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Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig

Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. Photo: Jana Slaby.

The Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) is one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges of art in Europe. The Academy has already been providing art and design education at the highest level for more than 250 years. Its excellent reputation is down to the many graduates who continually make a significant impact on the areas of fine art and graphic design and the many renowned professors and dedicated tutors working at the HGB. We maintain a superb international network of more than 100 collaboration partners from various areas of the art and graphic design industry, but also from the world of science and economics. Quality and sustainability of teaching and practice is what we stand for.

The HGB offers four Diploma degree programmes: Book Design/ Graphic Design, Photography, Painting / Printmaking, Media Art. These are flanked by a broad and intense range of theory classes. The HGB also offers a Meisterschüler programme (postgraduate studies for artists) in all subject areas as well as the master’s degree course Cultures of the Curatorial.

The gallery of the Academy of Fine Art sees itself as a membrane between the interior and exterior of the institution. The gallery's aim is to supplement and extend both the teaching contents and practices of the various departments as well as making a contribution to current inquiries in the arts, thereby establishing connections between internal and external discussions and - being situated in the centre of the academy - offering a social and discursive place for carrying out such debates. In the framework of the academy's specific capabilities, the gallery affords students, lecturers, invited artists, curators and theoreticians an experimental and reflective form of exhibition practice that can incorporate, beyond the presentations themselves, the active involvement with the exhibition and the reworking and reformulating discursive material.

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