Bachelor Design and Fine Art Programs

Application for winter term 2018/19 is already closed.

The next application period will start again from November 1st - December 10th 2018!

Aptitude Test 2018

The letter of invitation with all information will be sent to all registered applicants (until Dec 10) approximately in mid-January. The aptitude test will take place 2018 February 12-16 and starts with the submission of your portfolio.

Please do not send any additional documents by post before official admission. Only after passing the aptitude test we request your full application documents for the admission in April.

For further questions about application, admission and online-registration please ask the Student Service.

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 interdisciplinary Foundation Course for one year.

Application process

The complete application process begins with the registration for the artistic aptitude test. You register through our online application portal. Shortly before the start of our application period form 1 November to 10 December you will find here all needed links and usefull information.



At this point of the process you won't need your portfolio or other documents like cv etc., only a proof of language skills (A2/B1/B2) should be uploaded.

The first steps:

1. Registration for the artistic aptitude test: Fill in the online form you will find here shortly before the start of the application period! The portfolio has to be submitted first in February 2018 on the first day of the artistic aptitude test.

2. In January you will receive an invitation to the aptitude test, that will take place in February 2018. Maybe that you get a request that you have to do a special artistic homework.

3. The test starts with the submission of your portfolio and if required your special homework.

4. The examining board reviews the submitted portfolios.
It selects those candidates who reveal the artistic qualification for the requested subject. If you are on the short list you have to pass artistic tests during 2 or 3 days, that includes also a written exercise and an interview with the examination board. So you have to be in Berlin, also for the risk you don´t get an invitation for the test, it means you can retire after watching the portfolios.

You must be in Berlin in person to take part in this exam. Please note: There is that risk you will not be invited to take part in the artistic exam after the revision of your portfolio, which means that you are withdrawn from the application pool.

5. If you pass this test successfully you are allowed/invited to apply for admission at the Berlin Weissensee Art Academy, if you fulfil the admission requirements.

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
2. qualification for entrance to German University that means a Higher Secondary (School) certificate or alternatively special artistic aptitude
3. proof of German language proficiency: Applicants for the Design departments need for example the certificate: TestDaF 4, DSH 2 or the language proof of the Goethe Institution (qualification level C1). For the Fine Arts study programs, applicants need for example Testdaf 3, DSH 1 or the certificate of the Goethe Institution (qualification level B2).
4. proof of practical experiences in a study relevant field, 6-8 weeks internship, except for applicants in our three Fine Arts programs.

An admission can be filed only after you have successfully passed the artistic aptitude test, whereupon applicants will receive a corresponding application form from Berlin Weissensee Art Academy. The validity of the test expires after two years. If you don't pass the test successfully, you may repeat it as often as you like

Information on admission and matriculation for international applicants

All applicants regardless the nationality are equate with in the applcaition process, provided international applicants can submit a proof of German language proficiency with the online application in December:

minimum of the qualification level A2 all programs.

The language of instruction is German in all our courses. As German is even the main language during the aptitude test it is absolutely necessary to be provided with a sufficient knowledge of German language. Needless to say that most professors speak English very well, so in case of need, you may be able to explain your ideas, aims and motivation also in English.

After a positive decision, you must proof your German language proficieny by a language certificate for the admission in April: eigile certificate are:TestDaF 4, telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, DSH 2, the language proof of the Goethe Institute (qualification level C1) or DSD II for Design departments; and TestDaf 3, DSH 1 or the certificate of the Goethe Institute (qualification level B2) for the Fine Arts study programs.

In exceptional cases, a proof of the exam registration or a certificate of the B2 / C1 - course is also sufficient for the time being. Please note: The relevant language certificate must be submitted before your studies begin. If you are sure you won't be able to prove the required certificate in April, you may submit this at the latest in October with the start of studies.

Recognition of certificates

First if you pass the aptitude test successfully, you have to apply for admission with the necessary certificates and documents, and these must be submitted in form of an officially authenticated translation in German or English. Foreign higher education entrance qualifications (allgemeine Hochschulreife) must be recognised as equivalent to the German general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification. An exemption from this is possible if you have a "special artistic aptitude" and its is declared in the notification for the result of the aptitude test. Applicants for the Fine Art programs can be accepted without a higher education entrance qualification, if they provide a certification from a college preparatory secondary school. Foreign higher education entrance qualifications (allgemeine Hochschulreife) must be equivalent to the German general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification. Detailed information about degree recognition will be found with help of the Anabin Database.

Also German citizens with a foreign high school degree a degree recognition is necessary.

Applicants from the People's Republic of China, Vietnam and Mongolia 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 300 € 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 1.09 tuesday 11-13, thursday 14-17
telephone advisory service: +49 30 47705 342 tuesday 14-16, wednesday 10-12






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