Berlin University of the Arts

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Berlin University of the Arts
Universität der Künste Berlin
Berlin UdK Fasanenstraße.jpg
Established 1696/1869/1875
Type Public University
Endowment EUR 70 Mio[1]
President Martin Rennert
Admin. staff

c. 700[1]

Students 3,618 (WS 2009/10)[1]
Location Berlin, Germany
Coordinates: 52°30′32″N 13°19′37″E / 52.50889°N 13.32694°E / 52.50889; 13.32694
Campus Charlottenburg

The Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK (Berlin University of the Arts) is a public art school in Berlin, Germany, one of the four universities in the city. It was a Hochschule until November 2001.[citation needed]

It has four colleges specialising in fine arts, architecture, media and design, music and the performing arts with around 3,600 students. Thus the UdK is one of only three universities in Germany (along with the University of the Arts Bremen and the Folkwang University of the Arts) to unite the faculties of art and music in one institution.


Its roots institutions date back to the foundation of Academie der Mal-, Bild- und Baukunst (Academy of the Art of Painting, Pictorial Art and Architecture), the later Prussian Academy of Arts, at the behest of Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg. The two predecessor organisations were Königlich Akademischen Hochschule für ausübende Tonkunst (Royal Academy of Musical Performing Art) established in 1869 under Joseph Joachim, which also had adopted the tradition of the famous Stern Conservatory, and the Berlin State School of Fine Arts founded in 1875.

In 1975, both art schools merged under the name Hochschule der Künste Berlin, HdK. The organization received the title of a university on 1 November 2001.

Exchange Program[edit]

The exchange program with UDK is a direct enrollment program offered during the fall, spring and academic year to students interested in the arts and with four semesters of German language study. Each academic year the school receives 100 exchange students on the basis of institutional agreements. Students participating in the exchange are required to subsidize their own accommodations with little help from the school.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable teachers[edit]


  1. ^ a b c (German) Zahlen und Fakten.
  2. ^ J. Clement Vaz, "Profiles of Eminent Goans Past and Present", Concept Publishing Company, 1997, ISBN 9788170226192
  3. ^ Bertita Leonarz Harding, Concerto: The Story of Clara Schumann, G.G. Harrap, 1962, p. 191.

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