The Academy of Transcultural Exchange is an academic programme to refugees. By welcoming refugees, the HGB also effectively seizes the opportunity to foster cross-cultural diversity within the institution, to further develop a welcoming culture for foreign students and staff, thus pushing the internationalisation process forward. Within the framework of the ATA programme, which is limited to up to four semesters, refugees are offered the opportunity to prepare for a regular course of study in one of the four diploma degree programmes at the HGB Leipzig. The programme students have the opportunity to earn credits that can be credited to a later course of study at the HGB Leipzig or, after completion of the programme, can lead to enrole in a higher semester.
The Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig is partially financed by public funds allocated by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.
No call for applications for 2024Unfortunately, no new students can be admitted to the Academy for Transcultural Exchange in the summer and winter semesters of 2024. We are forced to pause the inclusion in the program this year for financial reasons, which we very much regret. We are working hard to acquire funding so that we can hopefully welcome students back to the Academy for Transcultural Exchange in 2025.
We ask you not to send us any applications. The homepage is updated regularly. If a new application phase begins, you will be informed here.
The programme is limited to a maximum of four semesters. After finishing this programme, students can enrol in a Diploma degree programme, if they have reached the required language proficiency and artistic maturity. Students can obtain a Diploma degree in one of the specialist classes. The ATA (Academy for transcultural exchange) programme does not result in a degree, but the modules completed will be credited, when the students enrol afterwards in a Diploma degree programme at the HGB Leipzig (Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig).
AtA workshop program
The AtA workshop program supplements the content of the course and is specifically geared towards the interests and needs of the students in the AtA program, but is available to all students. Workshops in the program can be taken and credited as elective courses by AtA students. The AtA workshop program can be found in the course catalog.
In our two-day empowerment seminar, we take an in-depth look at the topics of structural and institutional discrimination. You will learn to understand how such mechanisms work and what effects they can have on different areas of life. Together we will develop strategies in a safe space to counter these challenges and bring about positive change.
My name is Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani and I am offering this empowerment workshop on November 15 and 16. I have had many negative experiences with discrimination in my life and have professionalized myself in this area. I teach and research this topic at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and deal with various strategies and concepts of empowerment. My concept and methods focus on the topics and needs of the participants. I bring many different methods and inputs to understand discrimination and other power asymmetries and to deal with them creatively. We can be creative, write poetry, draw, design and perform. Anything is possible. We can spend the time together or split into small groups depending on our interests.
In this workshop, you will learn how to strengthen your self-efficacy and self-esteem. We will also look at how to survive the German bureaucracy and how you can support each other!
The workshop will take place on 15.11., (10:30 to 17:00 ) and 16.11.2023 from (10:00 to 17:00) in the HGB. Location to be announced.
Participation is free of charge. Registration at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you!
15.11.-16.11.2023 (offen für alle AtA-Studierende)
In unserem zweitägigen Empowerment-Seminar setzen wir uns intensiv mit den Themen strukturelle und institutionelle Diskriminierung auseinander. Du lernst zu verstehen, wie solche Mechanismen funktionieren und welche Auswirkungen sie auf verschiedene Lebensbereiche haben können. Gemeinsam werden wir in einem geschützten Raum Strategien entwickeln, um diesen Herausforderungen zu begegnen und positive Veränderungen herbeizuführen.
Mein Name ist Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani und ich biete diesen Empowerment Workshop am 15.11. und 16.11. an. Ich habe in meinem Leben viele negative Erfahrungen mit Diskriminierung gemacht und mich in diesem Bereich professionalisiert. Ich lehre und forsche zu diesem Thema an der Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin und beschäftige mich mit verschiedenen Strategien und Konzepten von Empowerment. Mein Konzept und meine Methoden fokussieren auf die Themen und Bedürfnisse von den Teilnehmer*innen. Ich bringe viele verschiedene Methoden und Inputs mit, um Diskriminierung und andere Machtasymmetrien zu verstehen und sich kreativ damit auseinanderzusetzen. Wir können kreativ sein, dichten, zeichnen, gestalten und performen. Alles ist möglich. Wir können die Zeit gemeinsam verbringen oder uns je nach Interesse in Kleingruppen aufteilen.
In diesem Workshop lernst du, wie du deine Selbstwirksamkeit und dein Selbstwertgefühl stärken kannst. Außerdem beschäftigen wir uns mit dem Überleben in der deutschen Bürokratie und wie ihr euch gegenseitig unterstützen könnt!
Der Workshop findet am 15.11., (10:30 bis 17:00 ) und 16.11.2023 von (10:00 bis 17:00) Uhr in der HGB statt. Der Ort wird noch bekannt gegeben.
Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Anmeldung unter: email@example.com
Ich freue mich auf dich!
Bei diesem (AtA) Workshop, sind alle HGB-Studierenden eingeladen.
Workshop mit Lerato Shadi
(open for all HGB Students)
05.12.2023 (11:00–17:00) & 06.12.2023 (11:00–17:00)
The workshop will use all and any tools at our disposal, visual journals, notes, sketchbooks, filmic notes, photography, sound, animation, found/ready objects as a way of developing and documenting our ideas and practice. We will use joy, pleasure, imagination as a creative tool. Not in the easy Sylvester kind of joy or the romantic Hollywood kind of love. The kind of Joy that demands growth and responsibility, and requires us to see ourselves and each other as whole and capable. Natasha Marin says “Witnessing is sacred work, too. Seeing ourselves as whole and healthy is an act of pure rebellion in a world so titillated by our subjugation.” In a world that demands that all we see is, each other as bodies in pain. And presents pleasure and joy as an act of being useful to capitalism. As A.K.A. Dean Hutton ask: “Can relaxation be a site of creation and revolution, capable of both holding an archive and launching us into dreamscapes?” How do we create, celebrate, imagine from a healthy and balanced space?
This workshop is structured as a space, where we periodically present/share/engage with results, which are informed and built from cues generated in the class. The focus of the seminar will be in fashioning an environment where we can be creative in how we learn/work/share. We will inven and build together a structure by which we can be co-creators in the learning-experience and co-practitioners in an unearthing process of knowledge production. How can we connect and extract the breath of lived history that resides in our bodies and reverberates in our daily experience. The goal is to lean into constructing knowledge from a space of our subjective, partial and emotional perspectives. How do we use our theoretical capabilities in a way that connects to the knowledge laying within our bodies? How can we collectively and individually find tools that allow us to imagine and actively form a future, that is informed by the present but is not constrained by it. How do we take steps towards knowing that we do not know? Seeing what is hidden, obstructed and erased? How do we perceive? From which space or perspective do we create? What do we understand as creation or a creative act? How do we collectively and individually find tools that assist us in finding other ways, means and tools of seeing,creating, imagining or inventing?
Dozentin: Lerato Shadi
Field Trips: Curator Talks - Art Landscape Leipzig
(offen für alle HGB-Studierende)
In various excursions we talk to curators, producer galleries and gallery owners about their curatorial practice. How does the GfZK select its artists? How are exhibitions in Halle 14 curated? In the expert talks, art students gain an insight into the curatorial practice of important art institutions. How can I establish myself as an artist on the art market, what strategies and tips can gallery owners and curators give?
All entries are free! You can register for one or all days. Dates for 2024 to follow
Gallery for contemporary art - Curator talk and exhibition
24.11.2023 / 15:00-16:00
Pilotenküche - international art program (lunch is included) artist & curator talk
01.12.2023 / 16:00-17:30
HALLE 14 - Centre for contemporary art - curator talk & exhibition
The application form for admission to a more advanced semester (no online application procedure) can be downloaded as a PDF document and needs to be submitted by
- 31 May for admission to the following winter semester
- 30 November for admission to the following summer semester
Applications submitted after these deadlines cannot be considered for admission to the following semester.
The application must include the following documents, without the documents an admission is not possible:
- a selection of degree course-related / subject-related art and design samples
- letter of motivation including the intended specialist class and the semester you want to join
- CV with essential information about previous education and artistic activities
- complete and authorised transcript of your university entrance qualification / graduation certificate / final school report
- Complete proof of credits you already obtained and certificates of exams you took before
- a photo of yourself (attached to the application)
- proof of language poficiency in German by one of the following certificates:
- “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” (DSH)
- “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” (TestDaF) achieving at least level 3 in all parts of the test
- “telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule”
- “Prüfungsteil Deutsch” as part of a preparation course
Proof of language proficiency is not required for:
- international applicants who are German native speakers
- applicants who acquired their university admission certificate (Abitur, completed professional education, completed degree course) at a German-speaking institution,
- applicants who got the certificate of the Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz - Level II (DSD II);
- applicants who got the certificate of the Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) issued by the Goethe-Institut or an institution commissioned by the Goethe-Institut
- applicants who got the certificate of the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (level C2) or Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (level C1) issued by the Goethe-Institut.
Contact list ATA commission
|J.-Prof. Dr. Katrin Köppert (chairperson)
|Prof. Christoph Feist (deputy)
|Prof. Markus Dreßen (Book design/Graphic design)
|Prof. Kerstin Drechsel (Painting/Printmaking)
|Prof. Annette Kisling (Photography)
|Carsten Benger (Photography)
|Prof. Isabel Lewis (Media Art)
|Carsten Möller (Media Art)
|Prof. Jörg Ernert
|Alexander Bernhardt, advisory
|Christian Hoppe, advisory
|Student council AtA
|Alejandro Leonardo Marquez Gomez
|Meike Giebeler, advisory
|Book Design/Graphic Design
|Prof. Markus Dreßen
|Prof. Jörg Ernert
|J.-Prof. Dr. Katrin Köppert