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Portfolios

General information

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio and/or an assignment or a conceptual piece for courses at the Colleges of Fine Arts and Architecture, Media and Design, as well as some courses at the College of Performing Arts. These submitted works provide the basis for pre-selection by the admissions commission. Detailed information on the portfolios for the different study programmes (size, format etc.) are provided in the information pdfs under "application" on the website of each programme.


There is no universal blueprint for the contextual content of the portfolio or for completing the assignment.
Such works should reflect the candidate's own interests and reveal a thorough investigation of content and themes. In addition, applicants should consider in depth the course they are choosing. In this context, it is highly recommended that they attend the open days of the UdK "Rundgang", which takes place each year in mid July.  
As a rule, no advice on portfolios is offered at the UdK Berlin. Exceptions: the College of Fine Arts offers so-called “Pre-Colleges” each autumn. Potential applicants can bring along a portfolio for viewing to this information event. In the study programme Costume Design, as a rule a date for portfolio discussion is also offered before the application deadline. The dates will be published in advance on the page of the relevant study course.

Please note that UdK Berlin does not assume neither arising expenses nor liability.

Sending portfolios

If you are submitting a portfolio/assignment or sending your application via a private courier, please use our freight post address:  

Universität der Künste Berlin
[name of study course]
Mappe
Einsteinufer 43
10587 Berlin

If sending by international post with a customs declaration, please make sure that your portfolio is declared as application documents (no value given). Alternatively, you can enter the abbreviation NCV as the value (no commercial value).
Portfolios that incur German customs duty and require customs clearance are not accepted for cost reasons. The UdK Berlin cannot accept any transport and postal charges or import duties for portfolios.  
Please note also that if you wish your portfolio/assignment to be returned to you, the UdK Berlin is unable to accept liability or pay costs (e. g. VAT on imports). 

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

Personal delivery of your portfolio (general information)

There is the possibility to deliver your portfolio personally only during the opening hours of the portfolio rooms. The dates will be announced below for each study programme specifically.

Our porters in the lobby will not accept your portfolios - this option is only possible for parcel and courier services due to logistical and legal reasons.

You can use the mail box next to the entrance at the buliding in the Einsteinufer 43 for DIN A4 sized portfolios, but please be aware of the limited measures and given deadlines.

Return of portfolios

It is possible to return your portfolio to you at your own cost. Please note that UdK Berlin does not assume neither arising expenses nor liability.
Charges for returning:
• 7,- € for return postage within Germany
• 25,- €  for return postage within the EU countries
• 40,- €  for return postage within the EU countries
=> For special sizes (under 15cm x 11cm x 1cm or above 120cm x 60cm x 60cm) a surcharge of 20, - € is imposed. If this applies to your portfolio a payment request via email will be sent to you.

Kasse der UdK Berlin
IBAN DE 72 1009 0000 884 101 5046
BIC BEVO DE BB XXX
Berliner Volksbank
reason for transfer: Name, application number, course, MR  

Berliner Volksbank eG
Budapester Straße 35
10787 Berlin
Germany

If transferring money from abroad: Please make sure that your bank transfer includes acceptance of all due costs (OUR – sender pays costs).

Please note: this payment must be registered in the UdK's bank account by 30th September at the latest (study begin in the winter semester) or by 31st March (study begin in the summer semester).

Please send the proof of payment including the value date by email to the responsible member of staff at the Admission Office and ask for return of your portfolio/homework. Please also note your current address. The contact person and contact info can be found here

The portfolios will be dispatched during the semester break (end of July until October or end of February until April respectively).

Collecting portfolios (general information)

Applicants, who have received a final letter of rejection, can pickup their portfolios/ homework assignements to the given dates of the regarding study programme. After the given deadlines the remaining works will be disposed.

You can collect your portfolios during the lecture free time (end of july till end of october or end of february till april). Exact dates will be announced in advance.

If you authorise somebody to pick up your portfolio, please use this proxy form. The person you have assigned needs to show this and an ID card.
Vollmacht Mappenabholung

 

Collecting portfolios Architecture and Fine Arts

Picking up the portfolios in person is possible in room 22 at Hardenbergstr. 33, Berlin-Charlottenburg:

Please bring your ID-card and a written authorisation in case you pick it up on behalf of a third person!

17 June 2019 to 11 July 2019
Mondays                      09.00 a.m. till 12.00 noon         
Tuesdays                     02.00 p.m. till 05.00 p.m.          
Wednesdays                09.00 a.m. till 12.00 noon         
Thursdays                    03.00 p.m. till 06.00 p.m.

15 July 2019 to 01 August 2019
Mondays                      09.00 a.m. till 12.00 noon         
Thursdays                    03.00 p.m. till 06.00 p.m.

05 August 2019 to 14 August 2019                    
Tuesdays                     02.00 p.m. till 05.00 p.m           
Wednesdays                09.00 a.m. till 12.00 noon         

19 August 2019 to 29 August 2019
Mondays                      09.00 a.m. till 12.00 noon         
Thursdays                    03.00 p.m. till 06.00 p.m.

02 September 2019 to 30 September 2019        
Mondays                      09.00 a.m. till 12.00 noon         
Tuesdays                     02.00 p.m. till 05.00 p.m           
Wednesdays                09.00 a.m. till 12.00 noon         
Thursdays                    03.00 p.m. till 06.00 p.m.

Collecting portfolios - Art in Context

Picking up the portfolios in person for Art in Context is possible on the following dates: 

20. Juni 2019 bis voraussichtlich Ende September (expected)
always on Thursday from 10.00 a.m. till 02.00 p.m.

Venue: Einsteinufer 43 / room 306, Berlin- Charlottenburg

Please bring your ID-card and a written authorisation in case you pick it up on behalf of a third person!

Collecting portfolios Design

Picking up the portfolios in person for Design is possible on the following date at Straße des 17. Juni 118 / room 118 (Mappenraum), Berlin-Charlottenburg:

18 July, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

6 September, 3 - 6 p.m.

9 September, 8 a.m. - 12 noon

20 September, 3 - 6 p.m.

23 September, 8 a.m. - 12 noon

Please bring your ID-card and a written authorisation in case you pick it up on behalf of a third person!

Collecting Portfolios - Art and Media

Picking up the portfolios in person is possible in room Z2 at Grunewaldstr. 2-5, Berlin-Schöneberg

14 August 2019 to 30 September 2019:
Monday         09.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 02.00 p.m. till 02.30 p.m.
Tuesday        09.30a.m. to 12.00 noon
Wednesday   09.30a.m. to 12.00 noon 
Thursday       02.00 p.m. till 02.30 p.m.
Friday             09.30a.m. to 12.00 noon

For collection please bring your ID-card and a written authorisation in case you pick it up on behalf of a third person!

Collecting portfolios Visual Communication

Picking up the portfolios in person for Visual Communication is possible on the following date: 

For collection please bring your ID-card and a written authorisation in case you pick it up on behalf of a third person!

25 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Thursday) 
26 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Friday)

05 August 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Monday)
06 August 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Tuesday)

15 August 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Thursday) 
16 August 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Friday)

02 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Monday)
03 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Tuesday)

12 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Thursday) 
13 September 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (Friday)  (last chance for collecting the portfolio!)

Venue: Grunewaldstraße 2-5, room 108/109, Berlin-Schöneberg (subway station Kleistpark)