Postgraduate M.A. Course “Art in Context” at the Berlin University of the Arts

The study program Art in Context is directed at those who seek to position their artistic work in the context of society.

Working as an artist in the context of society not only requires a special artistic talent and a concrete interest, but also high social and communicative abilities, great endurance, and the desire and ability to reflect and form theories. Artists who want to develop and successfully realize their concepts, strategies, and ways of working in the framework of various life-worlds or in relation to systems of expertise are expected to understand non-artistic questions, problems, and prejudices, to respond to these professionally, and to ground the relevance of their own work.

The study program Art in Context offers four study profiles:

  • Artistic work with social groups
  • Artistic work with cultural institutions (including artistic museum studies)
  • Artistic work in public space
  • Artistic work in the context of media and academic visual production

In consultation with the faculty, the students develop their own individual curricula from these offerings according to their interests. The program targets the professionalization of the students. Important goals of the program are not only to engage with the particular characteristics of certain professional fields, but also to learn to set achievable goals, to realize larger tasks in teamwork, and explore new fields of work, and, not least, how to build up and secure an economic livelihood.

The Institute for Art in Context participates in numerous cooperation programs with cultural institutions in Berlin and Germany, and offers the students several possibilities to explore their own work in practice.

The non-consecutive study program can be taken full- time over four semesters or as a part-time study program for six semesters. It is free of tuition and without any age restrictions. The language of instruction is German.

Application period: 15.02. – 15.03.
(15th February – 15th March for the following academic year)
The assessment is completed in June.

Information on application:

The application form will be available two weeks before the start of the application period.


Foreign university degrees must be recognised by uni-assist before the application at UdK Berlin. The uni-assist certificate (“Vorprüfungsdokumentation/VPD”) has to be submitted together with the complete application documents. Detailed information can be found here: bewerbung-und-studienverlauf/bewerbung-allgemeine- infos/international-applicants/


Carolin Braack
Hardenbergstraße 33
10623 Berlin
Room 127

Tel.: (+49) 030 3185 2960
Fax: (+49) 030 3185 2961

Mailing address:
Universität der Künste Berlin
Institut für Kunst im Kontext
Postfach 120544
D-10595 Berlin