Illustration | Bachelor of Arts (German-taught)

Studies in illustration, drawing and animation

Illustration: Varja Kovaleva

Telling stories through images and conveying messages with pictures. Implementing information with stunning graphics and discovering your own style. Developing and animating characters, combining analogue and digital techniques. The course of study in illustration is right for everyone who wants to use their drawing skills professionally. The official application deadline for the winter semester is September 1st and March 1st for the summer semester. Once the deadline has passed, you can still apply for free study places via a waiting list. You can find everything you need to know about the complete application here.

Your studies

As part of the internationally recognised Bachelor’s course in illustration, you will develop your own unique imagery using analogue and digital techniques. You will learn how information can be effectively communicated visually and develop an understanding of the interplay between image and text. In a project-related context, our teachers will show you methods and approaches to research, conception and implementation of exciting illustration. You will also have the chance to partake in practical projects with real-world application.

Together with our lecturers and illustrators with professional practice, you will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and develop designs for graphic novels and children’s books. Challenging analogue printing processes such as screen printing, risograph and etching, are as much a part of classes as working with the latest digital tools and softwares. With the help of animation programmes and the latest technical tools, you can transport your illustrations into the three-dimensional realm and let them interact with their surroundings and get a glimpse of the illustrative design of tomorrow.

You will deal with typography, editorial design and editorial illustration and receive an impressive glimpse into professional practice thanks to working with real clients and regular visits to illustration and animation studios. Through collaboration with students from other disciplines, you will be able to gather valuable experience and expand your professional network, while a cross-media structure of studies will prepare you for professional life as an illustrator, animator and designer in many areas of visual communication.

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Your career prospects

Illustrators work for media companies of all types. They are often crucial for the book market, cultural institutions, scientific institutions, advertising agencies and the press. Editorial, consultational and coordinative jobs are possible following this degree.

You will illustrate digital and interactive media, as well as, print media, websites, 3D animations as part of TV shows, animated films, cartoons, computer games, special effects and character designs. You will create artistic supplements to literary work or develop your own children’s books, non-fiction books and graphic novels.

The internationally recognised Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers a professional foundation for immediate career progression. You will also gain access to numerous postgraduate and Master’s programmes both here in Germany and abroad.

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Your application

Complete a portfolio with around 20 works and impress upon us your passion for drawing. We consciously avoid suggesting a specific topic.

You can upload the portfolio together with your application and send it to us or bring it with you to your personal interview.
The official application deadline for the winter semester is September 1st and April 1st for the summer semester. Once the deadline has passed, you can still apply for free study places via the waiting list. Please note the checklist for application procedures.

Any questions about the portfolio? Arrange a personal portfolio support session and send an email to Prof. Nele Anders.

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Current projects

In order to use design in a targeted way, prospective illustrators carry out practical work in presentation techniques. To the project

Technological progress in the field of virtual reality allows us to experience the sensation of moving around freely in a digital space and experience computer-generated constructions. To the project

Drawing acts promotes total concentration and a precise eye: we learn to look and to understand precisely how a figure relates to a space - and how we can transfer this onto a two-dimensional piece of paper. To the project