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.
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]
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).
Return of portfolios
Return of Portfolios
It is possible to return your portfolio to you at your own cost.
• six euros for return postage within Germany
• 25 euros for return postage abroad to the following bank account:
TU Berlin – UdK Berlin
IBAN DE 72 1009 0000 884 101 5046
BIC BEVO DE BB XXX
reason for transfer: Name, application number, course, MR
Berliner Volksbank eG
Budapester Straße 35
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