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Ausgezeichnet! Das Studium „Mediale Künste“ an der KHM

Die Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM) bietet ein anspruchsvolles Projektstudium an, das jedem Studierenden die freie Wahl und individuelle Kombination von künstlerischen Schwerpunkten ermöglicht. 
Das Studium "Mediale Künste" kann an der KHM in 9 Semestern (grundständig) oder in 4 Semestern (postgradual) studiert werden. Projekte und Diplome der Studierenden erhalten jährlich durchschnittlich 80 Auszeichnungen, darunter auch herausragende internationale Preise und Stipendien, die dem Studium an der KHM einen ausgezeichneten Ruf verleihen:

Bereits drei Abschlussfilme an der KHM wurden mit dem Studentenoscar in Gold der Academy in Los Angeles (AMPAS) ausgezeichnet: 2016 "Ayny" von Ahmad Saleh (Animation), 2008 "Auf der Strecke" von Reto Caffi (Spielfilm); 1997 "Ein einfacher Auftrag" von Raymond Boy" (Spielfilm).
Regelmäßig werden Absolvent*innen der KHM zur Kunstbiennale nach Venedig eingeladen: 2022 Sandra Vásquez de la Horra und Yunchul Kim; 2017 Peter Miller; 2015 Rosa Barba; 2013 Glenda Léon, Kríšs Salmanis; 2011 Marianna Christofides; 1999 Künstlergruppe „knowbotic research“.
Vier Absolvent*innen der KHM wurden seit 2015 in das Junge Kolleg der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste aufgenommen: 2023 Viktor Brim; 2019 Lea Letzel; 2018 Ale Bachlechner; 2015 Rozbeh Asmani.
Im letzten Jahr erhielt die KHM-Absolventin Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez das mit 15.000 Euro dotierte Villa-Aurora-Stipendium 2022. Die Spitzenfördermaßnahme im Bereich Bildende Kunst dient der Arbeit an einem künstlerischen Projekt in der Villa Aurora in Los Angeles.
Bereits elfmal erhielten Filme von Studierenden der KHM einen mit 30.000 Euro dotierten Kurzfilmpreis in Gold (Goldene Lola), zuletzt 2022 Sophia Groening mit ihren Kurzfilm "Muss ja nicht sein, dass es heute ist". 
Einen Überblick über alle herausragenden Auszeichnungen der KHM finden Sie hier 

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; (WS 2018/19) 403; (WS 2019/20) 389; (WS 2020/21) 395; (WS 2021/22) 409
- Beginners: (WS 2015/16) 77; (WS 2016/17) 72; WS (2017/18) 83;  (WS 2018/19) 63; (WS 2019/20) 54; (WS 2020/21) 75; (WS 2021/22) 58
- Application: (WS 2015/16) 499; (WS 2016/17) 584; (WS 2017/18) 560; (WS 2018/19) 565; (WS 2019/20) 531; (WS 2020/21) 497; (WS 2021/22) 549; (WS 2022/23) 529
- International students (WS 2015/16) 110; (WS 2016/17) 128; (WS 2017/18) 139; (WS 2018/19) 151; (WS 202019/20) 151; (WS 2020/21) 156; (WS 2021/22) 158
Doctoral students: (WS 2015/16) 14; (WS 2016/17) 13; (WS 2017/18) 13; (WS 2018/19) 16; (WS 2019/20) 13; (WS 2020/21) 10; (WS 2021/22) 11

- Professors: 39 with full-time and part-time professorships

- Honorary Professors : 1

Artistic-academic staff: 26 with part-time and full-time positions (without third-party funds)

- Other staff: 79 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.


Address / headquarter

Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Peter-Welter-Platz 2
D-50676  Cologne
Fon: +49 221 20189 - 0
Fax: +49 221 20189 - 17

Rector's Office

Susanne Hackländer
Fon: +49-221-20189-111

Assistant to the Rectorate
Heidrun Hertell
Fon: +49-221-20189-130


Press / PR office

Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Peter-Welter-Platz 2
D-50676 Köln
Fon: +49 221 20189 - 135 / - 330
Fax: +49 221 20189 - 49135


Fire Protection Officer

Markus Fabricius

Tel.: +49 221 20189 – 264


Guard duty

Fon: +49 221 20189 - 105
Mobil: +49 173 7480228
Mail: wachdienst@khm.de

Website administration

Mail: webmaster@khm.de

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