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© HBK Essen, Design: Aram Sakar

It’s that time again: At the end of the summer semester, many art and design universities are once again inviting visitors to tours and annual exhibitions. In Stuttgart, people are relieved to say what it’s all about after the cancellations, postponements and digital compromises caused by the pandemic: the comebacks of the year. Within their framework and in compliance with the currently valid Corona protection measures, students of the artistic and design fields show what they have created. The always lively presentations, often combined with a summer party, are a good opportunity to find out in a relaxed atmosphere on site at the universities what ideas, topics and issues have been driving and working on the budding designers and artists in recent months.

Here is a selection of the most important dates:

Kicking things off around the first weekend of July is the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, which opens its Graduate Show 2022 on July 7 at 7 p.m. (exhibition runs July 8-10) and the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art, where on July 9 and 10 students from the departments of Sculpture, Stage and Costume Design, Painting, Fashion Design, Product Design, Textile and Surface Design, Visual Communication and Artistic Design Fundamentals, as well as the master’s programs in Spatial Strategies and Art Therapy, will present their work for the 2021/2022 academic year.

On July 15 and 16, the students of the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd will present their final and project works to the public, including unusual communication and exhibition concepts, multimedia installations and innovative product developments.  The annual exhibitions of the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, of the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, will take place from July 14 to 17.

© Kunsthochschule Kassel, Design: Julia Reinbold, Patrick Barzagar-Nazari

This year, the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Essen will open its doors for the traditional tour at its location in Essen-Kupferdreh, but also for the first time at its new location in Wuppertal, from July 15-17. During the same period, the tour at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart will again take place in analog form on the Weißenhof campus under the motto “The Comeback of 2022”.

© Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. Animation (Design: Andreas Grammel, Jule Hägele, Jana Rzehak, Sonja Schwarz)

On 15 and 16 July, the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences is holding its work show and is looking for answers to the question “What does the future look like?”.

© Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences

After a pandemic October edition last year, students at the Offenbach University of Art and Design will once again take to the starting line on the same weekend in July to mark the end of the summer semester.

© Offenbach University of Art and Design, Design: Katharina Landisch

The 2022 tour at the Department of Design at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences will take place on July 15 and the diploma tour and summer festival at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig will take place from July 15 – 17.

The Merz Akademie Stuttgart celebrates on July 16, Burg Giebichenstein Halle invites to the annual exhibition on July 16 and 17 at all locations.

© Merz Akademie Stuttgart

The Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel is calling its annual exhibition, which runs from July 20-23, “Insight Outlook” again this year.

Muthesius Kunsthochschule
© Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel, Design: Charlotte Köhnke, Miriam Hartung

The Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig HBK welcomes all those interested in art, design and art science to the tour from July 20-24.

© HBK Braunschweig

The annual exhibition of the Faculty of Design at Munich University of Applied Sciences will be open July 21-24, like the tour of the Karlsruhe University of Design.

Open days at the Berlin University of the Arts are July 23 and 24 (preview on July 22, registration only).

The Design Department of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences invites you to a tour of the Designhaus from July 29-31.

© DHBW Ravensburg

And last but not least, the graduates of the Media Design course at DHBW Ravensburg will present their bachelor’s theses in Graphic, Interaction, Motion and Transmedia Design to the public at the UN:KNOWN WERKSCHAU on 24 & 25 September 2022.

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