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Portfolios - submission and return

General information

For the degree programmes of the Faculties of Fine Arts and Design as well as for some degree programmes of the Faculty of Performing Arts, applicants submit a portfolio and / or a homework assignment or a conceptual work. These submitted works form the basis for the pre-selection by the admissions committee and / or are part of the admissions procedure.
Detailed information on the portfolios for the various degree programmes (scope, format, etc.) can be found on the application page of the respective degree programme.

There is no patent remedy for the content of the portfolio or the preparation of the homework or concept. The work should reflect your own interests and show an intensive examination of the content and topics you have chosen yourself. In addition, applicants should deal intensively with the respective degree programme. A visit to the "Rundgang", which takes place every year in mid-July, is highly recommended.

With few exeptions the UdK Berlin does not offer portfolio advice. The Faculty of Fine Arts offers the so-called "Pre-Colleges" every autumn. Potential applicants are welcome to bring a portfolio to this information event. In the Costume Design programme, an appointment for portfolio consultation is usually offered before the application deadline. The dates are published in good time on the website of the respective degree programme.

Please note that the UdK Berlin assumes neither liability nor costs for your application documents including portfolios.

Submission of portfolios

In the current admission procedures, portfolios and homework are also uploaded digitally in many study programmes.

However, for the study programmes Fine Arts and Teachers training in Fine Arts at secondary schools and grammar schools (ISS/Gym) the portfolios must be submitted in analogue form by regular mail or even in person.

For the Bachelor's study programe in Architecture the analogue portfolio has to be sent in by regular post only.  

For the Bachelor's study programme in Fine Arts at Primary Schools, applicants are free to submit the portfolio in analogue form or upload it digitally.

For information on personal submission, please go to the German language page (opening hours folder room / Öffnungszeiten Mappenraum).

You can find more information on the type, scope and submission of the (digital) portfolios on the application pages of the respective degree programme, in the campus management portal my.udk-berlin or in the e-mails you will receive as soon as you are requested to submit a portfolio.

Portfolio submission

For a few degree programs, analog portfolio submission by mail is also possible for the winter semester 2023/24. Information can be found on the application page of the respective study program.

Please use the following address for this purpose:

Berlin University of the Arts
[indication of the study program]
Einsteinufer 43
10587 Berlin

Please make sure to declare your portfolio as application documents (without value) when sending it internationally with customs declaration. Alternatively, you can enter the abbreviation NCV (no commercial value) as the value.
Folders that are received by German customs and require customs clearance will not be accepted for cost reasons.
The UdK Berlin will also not assume any transport and shipping costs or import duties for the folder.

Decisive is the receipt of the complete documents at the UdK-Berlin, not the postmark.

Portfolio return

Personal pick-up of submitted portfolios is only possible for the following degree programs of the Faculty of Fine Arts:

  •     Fine Arts ("Absolvent*in")
  •     Teacher training in fine arts at secondary schools and grammar schools (ISS/Gym)
  •     Teacher training in fine arts at primary schools (GS)

The return of physically submitted portfolios is possible in the other study programs exclusively by regular post.

The portfolios are returned during the lecture-free periods (end of July to October or end of February to April).

Please note that the UdK Berlin assumes neither liability nor any costs incurred.
Fees for return shipment:
- for return within Germany 8,00 Euro
- for returns within EU countries 30,00 Euro
- for return worldwide 50,00 Euro
=> For special sizes (less than 15 cm x 11 cm x 1 cm or more than 120 cm x 60 cm x 60 cm) a surcharge of 20,00 Euro will be added. Should this be necessary for your portfolio, you will receive a separate e-mail from us with a request for payment.

Account details:

Kasse der UdK Berlin
IBAN DE 72 1009 0000 884 101 5046
Berliner Volksbank
Verwendungszweck: Studiengang, Name, Bewerbungsnummer, MR

MR = Portfolio return

Berliner Volksbank eG
Budapester Straße 35
10787 Berlin

For foreign bank transfers: Please make sure that you pay all applicable transfer fees (OUR - sender pays costs) when transferring money.

Please note: The payment must be received in the UdK Berlin account by 30 September at the latest (start of studies in the winter semester) or by 31 March (start of studies in the summer semester).

Please send the proof of payment / bank statement with the date of the value date by e-mail to the responsible* employee in the Enrolment and Examination Office (IPA) by 30 September at the latest (start of studies in the winter semester) or by 31 March (start of studies in the summer semester) and ask for the return of your portfolio / homework. Please also state your current address again.
You can find the contact persons and contact details here.

Öffnungszeiten Mappenraum Bildende Kunst Lehramt Grundschule Bachelor

Der Mappenraum für die persönliche Mappenabgabe findet sich in der
Hardenbergstr. 33, 10623 Berlin.
Die Öffnungszeiten des Mappenraums sind folgende:

Donnerstag30. März 202314.00 bis 18.00 Uhr
Freitag31. März 202312.00 bis 16.00 Uhr
Montag3. April 202310.00 bis 14.00 Uhr
Dienstag4. April 202314.00 bis 18.00 Uhr
Mittwoch5. April 202312.00 bis 16.00 Uhr

Bitte füllen Sie das nachstehende Dokument aus und kleben Sie dieses ausgedruckt auf die Außenseite Ihrer Mappe:
Beschriftungshilfe Mappe

Opening hours portfolio rooms fine arts (Absolvent*in, teacher training elementary school bachelor and teacher training ISS/Gym bachelor)

The portfolio room for personal portfolio collection is located at
Hardenbergstr. 33, 10623 Berlin.
The opening hours of the portfolio room are as follows:

Thursday01 Juni 202302:00 p.m. till 05:00 p.m.
Thursday08 Juni 202302:00 p.m. till 05:00 p.m.
Thursday15 Juni 202302:00 p.m. till 05:00 p.m.
Thursday29 Juni 202302:00 p.m. till 05:00 p.m.

Should you wish to authorise someone to collect your portfolios during these times, please use this power of attorney.