Application procedure for Diploma 1 + 2


The Media and Fine Art diploma course is offered as a 9-semester undergraduate course (diploma I) and a 4-semester postgraduate course (diploma II).

All applicants take part in an application procedure, in which samples of artistic/design work are submitted (e.g. videos/films, photographs, computer graphics/animation, drawings, texts, compositions, music videos). The application period is from mid October to January/February. Courses always begin in the winter semester.

This years application prodecure for the study start in winter semester 2018/19 is opened. 

Deadline 9-semester course (Diploma 1): January 30, 2018

Deadline 4-semester course (Diploma 2): January 15, 2018

Applicants to the 9-semester course (1) are asked to interpret a given theme in artistic and written work. The Abitur (or an equivalent school-leaving certificate) is prerequisite. Applicants without a school-leaving certificate can be accepted if the commission takes the view, based on the submitted documents, that they are especially suitable to take on study at the KHM.

A project proposal is to be prepared for application to the 4-semester course (2). The formal admission prerequisite is a higher-education degree in a relevant area of study. This could include courses in art/design as well as theatre, film and television theory, literature, art and cultural sciences as well as IT and engineering sciences. Admission requirements for applicants who have no higher-education degree is the general higher-education entrance qualification and at least two years of work experience in an artistic/design field.

The decisive selection criterion for both the 9- and the 4-semester course is artistic aptitude.
Non German-speaking applicants must be able to prove a good knowledge of the German language (Goethe-Institut level B2), as most teaching at the KHM will be carried out in German. 


Diploma 1 +2 / Media and Fine Art. The Academy of Media Art Cologne’s diploma is internationally comparable with a MFA (Master of Fine Art).  

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