Berlin University of the Arts

Berlin University of the Arts is one of the biggest, most diversified and traditional universities of the arts world-wide. The teaching offered at the four colleges of Fine Art, Design, Music and Performing Arts as well as at the Central Institute of Further Education encompasses the full spectrum of the arts and related academic studies in more than 70 courses. Having the right to confer doctorates and post-doctoral qualifications, Berlin University of the Arts is also one of Germany’s few art colleges with full university status.


Creative Excellence
Almost all the study courses at Berlin University of the Arts are part of a centuries-old tradition. Combining separate academies to create what was then, in 1975, the Hochschule der Künste (HdK), the university has since developed into a network of colleges. Spurning compromise in artistic and creative disciplines, these colleges facilitate an integrated view of the arts by means of interdisciplinary projects, shared theoretical starting points, and the consolidation of related academic fields. Thus Berlin University of the Arts gives its students - at an early stage and within the protected sphere of a study course - the opportunity to investigate and experiment with other art forms in order to recognise and extend the boundaries of their own discipline.

Inter-University Centres
Berlin’s art universities concentrate their potentials in two inter-university centres: The Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB), where students and teachers of Berlin University of the Arts and the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler work together, and the Inter-University Center for Dance  Berlin (HZT). The latter not only links Berlin University of the Arts and the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst 'Ernst Busch', it also cultivates contacts with Berlin’s independent professional dance scene through cooperation with "TanzRaum Berlin".


Universität der Künste Berlin






The University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch

The Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" Berlin can look back on a 100-year history. In 1905 Max Reinhardt, the new head of the Deutsche Theater Berlin, founded the first acting school and thus added an education facility for young artists to his stage. In 1951 the association with the Deutsche Theater was given up and it achieved independence as a state school for the dramatic arts. In 1981 it was granted the status of a university and since then has used the name of the famous actor Ernst Busch. During the GDR era, “the Busch” gained a legendary reputation. It still belongs to the most renowned institutions of its type in the German-speaking regions. Since 2108, it has been directed by Zebu Kluth as its Rector.


The university has been offering a choreography study programme since 1988. For the winter semester 2008/2009, the two-year MA Choreography programme was introduced as a course of study to the Inter-University Center for Dance. It is a part of the department for dance that was established in 2006. The other part of the department is the BA “Stage Dance” degree programme in cooperation with the State Ballet School Berlin.


Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch




In Cooperation with TanzRaumBerlin Network

Since its foundation in 2004, the TanzRaumBerlin Network has worked as a consortium of Berlin theaters, organizers, institutions, and artists to strengthen the field of dance. As unique dance initiative, the network meets regularly, forming an important forum for exchange, discussion and cooperation. It has played a part in setting up projects such as the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT) and the Uferstudios in Wedding, and it initiated a reform of the Berlin system of supporting theater and dance groups organized under private law. Together with Tanzbüro Berlin, which works with the network on the level of coordination, information and lobbying, the network is involved in cultural policy and advocates for the interests of the Berlin dance scene.

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