The State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe offers the following courses:
- Fine Art: Painting/Graphic Art and Sculpture (degree: Diplom)
- Art for Teaching at Gymnasium Level (degree: State Examination) – being phased out
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Teacher with Visual Arts
- Under development: Master of Education, Art Teacher with Visual Arts (expected 2018)
At the academy, students of Fine Art and students doing Art Teacher Training are taught all together in classes. The approximately 300 students learn by making their own art and discussing the results of their work with the teachers and their peers. This form of teaching reflects the understanding that art can only be taught and learnt through the process of its contrivance and creation. The class-based education is supplemented with comprehensive studies in art history and art theory as well as workshop classes.
With its commitment to the autonomy of art, the academy trusts in a teaching which arises from artistic questions and yields artistic responses.
The State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe sees itself as a place where the established artistic disciplines are put to the test and made to prove their relevance for today’s artists in the face of new developments. But, at the same time, current forms of expression are measured against the accomplishments of older traditions. This sort of productive dialogue of media and genres corresponds to the ideal of an art community which involves both the students and the teachers.
The State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe largely attributes its good reputation to its conscious focus on Fine Art (painting, sculpture, and drawing) which it openly champions as a creative process in permanent exchange with ever-changing media. This alignment with the central areas of artistic expression hasn’t just proved itself in the past and led to boundarycrossing expansions of the artistic spectrum, it also attests to the academy’s current position as one of the most prominent art colleges in the Federal Republic of Germany.