“Hochschule für bildende Künste”

Interview with Claire Macé, student at University of Fine Arts of Hamburg

Paris, 21 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). For this week’s Topic Of The Week on art schools, Art Media Agency met with Claire Macé, a young Parisian student currently studying at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. This interview will offer readers a better insight to art schools in Germany from an inside view. Art Media Agency (AMA): Could you present yourself and tell us a bit about what you do? Claire Macé: I’m 24 years old and I’m currently studying at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (Hochschule für bildende Künste, HfbK). Art is, in my opinion, a way to express sensitivity and offers a land of possibilities. The great thing about art is freedom of expression and its variety. I was particularly influenced by the works of Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys, Bauhaus, Mika Rottenberg, and by the world of theatre and stage performances. In July, I received the Merit Award from DAAD (editor’s note: an institute for French-German cooperation in education). I also participated in the Hiscox exhibition at Kunsthaus of Hamburg in November. How did you get into an art school? What background is needed? You just simply need to present an art portfolio that will attract the interest and attention of the judges. Luckily, mine was noticed. The portfolio should include a certain number of personal creations made in numerous mediums (installation, painting, sculpture, etc). What are the admission taxes? To what extent are these criteria selective? Indeed, the admission taxes are relatively low as only 20 out of 400 students are selected each year. However, fine arts in Germany are much more open to non-typical studies and not much is asked of students specifically, as long as they show an interesting and new production. What is the cost of...

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