Studying at the KHM

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Media and Fine Art Diploma 1:
undergraduate course in 9 semesters

Media and Fine Art Diploma 2:
postgraduate course in 4 semesters

Doctoral programme

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia announced that the summer semester - due to the corona pandemic - will not start until April 20.
Please change your courses accordingly, inform potential visitors to your seminars if possible! (13/03/2020)

The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) offers the demanding, project-based “Media and Fine Art” course, which gives each student the chance to choose between and individually combine various artistic emphases. The particularly experimental climate at the KHM facilitates independent artist work.

The “Media and Fine Art” diploma can be attained via a 9-semester (undergraduate) or 4-semester (postgraduate) course. The cornerstone of the “Media and Fine Art” course is the individual development of artistic projects. 

  • Courses begin exclusively in the winter semester
  • The application period starts in October and ends the following January/February
  • Semester fees for German and international students are currently 300 Euro per semester (social security contributions, public transport semester ticket etc.) 

The KHM accepts 70 to 80 new enrolments per winter semester, with an average of around 370 students in total, of which approximately one third are international students.

The Academy of Media Arts Cologne diploma is comparable internationally to a MFA (Master of Fine Art).

The Kunsthochschulgesetz (Art Colleges Act) provides the legal foundation for the KHM as well as six other art and music colleges in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The KHM’s doctoral programme offers the possibility to write a philosophical dissertation leading to a university-comparable, academically founded Doctor of Philosophy. A link to artistic praxis is prerequisite to admission. However, the assessment of the dissertation, in all of its elements, remains an academic one. The number of doctoral candidates admitted is between 15 and 20 per year.

The interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, the on-going collaboration with other colleges, both domestically and internationally, with cultural institutions, festivals, exhibition organisers as well as the film and media industries paves the way for networks and activities in the areas in which students, doctoral candidates and fellows will work after their degree course: They work successfully, for example, both individually as well as in collectives, as artists, programmers, film directors, camera men and women, scriptwriters, designers, producers or in other self-employed roles. And a substantial number of them now pass on their competence in higher-education teaching roles.

Overview of project-based “Media and Fine Art” courses.

The annual Rundgang  in July and the Infotag in December are good opportunities to get to know KHM.

For information on student projects klick here.

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

Currently closed to the public. For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 h, or send us an e-mail.

Winter semester 2021/22

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 18, 2021 until Feb. 11, 2022

Summer semester 2022

Lecture period:

April 4 until July 15, 2022

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