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Corona-Virus / COVID19: as of May 17th 2021 (see Email May 12th)

The summer semester 2021 will be a flexible hybrid semester. As a university in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, we have to comply with the Corona Protection Ordinance NRW, the General Ordinance for Universities, which has been available since 31 of March, as well as the regional General Ordinance of the City of Cologne. Since these ordinances are constantly being adapted to the pandemic situation, we will have to continue to drive on sight. Nevertheless, we are endeavouring - as far as the pandemic situation allows - to gradually reduce the necessary restrictions at the KHM. However, the protection of the health of students, teachers and staff must always come first in all considerations.

Protected operation: The KHM is in a protected operation. It is secured by hygiene plans that are continuously updated to the applicable federal and state regulations.

Medical masks must be worn everywhere at the KHM: Medical masks are so-called surgical masks, masks of the FFP2 standard and higher standards (without an exhalation valve) or masks comparable to these (KN95/N95).

Please email all inquiries to
Please also note the information on the website of the German Federal Ministry of Health.


Access KHM:

Access to the KHM is still via the gate. Students must present a negative test of a Bürgertest-Zentrum not older than 48h or proof that they are fully vaccinated (= 14 days after last vaccination with vaccination card) or recovered (= min. 28 days - max. 6 months after positive PCR test).

Access to the KHM remains restricted for students. Teachers of permitted arrange to meet with participants, avoiding congestion in the entrances and hallways. Instructors must ensure easy traceability through lists of names (naming the seminar, room, date, and time period) and return them to the urn in the entrance area of PWP 2.

In attendance courses may be held only in justified exceptions,

  • which are considered absolutely necessary and cannot be postponed, and which would therefore have a serious for the course of studies.
  • AND require special premises, equipment (laboratories, studios, cinema room, studios).

From the point of view of the rectorate, this concerns above all the basic seminars, in which predominantly
artistic and technical basics are taught and which can be held in presence.
Can be carried out in presence: Basic seminar on camera, basic seminar on documentary miniatures,
Basic Seminar Feature Film Direction, Basic Seminar Photography, Basic Seminar Video Art/Performance
Video Art/Performance, Basic Seminar Sound, Basic Seminar Free Drawing, Basic Seminar Installation, Basic Seminar Live Direction.
Specialized seminars Free Play and the camera, as well as photo seminars and those that take place in
special rooms (laboratories...). Seminars which are not listed here, but which meet the above criteria and the exception rule please submit a brief application to the Rector's Office. (Practical courses with a high theoretical component may not take place as pure attendance events).

The maximum number of participants depends on room size and local circumstances. For 10 square meters per person, for dance and movement more than 20 square meters per person. An overview of the hygiene concepts of the seminar rooms and the special rooms will be sent to the lecturers and staff in a next mail and will be available on the website.

Attendance exams:
In-class examinations and preparatory measures for them are only permitted in individual work if
cannot be rescheduled for legal or factual reasons or if a rescheduling is unreasonable for the examinee.
Actual reasons can arise from organizational circumstances, e.g. if the examinations can no longer be carried out in a timely manner or in a timely manner on site can no longer be made up in a timely manner or in the current semester. An unreasonableness can be assumed, in particular, in the case of a considerable delay in the course.

A hygiene concept must be submitted for the implementation of the projects. This is done in close
consultation with the staff of the project and corona office.

  • Projects max. 5 persons can be carried out. (Fully vaccinated, convalescents* do not count). Follow-up sheets must be completed.
  • The diploma project can be done as an exam-preparatory measure, with an incidence of 100-165 will take place.
  • The incidence of the site of project implementation is relevant.
  • Fully vaccinated and recovered persons *) no longer count as contacts. Also the Quarantine does not apply to them.
  • The Rector's Office reserves the right to conduct a case-by-case review for more complex project proposals.

A crisis team has been set up temporarily for more complex projects:

Equipment Lending:

Loans are possible in principle. There is a limited operation because of the current general conditions. Priority is given to diploma projects and those that have a particular have a special urgency (like in spring 2020). Equipment for necessary examinations and their preparatory measures can be provided in the context of a low-contact implementation and processing of the loan.
Quick loan is also available with prior booking request.
Mobile work equipment (laptops) can be borrowed according to known prioritization specifications of the Rectorate (Diplomas > 2nd project > 1st project > seminar exercises) can also be borrowed temporarily.
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Access to individual workstations:

Access to the KHM is still via the gate. Students must present a negative test result of a Bürgertest-Zentrum not older than 48h or proof that they are fully vaccinated or recovered (Fully vaccinated = 14 days after last vaccination with vaccination card. Recovered = min. 28 days - max. 6 months after positive PCR test ...).

Students who are booked for individual workstations in the rooms of the KHM should register at the
Gate in the foyer of the auditorium. Access to individual workstations in the technical rooms as well as in the studios of the teaching staff will be prioritized as follows:
1) Diploma students*: Students who are in the diploma process and/or must register by the end of September.
2) Pre-diploma students who have already registered for their pre-diploma.
3) All other projects, in order to enable a continuous course of studies and to avoid an extension of studies.
Since congregations of people in the relevant buildings are avoided and the risk of infection isfor students  and employees should be minimized, these restrictions and prioritizations are particularly and prioritization are important. All individual workplaces can only be booked and coordinated in consultation with the
and coordinated only in consultation with the person responsible for the room.

Contact persons for bookings of Studios, Ateliers, Labs, Rooms are listed here:

  • Animations-Studio (Isabel Herguera)
  • Atelier NETZE H.402 (Hans Bernhard)
  • Case (Alex Grein, Beate Gütschow)
  • Experimentelle Informatik (Heck, Nawrath)
  • exMedia Lab - Risograph (Hen/Lingnau)
  • exMedia Lab (Hen/Friedrich/Lingnau)
  • Flexzone (Constantin Schädle)
  • Glasmoog (Heike Ander)
  • Hybrid Space, Seminarraum 017, Filzengraben 18-24 (Frans Vogelaar)
  • Klanglabor (hans w. koch)
  • LAB 4 A & B (Daniel Burkhardt)
  • room2 (Christian Sievers)
  • Transmedialer Raum (Thomas Hawranke)
  • Atelier für Malerei & Skulptur (Leah-Lilith Heeren/Johannes Wohnseifer)
  • Aula (Lutz Menniken, Michael Straßburger,
  • Colorgrading, Suite 2 (Ewald Hentze,
  • Computerseminarraum; FG 2b,c H.4.04 (Hans Huber,
  • Fotolabor (Heiko Diekmeier, Claudia Trekel,

- Foto Canon DR 0.06
- Foto Epson DR 1.12
- Foto Fotostudio 0.01
- Foto Gr. C-Raum 1.14
- Foto Kl. C-Raum 1.08
- Foto UG Analoglabor
- Foto Lambda

  • Tonstudios (Ralf Schipke, Judith Nordbrock,,
  • Edit Suite 1-8 / H.3.02ff (Rita Schwarze, )
  • Edit Suite 09-12 / H.2.04ff (Fani Schoinopoulou,
  • Studio A & B (Maja Bullok, )
  • VFX-Lab MacPro (Christian Eller,
  • VFX-Lab (Christian Eller,
  • Zentrale Werkstatt (Axel Autschbach)

Standard period of study:
The standard period of study for students will be increased by one semester for all students enrolled in the winter semester 2020/21. For students who were already enrolled or admitted in the summer semester 2020 the standard period of study will be increased by two semesters.

Events and gatherings are currently prohibited.

I feel sick! What do I do?
Make sure to call your general practitioner and stay at home. Your doctor will advise you on how to proceed. Advice is also available on the medical on-call service (Tel. 116 117) or at the Cologne Health Department / Gesundheitsamt (Neumarkt 15 -21, 50667 Cologne, Tel. 0221/221 -33500)
Anyone who is ill should, as a precautionary measure, remain incapable of working at home while any possible infection is being investigated; this is possible for up to three days without presenting a certificate of incapacity for work.

Corona positive: How do I report a corona infection?
All persons (including guests, lecturers or visitors) who are acutely ill are prohibited from entering. This also applies if a positive corona finding is made up to two weeks after a personal appointment or a presence at the KHM. All are also requested to inform the KHM immediately via their central information point (, to name the contact persons within the probable incubation period and, in the confirmed case, to always report to the health department of the City of Cologne.
Students are requested to send this information to the respective lecturer or examiner.
Employees in teaching and administration also inform their direct supervisors and the HR department ( Employees whose health is in a position to do so have to work from home during this time. The supervisor ensures that work from home is made possible, as far as the official tasks permit.
In the case of people who have been or are still in 'close contact' (Category I according to RKI) with one or more people suffering from SARS-CoV-2, the KHM will also be banned from the premises for the duration of the close contact and 14 days after that pronounced.

I come (back) from a risk area abroad. What to do?
A mandatory quarantine of ten days applies to all returnees from risk areas. The Robert Koch Institute continuously updates the rules and  a list of risk areas.
Here are all of the information provided by the Federal Ministry of Health.

Officially ordered quarantine
In the event of an officially ordered quarantine, teachers and employees must report this to the KHM's central information point ( and the Human Resources department ( in order to give the KHM the opportunity to assert claims for compensation in accordance with the Infection Protection Act.

Study office

Claudia Warnecke

Christina Hartmann

Juliane Schwibbert

Peter-Welter-Platz 2

50676 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 119 / 187 / 249
Fax: +49 221 20189 - 49119

Opening hours
Currently closed to the public!

Mo - Do: 10-13 h

Do: 14-16 h

Winter semester 2020/21

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 19, 2020 until Feb. 2, 2021

Summer semester 2021

Lecture period:

April 12 until July 23, 2021

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