The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart), with a history extending back over 250 years, is one of the largest of its kind with University status in Germany. With 18 academic degree courses in four departments (Fine Arts, Architecture, Design, and Theories of Art-Conservation), it provides a broad spectrum of educational and research opportunities to approximately 900 students.
Its 32 excellently equipped workshop facilities include metal, wood and plastic workshops, workshops for bronze casting and painting techniques as well as print, textile, glass and bookbinding workshops. Technical instructors are always on hand to support students in putting their ideas into practice.
Students study in small classes under the intensive supervision of professors, academic staff and part-time lecturers. The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design is entitled to confer degrees at doctoral and post-doctoral level.

Exchanges with partner universities around the world, and other international programmes, provide a multitude of opportunities for »outgoing« students from Stuttgart State Academy to study abroad, and for international »incoming« students from partner institutions and around the world to benefit from attending study courses at the Stuttgart State Academy. The Reinwaldhaus in Bodman near Lake Constance is available as a venue for class study trips. The Stuttgart Academy is committed to artistic innovation and sees itself as a testing ground for exemplary artistic work where research and teaching unite. This promotes the connection between works of art and design and theories of art and offers opportunities for cross-genre artistic activities. The Academy also contributes to contemporary aesthetic discourse by means of exhibitions, events and publications.

Professors from other departments at the Academy, as well as associate lecturers from industry and research, enrich the teaching and study program. Interdisciplinary projects with the departments of Art, Architecture, and Design take place regularly. These also involve the textile and fashion departments of other universities, as well as companies in all fields of the textile industry. Due to the practical size of the course, lessons and discussions take place in small groups or in one-to-one sessions. Excursions to textile companies, collections, and museums of art, design, and textile complete the teaching program.
Every student is guaranteed a workstation in the students‘ studio, which remains open the whole week. Students have access to the workshops throughout the week, and can also make use of the Academy‘s other thirtytwo workshops in order to experiment and transform ideas into samples or even prototypes.


Diploma Course

The first year (semesters 1 – 2) includes basic artistic studies together with free and applied classes at the Academy, with the main emphasis on textile design, colour, and design methods. The main technical emphasis is on the theory and practice of weaving, which enables students to create samples and develop textile qualities. 
Further course contents include typography, nude and natural study, introduction to CAD tools, theory of design, history of art, textiles and textile techniques, knowledge about fibres, and sewing basics.

During the main course (semesters 5 – 8), each student has to complete practical training in industry or a „guest“ semester at a national or international higher-level institution with a similar course program. Topics from fields such as fashion/clothing or architecture/interior design are covered as part of interdisciplinary projects and competitions or developments with the textile industry. A special course with the Stoll Fashion & Technology International Centre in Reutlingen, with whom was established in 2008 a pilot projekt with a knitting workshop at the academy, introduces students to knitting techniques and leads to the realization of a collective project. Seminars and practical sessions in design theory, design and contract law, history of art, and textile design as well as CAD complete the course of study. Options to participate in other lectures and activities such as interdisciplinary projects are available to all students at the Academy.




Students can achieve further qualifications in areas ranging from Architecture, Art Related Studies, Art History and Media Theory to Art Education and Philosophy. The Academy also has an excellent infrastructure: Situated in a prime location on the Stuttgart Killesberg, it takes only a few minutes from Stuttgart central station to Stuttgart Killesberg (final stop) by public transport. It has a well-stocked, up-to-date library in the fields of art, stage set design, architecture, restoration, design and art history on campus, a student canteen and a kindergarten.

Textile Design Course

The textile course is an applied course offered by the Design department. Its main feature is the strong relationship between the lessons, the studio design work, and the realization of a project in different workshops. The character of the study is practical design and production, with the aim of creating a balance between conceptual and experimental research.
During the first years, students are given intensive and wide-ranging artistic and technical training, and are then encouraged to work increasingly on independent and autonomous projects. Design concepts require a holistic approach, and it is important to integrate the demands of practice, aesthetic tenors, and technical, economical, and ecological conditions into a concrete textile. Students must also be general experts, who develop the ability to learn and can teach themselves. They remain curious about artistic, social, and industrial issues throughout their lives.


Admission Standards

Student advisory services are offered regularly to people interested in the textile course. The required qualifications for study are the general standards for matriculation and the successful completion of an entrance examination. The course starts once a year at the beginning of the winter semester, and there is currently no tuition fee to pay. The course comprises eight semesters plus four months of practical training in industry that can be completed also duing the semster breaks. A „guest“ semester on a comparable course at another higher-level institution can be credited. The diploma takes another semester, bringing the whole course of study to four and half years.

Karl Höing is the head of the course, and is assisted by artistic collaborator Dorothee Silbermann and two technical teachers or workshop supervisors. Anja Müller, who runs the weaving workshop, teaches textile materials and weaving in theory and practice. She also teaches how to work at looms using pointcarré software. Michaela Wirsig runs workshops for dying and textile printing, teaching both theory and practice. The second year (semesters 3 – 4) involves projects and tasks related to practice. These include researching, brainstorming, developing, and producing complex collections of printed textiles, together with woven cloth for fashion or interior design. The main technical emphasis is on theory and practice of dye-works and textile printing, experimenting with samples, and producing prototypes. Seminars and practical sessions in CAD and CAM, design methods, colour, photography, history of art, design and textiles, and documentation and presentation techniques complete these projects. The intermediate diploma examination comprises the sum of all course contents of the fist four semsters.
The diploma examination takes four months and is presented in a public exhibition. The design courses maintain a diploma instead of a BA /MA-structure. The level of qualification attained is equivalent to a "Master of Arts Textile Design".

Prof. Karl Höing