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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 Art 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 academic programs (size, format etc.) are provided in the information pdfs on application on the website of each program.
There is no patent recipe 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 take 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 are publicized in good time on the page of the relevant study course.

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).  

Art and Media - Personal submission of the portfolio

A personal submission of the portfolio is only possible during the opening hours on these days:

01 June 2018 to 02 July 2018

Monday             09.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 01.30 p.m. to 02.30 p.m
Tuesday            09.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Wednesday       09.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Thursday           02.00 p.m. to 02.30 p.m. 
Friday                09.30a.m. to 12.00 noon

venue: Grunewaldstr. 2-5 / room Z2, Berlin-Schöneberg
Please register directly at the doorman (GR)

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 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!

20 June to 16 August 2018:
Mondays        03.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Tuesdays       09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Wednesdays  01.30 p.m. to 04.30 p.m.
Thursdays      09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon

20 August to 30 August 2018:
Mondays        03.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Thursdays      09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon

03 September to 06 September 2018:
Mondays        03.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Tuesdays       09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Wednesdays  01.30 p.m. to 04.30 p.m.
Thursdays      09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon

11 September to 19 September 2018:
Tuesdays       09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Wednesdays  01.30 p.m. to 04.30 p.m.

24 September to 27 September 2018:
Mondays        03.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Tuesdays       09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
Wednesdays  01.30 p.m. to 04.30 p.m.
Thursdays      09.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon

Collecting portfolios - Art in Context

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

Thursday, 14 June 2018 from 01.00 p.m. to 04.00 p.m.
Thursday, 21 June 2018 from 01.00 p.m. to 04.00 p.m.
Thursday, 28 June 2018 from 01.00 p.m. to 04.00 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 dates at Straße des 17. Juni 118 / room 118 (Mappenraum), Berlin-Charlottenburg:

Friday, 22 June 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m.

Thursday, 5 July 2018 from 04.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.

Friday, 28 September 2018 from 04.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.
 

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!

Monday, 23 Juli 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 24 Juli 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.

Monday, 6 August 2018 from 12.00 noon to 06.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 7 August 2018 from 12.00 noon to 06.00 p.m.

Monday, 20 August 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.

Monday, 3 September 2018 from 12.00 noon to 06.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 from 12.00 noon to 06.00 p.m.

Monday, 17 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m. (last chance for collecting the portfolio!)

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