20, 13086 Berlin)

  • Interview with bachelor graduate Isabell Bartnicki

    Interview with bachelor graduate Isabell Bartnicki

    On 12 July, the opening of the current bachelor exhibition will take place at Campus Hamburg.

    Today, we present graduate Isabell Bartnicki with her final project:

    What did you study and why did you choose Campus Hamburg?

    I studied Illustration. I chose the Hamburg campus because I liked the university best in terms of its website. Unfortunately, there is not so much choice of universities in Hamburg that offer illustration as a course of study. I was born in Hamburg and didn't really want to move to another city. The UE is also, as far as I know, the only university besides the HAW that offers an accredited Bachelor's degree. That was also an additional crucial criterion for my selection.

    What is the topic of your bachelor thesis and how did you come up with the topic?

    The topic of my bachelor thesis is how to deal with light and shadow in painting and horror. In my thesis, I researched the techniques of various painters over the centuries. Then I analyzed different current concepts and paintings and determined which means are used to express the eerie atmosphere.

    The inspiration for my paintings is very personal. It is a mixture of my own fears and nightmares that have flowed into my work.

    I have always been a big horror fan. It all started when I was a teenager and I met with friends to watch horror movies. Then there's my love for games. Silent Hill 2 was the first horror game that I played.. I was and still am very enthusiastic about the atmosphere in the game. I like psychological horror best and not blunt jumpscares.

    My interests also lie in many other things. I'm also a big Studio Ghibli fan and like to play Stardew Valley. But I think that horror is not represented enough.

    Another reason is that in my own paintings/drawings, I wasn't so sure how to deal with light and shadow. So the theme was perfect for it. This way, I learned a lot in theory about the techniques of the old masters (e.g. DaVinci) and analyzed in newer paintings how everything together creates the atmosphere and the horror in pictures. These findings can then be applied to everything else.

    Which materials/media did you use to realize your thesis?

    I work almost exclusively digitally and paint in Photoshop. I sometimes forget that but I try to use as many references as possible, whether from Google or photographed by myself. I've also seen a lot of horror movies.

    What challenges did you face with your bachelor thesis? How did you solve them and what advice would you give to the next bachelor students?

    The biggest challenge was to find the compositions and a suitable lighting situation for the scene. You have to pay attention to many different aspects:

    How do I best set the contrasts to guide the eye of the beholder? Does my composition work? Which parts of the picture do I have to work out, which parts can I make a bit coarser? How do the shadows fall when the light comes from this direction? What do the shadows look like? How do different materials behave when light hits them? What do stones look like at all?

    These are some of the many questions I have asked myself constantly. The biggest help was good references and a lot of feedback from external people. I was lucky to get to know the Art Director Reiko Groß through my working student job and he gave me a lot of very helpful feedback. But it also helps to ask family and/or friends questions.

    Do you already have an idea of what to do after graduating? What are your plans for the future?

    My plan for the future is to be a concept artist in the games and film industry. I don't have a certain studio in mind yet. I want to develop ideas and create worlds. I like solving problems, telling stories and creating emotions in my pictures.


    Learn more about the Illustration course!

    You can find out more about Isabell on Instagram or on artstation.

  • Design Contest - New logo for our Career Center

    Design Contest - New logo for our Career Center

    The new Career Center logo comes from our Game Design student Franziska Schümann.

    At the beginning of May, the Career Center made a call to design their new logo. The second semester student from Hamburg convinced everyone with her design and was gifted voucher of 100€ for Media Markt. Many congratulations - we are very happy with the beautiful new design!

    Our Career Center is the interface between the university and the business world. It accompanies the students on their way into practice from the beginning and supports them with their internship and career planning. In addition, the Career Center is also constantly building new cooperation opportunities and raises awareness for the university and its excellently educated students among the various (business) partners.

  • New design for Hamburg’s environmental protection - project group “Tag der Stadtnatur” (Day of City)

    New design for Hamburg’s environmental protection - project group “Tag der Stadtnatur” (Day of City)

    In the project group of Prof. Christian Meyer zu Ermgassen, 18 students of the Illustration and Communication Design courses at the Hamburg campus worked out a new, extensively designed programme booklet and matching posters for the "Day of City Nature" from 15 - 16 June in Hamburg.

    Somewhat outdated - this is how the campaigns for the protection of the environment often looked in the past. The creation of "Fridays for Future" abruptly rejuvenates the face of the movement. At the "Day of City Nature", our up-and-coming designers are bringing a breath of fresh air. The students set themselves the goal of guiding those interested through the thicket of events and giving the campaign a more visual character.

    In coordination with the Loki Schmidt Foundation, which coordinates the campaign, the concept and structure of the new magazine, the layout and the details of the visual language were developed. The programme categories were rearranged and now also introduced by an illustrative motif, which runs through the page of the programme like a crack. This form is intended to recall the torn nature of the city but also expresses its corridor function as a link between individual habitats in keeping with the main theme of the biotope network.

    You can download the programme booklet and further exciting information on the campaign from the website of the "Hamburg City Nature Day".

    Do you also want to participate in the design of major campaigns and move people through imagery? Find out here about our comprehensive range of courses offered by the Art & Design department.

  • Exhibition “VERBORGEN - HIDDEN”

    Exhibition “VERBORGEN - HIDDEN”

    Presentation of the project week works from Iserlohn

    As part of the AliseoArtProject, the students of the Art & Design faculty of the Iserlohn campus and the Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft Alfter will present their works from the project week at a group exhibition in Gengenbach on June 22.

    This year's project week was something very special for the students of Campus Iserlohn. Under the heading "VERBORGEN - HIDDEN" they worked on paintings, photographs, installations and sculptures from May 12 to May 18, 2019 in Gengenbach together with the Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft Alfter. These refer to a "lost place" that has hardly changed since the demise of a large production area.

    During the semester, in the seminar of Prof. Katharina Mayer, the students also dealt with the concept of memory work and the question of what it conceals and reveals. Theoretical positions such as the spaces of memory in the work of Aleida Assmann, Ingrid Bacher or Roland Barthes played an equally important role as artistic implementations, for example in Sigrid Sigurdsson's Archive of Memory or in the work of Christian Boltanski, who became known above all for his installations.

    What does memory mean? Is memory right or does it not always have a falsifying character? What are important places of memory for us? How can we represent memory? What does a "lost place" mean and what distinguishes it from a non-place? How do memory spaces present themselves? What is hidden in places? And what is it that we can still see?

    Find out at the vernissage of the exhibition "VERBORGEN - HIDDEN" on 22 June 2019 in Gengenbach.

    The AliseoArtProject was founded in February 2010 by Nina Hellfritz Lange (Managing Partner Aliseo GmbH) looking for an unconventional and non-commercial exhibition setting and offers renowned and young artists the opportunity to produce and stage their works on site.

    What: Vernissage "VERBORGEN - HIDDEN"

    When: Saturday, 22 June 2019, 8:00 p.m.
    Where: Leutkirchstr. 63, 77723 Gengenbach, Germany
    (Exit B33, Nordtangente, visitor parking ALISEO; the event is signposted.)


  • altonale poster competition - Berlin Almuni for the Hamburg Culture Festival

    altonale poster competition - Berlin Almuni for the Hamburg Culture Festival

    The winner of this year's altonale poster competition is Fridtjof Kirste, a former illustration student at campus Berlin. The task was to present the diversity of the Hamburg Cultural Festival and the central theme of this year's altonale "Richness".

    The 26-year-old completed his studies in Berlin in March 2017 and aims to pursue a freelance career in the future. By taking part in various design competitions, he hopes to increase his reach and draw attention to himself as a designer. Nevertheless, it is important to him that he can identify himself with the topic, the target group and the institution that is inviting to participate in the competitions - "With the altonale, everything fit really well!"

    But the young artist did not have an easy time designing the poster. To visualize such an abstract and versatile topic as "richness", to create a concept for the poster and to consider all the specifications of the organizer at the same time is not an easy task.

    "In the beginning, I sketched various ideas and made collages, arranged and oversubscribed them in several steps analogously and in Photoshop. During this process, the design was more and more self-evident and reduced from an initial flood of different drawings to the final design. The more I worked on the poster and the more I liked it, the more I wanted to win."

    And so he did. Fridtjof's poster became the winner at the award ceremony on 10 April in the Altona Museum and can now be seen throughout the city.
    The jury was particularly impressed by the collage-like working method, which encompasses various levels of content and represents concise associations with the main theme "richness".

    "The diversity of structures, shapes and colors very well symbolizes the diversity of the altonale as an interdisciplinary festival." , says the altonale website.

    At the award ceremony, Fridtjof also had the opportunity to make new contacts with some of the curators and, in addition to the prize money, can thus look forward to further new commissions.
    We are proud of our alumni and wish Fridtjof all the best for his future career!

    You would also like to study illustration? Find out more about our study programs here!



    The GRADUATION MAGAZINE 1 is out now!

    In honour of the 20th bachelor and master exhibition, this magazine is the first cross-location documentary archive of all final projects of one year. 99 impressive final theses of the 2018/19 student year from eight courses of study on three campuses with a total of 250 illustrations are accompanied by an introduction by the provisional prorector Prof. Eric Jannot and three essays by professors Dr. Gora Jain, Ubbo Kügler and Emily Smith.

    In line with the university's guiding principle and the concept of a contemporary research concept in artistic courses of study, the students and participants contribute to a transdisciplinary understanding of art, design and research.

    The simultaneous magazine launches at all three locations enabled an exchange of publication practices between students, alumni and teachers.

    In the future, the publication will be published every six months. In a step further, it will be accompanied by a website as a digital counterpart to the archive.

    The publication also serves as a prelude to the founding of a university publishing house at the University of Applied Sciences Europe.

    When: Thursday, June 13th 2019, at 1:30 p.m.
    Where: University of Applied Scienes Europe Berlin, Dessauer Str. 3-5, 10963 Berlin in the Foyer

    When: Wednesday, June 12th 2019, at 7 p.m.
    Where: University of Applied Scienes Europe Hamburg, Museumstr. 39, 22765 Hamburg in the Library

    When: Wednesday, June 26th 2019, at 7 p.m.
    Where: University of Applied Scienes Europe Iserlohn, Reiterweg 26b, 58636 Iserlohn in Prof. Ubbo Kügler’s atelier

    Ægisdottir, Íris Rán. Albieri De Oliveira, Alexandre Augusto. Aßmann, Nina. Baumann, Aline. Bilewicz, Dennis. Blaufarb, Adam. Blesel, Sebastian. Brandt, Daniyah Mariah. Braun, Karolina. Brozio, Carola Beatriz. Brugger, Nino. Bühner, Lisa. Büttner, Merle. Cautain, Gabriel. Comazzi Lemos de Oliveira, João Paulo. Dima, Jekaterina. Eberle, Charlotta. Elorza Ojeda, Daniela. Engelhardt, Anne-Sophie. Etmer, Christopher. Evseeva, Ksenia. Falk, Stella. Fedorenko, Alina. Fruhmann, Golda. Gaub, Sheryl. Georgiadu, Irini.Gieth, Karl Cäsar. Gilson, Laurence. Hahn, Marleen. Heeren, Lisa. Hentges, Ayla. Hilburg, Pia. Hugo, Christina. Hüners, Swenja. Illarregui, Martina. Justo Chaves, Tiffany. Kallus, Konstantin. Kargin, Yaman. Kaufmann, Katharina. Kellner, Paolina. Kleinke, Chiara. Klinzing, Florentine. Koerner, Angelie. Köhlmoos, Adrian Vincent. Kohls, Janine. Kreitz, Leonie Sophia. Krüger, Inken. Kühle, Tim Moritz. Kühnemann, India. Kulac, Ömer Faruk. Lafabrie, Olivia. Lang, Jennifer. Levesque, Alexandre. López Gerner, Erik Mario. Marcondes Oliveira, Lucas. Menkhaus, Lennart. Möhricke, Anja. Nickel, Laura. Nowak, Katrin. Özkan, Onur. Pach-Hanssenheimb, Pia-Donata. Pappenscheller, Ilka. Pekcagliyan, Baris. Plumbohm, Lara. Pons, Clara. Powers, Luke. Pu, Yifan. Puga Tiedemann, Katherine. Quaade, Alexandra. Rahmlow, Roxana. Rastagar, Thamina. Raulf, Ida-Marie. Rehder, Florian. Reintke, Carolina. Ren, Xuxian. Richter, Berenike. Rosenfeld, Lasse. Scheinkönig, Julian. Schmidt, Vivien. Schneider, Tobias. Schröder, Paulina. Schulz, Liesa. Schweers, Oliver. Shi, Wen. Steidl, Jasmin. Sternberg, Johanna Mailin. Suntay, Kerem. Terzi, Ece Merve. Tromlitz, Max. Ulas, Sabiha Helin. Uphues, Vera. Valentin, Dana. Vollert, Insa. Wegener, Feline. Westphal, Annika. Wieschollek, Florian. Wilson, Kristinn Kerr. Wittig, Ann-Marie. Yu, Shaoyan. 

  • New Professors at Campus Hamburg

    New Professors at Campus Hamburg

    In a small festive ceremony on Friday 31 May, Prof. Dr. Daniel Kaltofen, Vice-Rector Academics, presented the official certificates of appointment to five new professors at the Hamburg campus.

    The entire team of the university congratulates the new and old colleagues.

    The university welcomes Prof. Dr. Iris Lorscheid and Prof. Dirk Schröer in the field of sports, events and management. In the arts & design department, Prof. Dr. Jiré Gözen supports our university and in the business department, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkle and Prof. Dr. Isabella von Wissmann are amongst our new professors.

    Are you interested in studying at one of our campuses? Then click here to find out more.