Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK) is one of the biggest, most diversified and traditional universities of the arts in the world and the largest art school in Europe. A fifth of the 4.000 students are from foreign countries. The origins of UdK date back to 1696. The UdK is one of only three universities in Germany to unite the faculties of art and music in one institution. The teaching offered at the colleges of Fine Arts, Architecture, Media and Design, Music, and Performing Arts, as well as at the Central Institute for Continuing Education/ Berlin Career College encompasses the full spectrum of the arts and related academic studies in more than 70 courses. With more than 600 events per year, the UdK contributes to the cultural life of Berlin in a significant way.
The faculty of Fine Arts is not only qualifying artists, but also teachers of art for different school types. Additional the faculty offers the master course “Art in Context”. With exception of the latter case all courses begin with a two-semester foundation time, the “Grundlehre”, where students get to know basic techniques and methods. After this period they are studying in a class that is mentored by a professor. The goal is to develop an own artistic position. The critical judgment and exchange between students and teachers is taking place by one-on-one mentoring and discussions with the whole class. They are supplemented by class-overreaching or interdisciplinary lectures and excursions. Already in the first years the students present their works in exhibitions and face public discussions.
The class of Prof. Martin Gerwers is specialized in drawing and painting, but some of the students are also working interdisciplinary. Since the professor is living in Düsseldorf, they meet every second week and spend three intensive days to discuss new works, plan events and projects or visit galleries and museums. Beside this structure the students are left to oneself and very free in what they work on.
Upper Image Credit: J. Jakobi Heartbeat Feedback : Setting One
240 cm x 170 cm x 40 cm
Table construction, pulse sensors, carpet, shelf with equipment to influence the heart