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 Diploma in Medial Arts is offered as a 9-semester program (undergraduate, Diploma 1) or as a 4-semester program (postgraduate, Diploma 2). The Diploma in Media Arts (Diplom 1 or Diplom 2) of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne is comparable to an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in an international context.

The doctoral programme of the KHM offers the possibility of a philosophical dissertation. The combination of artistic questions and scientific methods should lead to relevant new results in the doctoral program of the KHM. The degree - in accordance with the legislation for art colleges in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia - is a university-equivalent, i.e. scientific, Dr. phil. in the subject area of art and media studies.  

Guests in courses:

The Academy of Media Arts Cologne does not grant guest auditor status. Lecturers have the limited possibility of admitting guests to their seminars on request. In principle, guests cannot take part in courses that use direct resources and/or laboratories, studios or similar facilities.

Around 400 students are currently enrolled at the KHM, at least one third of whom come from abroad. 60 to 70 new applicants are accepted each winter semester.

Key points on the diplom study Media Arts:

  • There is a unified course of study
  • The focus is on the individual artistic project
  • The course begins in the winter semester
  •  Application with meaningful work samples that prove artistic aptitude
  •  The application period is from October to January/February of the following year.
  •  Semester fee for all students is currently around 350 euros per semester (social contributions, semester ticket, insurance, etc.)

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

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours:   Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. + Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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