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The Berlin Summer University of the Arts 2021 is Starting

Press Release

Berlin - June 10, 2021

Online and Face-to-Face Workshops in Berlin


The summer is coming, and the Berlin Summer University of the Arts 2021, based at the Berlin Career College at the Berlin University of the Arts, is kicking off with an online workshop by Sonja Knecht and Christoph Rauscher on July 5, 2021. Until October, it offers a total of more than 25 workshops in Visual Arts, Music, Design and Performing Arts, followed by Sound Design, Philosophy and interdisciplinary courses.


During the summer months, artists and creative professionals have the opportunity to take part in the diverse programme, which offers both online workshops and face-to-face courses in Berlin. Whether at home in front of the laptop or on-site at one of the largest art universities in Europe – this not-so-ordinary year, the Berlin Summer University of the Arts once again creates a unique atmosphere, facilitates artistic exchange, contributes to networking and opens up new (artistic) horizons.


The special highlights of the programme are the workshop by Bernd Grether and Sam Kim on bad design: together with other designers and architects, both designers will deal with the question of the evaluation mechanisms of bad design and explore how working outside of personal aesthetic design frameworks looks like and can be fruitful for the design process. In her workshop on visual music, the artist Suzie Zimmermann will examine the historical examples of its analogue and digital implementation and develop ideas for the visual music implementation together with the participants. In her workshop, Jenny Claire Heck will introduce the art of the cyanotype technique and impart practical knowledge on photo editing with this method.

Once again this year, authors Annett Gröschner, Joseph Pearson and Stephan Porombka, sound artist Daisuke Ishida, dramaturge John von Düffel, performance artist Yutaka Makino, fashion designer Ira Solomatina, musician Sam Chapman, architect and photographer Stephanie Kloss and painter Pauline Kraneis will be taking part in the Berlin Summer University of the Arts and teaching their arts and sharing their ideas in numerous workshops.


Registration is usually possible four weeks before the beginning of the  respective course – registration for many courses is still open. The detailed programme can be found at:





The Berlin Career College provides unique further education courses at the Berlin University of the Arts in the artistic and creative field: four Master’s degree programs and numerous certificate courses aimed at people who want to deepen their artistic and creative skills and connect them to economic subjects. Furthermore, the Berlin Summer University of the Arts presents a highly qualified program in English appealing to creative artists of all disciplines and creative entrepreneurs. The program is offered by the Berlin Career College and based on its research results on further education needs in creative industries. Managing Director of the Berlin Career College at the Central Institute for Further Education is Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer.


The Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) is one of the world's largest art universities that combines all art disciplines and related sciences. The four faculties of Fine Arts, Design, Music and Performing Arts, as well as the Central Institute for Further Education, offer more than 70 artistic, artistic-scientific and artistic-pedagogical courses. About one-fifth of the overall students (ca. 4000) come from abroad. The history of the Berlin University of the Arts dates back to the foundation of the Brandenburg–Prussian Academy of Arts in 1696. The university’s current structure has developed in 1975 due to a merger of the University of Fine Arts and the University of Music and Performing Arts to the University of the Arts (HDK). The Berlin University of the Arts got its present name in November 2001. Since April 2020, Professor Dr. Norbert Palz holds the position of the UdK Berlin President. With more than 600 events a year, the UdK Berlin significantly contributes to the cultural life of the city.




Stephanie Schwarz

Berlin Summer University of the Arts

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Kathrin Rusch

Press Relations Berlin Career College

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Claudia Assmann

Head of the Press & Communications

University of the Arts Berlin

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