HfBK - Städelschule

The Städelschule dates back to a foundation of the Frankfurt merchant Johann Friedrich Städel in 1817. With his bequest he made it possible to set up the ‘Städelsches Kunstinstitut’. This allowed the founding of a school for people interested in art and for talented young students and public access to his collection of art was made possible. His institute concerned an assessment of traditional and contemporary art as well as the development of entirely new practices. Over the years two different institutions developed: the Städelmuseum (www.staedelmuseum.de) and the Städelschule.

The Städelschule is an international academy; this applies to both teachers and students. 40% of the student body come from abroad.
The exhibition space Portikus (www.portikus.de) has also added to this international reputation. Since 1987 Portikus has been part of the Städelschule. Artists from all over the world exhibit there and the students at the academy profit from this in a variety of ways.
Over the years Portikus has developed into a leading centre for experimental art in Germany.

Frankfurt am Main


Dürerstrasse 10
Phone: +49 69 605008-0
Fax: +49 69 605008-66
Website: www.staedelschule.de

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Location and Getting there

The Städelschule is situated in the Sachsenhausen district of Frankfurt/Main, Dürerstrasse 10,
right behind the Städelmuseum.

May be reached:

with public transport:
- underground lines U1, U2, U3 (stop Schweizer Platz, exit Museumsufer)
- tram lines 15, 16 (stop Otto-Hahn-Platz)
- from the airport with S-Bahn S8 to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (main station),
then with tram line 16 to stop Otto-Hahn-Platz.

by car:
- coming from highway A5: to intersection Frankfurter Kreuz,
turn to direction Würzburg on highway A3
- coming from highway A3: exit Frankfurt-Süd/Waldstadion,
direction Stadtmitte (centre) on route B43/B44/Kennedyallee,
turn left in direction Hauptbahnhof on B44/Stresemannallee
turn into second street on the right in direction Offenbach/Hanau onto Schaumainkai/Museumsufer,
turn into fifth street to the right into Dürerstrasse
second entry on right is Städelschule.

Academic Staff and Description


News and Events

During the term there are lecture series for architecture and fine art.
Rundgang (Open House) takes place on the second weekend in February.
Graduates Exhibition takes place in fall in the Städelmuseum.


Information For  Undergraduates

Study Fine Art:

Basic study:
The semesters until the intermediate examination (which may be taken after the 2nd, 3rd or 4th term) are completed in one class.
For the intermediate examination students have to present personal works.
This exam is decisive for the further admission. It can be repeated just once.

Main study:
After having passed the intermediate examination the main study commences and lasts until the 10th term. In exceptional cases and by request this may be extended by two terms.

Certificates and confirmations for Fine Art
Students who have completed their study with the full number of semesters are entitled to a leaving certificate which will be signed by the class teacher and the rector.
No diploma will be given at the end of studies.
Students applying for the title ‘Meisterschüler’ after having completed their full number of studies need to have the support of their class teacher who will propose it to the board.  

Information For  Postgraduates

Postgraduate Study Architecture (Master)

Architectural design wields the power and intelligence to engage with and articulate dynamic visions for tomorrow’s social and cultural reality. Whether pursuing artistic, technical or social vagaries, architecture channels the imagination to new worlds and offers new possibilities for engaging with them.The Architecture Class at the Städelschule is a two-year, full-time Master programme in Arts (Advanced Architectural Design). The programme undertakes to research contemporary, advanced issues in the field and is formulated around design problems which probe a range of formal themes, such as systems organisation, material and structural articulation, as much as the social, economic and cultural dimensions of architecture. Each year the work is formulated with respect to a select theme. The theme sets the architectural problems into a conceptual and real context where the studios work with various types of clients to research design issues with respect to social, cultural and economic complexes.The programme is set in the dynamic milieu of the Städelschule with its vibrant artistic life...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply

Fine Art:

Admission is only possible at winter term.
By 15th June (beginning in May) a complete portfolio must have been submitted to the students’ office.
Artistic talent and a minimum of 18 years are preconditions.
A committee decides on the admittance of the applicant after he has passed an examination.
The following documents have to be presented:
- an informal application letter stating the required professor or subject
- a curriculum vitae in tabular form
- a passport photograph
- a portfolio with a selection (maximum 20 pieces) of own works, any media whatsoever
The format of the portfolio and the works may not exceed size DIN A0 (84 x 120 cm)

Further Informations: www.staedelschule.de/application.html

Postgraduate Study Architecture:

Applicants must submit an application with the following material postmarked no later than 15th May of the year of entry:
- Informal application letter
- passport size photograph
- Portfolio
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of Master degree/University diplom

Further Informations: www.staedelschule.de/architecture  

Visit us (open days)

Rundgang (Open House): second weekend of February  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

Study Fine Art/Postgraduate Study Architecture: