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As in every year, many art and design colleges invite students to tours, annual exhibitions and graduate shows at the end of the summer semester in 2023. Whether in specially conceived exhibitions or in studios, classes and workshops, on this occasion students of the artistic and design fields can show what they have devised, worked on and crafted over the past months. The diverse and varied presentations, often combined with the awarding of prizes and scholarships as well as a summer festival, are a wonderful opportunity to take a look at the ideas, themes and questions that are on the minds of the budding designers and artists.

Here is a selection of the most important dates:

The round of tours begins at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg, where the annual exhibition opens on Wednesday, 5 July at 7 pm. From 6 to 9 July, all the works on display can be viewed in the class pavilions, seminar rooms and the exhibition hall on the Campus am Tiergarten.

© AdBK Nürnberg, Design: Pascal Putschka

On 13 July at 2 p.m., the Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur will open the current exhibition of the work of its Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates.

© Technische Hochschule OWL

The Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig follows. Its tour will open on 13 July (6 – 10 p.m.) and can be visited by anyone interested until 16 July. The diverse programme includes exhibitions, guided tours, presentations, lectures, performances, film screenings and much more.

© Eunjeong Kim, film still from Floating in Painting 3, design: Katharina Frick & Tanja Schüz

Also from 13 to 16 July, students from the Hochschule für Bildenden Künste Hamburg (opening at 7 pm in the entrance hall), the Kunsthochschule Kassel (under the motto “MOMENT:AUFNAHME”) and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar will present their work. In Weimar, the projects and discourses of the current academic year will be presented under the title “summaery2023”.

Graduate Show of the HFBK Hamburg: Merlin Reichart, The Everydayness of Downfall, 2022, installation; Photo: Tim Albrecht
Design: Marit-Helen Brunnert, Henning Roye and Rebecca Scheibke
© Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The tours and annual exhibitions of a number of colleges will take place on 14 and 15 July:

The Hochschule Anhalt in Dessau invites you to the Campus Dessau for the Campus Festival, the Open Day (Department of Architecture, Facility Management and Geoinformation) and the Dessau Design Show (Department of Design).

© Hochschule Anhalt

The communication design department of the Hochschule Mainz invites you to a work exhibition with drinks, snacks and lectures. In addition, the Design Department will present current results of the design teaching at Hochschule Mainz under the title “Best of Design” at the Kunstverein Ingelheim.

© Hochschule Mainz

The Faculty of Design at Hochschule Pforzheim and the Department of Design at FH Aachen also show the results of the academic year.

© Hochschule Pforzheim 
© FH Aachen | Department of Design
© FH Aachen | Department of Design

The traditional annual highlight of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach will be held for the 25th time from 14 to 16 July. During the three-day event, visitors can find out about the artistic and design work of the art and design departments, and there will be a few surprises for the anniversary.

Design: Elise Pixel, Junjian Wang

The Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig invites you to the Diploma Tour from 14 to 16 July. The final theses of around 35 diploma students from the fields of painting/graphics, photography, book art/graphic design and media art will be on display in 20 exhibition rooms. The traditional summer party will also take place on the opening day.

Design: Gerrit Brocks

The annual exhibition “take-off 2023 – Meisterschüler*innen der BURG” at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle will be officially opened on Friday, 14 July at 6 pm in the Volkspark Halle. On Saturday, 15 July, and Sunday, 16 July, the doors of studios, workshops, seminar rooms and other locations in Halle will then be open between 10 am and 6 pm.

Design: Sarah Fricke, Lea Sievertsen, Pawel Wolowitsch of distaff.studio

Grotto”, the exhibition of graduates of Frankfurt’s Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, will also open on 14 July (from 7 to 10 pm). It can be visited until 30 July. The Städelschule party will take place on 14 July from 11 p.m. on Daimlerstraße (admission 5 euros).

© Lisa Gutscher, Louis Hay, Aline Sofie Rainer, Ian Waelder

The Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd also invites you to the semester exhibition on 14 and 15 July 2023. Works from the bachelor’s degree programmes Interaction Design, Digital Product Design and Development (Internet of Things), Communication Design and Product Design as well as from the master’s degree programme Strategic Design will be on display. There will also be tours and exciting lectures about studying at the HfG.

The tour continues a few days later: the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe invites you to take a tour of the atriums from 20 to 23 July.

© Isabel Motz, Nils Bergmann and Vincent Becher

How “design shapes our present and future – and why it takes a lot of (playful) courage to create an environment worth living in” is what the Hochschule München wants to explore from 20 to 23 July (12 – 11 pm) as part of its annual exhibition “Play”. The vernissage is on 20 July from 7 – 11 pm.

© Hochschule Münschen / Faculty of Design

The Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel opens its doors for the annual exhibition “Einblick / Ausblick” from 20 to 23 July.

© Muthesius Kunsthochschule

From 21-23 July, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart invites visitors to its studios and exhibition spaces.

Visual (Design: Manuel Bauer, Maximilian Coupe, Emma Dreiucker, Kai Steinsträßer)

The Universität der Künste Berlin celebrates its open days from 21 to 23 July. Workshops, studios and rehearsal rooms of the faculties of Fine Arts, Design, Music and Performing Arts as well as the HZT (Inter-University Centre for Dance) Berlin, the Jazz Institute Berlin and the Berlin Career College will be open to visitors. From painting, sculpture and performance to design sketches, fashion shows and film screenings to concerts, dance and sound installations, students will be showing the results and processes of their work.

Universität der Künste Berlin, Tour – Open Days 2023, Design: Sophie Pischel and Ira Göller

And last but not least, the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin will be opening its studios, workshops and laboratories on 22 and 23 July, providing insights into the work and research processes of the up-and-coming artists and designers on around 2,000 square metres of exhibition space. At the same time, 46 graduates of sculpture and painting will be exhibiting their final projects in the Alte Münze.

© weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

From 23 to 24 September, 53 graduates of the Media Design programme at DHBW Ravensburg will present their bachelor’s theses in Graphics, Interaction, Motion and Transmedia to the public. The exhibition offers a varied programme of talks, networking and celebrations for all those interested in design. As part of the Ravensburg Art Night, there will be an exciting preview for the curious on Friday evening, 22 September.

© DHBW Ravensburg

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