Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The Bauhaus, the most influential design school in the 20th  century, was founded in 1919 in our main building on campus.  Distinguished experts from various disciplines and countries have worked here together with their students to revolutionize education. They have left a permanent mark on the design of the living world through modern art, technology and science. What they produced was an answer to the burning questions of art, culture and society in the modern age.

A tie to this history was established in the renming of our institute as the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in 1996. We are an international university at home in the unique, cultural city of Weimar. We are a vibrant institution, not a museum. We invoke this tremendous paradigm to answer central questions regarding art and culture, technology, science and society using modern methods. This also includes the critical analysis of the Bauhaus history and its historical impact, which is part of the contradictory history of progress that began almost 100 years ago.

In order to meet these requirements, we have carefully created the profile of our university which is focused on our four faculties: Architecture and Urbanism, Civil Engineering, Art and Design, and Media. Experimentation and excellence prevail throughout these faculties in which transdisciplinary projects and cooperations in research and education are also conducted.

Walter Gropius’ much quoted statement about the »unity of art and technology« was given a new meaning through the expansion of the study courses on offer. The university aimed to complement its engineering with art courses, not art or technology, but art and technology – a unique concept which a classical school of engineering or art would be unable to offer. This new modern and future-orientated profile was taken into account in the decision by the Council in October 1995 to change the name to Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Faculty of Art and Design

The Faculty of Art and Design at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is the Art Academy of Thuringia and, thereby, a full-fledged member of the Rectors‘ Conference of Art Colleges. Its responsibilities and tasks as an art college significantly influence the profile of the Faculty of Art and Design, which is firmly manifested in the structure of the Weimar Model. We have put the concept of the Weimar Model into practice by connecting project work, the principal form of instruction, with well-equipped workshops and interdisciplinary collaboration with other disciplines. This overlap of praxis and theory plays a particularly significant role in Weimar.

The undergraduate degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Art and Design provide first-level professional qualification in a wide range of artistic and design:

              • Fine Art (Diplom)

              • Media Art and Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

              • Product Design (Bachelor of Arts)

              • Visual Communication (Bachelor of Arts)

              • Teaching Qualification (Secondary Education) in Art Education First and Dual Subject (First State Examination)

These are followed by master‘s degree programmes which culminate in  secondlevel professional qualification in one of the following concentrations:

              • Public Art and New Artistic Strategies (Master of Fine Arts )- English Programme

              • Media Art and Design (Master of Fine Arts) - English and German Programmes

              • Product Design/Sustainable Product Cultures (Master of Arts)

              • Visual Communication/Visual Cultures (Master of Arts)

The faculty‘s Ph.D. programme in Art and Design/Fine Art/Media Art – the only one of its kind in Germany – represents the highest level of this three-tiered academic structure and culminates in the conferral of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The three-year doctoral programme is tailored to candidates with a master‘s degree or Diplom from an art or design college and concludes with a doctoral thesis comprised in equal parts of a scientific treatment and an artistic or design work.

With around 1,000 students the Faculty of Art and Design is large enough to offer the demanding programme put forth by the Weimar Model, both in terms of academic support and well-equipped facilities. Yet the Faculty is still small enough to thematically integrate the undergraduate and graduate degree programmes into a complementary whole. The Weimar Model ensures that instruction at the Faculty of Art and Design spans all three professional levels of qualification, while in the area of research, the primary focus lies on the paradigm of artistic research. The chairs in the artistic and design departments work closely with their counterparts in the scientific disciplines to ensure a mutually stimulating reflection of praxis and science.

The many applications for admission to the Faculty and the extremely high number of conferred degrees and resulting professional careers attest to the success of the Faculty‘s academic programme. Exhibitions, awards and cooperative endeavours in state and federally-funded projects demonstrate the growing reputation of the Faculty of Art and Design in Weimar.

Example of unconventional technologies in Design:

Research in Interface and Interaction Design in the following fields:

  • High-End Prototyping of Printed Electronics and Smart Textile Interfaces
  • Prototyping of Embedded Tangible Interfaces
  • Development of Internet of Things Applications
  • Development of Mobile and Web-Based Services and Applications
  • Interactive / Digital Media in Architecture and Urban Planning - Smart Homes + Cities
  • Design Education and Research at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar:
  • Innovation Strategy of Thuringian ClusterManagement:

Contacts: Annelie Zapfe / Policy Officer, Representation of the Free State of Thuringia to the European Union, Rue Frédéric Pelletier 111 | 1030 Brussels | Belgium, Tel: +32 (2) 737 52 64 | Mobile: +32 (0) 488 55 29 92 | Fax: +32 (2) 736 53 79,