Additional Information on DAAD Study Scholarships in the Fields of Fine Art, Design and Film

1.   These scholarships are exclusively meant for postgraduate or complementary studies (but not for first-degree or undergraduate studies) at one of the state colleges of art or in an appropriate degree course offered by a Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) or a full university in the Federal Republic of Germany.

2.   The final selection decision on applicants for fine art, design or film courses is made by a DAAD Selection Committee in Bonn, whose members are professors from the fields of fine art, design or film. Besides the application papers, the committee’s decision is mainly based on the art work which applicants are required to submit.

3.   In the case of collaborative works or projects, the individual contribution made by the applicant must either be marked or described appropriately or specified in writing.

4.   The following samples of applicants' works must be submitted along with the application form. (Please enclose a list of all enclosed work samples with details [size, creation date, location etc.]; the list must be accompanied by a statement that the applicant personally produced/created the works or, in the case of collaborative projects, must state who contributed to these works.)

a. by painters, sculptors and designers

Pictures of artistic works may be submitted as individual images (jpg), in the form of a presentation (pdf, ppt) or as a printed portfolio. Please do not submit original copies!
Images and presentations must be submitted on CD/DVD. NAMES should always be indicated on CD/DVDs!
General information: Please do not submit more than 50 pictures!
Important! The Selection Committee's assessment and grading of work depends to a significant extent on the manner in which it is presented. Even the best works of art can lose their validity if badly presented!

Works of art are presented using a beamer with a resolution of 1024 x 768.
Notes on formats:

Individual pictures:

  •  Pictures must be submitted in jpg format.
  •  If possible, all pictures should be saved in ONE folder. The folder should be marked with the NAME of the artist.
  •  If necessary (e.g. if many different techniques are used), ONE level of subfolders can be created, with every subfolder named accordingly (e.g. photos, graphics, sketches, etc.). Please do not create any more levels of subfolders!
  •  A file containing a list of the individual works must be enclosed. The list should contain the following information: name of work, type of work, size of work, year of origin, contributors if applicable.
    Example: Close Encounters, Oil on Canvas, 30x40 cm, 2009, Monika Mustermann
    A video containing instructions on how to submit individual pictures is available online at:


  • Pictures of works are shown in one presentation. Possible presentation formats: pdf file or PowerPoint presentation. Please prepare only ONE presentation and do not submit any special formats. The presentation should contain the applicant's name.
    Example: Max_Mustermann_Portfolio.pdf
  • Each picture in the presentation should contain the following information: name of work, type of work, size of work, year of origin, contributors if applicable.
    Example: Close Encounters, Oil on Canvas, 30x40 cm, 2009, Monika Mustermann

Printed portfolio:

  • Applicants may submit a portfolio in printed form.
    A video containing instructions on how to submit a portfolio is available online at:

b. by filmmakers

Films, videos and animations:
Each applicant is allowed 8 minutes of film time. If films are longer, appropriate excerpts can be presented. Short films may be submitted in their full length.
It must be clear whether the film itself is a work of art or whether the film documents a work of art (e.g. a spatial installation, performance, etc.)

  • Both normal DVDs (PAL or NTSC Format, without regional code, without copy protection, with or without a menu) and video files on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM may be submitted. It is important that they can be played on a standard Windows PC with the VLC player.
  • Each DVD should be marked with the following: title, name of the artist, length, year. If the CD/DVD contains several films, these should be marked as follows: name of artist, number of films, total length of all films!
  • If several people have contributed to a film, all participants and their role or task must be stated in the closing credits, especially the role played by the applicant (director, cameraman, etc.).

Samples of work submitted on video, CD-ROM or DVD / DVD-ROM will only be returned if expressly requested. Otherwise, the application papers including all the attachments, samples, etc. become the property of the DAAD without claim to payment or compensation. No materials are returned; the work samples of unsuccessful candidates and all other application documents will be destroyed after a period of two years at the latest.

5.   The award of a scholarship does not automatically guarantee admission to one of the colleges. The DAAD will register the scholarship holders with their desired university. Applicants are therefore urgently advised to inform themselves in good time about the institution in question, on the range of studies which it offers and on the professors teaching there. In as far as possible, applicants should inform the DAAD at the time of their application where (college) and under whom (teacher) they would like to study.

6.   The individual college decides on the admission of scholarship holders, on acceptance in the class of a specific teacher and on crediting previous study periods and achievements. Under certain circumstances, applicants may be required to take an entrance examination. In such cases, the DAAD and the college will advise the scholarship holder accordingly. Applicants who are not accepted by a college/university cannot take the scholarship.