Facts and figures
History: Founded: 1989. Opened: 1990 with 25 students.
Corporation: public corporation and institution in accordance with § 1 paragraph 2 of the NRW Art Colleges Act. Responsible body: Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.
Students and Personnel: Students (winter semester 2014/15): 337
Enrolling students (winter semester 2014/15): 61
Applications (winter semester 2014/15): 534
International students (winter semester 2014/15): 98
Doctoral students (summer semester 2014): 18
Research assistants (summer semester 2014): 24 with half- and full-time posts
Professors (summer semester 2014): 34 with full, semi and one-third professorships
Honorary professors (summer semester 2014): 1
Visiting and stand-in professors (summer semester 2014): 3
Other staff: approx. 72 with part-, half- and full-time posts
Course: Media and Fine Arts; Degree: Diploma
Courses of study: 3 (Diploma I = 9-semester undergraduate foundation course; Diploma II = 4-semester postgraduate or further education course; Doctoral course).
Setup and structure of the course: Project-based study with seminars on theory, foundational and specialised subjects, intermediate diploma and 2 projects + 1 diploma project (Diploma I); Project-based study with seminars, theory seminars and 1 project + 1 diploma project (Diploma II); Doctoral programme (PhD).
Teaching in English: in certain parts of the course; Fees per semester: approx. €270
Workshops and laboratories:
13 technological/artistic ateliers including photography lab, holography lab, compositing, electronic workshop, two recording studios, building workshop, two film studios, animation studio, equipment loaning office, Lab3 for experimental IT, sound lab.
The KHM library/media centre is a public reference library with workstations that is open for the use of all visitors. Only students, teachers and staff of the KHM can borrow media. The collection currently comprises around 60,000 items: books, DVDs, VHS cassettes, CDs and newspapers/magazines. In addition, there is a comprehensive film archive with 20,000 films and TV broadcasts: film music, classical music, radio plays, interviews, speeches, sound experiments and the Ars Acustica collection from the WDR’s Studio Akustische Kunst. The collection is unique in concentrating on the KHM’s specific focus areas of film, art and theory.
The library/media centre is located within Stadt Köln’s Overstolzenhaus (built 1230–60 in the Romanesque style). The representative thirteenth-century building belonged to the Overstolz patrician family, who gained wealth and property through the cloth trade.
Rectors: Manfred Eisenbeis (Gründungsbeauftragter bis 1990), Klaus Katz (Gründungsrektor 1990-1994), Siegfried Zielinski (1994-2000), Anthony Moore (2000-2004), Andreas Henrich (2004-2007), Marie-Luise Angerer (2007-2009), Klaus Jung (2009-2014), Hans Ulrich Reck (since April 2014)