Facts and Figures

Founding Year


Official opening
On October 15, 1990 with 25 students on the postgraduate diploma course “Audiovisual Media”; 1994: expansion of the range of courses to include the undergraduate diploma programme “Audiovisual Media”; the first cohort contained 40 students; since 2004: doctoral programme; 2010: the two diploma programmes renamed “Media and Fine Art”; since 2017: new field of study “Literary Writing”.

The academy opened in 1990 as “a factory of talent”, “a new type of art college”, as an “electronic Bauhaus”, a “maverick”, an “experiment without guaranteed success” and as an “unloved child” of Cologne’s cultural landscape. It was initially associated with the closure of the Cologne Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and thus with the loss of training in the “liberal arts” and with the “end of the printed word”.

In the meantime the KHM has successfully secured a prominent position among Germany’s art and film schools, although it has remained true—and is as such unique—to its project-oriented approach (no masterclasses, interdisciplinary supervision by professors, diploma degrees on the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate programmes), which fosters individualistic “crossover talent” between art, media, film and science.

“The classical arts have lost their monopoly. The concept of art itself has grown. Artists no longer create with paint, on paper or canvas, in wood, bronze or stone alone. New artistic tools, video, film, laser, photography, sound and computers for example, have added to the possibilities. Modern technologies and means of communication, the achievements of this century, have also become its means of representation.” The Minister for Science and Research at the time Anke Brunn (SPD) describes the motives of the KHM’s foundation (Lab 1, KHM magazine, 1991).

“The KHM has now been searching out its own way of doing education for 20 years. The decisive combination of diligence and talent, the ability to cooperate and ruthless individuality—it appears to have succeeded. It is—for us too—a bumpy road, flanked by prizes and awards and gratitude.” (Prof. Dr. Horst Königstein in the foreword of the brochure “Best of KHM Movies”, 2010)


According to § 1 paragraph 2 of the Kunsthochschulgesetz (Art Colleges Act) the KHM is a corporation under public law and an institution of the federal state of NRW. The responsible authority is the Ministry for Culture and Science  of the Federal State of NRW with whom current agreements on goals and performance are agreed for respective periods of four years. 

“Media and Fine Art” course

- Undergraduate / Diploma I (9 semesters)

- Postgraduate / Diploma II (4 semesters)

- Doctoral Programme (PhD.)

- English-language teaching: partial

- Semester fees / Semester: approx. 300 Euro  

Students / Staff in numbers

- Students (WS 2015/16): 349; (WS 2016/17) 364; (WS 2017/18) 392

- Entrants (WS 2015/16): 77; (WS 2016/17) 77; WS (2017/18) 89

- Applications (WS 2015/16): 499; WS 2016/17) 584; (WS 2017/18) 560

- International Students (WS 2015/16): 110; (WS 2016/17) 128; (WS 2017/18) 139

- Doctoral Candidates: 13

- Professors: 35 with full-time and part-time professorships

- Honorary Professors : 1

Artistic-academic staff: 20 with part-time and full-time positions (without third-party funds)

- Other staff: 77 with part-time and full-time positions  

KHM Rectors

Manfred Eisenbeis (founding commissioner until 1990) Klaus Katz (founding rector 1990-1994) Siegfried Zielinski (1994-2000) Anthony Moore (2000-2004) Andreas Henrich (2004-2007) Marie-Luise Angerer (2007-2009) Klaus Jung (2009-2014) Hans Ulrich Reck (since April 2014)  

KHM Buildings

1989 moved into Rheingasse 8 (today’s library/media library with Studio A) and Peter-Welter-Platz 2; from 1994 the buildings at Filzengraben 18-24 and the atelier in Großen Witschgasse 11 were added; 1997 the rental of Filzengraben 8-10 followed; from 2005 the occupation of the complex of new buildings at Filzengraben 2 followed; from 2008 use of Glasmoog at Filzengraben 2a with the ateliers above and behind it. Today the KHM is spread across seven building complexes around Filzengraben.

Former Teaching Staff

Ehemalige Professor*innen an der KHM (Voll- und Teilzeit)

Former Arstistic and Academic Staff

Anders, Anna; Altenhoff, Andreas; Arcioli, Olivier; Atzori, Paolo; Beaugrand, Stéphanie; Beißler, Conny; Binder, Helga; Bleyenberg, Michael; Boersma, Dieuwke; Bolewski, Christin; Bollmann, Detlef; Bosbach, Lisa; Bührer, Valeska; Bunne, Egon;

Dill, Rüdiger; Damm, Ursula; Donner, Christan;
Ebelt, Christina; Elzel, Wiebke; Ernst, Wolfgang;
Fasshauer, Elmar; Faubel, Christian Dr.; Fischer, Andreas; Friedrich, Kathrin; Fritz-Horstmann, Estelle; Fürlus, Eckhard
Garmsen, Lutz; Geißler, Carsten; Glissmann, Pascal; Goldbach, Philipp; Gramelsberger, Gabriele;
Hahlbrock, David; Hansen, Jonas; Harrasser, Karin Dr.; Heidkamp, Philipp; Hensel, Thomas; Hirsch, Andreas; Ho, Echo; Höfflin, Martina; Horlitz, Frank;
Kaufmann, Andreas M.; Kinateder, Daniela; König,  Dr. Christiane; Kreyenberg, Titus; Kronauer, Iris
Lahr, Christin; Lampe, Gerd; Lauke, Stephanie Sarah;
Mac Williams, Carmen; Mauch, Elmar; Middeke, Beate;Mrongovius, Martina;

Negrón van Grieken, Luis; Neuenhofer, Matthias;
Peters, Katrin;  Pöpel, Cornelius;
Reusse, Stephan; Roch, AxelRöller, Nils; Rumori, Martin
Sann, Oliver; Santoro, Cosima; Scherffig, Lasse; Schillmöller, Jens; Schönberg, Dr. Susanna; Schuster, Peter; Schwering, Herbert; Smedstad, Ivar; Specht, Dirk; Stallschuss, Stefanie; Streiter, Anja;
Teufel, Barbara; Thürnagel, Julia;
Unger, Kerstin;
Vaitsmann, Marcia; Viehoff, Jochen;
Wach, Margarete; Wagnermaier, Silvia; Wichmann, Corinna; Wrede, Oliver




The KHM logo looks like a black square. And that is what it is. But that’s not all that it is: there is much more to it! When the designers Uwe Loesch and Michael Wichelhaus created the logo for the newly founded academy in 1990, they chose a form that offers many possibilities to draw connections.

The history of art over the last century has been full of obsessions for the square: one thinks of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, Hans Richter’s early experimental films, Samuel Beckett’s television play Square, John Baldessari’s photo series Throwing four balls in the air to get a square etc.  Squares have the advantage of being neither ornamental nor directional. As a neutral straight shape, neither portrait nor landscape, they illustrate the importance of each and every artistic decision concerning format (we are not limited to the big screen!).

If you look at the logo more closely, it also becomes clear that it differs greatly from Malevich’s Black Square. It does, in fact, have two sharp and two blurred edges. The black seems rich in contrast on the sharp edges, but diffuse on the blurred edges. From this perspective, the KHM logo turns out to be a test image for questions of perception. And there’s more: one knows, since Goethe’s Theory of Colours, that colour phenomena can appear at the border between black and white under certain light conditions (this can be tested on the edge of a window frame in the light of morning).

Our black square is therefore not only black, but also virtually coloured. The KHM logo thus touches on questions of design, art and film history, of format and perception. And if you enter the KHM address Filzengraben Köln in Google Earth, you will discover the following text written on a flat roof: WHITE GROUND BLACK SQUARE. Next to it is a square made up of smaller squares. It is the KHM’s QR code. So the logo returns technologically. The black square has arrived in the Information Age.  

Peter Bexte

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