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What drives the students of creative degree courses? What semester and final projects have they completed? This year, many art and design colleges are once again inviting the public into their studios, classrooms and workshops.

by Thomas Wagner



Year after year: In 2024, many art and design colleges will once again be hosting tours, annual exhibitions and graduate shows at the end of the summer semester. Whether in studios, classrooms, workshops or in specially designed exhibitions, art and design students will have the opportunity to showcase what they have enthusiastically conceived, designed and realised over the past few months. On many campuses, the varied presentations, often accompanied by the awarding of prizes and scholarships, end with a lavish summer party. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit the universities and find out what ideas, themes and questions are on the minds of budding designers and artists.

Here is a selection of the most important dates and events


Der Reigen der Rundgänge beginnt in London am Central Saint Martins College. Vom 12. bis 15. Juni zeigen Studierende unter dem Motto „The future: now arriving“ am am Granary Square ihre Arbeiten in den Bereichen Kunst, Materialien, Mode, Design und Performance, um sich als Kräfte des kreativen Wandels zu präsentieren.

Key Visual designed by Rafi Elmahal, Lucas Parfitt and Tim Huckle

To keep you in London: The Royal College of Art’s Design Department presents a series of exhibitions and events in two parts from 12-14 June and 19-21 June, showcasing the work of RCA graduates from the School of Design and Intelligent Mobility.

RCA2024: School of Design postgraduate exhibitions and events

You can also check out the various Degree Shows at Goldsmiths, University of London in June.

Goldschmiths University of London, Degree Shows 2024

Applied Festival 2024, Design: Cheyenne Cattaneo, Mandy Zaninovic, Verena Muellner licensed under CC BY NC ND 4.0


At the end of June, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna will host the Applied Festival 2024. From Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 June, the doors of the university buildings will be open and Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz will become the festival’s meeting point to view exhibitions and graduation projects from various departments, framed by a multidisciplinary programme. This year’s festival design, developed by Design and Narrative Media students Mandy Zaninovic and Cheyenne Cattaneo in collaboration with Verena Müller, draws curious glances in different directions. The AAA-labelled final theses from the summer semester 2024 will be integrated into the festival events and can also be viewed digitally (from 2021).

Czech Republic

In Prague, from 27 June to 4 July, the Academy of Fine Arts will present a university-wide exhibition of projects from the UMPRUM summer semester under the title “Keep it Cool”. The historic building of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design on Jana Palacha Square will be transformed into a large gallery from the basement to the attic. As part of the UMlab creative laboratory, which works with companies and institutions, the Studio of Graphic Design and New Media will focus on a dialogue about the form of graphic images from the 3D printer manufacturer Prusa Research. The Studio for Furniture and Interior Design will focus on the use of waste materials from the TON furniture company, and the Studio for Glass will work with the Klimchi glass factory.

Hana Kubrichtová, Anna Vašičková, David Stejskal, Filip Sajler

July is when the touring season really gets into full swing

Poster: André Simon Waletzki, Glücksbrunnen; steel, PVC, water, roses, plaster, electronic components, 2022 | Photo: Valentin Wedde; Design: Katharina Frick & Tanja Schüz.


From 4 to 7 July, the HBK Braunschweig will open its doors to the public and provide an insight into the work of Lower Saxony’s state art academy. Visitors can look forward to a varied programme of exhibitions, guided tours, presentations, lectures, performances, film screenings and much more. In the fine arts, the diploma presentations of the specialist classes will be shown; the basic classes will present the results of their first year of study.

Design: Lena Haubner and Hannes Naumann

“Plan B” is the motto of the annual exhibition “summaery 2024” of the Bauhaus University Weimar. From 11 to 14 July, students and teachers from the four faculties will present the results of their academic year on campus and at locations throughout Weimar, inviting people to discuss which teaching and research concepts can already provide answers to the climate crisis, the digital revolution or globalisation.

Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Offenbach

From 12 to 14 July, the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Offenbach will open its doors for a weekend for what has become an annual highlight. Over the course of three days, visitors will be able to view works of art and design and gain an insight into the HfG’s education and design processes.

Impressions of the Burg Fashion Exhibition, photo Michael Klehm

The Burg Giebichenstein Art Academy in Halle, Germany, is also traditionally inviting visitors to its annual exhibition in mid-July. For two days (13 and 14 July), studios, workshops and seminar rooms at all the university’s campuses and other locations in Halle will be transformed into exhibition spaces. On display will be the results of work from the past two semesters, current diploma theses from the art department and bachelor’s and master’s theses from the design department. The opening of the exhibition “Take Off 2024 – Master Students of the BURG” will take place on Friday 12 July at 6 pm in the Volkspark Halle. This will be followed by the coveted fashion department exhibition at 8 p.m. The festivities will begin at 9:30 p.m. with music and dancing.

Design: Michelle Haupt, Karin Grünwald, Shirin Krastel

The tour will take place at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kassel from 18 to 21 July. On these days, workshops and studios from the Fine Arts, Product Design, Art Education, Art History and Visual Communication courses, as well as the exhibition hall, will be open to the public. From painting, sculpture and performance to design sketches, film screenings and sound installations, students will showcase the results and processes of their artistic and creative work. The theme of this year’s tour is ‘Detox’, focusing on the human body.

Design Aleyna Kohl, Christian Müller, Majken Böckmann, Marina Zevako

From 19 to 21 July, the Weissenhof campus of the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart will once again be transformed into a large exhibition area where around 900 students from the fields of architecture, design, art, art education and art history/restoration will present their current studies and projects. This year, for the first time, we can look forward to an ABK mascot.


Festival of Design: Final Exhibition of the MSD – Münster School of Design

Summer is right around the corner, and we invite you to welcome it with a bang! Come to the ultimate final exhibition of the Bachelor’s and Master’s students of MSD. Get ready for a weekend full of creativity, innovation, and pure design vibes! It won’t just be an exhibition – it will be a festival of design!

Experience impressive projects, meet the creative minds behind the works, and get inspired. We celebrate the diversity and ingenuity of our talents, and you are right in the middle of it! Don’t miss the opportunity to experience, celebrate, and become part of a community that values creativity in all its facets. Grab your friends, bring your good mood, and enjoy the summer in Münster in a completely new way. We are very excited to see you there!

Opening on Friday, July 26, 2024, at 8:00 PM. Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Animation, Design: Aleyna Kohl, Christian Müller, Majken Böckmann, Marina Zevako

This year, the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart (ABK Stuttgart) invites you to the campus Weißenhof for the annual tour from July 19 to 21, 2024. For three days, around 900 students of ABK will open their studios and classrooms to showcase current works and projects in architecture, design, art, and art history-restoration. The program includes award ceremonies such as the Academy Awards and the DAAD Prize, thematic tours of the programs, various activities, and a Friends of the Academy Day.

Opening: Friday, July 19, 2024, 6 pm

Exhibition Hours:

Friday, July 19, 6 pm – 11 pm

Saturday, July 20, 12 pm – 8 pm

Sunday, July 21, 12 pm – 8 pm


In September, the École Nationale Supérieure de Creation Industrielle (ENSCI – Les Ateliers) in Paris will be presenting the latest work by its students.

École Nationale Supérieure de Creation Industrielle, ENSCI – Les Ateliers

Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show


And during Dutch Design Week in October (19-26 October), the Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show, one of the world’s most influential exhibitions of young designers’ work, will take place.

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