*foundationClass is a program for artists and designers in exile
who want to study in Germany.
The program is part of the weissensee school of art, Berlin.
Have you applied for asylum or refugee status in Germany?
Do you want to study at any German speaking art academy ?
We offer a programm to work on your application.
Please get in contact:
weissensee academy of art berlin
13086 Berlin, Germany
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Lena Prents, Marina Naprushkina, Azin Feizabadi, Ali Kaaf,
Ali Mahmoud, Max Grau
Initiated by Ulf Aminde
Coordination: Miriam Schickler
Creative Administration: Katharina Kersten
Student Tutors: Danae Nagel, Eva Karduck
(and many, many amazing guests)
get more info about the Summer Program 2017 -> here
New program 2017
weißensee academy of art berlin is happy to announce that a new group of *foundationClass participants will start their work in the summer semester 2017.
The program is geared towards people who have fled to Germany and/or applied for asylum and who had planned to start studying art or design in their home countries, already started such a degree program, or who plan to switch into such a degree program.
The programme provides the foundations for applying at German art and design academies and offers the possibility to create or reconstruct lost portfolios, documents and materials, which will enable the participants to apply for the annual artistic aptitude tests.
The *foundationClass group of 2017 will work together from April 2017 until the end of the year. The program will be divided into two parts:
The first part of the program (summer semester, starting in April) will be also open to other students studying at weißensee academy of art. The program will feature lectures, workshops and excursions led mainly by professional artists, designers, scholars and activists who themselves or whose families have migrated to Germany.
During the first part you will have the possibility to arrive at the school and get to know many other people. We specifically want to create a space, within which you can work with the invited teachers to develop your own standpoint regarding art or design education. Together we want to formulate art historie(s), that include the Global South/East, as well as your experiences without using labels such as “refugee” or “migrant”.
Together we want to find answers to the question of how an art school of the future would look like if it genuinely recognised migration as an essential societal factor. Apart from that we're planning a lot of cooperations with other Berlin art institutions, such as the Maxim Gorki Theatre.
In the second half of the program (winter semester, starting in October) we want to take all that we have learned and prepare applications for German art and design academies. In different workshops (painting, sculpting, digital media, design, drawing etc.) we will support you in creating a powerful portfolio with which you can apply in 2018.
To realise these goals weißensee art academy provides its entire infrastructure, including workshops, materials, as well as support with bureaucratic problems.
The *foundationClass 2017 strives to open up a social space within weißensee academy of art within which knowledge and artistic and design practices are not consumed, but questioned and where new forms of knowledge and practice will be produced collectively
The *foundationClass will be financed by the Berlin Senator for Education, Youth, and Science, as part of the Berlin Quality Campaign in Teaching