The application for *foundationClass 2019 has been closed!

Do you want to start studying art or design in Germany or do you want to continue your studies here?

And have you fled to Germany and/or applied for asylum in Germany?

The next application process for the *foundationClass 2020 will start again in March '20!

The programme is geared towards people

who have fled to Germany and/or applied for asylum and who had planned to start studying art or design in their home countries, or already started such a degree programme, or who plan to switch into such a degree programme.

The programme will be divided into two parts:

The programme will be divided into two parts:

The first part of the programme will feature lectures, workshops and excursions led mainly by professional artists, scholars and activists who themselves or whose families have migrated to Germany.

During the first part you will have the possibility to arrive at the school, get to know many other people and experiment and get to know different mediums and practices. Together we want to formulate art historie(s), that include the Global South/East, as well as your experiences without using labels such as “refugee” or “migrant”.

Together we want to find answers to the question of how the art schools of the future would look if they really recognised migration as an essential societal factor?

In the second half of the programme (starting in September) we want to take all that we have learned and prepare applications for German art and design academies. In different workshops (painting, sculpting, digital media, design, drawing etc.) we will support you in creating a powerful portfolio with which you can apply in 2020.

To realise these goals weißensee art academy provides its entire infrastructure, including workshops, materials, as well as support with bureaucratic problems.

The *foundationClass strives to open up a social space within weißensee academy of art within which knowledge and artistic and design practices are not consumed, but questioned and where new forms of knowledge and practice will be produced collectively.


Duration and expected time requirements:

The *foundationClass group of 2019 will work together from May 2019 until beginning of 2020.

The *foundationClass is a rather intense and time consuming programme. Classes take place most of the days during the afternoons so you will have time to attend your German courses during the morning.


Who should apply?

Who should apply?

Anyone who

  • has come to Germany and has applied for asylum (please note that the outcome of the application, or whether the process is finished or still ongoing is not relevant)
  • is interested in art and/or design,
  • is 18 years or older,
  • is ready and motivated to participate regularly in the programme - please note that participation in the second part of the programme will depend on regular attendance of the first part
  • has working knowledge of English and/or German – please note that for an application at an art academy sufficient German skills are mandatory!

What is the application process?

Please send us the following:

  • CV, including personal information, contact information and your previous study and/or work experience
  • a personal letter of at least 500 words outlining your motivation and interest in participating in the *foundationClass
  • a proof of your (temporary or not) residence status (Gestattung, Duldung, Aufenthaltserlaubnis)

Please submit your complete application until March 15th 2019 to


weißensee kunsthochschule berlin
Referat Studienangelegenheiten/*foundationClass
Bühringstr. 20, 13086 Berlin


Invitations for interviews will be sent via e-mail.
The interviews will presumably take place in April 2019.

  • Fees: None
  • Status at School: Participants will register as visiting students
  • Duration: May 2019 till beginning of 2020

Please note that many of the emails that are sent from our account foundationclass@kh-berlin.de are categorised as spam. We would like to ask you to therefore regularly check your spam folder in order to not miss any important notifications.


For more information on the programme please see:

For more information on the application process, please see the attached PDFs on the bottom of this page, as well as




or contact us via foundationclass(at)kh-berlin.de or by phone +49-30-47705-305




For questions about the *foundationClass and studying at weißensee academy of art berlin, please contact:

Miriam Schickler and Can Mileva Rastovic (maternity leave replacement for Katharina Kersten)

Tel: +49 (0)30-47705-305
Mail: foundationclass(at)kh-berlin.de