Principles for the prevention of humiliation, discrimination, sexual harassment, violence and abuse of power at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne

The Academy of Media Arts Cologne promotes the equitable cooperation of all genders on all levels of interaction and engagement in study, teaching, art, research, technology and administration. It works actively against abuses of power, all kinds of discrimination and disadvantaging, sexual harassment and violence towards students, employees and teaching staff.

Discrimination, sexualised behaviour and violence represent a violation of personal rights that severely impairs the Academy of Media Arts Cologne as a whole. They create an intimidating, stressful and degrading work and study environment and can have serious negative psychological and physical implications.

Discrimination of any sort as well as all sexual harassment and sexualised use of force are forbidden at the academy and in official non-academic interactions. All members and representatives of the Academy – whether they are involved with educational, qualificatory and managerial tasks in teaching, research and study or with technical and administrational roles – are responsible for ensuring that people’s personal rights and individual personal boundaries are respected in their specific areas of work and specialisation and should safeguard the prevention and/or cessation of sexually discriminatory behaviour and use of force. Violations of these principles will not be tolerated.

Abuse of power or the exploitation of dependant relationships at the place of work, in the course of study as well as in the handling of resources under the threat and/or implementation of personal or professional disadvantage or with the promise of benefit is considered particularly serious.

Emotions and the search for identity can be the subject of artistic work and is thus an essential component of the teaching. These are inherent characteristics of an artistic course of study. The close relationships that are formed demand these topics be tackled with particular sensitivity. This must always be viewed in light of the basic guaranteed artistic, scientific and academic freedoms.

All representatives and members of the Academy are expected to cooperate on the creation of a work and study environment that offers space for artistic development shaped by mutual regard, respect and tolerance and which encourages individuals to address conflicts openly. There is no place at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne for disadvantaging, defamation, humiliation, discrimination, sexual harassment or violence.

[approved by the senate of the KHM on 13.07.2018]

Facts and Figures

Founding Year



On October 15, 1990 with 25 students on the postgraduate “Audiovisual Media” diploma course; 1994 expansion of the course offering to include the undergraduate “Audiovisual Media” diploma course; since 2004 doctoral programme; 2010 renaming of the two diploma courses to “Media and Fine Art”.


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 Innovation, Science and Research 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 KHM Professors (full-time and part-time)

Prof. Robert von Ackeren (Scriptwriting for Cinema/Television Film)

Prof. Dr. Marie-Luise Angerer (Culture and Media Theory/Gender/Rector)

Prof. Thomas Bauermeister (Dramturgie/Film)

Prof. Dr. Alfred Biolek (Honorary Professor, Television/Talk)

Prof. Peter Bringmann (Feature Film Direction)

Prof. Stefan Böder (Electronic Image Design/TV Design)

Prof. Jürgen Claus (Media Art) Prof. Manfred Eisenbeis (Visual Communication)

Prof. Dr. Ing. Bernd Girod (Computer Graphics/Animation)

Prof. Dominik Graf (Television/Film)

Prof. Michael Graham-Smith (Electronic Image Design)

Prof. Ingo Günther (Media Art)

Prof. Heide Hagebölling-Eisenbeis (Media Scenography/Dramaturgy)

Prof. Andreas Henrich (Media Design/Rector)

Prof. Slavomir Idziak (Feature Film Direction/Camera)

Prof. Dieter Jung (Media Art/Holography)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Katz (Founding Rector)

Prof. Jürgen Klauke (Media Art/Artistic Photography)

Prof. Dr. Horst Königstein (Television/Film)

Prof. Bernd Kracke (Media Design)

Prof. Dieter Kraemer (Media Art/Painting)

Prof. David Larcher (Video Art)

Prof. Titus Leber (Electronic Publishing)

Prof. Michael Lentz (Television/Film Dramaturgy)

Prof. Peter Lilienthal (Television/Film)

Prof. Jeanine Meerapfel (Television/Film)

Prof. Anthony Moore (Sound Art/Sound/Rector)

Prof. Dr. Peter Nadermann (Film/Television)

Prof. Werner Nekes (Media Art)

Prof. Detlev Notnagel (Theory/History of Media Design/Communication)

Prof. Marcel Odenbach (Media Art/Media Staging)

Prof. Fabrizio Plessi (Media Art)

Prof. Hans-Joachim Popp (Experimental Praxis/Theory of Media Design)

Prof. Dr. Hansjürgen Rosenbauer (Television/Film)

Prof. Zbiginiew Rybczynski (Experimental Film)

Prof. Thomas Schmitt (Documentary Film/Essay)

Prof. Stahl Stenslie (Media Art)

Prof. Elisabeth Umberg-Vary (Media Art/Costume Design)

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski (Communication and Media Theory/Rector)






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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