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Corona-Virus / COVID19: as of September 30th 2021

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 (OP-Mask) must be worn everywhere at the KHM.

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

The university is closed on holidays!

The university buildings will in principle again be accessible to all university members.*)
Students can only enter the university with a proof of ,3G'.

  • Vaccinated: fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine (Astra Zeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/Biontech, Johnson&Johnson).
  • Convalescent: Recovery certificate e.g. through a legally recognized electronic system such as the Corona alert app or CovPassAPP.
  • Tested: negative rapid test from a "citizen testing" center that is no more than 48 hours old.

New: Until 12/31/21, students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not approved in the EU can continue to be tested at the "citizen test" center at no cost.            

From January 2022, KHM will then offer supervised self-testing for this group of people from its remaining testing contingent.

*) Since we are subject to a control obligation (CoronaSchVO §4 Abs.5), access is the same as last semester:

  • via the staff of the gate (Monday-Friday from 9:00-23:00) for technical and special rooms, labs and studios
  • via the lecturers for courses, consultation hours or examinations
  • for personal meetings between students and staff members of the Study and Project Office or the Circulation Office, please make an appointment by phone or email.  Prior to the meeting, proof of 3G must be presented to the staff.
  • for access to the library, please show the "3G" certificate on site.
  • Documentation for contact tracking is no longer required, but recommended (e.g. contact diary).

Room capacities:

  • with adequate ventilation options, a guideline of 2sqm/person applies for fixed seating, 5sqm/person for movement in the room.
  • the mask can be removed at the seat.

  • For external events, the specifications at the specific venue must be observed
  • Excursions can -after prior consultation with the Corona office ( generally take place.

Access to workplaces in the technical rooms and to the teachers' studios will continue to take place according to the following prioritisation:

1) Diploma students: Students who are in the process of completing their diploma and/or who have to register.

2) Pre-diploma students who have already registered for their pre-diploma.

3) All other projects, in order to enable a continuous course of study and to avoid a prolongation of studies.

Since the accumulation of people in the relevant buildings is to be avoided and the risk of infection for students and staff, these restrictions and priorisations are particularly important.

All workplaces can only be booked and coordinated in consultation with the person responsible for the room.


A simple hygiene concept must be developed for the implementation of the projects. This is done in close coordination and consultation with the staff of the project and corona office. For larger teams, a hygiene officer should be instructed through training.

  • Incidences do not play a role at this time. 
  • The 3G rule (Vaccinated, Convalescent or Tested) applies to collaborative work in projects.
  • Please maintain a daily updated staff list.
  • The Rectorate reserves the right to review individual cases in the case of more complex project plans and projects abroad. A crisis team has been set up temporarily for this purpose:

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)
  • 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 two semesters 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 three semesters.

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?
Please check the following webseites:
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.

Student 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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