„Kunst- und Designwissenschaft“ (M. A.)

Application “Art and Design Studies” (M. A.)

On this page you will find information on the application and the aptitude test as well as on the documents you will need to provide at the time of enrolment, if your application is successful.

Application | Registration
For the study course “Art and Design Studies” you will need the following documents:

  • Application to participate in the qualifying examination (For applications to start in the winter semester 2021/22 the form is open from 15. January (NEW!) to the deadline on 31. May)
  • CV/Résumé
  • One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school
  • Leaving certificate or transcript of records of your former unversity/ies
  • If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test (simple copy) or other international educational achievements (simple copy) that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:
  • Covering letter
  • Letter of motivation (one page)
  • A 30.000 character essay on a collection, exhibition or scientific position concerned with themes of aesthetics, design or art; written in German

Please note: We must have received your application documents in paper form not later than the application deadline 31st may for following winter semester.

Send your application to:

Folkwang Institut für Kunst- und Designwissenschaft
Prof. Dr. Cordula Meier
z. Hdn.: Prüfungsamt, Sonja Zenker
Campus Welterbe Zollverein | Quartier Nord
Martin-Kremmer-Straße 21
D-45327 Essen

Subject-specific student advise


+49 (0) 201_6505-1516

Aptitude test

Your aptitude is determined in a two-stage process. A first selection is made on the basis of your submitted text. All applicants who are deemed apt, will be invited to take part in the aptitude test. Please note that you have to be on site for the second part of the aptitude test.

The aptitude test on site consists of an approx. 15 – 30 min. interview.

Details on the process can be found here:

Nr. 158 | Ordnung zur Feststellung der besonderen Eignung für den gemeinsamen Master-Studiengang Kunst- und Designwissenschaft an der Universität Duisburg-Essen und der Folkwang Universität der Künste vom 22. April 2013

Documents for enrolment

  • Completed application form for enrolment (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
  • Proof of existing health insurance
  • Completed application form for Folkwang Card (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
  • Certified copy of leaving certificate of your last attended school (certified translation where applicable)
  • Evidence of sufficient language skills, if you did not acquire your qualification for university entrance in Germany
  • Proof of payment of the social contribution

If you have any questions regarding the enrolment process, please contact:

Sonja Zenker

Department Studies and International Affairs | Examination office & Office of Student Affairs | FB 4


+49 (0) 201_6505-1410